PlayStation x UEFA Champions League - Extraordinary Drama

Sony PlayStation meets UEFA Champions League

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Blend of gaming characters and football

Sony Interactive Entertainment, the powerhouse behind the PlayStation brand, recently unveiled its new UEFA Champions League sponsorship idents, set to air during televised matches starting October 24, 2023. The ad campaign, aptly named “PlayStation x UEFA Champions League,” collaborates with creative agency adam&eveDDB and several other production companies. It features iconic PlayStation characters like Ellie and Joel from The Last of Us, Kratos and Atreus from God of War, and Spider-Men Peter Parker & Miles Morales, among others.

The Good

The ad is a visual spectacle, seamlessly blending the worlds of gaming and football. The characters are integrated into the football universe in a natural and exciting way. Kratos blowing the Gjallarhorn to signal the start of a match is a stroke of genius, merging the mythological world of God of War with the real-world drama of football. The ad also received much positive feedback from fans, who were thrilled to see their favorite characters in a new light. Comments like “Kratos blowing the horn was awesome!” and “Love both the last one and this one! Can’t wait to see more PS characters in the next UCL commercials” indicate that the ad resonated well with its target audience.

The Not-So-Good

However, not all is perfect in the PlayStation universe. One glaring issue is the absence of other iconic PlayStation characters like Nathan Drake, Ratchet, Clank, and Aloy. Comments like “They forgot about half of your childhood in this ad cause it’s only showing IPs which is sad not even Sackboy or Ratchet and Clank” and “Where is this Nathan Drake, Sony?” highlight this oversight.

Moreover, while the ad is visually stunning, it lacks narrative depth. It feels like a montage of cool moments rather than a cohesive story. This is a missed opportunity, especially compared to some narrative-driven ads from competitors like Xbox.

Sony's PlayStation meets UEFA Champions League advert
Sony’s PlayStation x UEFA Champions League advert


Memorability: 92/100

The ad’s use of iconic PlayStation characters in a football setting is a unique blend that’s hard to forget. The unexpected pairing of gaming and sports worlds makes for a memorable experience.

Effectiveness: 86/100

The ad effectively targets gaming and football fans, although it might be a bit confusing for those unfamiliar with PlayStation’s franchises. Nevertheless, it does a good job of promoting PlayStation’s brand in a new context.

Style: 88/100

The ad is visually stunning, thanks to high-quality VFX and editing. The style is consistent with what fans expect from PlayStation and UEFA, making it a seamless blend of the two worlds.

Heart or Humor: 80/100

The ad has moments of light-hearted fun, especially with Astro’s coin toss and Spider-Men’s jumbotron rescue. However, it doesn’t delve deep into emotional storytelling.

Execution: 91/100

The ad is excellently executed, from the creative concept to the technical aspects like VFX and audio production. The only minor drawback is that it might not resonate with those unfamiliar with the PlayStation universe.

Kratos blowing the horn in the Sony PlayStation x UEFA Champions League advert
Kratos blowing the horn in the Sony PlayStation x UEFA Champions League advert


  • A unique blend of gaming and football worlds adds a fresh twist.
  • High production values ensure a visually captivating experience.
  • Targets a broad audience by combining two massive fan bases.


  • It may be confusing for viewers not familiar with PlayStation franchises.
  • Lacks deep emotional engagement.
  • It could be seen as a gimmick rather than a meaningful collaboration.

The Verdict

Overall, the “PlayStation x UEFA Champions League” ad is a visual treat that successfully merges the worlds of gaming and football. However, it falls short in narrative depth and inclusivity of other iconic PlayStation characters. It’s a good start, but there’s room for improvement.


Compared to Xbox‘s recent ad campaigns, which often focus on the power and performance of their consoles, Sony’s ad takes a more emotional and nostalgic route. While Xbox‘s ads are more straightforward, Sony attempts to create a universe where gaming and real-world events collide. Both approaches have their merits, but Sony’s ad could benefit from a more balanced approach that includes narrative depth and visual spectacle.

Audience Reaction

The audience’s reaction to the ad has been mostly positive, with many praising the iconic characters and the high-quality production. However, some fans were disappointed by the absence of other beloved characters. The ad has sparked conversations and even debates, proving that it has at least succeeded in engaging its audience.

Final Thoughts

Sony Interactive Entertainment has made a commendable effort with its new UEFA Champions League sponsorship ident. While it excels in visual storytelling, it could benefit from a more comprehensive representation of its gaming universe and a deeper narrative. It’s a step in the right direction, but there’s still a long way to go.



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