Epic Games has announced its latest plans for music in its Fortnite game: a ‘Soundwave Series’ of concerts with a strong emphasis on artists from widely-flung parts of the world. The performances will kick off this weekend (1-3 October) with Egyptian artist Mohamed Hamaki, before taking in Tones And I (Australia), Emicida (Brazil), Gen Hoshino (Japan) and Aya Nakamura (France/Mali).
Epic Games stressed that “every show takes place in its own interactive experience in-game”, with the one for Hamaki being a ‘Hamaki’s Musical Show’ playlist made by Fortnite creators Team Alliance and TheBoyDilly. This relates to something we’ve talked about before: the potential for collaborations between artists/labels and the people creating inventive stuff in Fortnite’s Creative Mode.
There will also be an emote (dancing celebration) based on Hamaki’s ‘Leilt Elomr’ track available in Fortnite’s item shop ahead of the concert, and Epic Games has brokered a deal for YouTubers to make money from their videos of the event – even with the music included – for seven days until their videos will be demonetised but not taken down.
As in the past, Epic Games warned Twitch streamers that it can’t help them with takedowns of any archived videos or clips on that platform that include the music.