Music platform Bandcamp have announced that they are being bought by Epic Games. Most things will remain the same, they say, but they're looking to expand internationally, improve their platform, and extend their reach into vinyl and live streaming.
In a statement posted to Twitter
, Bandcamp emphasise continuity. They claim that they will "keep operating as a standalone marketplace and music community," and that "we'll continue to build Bandcamp around our artists-first revenue model." That apparently includes Bandcamp Fridays, where on the first Friday of the month the platform waives its share of sales. (So if there's something you're thinking about picking up, it'll be running tomorrow.)
"Behind the scenes we're working with Epic to expand internationally and push development forward across Bandcamp," the statement continues. "From basics like our album pages, mobile apps, merch tools, payment system, and search and discovery features, to newer initiatives like our vinyl pressing and live streaming services."
For their part, Epic say that
"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," although they don't specify exactly what that role will be.
Many independent musicians who rely on Bandcamp for their income have expressed reservations
, however. Despite talking up their mission for a fair platform, Epic haven't always seen eye to eye with creators. Music artists in particular weren't always pleased
with how Fortnite appeared to lift some of their dance moves for emotes. And the creators of Fortnite itself were allegedly subject to massive crunch
after the game's unexpected success.
As well as various games acquisitions, like Fall Guys developers Mediatonic
and Rocket League developers Psyonix
, Epic acquired the artist marketplace ArtStation