Report hails Twitch’s ‘skyscraper’ viewing hours in Q2 2020
Another Covid-19 lockdown trend is the sharp growth of viewing hours for livestreaming video services, particularly Twitch. Industry firms StreamElements and Arsenal·gg have published their latest 'State of the Stream'...
July 24, 2020
Renegade TikTok meme is now an official emote in Fortnite
Earlier this year, we published an article about how Atlanta rapper K Camp's 'Lottery' track went viral on TikTok and Instagram last year, kickstarted by teenager Jalaiah Harmon's video of herself dancing to the track. The...
July 20, 2020
Sony Corporation invests $250m in Fortnite maker Epic Games
Sony Music's parent company is investing $250m in Epic Games, the company behind Fortnite. Sony Corporation announced the deal yesterday, and said it "allows Sony and Epic to aim to broaden their collaboration across...
July 10, 2020
NMPA boss puts Twitch, Fortnite on livestream licensing notice
Twitch is having a difficult moment with copyright takedowns and demands for a platform-wide licensing deal, but the US National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has its sights set on sync royalties for recorded livestreams...
June 18, 2020
Fortnite creator Epic Games tipped for valuation of $17bn
Epic Games isn’t just the publisher of Fortnite: it also owns also-popular-with-the-kids game Rocket League; video-chat app Houseparty; the Unreal Engine game development engine; and its own digital games store. No...
June 16, 2020
What is the future of virtual concerts on Fortnite and other online games?
Travis Scott is the latest act to turn an appearance in Fortnite into a landmark event for music, building on what Marshmello achieved within the game last year. Scott’s first concert there drew in 12.3m people and he will...
May 28, 2020
Imagine if Fortnite had a music streaming partnership…
We've been thinking a lot about Fortnite and music recently. Travis Scott attracted 27.7 million people to his recent 'Astronomical' concerts within the popular game, while its new Party Royale mode has already hosted DJ...
May 22, 2020
Sandbox Issue 252: Music’s extended stay in Fortnite
Lead: Last year there was a lot of excitement when Marshmello hosted a live set within Fortnite, but this year a run of shows by Travis Scott moved everything up several gears. This was aided in no small part by Fortnite...
May 14, 2020
Travis Scott Fortnite concerts drew 27.7m people in total
We already knew that 12.3 million people turned out for Travis Scott’s first ‘Astronomical’ concert in video game Fortnite. But the event was repeated four more times that weekend, so what was the total...
May 12, 2020
Steve Aoki and Deadmau5 next to play Fortnite’s new venue
Fresh from hosting a Major Lazer-themed DJ set from Diplo, Fortnite’s new ‘Party Royale’ mode is set for its next music concert tonight. The ‘Party Royale Premier’ will take place at the virtual island’s ‘Main...
May 8, 2020
Fortnite now has more than 350m registered players
Epic Games has put put a couple of new figures for its flagship game Fortnite, and they’re big. “Fortnite now has over 350 million registered players! In April, players spent over 3.2 billion hours in game,” tweeted the...
May 7, 2020