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Michelob Ultra Courtside

Award: Yellow Pencil

Yellow Pencil / Media / Entertainment / 2021

Award: Graphite Pencil

Graphite Pencil / Direct / Events

Award: Graphite Pencil

Graphite Pencil / Media / Collaboration

Award: Graphite Pencil

Graphite Pencil / Entertainment / User Participation

Award: Graphite Pencil

Graphite Pencil / Digital / Physical & Digital

Award: Wood Pencil

Wood Pencil / PR / Events & Stunts

Award: Wood Pencil

Wood Pencil / PR / Entertainment

Award: Shortlist

Shortlist / Integrated / Collaborative Campaigns

Award: Shortlist

Shortlist / Digital Design / Immersive Experiences

Award: Shortlist

Shortlist / Spatial Design / Installations

When COVID-19 shut down the 2020 season, Michelob ULTRA partnered with Microsoft and the NBA to reinvent the live viewing experience. Michelob ULTRA Courtside, powered by Microsoft’s new AI-driven Together Mode, digitally immersed fans at home in the NBA Bubble. By scanning a Michelob ULTRA, fans could win Courtside tickets and find themselves ‘sitting’ next to the likes of Lil Wayne, Shaq and even President Obama. With 81.5 million hours of NBA coverage across 124 games, Michelob ULTRA’s sales grew 32%.

What did the judges have to say?

"The problem was unique, relatable, real. And a solution that had to be timely, showcasing the collaboration and precision in technology for something that changes experiencing sports forever. To keep the essence from the real world as we remembered it, and evolve it for the time we were hit with, makes the work stand out for me."

Garima Khandelwal, Chief Creative Officer, Mullen Lowe Lintas

"Simplicity on the audience's involvement. It simply works, great and superb collaboration."

YouLi Hooi, Agency Head, Spark Foundry

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