Keeping players' heads in the game

“Game Over for Headaches”

As a 60-year-old brand, Excedrin needed to reach a younger 18–24-year-old audience.  Research quickly revealed two things: first, this group loves to play video games – and second, everything about gaming causes headaches.  

The challenge

Gaming was at an all-time highand gamers were 55% more likely to suffer from headaches. But Excedrin was facing a problem, with only 25% awareness among 18–24-year-olds. 

The solution

To help educate gamers about the connection between gaming and head pain (and give them the tools to avoid it), Excedrin adopted “The Healer”— a character class that helps players stay in the game.

A powerful ally

We developed a mindful gaming routine grounded in research and created original video content featuring six healers representing a variety of video games and audiences. We also formed the first-ever OTC brand partnership with Twitch to meet gamers where they are and turned to influencers like prominent gamer Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag to help spread our message of relief. 


Excedrin for the win

“Game Over for Headaches” was a hit. Campaign results include 190 earned media placements and over half a billion impressions, millions of new viewers on Twitch watched more than 19M minutes of Excedrin-related content, mentions of Excedrin among gamers increased by 50% month-over-month and over 500K 18-34 year-old households started buying Excedrin.