News | Google: a mini-game puts pétanque in the spotlight for the 77th anniversary of the French Federation of Pétanque and Provençal games

The French Federation of Petanque and Provençal Game (FFPJP) celebrates its 77th anniversary today. This anniversary is attributed by the internet giant Google, which called on one of its designers Hélène Leroux to create a mini-game.

The illustrator has imagined a “Doodle” – these drawings which take place instead of “Google” on the home page of the search engine – which also serves as a game in which Internet users can play a game of petanque online with other random players. This idea came”during a week of hackathon in the team“, pétanque being”a popular game that people play all over France“, explains Hélène Leroux.

The illustrator has never lived in Provence but still knows this region from which she drew her inspiration: “When I was a child, I used to go on vacation to Provence to visit family friends and the strongest memory I have of it are the long lunches under the sun, with good fresh local dishes and the sound of cicadas in the background! I knew it was very important to have this sound effect, they are part of the soundscape there.”

To illustrate this game, she has chosen to represent the boules players with one of the culinary specialties of the region. “When we think of Provence, we think of olives, and it’s only natural that I chose to have two teams, green against dark purple (kalamata type). I wanted to make sure I had saturated and vivid colors to give a nice feeling of warmth and vacation“, she continues.The idea quickly came to make these little olives play at a game of petanque on a picnic table and the decor finally became a slice of bread“, details Hélène Leroux.

This Doodle game will be available today and tomorrow in 17 countries: Germany, Austria, Cambodia, Spain, United States, France, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, United Kingdom, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand.

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