Artist Kai performed to 100k+ fans in Roblox game Splash
We’ve written regularly about Australian startup Popgun and its Splash music-making app, including its expansion as a Roblox game. By November 2020, the game had been used by more than 21 million players, while Popgun...
March 16, 2021
First day of Roblox trading valued games firm at $38.3bn
Games firm Roblox is now a public company, having successfully seen through its direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange. Its first day of trading yesterday saw the company’s share price close at $69.50, valuing...
March 11, 2021
UMG and Gameloft launch Queen: Rock Tour mobile game
After a fan-made music videos contest and the band’s official TikTok debut, the latest stage in Queen’s digital strategy has been revealed: a mobile game. It’s called ‘Queen: Rock Tour’, and...
March 1, 2021
Glass Animals make a Minecraft splash with fan’s ‘house flip’
A number of artists and festivals have experimented with the game Minecraft in recent years. One of the still-powerful things about it is the community of YouTubers and Twitch streamers making Minecraft videos, which reach...
February 18, 2021
Poké Malone: Post Malone set for Pokémon livestream concert
It wasn’t such a surprise that Post Malone is a big fan of Nirvana, as showcased in his livestream covers concert last year. It’s perhaps more unexpected that he’s also a fan of Pikachu, Bellsprout, Lickitung...
February 12, 2021
Blockchain game sells nine plots of virtual land… for $1.5m
We’ve been writing about NFTs (nonfungible tokens) recently, and thinking about their potential for the music industry. But other entertainment sectors are doing the same, games in particular – the pioneer industry...
February 10, 2021
Rhythm Hive game features music of BTS and other K-Pop stars
K-Pop artists have been taking streaming services by storm around the world. Now their music could fuel the next mobile gaming hit. Well, that’s what developer Superb Corp is hoping with its new mobile game Rhythm...
February 5, 2021
VR music game Beat Saber has sold 4m copies (and 40m songs)
Slowly but surely, Facebook’s Oculus Quest virtual reality headsets are making a stronger business case for VR, and music game Beat Saber is at the forefront of that. A new blog post from VP of content Mike Verdu revealed...
February 3, 2021
Games firm Ncsoft launches Universe app aimed at K-Pop fans
Big Hit Entertainment’s Weverse social platform has been a big hit for its K-Pop bands and their thriving fandoms. Rival SM Entertainment has also teamed up with tech firm Naver on livestreaming service Beyond Live...
January 29, 2021
Versus Game raises $4m to apply ‘social wagering’ to music
News of a $4m funding round for a startup called Versus Game caught our eye this morning because of the investors: Raised In Space and Plus Eight Equity Partners, both of whom have strong links with the music industry....
January 29, 2021
Report: games and interactive media made $139.9bn in 2020
It isn’t news that the games industry is now much bigger than the recorded music industry, and rather than that getting us down, it should fuel our excitement about the potential collaborations between the two industries....
January 7, 2021
Roblox raises $520m funding round from investors including WMG
Gaming platform Roblox was all set to go public in late 2020, before putting off its IPO until this year to give more time to decide how to price it. Now the company has sprung a surprise with a new funding round of $520m –...
January 7, 2021