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@bandcamp: Bandcamp is joining Epic Games! Read more here: https://blog.bandcamp.com/… https://twitter.com/…

@nibellion: Epic Games has acquired.. Bandcamp https://t.co/6XpKT6pJc2 https://t.co/MB58RsA2xP

Tim Sweeney / @timsweeneyepic: Welcome Bandcamp! This an amazing company with an amazing service for music lovers and musicians. The Bandcamp team has been a constant source of inspiration by helping creatives and fans connect directly. Lots of exciting possibilities for the future. https://twitter.com/…

Patrick Hedger / @pathedger18: Things that have aged badly. https://twitter.com/… https://twitter.com/…

Zola Jesus / @zolajesus: honestly: this is the world we live in. nothing can exist without venture capital, nothing can grow without corporate investment. this is why any *actually* progressive alternatives are struggling for development and resources. and why bandcamp is now a game store. https://twitter.com/…

@danlesac: Spoken to a few friends who’ve had direct involvement with Epic and generally, it seems, they’ve been pretty hands off and quick to offer support when needed. Still incredibly nervous about it, but not gonna bail on Bandcamp unless they give me a reason too. https://twitter.com/…

Damon K / @dada_drummer: Wait Epic is 40% owned by Tencent who have stakes in… Spotify and the major labels. Did we just lose our independent digital record store

Ron Knox / @ronmknox: 7. At the moment, streaming on Bandcamp on mobile does what all streaming companies claim to do – offer a preview of music, so fans can then decide whether they want to pay for an album. On Bandcamp, it’s a necessity. You can’t keep streaming without buying. That’s the model.

Jon Russell / @jonrussell: Music + metaverse isn’t just a web3 concept–Epic Games is diving right in Epic, of course, made a big splash when Travis Scott performed inside Fornite back in 2020–Roblox also hosted a ‘virtual’ Lil Nas X gig https://blog.bandcamp.com/…

Ron Knox / @ronmknox: 5. Epic could also help create a thing fans have been asking for for years, and that is now occupied by third-party software: Playlists. Bandcamp playlists would be massively popular. But the worry, for me, is that it would lead to something else entirely.

Ron Knox / @ronmknox: 4. At the moment, Apple doesn’t allow third-parties to accept payments for anything – whether it’s Fortnite skins or albums on Bandcamp. That has forever been a barrier for the platform – and one Epic is obviously willing to go to war for.

Eriq Gardner / @eriqgardner: Why does Epic want to own Bandcamp? I don’t know, but I do know that Epic is engaged in a major antitrust showdown with Apple (now before an appeals court), and I found this @bergmayer section about the ruling last year to be intriguing…[uses Bandcamp as an example of a beneficiary of a ban on anti-steering rules]

Ron Knox / @ronmknox: 3. There are a few ways Epic could improve Bandcamp, and I suspect it might. It should fight for fans to be able to buy music from their phones within the Bandcamp app. Doing so would help artists and fans. Epic deeply understands Apple’s payment monopoly – and how to fight it.

@_daemons: If, like me, you’ve bought a tonne of independent artists’ music on Bandcamp, I’d start downloading albums for offline backup ASAP: https://variety.com/…

Will Oremus / @willoremus: @David_Ingram my actual theory is that they both just wanted more excuses to bond over their mutual hatred of ios app store policies

Dan Seifert / @dcseifert: everyone: the best way to support your fav band is buy their music from bandcamp on fridays tim sweeney: k https://www.theverge.com/…

@midimyers: if this means epic games is developing a spotify and/or apple music competitor, i just wanna go ahead and say, that sucks! i really love what bandcamp was, and i hope it doesn’t get ruined and/or transformed into a shitty app that steals substantial income from musicians.

Ron Knox / @ronmknox: 8. Were Epic to undo this model – if it unlinked streaming from buying a song or album – it would crater the core purpose of the platform entirely. I’m worried that – given Epic’s love for subscription models in games – that’s exactly what it wants to do.

Sam Bowman / @s8mb: This is very interesting. Moves like this really highlight the poverty of many competition economists’ understanding of M&A in tech. https://blog.bandcamp.com/…

@future_of_music: You can bet we have a lot of complicated thoughts about this! ? https://twitter.com/…

Ron Knox / @ronmknox: 6. My concern is that Epic looks at Bandcamp as sees the potential to create its own, very profitable streaming platform. Maybe it would be better than Spotify and the others, maybe it pays out more royalties. But the core business model of streaming remains bad for artists.

Ron Knox / @ronmknox: 2. As always, my primary concern here is with the independence and finances of artists and their labels. Bandcamp isn’t perfect, but so far it has been a noble and sometimes successful attempt at recreating the brick and mortar record store online. It’s too important to lose.

