Epic Games has acquired internet music company Bandcamp, the latter has announced.
In a statement posted on the official Bandcamp blog, co-founder and CEO Ethan Diamond said: “I’m excited to announce that Bandcamp is joining Epic Games, who you may know as the makers of Fortnite and Unreal Engine, and champions for a fair and open internet.”
Diamond stressed that the deal won’t affect the company’s day-to-day running. “Bandcamp will keep operating as a standalone marketplace and music community, and I will continue to lead our team,” he said.
“The products and services you depend on aren’t going anywhere, we’ll continue to build Bandcamp around our artists-first revenue model (where artists net an average of 82% of every sale), you’ll still have the same control over how you offer your music, Bandcamp Fridays will continue as planned, and the Daily will keep highlighting the diverse, amazing music on the site.
“However, behind the scenes we’re working with Epic to expand internationally and push development forward across Bandcamp, 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.”
Diamond explained that Bandcamp’s decision to join Epic was because the company shared its mission to “help spread the healing power of music by building a community where artists thrive through the direct support of their fans”, which has led to a total of nearly $1 billion of payments to artists and labels.
“While over the years we’ve heard from other companies who wanted us to join them, we’ve always felt that doing so would only be exciting if they strongly believed in our mission, were aligned with our values, and not only wanted to see Bandcamp continue, but also wanted to provide the resources to bring a lot more benefit to the artists, labels, and fans who use the site,” he said.
“Epic ticks all those boxes. We share a vision of building the most open, artist-friendly ecosystem in the world, and together we’ll be able to create even more opportunities for artists to be compensated fairly for their work.”
In November, Epic also acquired Rock Band and Dance Central creator Harmonix, which stated that it planned to “work with Epic to create musical journeys and gameplay for Fortnite”.