Wimbledon’s sponsors and partners can now reach under-18s in the metaverse. As the tournament begins, so does WimbleWorld in Roblox. It allows spectators to play on a virtual Centre Court, a tribute to the famous stadium’s 100th year on Church Road.
Fans can also receive incentives for the virtual Wimbledon store. Roblox users can opt to have their avatars wear pieces from the Wimbledon Ralph Lauren 2022 collection. Roblox and AMC fans can get Andy Murray’s 2022 AMC cap for their avatars. WimbleWorld features Andy Murray.
James Kay, Roblox’s senior director of international communications, says the tennis event may reach a new audience through Roblox’s gamified experience. “Center Court at Wimbledon is 100 years old. You’re talking about something that’s had supporters for generations. We’re thinking about how to engage the next generation of fans beyond watching matches”, says Kay.
Wimbledon will also activate The Gang’s Strongman Simulator, a popular Roblox game
As WimbleWorld starts on Roblox, the key Wimbledon social channels will promote it to maximize crossover. In addition to WimbleWorld on Roblox, fans may enjoy other ‘Wimbledon at Home’ activities and experiences, whether they are attending the tournament in person, from a distance, or interactively through Roblox.
Kay believes the execution is meant to promote Wimbledon to a new generation of fans, but it also has other KPIs. “There might be a monetization aspect, or they may realize we have a great fan base in this generation and want to engage them. It depends on the brand’s type, location, and goal.”
In the case of Wimbledon, they want to ensure that the next generation is hooked on tennis like prior generations were and that the tournament’s tradition continues. Alexandra Willis, All England Club communications and marketing director, states, “Our objective is to ensure that tomorrow’s fans love Wimbledon as much as today’s.”
WimbleWorld on Roblox allows fans to participate virtually on Centre Court. Thank you to Roblox, The Gang, and Andy Murray and Ralph Lauren for being a part of WimbleWorld in its inaugural year.