Day: 3 avril 2020

Twitch will get games for streamers and viewers to play together

Amazon has been publishing games for a while now: its Amazon Game Studios division has been around since 2015. However, the company is preparing a new push, investing “hundreds of millions of dollars” in its games development and distribution business according to the New York Times.
That includes big-budget PC games, but we’re just as interested in what the report describes as “new casual games that broadcasters on its popular Twitch streaming service can play alongside viewers in real time”.
This is all based on briefings with Amazon executives, so it’s fact rather than speculation. “We love this idea that you have a player, a streamer and a viewer all sharing in this synchronous interactive environment of Twitch,” said Amazon’s VP for game services and studios Mike Frazzini.
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Zoom has 200m daily users, but CEO promises to fix its problems

A month ago, most of us had never even heard of video-conferencing app Zoom. Now it feels like we’re all on it having work meetings and catching up with friends and family.
The company behind it has revealed that Zoom was being used by 200 million daily users in March – up from an average of just 10 million at the end of December 2019. Amazing growth, but Zoom’s ubiquity has also exposed some problems with the platform and its technology, and a number of articles questioning its security and privacy policies.
Now CEO Eric Yuan has published a blog post about Zoom’s growing pains, which also seeks to reassure users spooked by those reports.
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YouTube Kids may be the top video streaming app of 2020 so far

Apptopia is one of a cluster of app analytics firms (see also: App Annie, Sensor Tower) mining the app stores for data on the size and growth of the apps market.
Its latest report is co-published with a customer engagement firm called Braze, and focuses on the video streaming world. The part that caught our eye was the report’s table of the top 10 streaming apps in 2020 so far, measured by time spent within the app.
It’s no surprise to see Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime Video in the top five globally, with Indian service Hotstar – and Disney+ lurking in sixth place. But none of the apps mentioned above were in the top slot.
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Startup SupaPass is now a ‘website and app creation’ platform

Back in July 2016, we profiled a British startup called SupaPass, which had just launched an app for musicians to run their own subscription services: starting at £1 a month for access to their music, videos, social posts and other exclusive content. Imogen Heap would be one of its most high-profile artists.
We hadn’t checked in on the company for a while, but SupaPass is still going, armed with $600k of new funding – taking it to $3.5m in total – and a strategic pivot of its business.
The company is now pitching itself as an “all-in-one website and app creation platform” for all kinds of clients. Artists and labels are still a key target, but it’s also angling for podcasters, fitness and wellbeing stars, TV and film companies, charities, conferences and any other businesses with engaged audiences.
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L Devine’s digital ‘URL Tour’ helped her sell out of merch

One of the most inventive approaches to livestreaming so far this year came from British artist L Devine, who went on an online-only ‘URL Tour’ when a planned physical tour was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Instead of towns or cities, the URL Tour was structured around platforms: Instagram Live on 16 March; Twitter on 20 March; Facebook Live on 23 March; TikTok on 26 March; and YouTube Live on 30 March.
How did it go? We recommend Billboard’s post-mortem with Devine for that: the tour involved a mixture of different sets and themes, tuned for each platform, with plenty of benefits.
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Encore launches ‘music messages’ including NHS donations

Personalised video messages from celebrities are officially A Startup Thing, thanks to companies like Cameo and Taki, where people can pay for celebs to record them (or their friends / family) a unique video clip.
Now music/tech startup Encore has launched a spin on the idea for musicians. Its core business is providing a website for events organisers to book musicians. Its new thing is called Encore Music Messages, and extends the ‘artist bookings’ business into personalised videos.
“Book a musician to create a customised music video for you or a friend,” as its website explains. The price starts at £15 per video (around $18.50) with £2.50 from each video going to National Health Service charities.
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Side Door expands to include ticketing for livestream concerts

There are plenty of ways for artists to perform concerts at home and livestream them during the current period of social distancing and self-isolation, but not quite so many ways to charge fans to watch.
One recently-launched option is a startup called Side Door. Its core business is (or rather: will be, once the lockdown ends) facilitating Sofar Sounds-style ‘micro-performances’ to be booked in people’s homes and other unusual venues.
However, the company has now developed a feature to sell tickets for livestreamed shows, and will be waiving its commission for anyone using its service during April. Co-founder Dan Mangan is a musician himself, and attracted more than 600 ticketholders to his last concert on 28 March.
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Spotify app now works with Siri voice assistant on Apple Watch

We haven’t heard that much about Spotify’s European anti-competition complaint against Apple for a while, despite rumblings last year about a potential investigation. However, there have been some moves by Apple to open up its ecosystem in ways that address some of the complaints that Spotify had.
One concerns access to its Siri voice assistant, which was opened up last autumn with ‘SiriKit’ as part of the iOS 13 software. Spotify has already taken advantage on some Apple devices, and yesterday that extended to its Apple Watch app too. Small steps, but encouraging ones for these bitter rivals.
In separate Spotify news, it looks like we’ll soon be seeing the launch of its ‘Follow Feed’ feature in Spotify’s mobile app. First spotted in late February, it’s an in-app news feed of “new releases from artists you follow and more”.
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European music orgs call for more pandemic-tackling investment

A collective of 40 European music bodies are calling for the European Union and also national governments to deliver more support to the music industry and its creators, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
“In light of this dire situation, we call for emergency as well as sustainable public support and structural policies at EU, national, regional and local level to consolidate the music ecosystem, and help it thrive again in all its diversity,” explained the group, led by Impala.
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SoundCloud makes its pitch to artists as a music distributor

SoundCloud made several announcements yesterday, and alongside its financial support for creators, there was also the launch of a new ‘marketing and distribution engine’ called Repost by SoundCloud.
It’s a very interesting move for the streaming service: “professional marketing and monetization services and industry-leading distribution features, with priority chat support”.
In essence, it’s a pitch for SoundCloud to be an artist’s digital distributor, including taking their music to other DSPs and social platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, TikTok and Instagram, and with features to “pitch for playlists, set up pre-save campaigns, claim your content on YouTube, and pay collaborators simply”.
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