Last September, we wrote about a startup called Manticore Games, which had launched a platform called Core that was in similar(ish) territory to Roblox. In other words, a platform where people can play games, but also create them using its tools. Fortnite maker Epic Games led a funding round for it then, with Roc Nation subsidiary Arrive having also invested in the company.

Now there’s a specific music angle to Core, with the news that Deadmau5 is crowdsourcing his next music video from its community. You can see the details for the ‘Dystopian Worlds Collab Jam’ contest here: people are being asked to create a world using Core that can then be included in the video for his new single (ft. Lights) ‘When The Summer Dies’. There will also be prizes of cash, merch, meet’n’greets and even a “lifetime guestlist pass” for his live events. Developers have been given some themes to work with: War-Torn, Cyberpunk/SciFi, Abandoned Stages and Dystopian.

The news follows Deadmau5’s recent co-founding (with fellow artist Plastikman) of a ‘direct-to-avatar’ startup called Pixelynx, which wants to help musicians do more with games and metaverses.

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Stuart Dredge

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