@jujuadams: Epic Games bought Mediatonic, promised they wouldn’t force the studio to use Unreal Engine, then 6 months later – surprise! – forced everyone to use Unreal to “make a case study for how easy it is convert from Unity to Unreal” https://twitter.com/…

Ron Knox / @ronmknox: 1. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around this, but, as someone who is deeply cynical of consolidation, here are some quick reactions to Epic Games buying Bandcamp. https://twitter.com/…

@zoecello: Wow this is huge news. I’ve been selling my music on @Bandcamp since 2010, I hope that @EpicGames maintains the integrity of this critical music distribution ecosystem that thousands of independent artists rely on https://twitter.com/…

@gatorsafterdark: 12 minute ambient tracks coming to Fortnite!!! https://twitter.com/…

Rami Ismail / @tha_rami: Just dreaming up new acquisitions for Epic at this point. Boeing? Maybelinne? Albert Heijn? McNuggets? https://blog.bandcamp.com/…

Emma Blackery / @emmablackery: This is going to be a really, really bad thing for independent artists. https://twitter.com/…

@mark_mulligan: Been using Twitter solely for Ukraine news recently but this music biz news is sufficiently important to share. My $0.10 is that this is a creator-tools-for-consumers ecosystem play more than metaverse-for-artists play (tho both apply). Blog to follow. https://variety.com/…

Ted Gioia / @tedgioia: Can someone more familiar with the video game world tell me how trusted and responsible Epic Games (new owner of Bandcamp) is? They will soon have a very, very large influence on indie music. https://twitter.com/…

Ted Gioia / @tedgioia: Bandcamp has been acquired? It’s now part of the Fortnite video game empire? https://variety.com/… I hope this works out–musicians have come to trust and rely on Bandcamp. The new owner promises Bandcamp will operate independently. But those kind of promises are often broken.

@theneedledrop: Could be good? Could be bad? Guess we’ll see? ???? ? https://twitter.com/…

@mowtendoo: third user generated content platform epic grabs in under a year. They are likely doing vertical integration for something larger they have in mind and its making me very uncomfortable https://twitter.com/… https://twitter.com/…

Dan Ozzi / @danozzi: finally we are one step closer to getting an indie rock version of the def jam fighting games. big thief will do battle with foxing. mitski and alex g will go head to head. mac demarco will land a crushing combo on kevin morby. https://twitter.com/… https://twitter.com/…

@ifiremonkey: Epic Games has acquired Bandcamp 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. https://www.epicgames.com/… https://twitter.com/…

@tweed_thneed: fuck VCs, fuck the financialization of everything, fuck making artists worry about a living wage while they make what they love https://twitter.com/…

Chance Ivey / @iveytron: As someone who lived an entire, former life as a musician and someone that has a deep understanding of Epic’s values regarding “makers” controlling their own destiny, my excitement for this is off the charts. Welcome aboard, @Bandcamp! https://twitter.com/…

Casey Newton / @caseynewton: Looking forward to the next season of Fortnite, when you’ll be able to earn MP3s from emo folk bands

@danboeckner: Seems bad https://twitter.com/…

@imgarysuarez: A beloved record store is being sold to a multimillion dollar corporation. What could go wrong?! https://twitter.com/…

@docpop: @Bandcamp Please don’t get into NFTs. Please don’t get into NFTs. Please don’t get into NFTs.

Ed Zitron / @edzitron: Fair and open internet eh https://twitter.com/…

@noahyoo: What on actual earth https://twitter.com/…

@jessfromonline: well this massively sucks https://twitter.com/…

@gum_mp3: Since when has epic games been a champion of fair and open internet. Is that just code for you guys are gonna do bandcamp NFTs https://twitter.com/…

McEwen / @melissamcewen: Even the “nice” tech companies will sell you out for a buck https://twitter.com/…

Metaling Mage / @meddlingmage: I don’t like this 🙁 https://twitter.com/…

@pulsesva: releasing our next album on unreal engine https://twitter.com/…

@mowtendoo: Very bad https://twitter.com/…

@wario64: Bandcamp is Joining Epic Games https://blog.bandcamp.com/… https://twitter.com/…

Jack Appleby / @juiceboxca: NO WAY. I love this so much. Epic Games has brought so much energy to so many of their acquisitions, and Bandcamp is a wonderful, artist-first platform. So excited to see this grow. https://twitter.com/…

@trndytrndy: Tbf this isnt the worst thing ever, i feel this could go in the direction of epic helping bandcamp make/service a streaming platform like spotify along side normal bandcamp But also im very suspicious cause epic games is epic games and theres probably some larger motive here https://twitter.com/…

Berry / @bloodberry_tart: weird but alright i guess https://twitter.com/…

@drownedinsound: This sounds like amazing news. Congrats @Bandcamp ? https://twitter.com/…

@backxwash: If you see a fortnite skin of me doing the woah to Wail Of The Banshee mind your business https://blog.bandcamp.com/…

Will Oremus / @willoremus: i guess… they’ll need… music in the metaverse? https://t.co/qSHlFJgzpi

Nathan Bernhardt / @jonbernhardt: as a fundamental rule acquisitions are neutral-to-bad for you the consumer and bad-to-horrifying for you the worker/content producer (whatever your relationship to the acquired entity). no reason to think this is an exception that’ll test it. https://twitter.com/…

@mellomakes: What. https://twitter.com/…

@lazerwalker: I am… pessimistic. https://twitter.com/…

Casey Newton / @caseynewton: What??? https://twitter.com/…

@epicnewsroom: ? Join us in welcoming @Bandcamp to Epic! Together we’ll support fair and open platforms for artists and their fans. Learn more here: https://www.epicgames.com/…

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