“The original Smiley has been part of our day-to-day life for 50 years now,” says Erol Erturk, executive vice president, games and strategic partnerships, Azerion. “We use Smileys to communicate, care and love with friends, family and colleagues. They are the way to go beyond language barriers and generations in the modern times. SmileyWorld has a profound history and is a lifestyle brand that connects people.”
Through the partnership, Azerion has the global rights to develop digital content utilizing the SmileyWorld and SW by SmileyWorld trademarks and will cover the full cycle from production and distribution to monetization. Starting with a handful of HTML5 games, including SmileyWorld-branded
“With more than 16,000 game titles under our belt, we are excited about this opportunity to work with Smiley to further expand our footprint in bringing games to life to our core audience groups, allowing deeper engagement with fans of SmileyWorld while increasing reach for advertisers,” says Erol Erturk, executive vice president games and strategic partnerships, Azerion.
“As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Smiley bringing happiness and positivity to millions of people across the world, we are thrilled to be partnering with Azerion to bring the SmileyWorld and SW by SmileyWorld brands to life in the digital universe,” says Lori Heiss-Tiplady, senior vice president digital, The Smiley Company. “Pairing Azerion’s expertise and knowledge in digital gaming with Smiley’s creativity and positive brand values creates a winning proposition to create engaging and entertaining content. SmileyWorld and SW by SmileyWorld are lifestyle brands with deep roots in fashion and also emotional intelligence, enabling self-expression and the sharing of positivity. Working with Azerion to apply this to gaming will allow people to spread happiness and express themselves in a whole-new way.”
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