Can a Game Help Change Lives? Coca-Cola Thinks It Can.
The Coca-Cola Company Introduces (THRED), A New Mobile Game that Aims to Help
End Mother to Child Transmission of HIV by 2015
ATLANTA -- December 19, 2012
The Coca-Cola Company today announced the launch of a free-to-play mobile
game, (THRED), available now on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
(THRED) is a joint project between The Coca-Cola Company and (RED) developed
to raise awareness and funds for the fight to end mother-to-child transmission
of HIV by 2015.
The (THRED) App will help raise money for The Global Fund to fight AIDS,
Tuberculosis and Malaria– the world's leading financer of programs to fight
these three diseases. Throughout the game, users will have the opportunity to
purchase power-ups and select items via In-App Purchase. All proceeds
(excluding taxes) will be donated to the Global Fund to invest in HIV/AIDS
programs in Africa, including treatment for prevention of mother-to-child
transmission of HIV.
Developed by BitMonster with an Unreal Engine 3 license donated by Epic Games,
(THRED) is designed to engage consumers in captivating gameplay, through:
*Content:This endless runner genre game takes place in an abstract 3D
world of technological walls, ever-shifting obelisks, living dragon-like
gateways and powerful collectibles. As players progress through the game,
they’ll find amazing colors and shifting walls while the entiresoundscape
changes with them.
*Visuals:(THRED) delivers an endless flight using Epic Games’ Unreal
Engine to push the visuals even further with features including lens
flares, blooming highlights, Fresnel shaders and extensive particle
*Soundtrack:As part of World AIDS Day, Tiëstoteamedup with (RED) to
create an exclusive compilation album,DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES, to fight
AIDS in Africa. From the same album, Tiësto generously donated the Skidka
remix of the Tiësto & Swanky Tunes track, ‘Make Some Noise’, for (THRED).
Along with additional music by DJ Poet and TOKiMONSTA, the gorgeous
abstract soundscape creates a phenomenal music experience.
*Compete with Friends:Dodge obstacles, collect power-ups and improve your
avatar as you compete for high scores with your Game Center friends.
Deborah Dugan, CEO, (RED), said; “(RED) aims to give people as many ways as
possible to join the fight against AIDS. With the launch of (THRED), people
can make an impact with the touch of a button while playing a game they’ll
“Collectively, we have the power to help deliver an AIDS-Free Generation,”
said Wendy Clark, Senior Vice President of Integrated Marketing
Communications, The Coca-Cola Company. “We feel that (THRED) is a great way to
capture attention and one that gives everyone the opportunity to contribute
their time, money and networks to help endthe transmission of HIV from
mothers to their babies by 2015.”
The (THRED) App is available for free on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and
iPod touch or atwww.itunes.com/appstore and www.coke.com/THRED.
To help celebrate the launch of the new game, Actress Emma Roberts is
partnering with The Coca-Cola Company and (RED) to raise awareness around the
powerful impact people can make by playing (THRED) Roberts will lead an online
discussion via a Twitter chat about the mobile game from her @RobertsEmma
handle on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 1:30 pm PST.
The Coca-Cola Company also will launch a film for television and digital
premier in late December called “Making the Game for (RED),” which chronicles
the behind-the-scenes development of (THRED).
About The Coca-Cola Company and (RED)
The Coca-Cola Company has committed more than $5 million over the term of the
partnership with (RED) to fund awareness building campaigns and activation
through global Coca-Cola marketing initiatives. As part of this contribution,
a minimum of $3 million will be donated directly to the Global Fund for
distribution of anti-retroviral medicine and educational literature.
This partnership complements the work The Coca-Cola Company and The Global
Fund are already partnering on in Africa. The two organizations are leveraging
insights from the Coca-Cola supply chain and route-to-market system to help
improve access to critical medicines.
The Coca-Cola Company operates in more than 200 countries and is one of the
largest employers in the world. The Coca-Cola system employs nearly 70,000
people in Africa, which is home to more than 60 percent of the world’s
(RED) was founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver to engage businesses and
people in the fight against AIDS.
(RED) partners with the world’s most iconic brands who contribute up to 50% of
profits from (RED) branded goods and services to the Global Fund. (RED) Proud
Partners include: Apple, Starbucks, Converse, The Coca-Cola Company, Beats by
Dr. Dre, Belvedere, Bugaboo, Claro, Penfolds, SAP, Telcel and American Express
(UK only). (RED) Special Edition partners include: Shazam, Girl Skateboards,
Mophie, FEED, Nanda Home, Bottletop, Tourneau and TOUS.
To date, (RED) has generated $200 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS,
Tuberculosis and Malaria, to support HIV/AIDS grants in Ghana, Lesotho,
Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia. 100 percent of that money goes to
work on the ground – no overhead is taken. Global Fund grants that (RED)
supports have impacted more than 14 million people with prevention, treatment,
counseling, HIV testing and care services.
(RED) has led several high-profile initiatives to raise awareness and funds
for HIV/AIDS related issues including (PRODUCT)^RED, THE AIDS FREE GENERATION
IS DUE IN 2015 campaign and most recently, the (RED)RUSH TO ZERO campaign.
(RED) is a division of The ONE Campaign. Learn more at www.joinred.com.
About The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
The Global Fund is a unique, public-private partnership and international
financing institution dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional
resources to prevent and treat HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria. This partnership
between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected
communities represents an innovative approach to international health
financing. The Global Fund’s model is based on the concepts of country
ownership and performance-based funding, which means that people in countries
implement their own programs based on their priorities and the Global Fund
provides financing on the condition that verifiable results are achieved.
Since its creation in 2002, the Global Fund has become the main financier of
programs to fight AIDS, TB and malaria, with approved funding of US $23
billion for more than 1,000 programs in 151 countries (as of mid-2012). To
date, programs supported by the Global Fund are providing AIDS treatment for
3.6 million people, anti-tuberculosis treatment for 9.3 million people and 270
million insecticide-treated nets for the prevention of malaria. The Global
Fund works in close collaboration with other bilateral and multilateral
organizations to supplement existing efforts in dealing with the three
BitMonsterGames is comprised of sixsuccessfulAAA developers who headed out
to explore the world of indie game development. Armed with inventive talent,
well-grounded expertise and the best tools around,BitMonsteris currently
developing original games for iOS and PC.
BitMonster's first game "Lili" was featured on-stage in Apple's keynote
announcement for the iPhone 5. "Lili" was just placed on Apple's "App Store
Best of 2012" list, received many nods for best app of 2012, best game for
your iPhone 5, and has been featured in dozens of major news outlets
As long-term veterans of the industry,BitMonster’s unique history enables the
team to create truly unique concepts that appeal to core gamers and casual
players alike.BitMonsterinvites gamers of all sorts to join the
About The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company,
refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by
Coca-Cola, the world's most valuable brand, our Company's portfolio features
15 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero,
vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally,
we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and
juices and juice drinks. Through the world's largest beverage distribution
system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of
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sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our
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development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling
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Kate Hartman, +01 404-676-2683
Global Public Affairs & Communications Department
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