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Facebook buys the developer of VR-music game Beat Saber


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Beat Saber has been one of the success stories in the modern virtual-reality industry: the music-rhythm game sold its one millionth copy in May 2019, nine months after the $20 title’s release. Now that success has led to an exit, to one of the biggest companies involved in VR.

Facebook has acquired Beat Saber’s developer Beat Games, which will now be an ‘independently-operated studio’ in Prague, sitting within Facebook’s Oculus Studios division.

“Beat Games will continue to ship content and updates for Beat Saber across all currently supported platforms, now with even more support from Facebook,” announced Oculus’ director of content Mike Verdu in a blog post. “Facebook and the Beat Games team know that there is so much more that can be done across VR, games, and music. They have only scratched the surface with Beat Saber in terms of social features, new modes, music, and more.”

Beat Games has already worked with several artists on music packs for Beat Saber, including Imagine Dragons and Panic At The Disco.

Given Facebook’s recent history of forging licensing relationships with music rightsholders, there’s clearly scope for plenty more of these packs in the months ahead.

Stuart Dredge

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