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Big Media News: Epic Games Acquires Bandcamp

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The Press Release:
Today, we are thrilled to announce that Bandcamp will become part of Epic Games. Bandcamp is an online music store and community where fans can discover, connect with, and directly support the independent musicians they love.

Fair and open platforms are critical to the future of the creator economy. Epic and Bandcamp share a mission of building the most artist friendly platform that enables creators to keep the majority of their hard-earned money. Bandcamp will play an important role in Epic’s vision to build out a creator marketplace ecosystem for content, technology, games, art, music and more.

Check out this post on Bandcamp’s blog for more details…

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“Bandcamp’s mission is to help spread the healing power of music by building a community where artists thrive through the direct support of their fans,” said Ethan Diamond, CEO and co-founder of Bandcamp. “In Epic, we’ve found a partner who believes as deeply as we do that the future of music, and art itself, depends on the creation of equitable and inclusive communities like the one our fans and artists have helped to build. We’re excited to work alongside the Epic team to accelerate the realization of our mission and pursue our shared goal of empowering more creators in a fair and open way.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome the Bandcamp team to Epic Games,” said Steve Allison, Vice President and General Manager, Store at Epic Games. “Bandcamp has built an incredible community and business where up and coming artists can succeed thanks to the direct support of their fans, with one of the best revenue models and terms in music. This aligns closely with Epic’s approach to supporting creators across all media and enabling them to connect directly with their fans.”

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Now I must admit that I’ve only ever casually used Bandcamp and I’m not the biggest gamer so Epic Games isn’t a space that I regularly explore. That being said I am hopeful that the new integration only makes each side of the fence even better. I do like what Bandcamp is all about since it helps the bands reach new levels of support from fans and even does a lot of good with their branded “Bandcamp Fridays”. I’m going to try and promote those more often on the website since I know a lot of musicians who are worth listening to and don’t have the luxury of any kind of management or recording contracts. What do you folks think about this news? Is it something that you are excited about? Please chime in down below in the comments and let me know what you think about it all. I will see you again soon and please remember to keep yourselves safe out there. I personally feel the road on this whole pandemic world is not quite over yet despite what anyone says about it. Call me paranoid but I prefer precaution. Ciao.


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