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Anzu Awarded TAG Seals and IAB UK Gold Standard 2.0 Certification

Anzu Virtual Reality Ltd. | August 16, 2021

Anzu.io, the world’s most advanced in-game advertising platform, announced today that it earned three major industry certifications: the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) Brand Safety Certified Seal, the TAG Certified Against Fraud Seal, and the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) UK Gold Standard Certification 2.0. Together, these certifications demonstrate Anzu’s ongoing commitment to promoting a safe, secure, and fraud-free ecosystem that benefits the entire advertising chain.
Anzu was awarded the TAG Brand Safety Certified Seal after an independent validation by third-party auditor ABC, demonstrating that the company had achieved the program requirements, including industry best practices to improve brand safety and reduce the risk of ad misplacement. The TAG Certified Against Fraud Seal is awarded to companies that maintain rigorous standards to combat fraudulent and invalid traffic in the advertising supply chain. As part of those requirements, Anzu uses MRC-accredited anti-fraud solutions and measures and verifies that traffic is compliant with industry safety standards.

Anzu is known to take a proactive approach to meeting and exceeding industry demands for greater transparency. These certifications will give media buyers, and advertisers increased confidence in the steps taken to protect brand safety and reduce fraud through Anzu’s in-game platform.

“As digital gaming continues to grow rapidly, we are pleased that forward-looking companies like Anzu are adopting best practices to combat fraudulent, invalid traffic and protect the brand safety of their ad partners,” said Mike Zaneis, CEO of TAG. “These supply chain challenges extend across all parts of the digital advertising ecosystem, so TAG is committed to ensuring its program covers gaming and other emerging digital advertising channels, and we look forward to continuing to work with Anzu on these important efforts.”

To receive the IAB Gold Standard Certification 2.0 in the Full-Service Support category, Anzu took the necessary steps. These included implementing IAB Tech Lab’s ads.txt to tackle ad fraud and its Transparency & Consent Framework v2.0 to ensure GDPR and e-privacy laws are adhered to, undergoing a TAG Brand Safety audit, and endorsing the guiding principles from Coalition for Better Ads.

“As the industry evolves, with areas such as gaming seeing rapid growth, it’s essential that businesses are upholding standards and best practices across the board. The Gold Standard is key to this, helping to create a digital ecosystem that is both responsible and sustainable. We’re delighted to have Anzu’s support in this mission, and many congratulations to them on becoming Gold Standard 2.0 certified,” said Tina Lakhani, head of ad tech, IAB UK.

In addition to these achievements, Anzu is the first and only platform of its kind to earn an ISO 27001 certification. The in-game advertising company also partners with many top-tier AdTech industry leaders to enable advertisers to make smarter, more effective media buys. Anzu and Moat work together to track impression delivery and IVT measurement in 3D mobile and PC game environments. The company’s partnership with Comscore brings advertising measurement and attribution solutions to advertisers to better understand audience behaviour and campaign impact.

“The public’s interest in gaming and esports has exploded over the past few years, and advertisers have taken note, realising that they can connect with a diverse audience of 3.1 billion gamers. We have taken the concepts of brand safety, transparency, measurement, and data privacy to the next level, ensuring advertisers and publishers operate within an environment that delivers value for them while protecting the player experience,” said Tegan Hull, Anzu’s head of operations. “We are proud to have earned these certifications, and we will continue to lead the industry in promoting them and establishing new ones that uphold our values.”

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