iion taps Yun Yip to lead strategy as gaming advertising demand grows

Yun Yip, Chief Commercial Officer at iion
Yun Yip, Chief Commercial Officer at iion

iion, the global adtech company that’s redefining monetisation and advertising for gaming, announced new system enhancements to its revolutionary, self-serve gaming advertising platform immersiion and the appointment of senior hire Yun Yip to CCO. These developments are set to position the firm for rapid growth in APAC and beyond, amid a backdrop of surging demand as brands look for new and exciting ways to get in front of the right audiences.

What is the gaming market landscape?

Valued at AU$296bn in 2021, the Gaming Market is forecasted to reach a value of AU$507.5 billion by 2027, with Asia-Pacific anticipated to hold the largest market share in the gaming industry, according to a report. The last few years saw droves of people turn to gaming platforms to pass the time, resulting in a massive surge in new players and revenue — and a significant opportunity for advertisers to reach a larger audience and drive business growth.

According to The IAB Game Advertising Working Group State of the Nation 2022 report, 55% of advertisers reveal they have increased game advertising participation in the last year. Even more, 68% intend to use mobile game advertising in the next year, with brand building and access to hard-to-reach audiences as the primary drivers for using gaming advertising.

Yip will oversee commercial strategy and operations of iion while also leading its marketing function. Yip, former VP at MediaMath and IAB gaming group member, said: “I have always thought of iion’s co-founders as trailblazers in the programmatic industry. Until now, there hasn’t been a tech that could unite all of the various gaming environments into one space.”

“However, iion does this seamlessly from end-to-end from creative through to planning, buying, implementation, measurement and analytics. It adds value to the entire ecosystem, pushing it forward immeasurably. I can’t wait to bring my combined passion for gaming and machine learning to the role whilst also sharing how and why communicating through gaming and gametech enhances a brand’s marketing outcome and resonance,” Yip further added.

Historically, the gaming industry has been male-dominated. But that’s all changing. Research shows that 46% of Australian gamers identify as female – up from 38% in 2005. As women make significant strides in the space, as players and professionals, they are paving the way to a more inclusive and diverse community where all voices can be heard and respected.

And Yip is proud to be part of that shift, challenging stereotypes and breaking down barriers that have existed for too long. “Whilst I fall into the category of a casual gamer these days, there is a certain perception of ‘gamers’ that I look forward to debunking,” Yip said.

“People think of gamers as young, 18-year-old males. And that’s not really true. Women of all ages make up almost half of all gamers across the globe. And an increasing number of women are joining the industry just like me because of their passion for gaming. I really respect iion for thoughtfully curating a team that mirrors the diversity of the community.”

What does the appointment mean for iion?

Commenting the gaming community, iion Co-Founder Sanjaya Molligoda said: “The ‘typical gamer’ is changing. Research shows that the average gamer is 31 years old, and female gamers are more prevalent than ever before. At iion, we are proud to be completely revolutionising the gaming ecosystem, debunking outdated myths whilst solving both measurement and fragmentation challenges in the game advertising market simultaneously.”

iion Co-Founder Giuseppe Martoriello said, “One of iion’s core values is to challenge the status quo. Not only are we accomplishing this with our unique, self-serve advertising platform that connects game publishers and brands through a holistic targeting experience within all IAB-defined gaming environments, but we are taking it one step further with the diversity represented in our team. Innovation is sparked through different layers of diversity.”

“Beyond Yun’s career experience, her passion for enabling growth through diversity will also be a critical piece not just for iion, but for the broader gaming industry,” Martoriello added.

Giuseppe Martoriello, Co-Founder of iion
Giuseppe Martoriello, Co-Founder of iion

“We are thrilled to welcome Yun to the team. She is a seasoned adtech professional, well-versed in the gaming ecosystem, with a proven track record of success in the programmatic landscape. A well-respected leader in the space, her expertise will help us bridge the gap in terms of the uptake of gaming by agencies and brands, showcasing new and exciting ways to create meaningful connections with their audiences,” Giuseppe Martoriello further said.

The recent addition of a senior team member aligns with iion’s ongoing efforts to evolve its solutions with a focus on consolidating the traditionally fragmented game advertising ecosystem. iion understands that every business has its own unique requirements.

What is the market offering of iion?

The company has enhanced its innovative immersiion platform to address long-standing measurement challenges in the industry. Unlike other platforms, immersiion is accessible to everyone, with no entry barriers. It has been purpose-built for gaming, which enables advertisers and marketers to target inventory down to the ad-unit level. Partners can customise their solutions by selecting only the necessary features due to its modular design.

iion attributes its success in the region to its partnerships with various agencies and supply partners, including TotallyAwesome, Anzu, GADSME and AdInMo. Furthermore, the company has technology partnerships with Amplified Intelligence for attention-based metrics, Lucid Measurement by Cint for brand lift studies, and Pixalate for weeding out ad fraud.

iion takes pride in providing access to top-tier AAA game audiences via its Influencer feature. With notoriously hard-to-reach games like Valorant, Call of Duty, FIFA 2023, GTA, Minecraft, Fortnite, etc, these titles are highly regarded as some of the most premium games. By utilising iion’s Game Influencer feature, brands can capitalise on these highly engaged game audiences, presenting a compelling opportunity for enhanced brand exposure and promotion.

iion is dedicated to global growth, adhering to the highest industry standards and partnering with trusted organisations, like IAB, TAG and Pixalate. It proudly collaborates with gaming publishers like Games2win, Suji Games and Game Jam. Demonstrating its commitment to environmental responsibility, iion partnered with Trace in 2022 to achieve carbon neutrality.