Sandbox Issue 200: Pod it like it’s Hot
This week’s lead feature looks at podcasting, and its relevance to labels and artists. With an estimated 484 million podcast listeners worldwide at the end of 2017, can the format help bring back some of the context to...
March 21, 2018
Twitch attracted 15m unique daily viewers in 2017
We were starting to wonder why Amazon’s Twitch live-video platform hadn’t published its usual year-end review of its stats. It turns out the company was turning the annual post into a comic strip. Among the key stats...
February 7, 2018
Going live: how livestreaming video can be used for music marketing
From Facebook Live and Twitch to apps like YouNow and Live.ly, livestreaming video is a burgeoning medium for individual creators and media brands alike. And music? A panel at Music Ally’s Sandbox Summit conference in...
October 11, 2017
Sandbox 178: Mixed Up
Lead: mixtapes have long been used in hip-hop, often when acts are starting out and wanting to create a buzz around themselves. Now they are becoming more common as major acts use them as an embellishment to an existing...
April 26, 2017
Twitch opens up monetisation to more of its broadcasters
Live-streamers on Twitch have been able to make money from their broadcasts by joining the service’s ‘Partner Program’. Now it’s launching a separate tier for others. “Introducing the Twitch Affiliate Program,...
April 24, 2017
Kasabian take to Twitch for music and game live streams
Kasabian are the latest band to work with Amazon on a digital marketing campaign, and in their case, Amazon’s live-video subsidiary Twitch is playing a major role. Yesterday, the band visited Twitch’s studios in London...
April 18, 2017
Twitch reveals plans to start selling video games
Amazon’s live video-streaming service Twitch is getting into e-commerce for its most important content category. “Twitch has always been the best place to watch, share, and play games. Soon, it will be the best place...
February 28, 2017
Busker wants to blend live-streaming with merch sales
YouNow, Live.ly, Live.me… the new live-streaming platforms keep coming, and that’s without mentioning the bigger guns like Twitch, Periscope and Facebook Live. How much room is there for new entrants? Startup Busker is...
October 17, 2016
Steve Aoki runs Twitch equivalent of No Copyright Sounds
YouTube channel No Copyright Sounds, which provides copyright-free music for gamers to use in their videos, has been a big under-the-radar success – although spawning Alan Walker’s ‘Faded’ brought it to wider attention....
October 3, 2016
Twitch cracks down on view-bots and follow-bots
It is a fact universally acknowledged, that a single social platform in possession of a good amount of users, must be in want of a barrage of bots inflating people’s metrics.
June 21, 2016
Nordic MCN United Screens talks YouTube, music and brands
“Being an artist today, it’s not only about being the best at playing guitar. You have to perform in so many other ways.” As the creative director at Nordic multi-platform network United Screens, Georg Herlitz is...
May 18, 2016
Twitch tips for musicians: playing the livestream game
There’s far more to online video than YouTube in 2016. Twitch, for example, has emerged as one of the most interesting platforms for digital viewing. It launched in 2011 as a spin-off from Justin.tv, which itself started...
March 15, 2016