Game Lounge rebranded and redesigned its Japanese online casino affiliate website to target the local audience better and stay ahead of competitors.
The rebranding saw the brand name change from JapaneseCasino to JAPACASI as a commitment to Japanese users’ proclivity towards portmanteaus.
Japanesecasino.com was first launched in Japan in 2016 with the vision of a European product embedded in Japanese ideas. Following a market growth spurt, it was apparent to the company that the current Eurasian UI/UX of the website had to undergo an extensive redesign to stay ahead of its competitors in this ultra-competitive market.
Game Lounge’s Team Japan, consisting of seven native Japanese nationals, felt the new design should capture the overwhelming sensory experience that Japanese consumers are accustomed to with animated banners, clashing colours, vivid images, and a more central focus on the current Kawaii characters.
Jonas Cederholm, CEO of Game Lounge, said: “Localisation is crucial for any international company operating in a variety of countries. While this has always been at the forefront of our approach, we felt we could go further by rebranding and redesigning.
“At Game Lounge, we are privileged to have seven Japanese working for the company, and it made sense for us to listen to the team and work on how we should adapt to attract more local punters with our understanding of the nuances of the market.”
Rika M., Site Manager for Japan, said: “I received much intimate feedback from our partner casinos about the type of advertising they want for their brands in this unique market, which has allowed us to create a new website that has better conversion elements in this market.”
The website already has an established collection of Kawaii characters, which have become recognisable mascots for the brand in Japan. With the new JAPACASI, these characters are further developed with more affluent personalities and more prominence to resonate with the local culture.
JAPACASI is a testament to the chemistry between the Japanese team and the brilliant European and international minds of Game Lounge’s Malta office.