Bandcamp has been acquired by Epic Games. As probably the primary modern distribution platform for Dungeon Synth, and other underground and experimental music, what do people think?
Personally, I think it's obviously far too soon to tell what it means and what impact the acquisition will have, but I'm a bit sad and suspicious of the continuing attempted monopolisation and homogenisation of culture, where a few companies attempt to own everything. It's a shame Bandcamp couldn't stay independent on principle, but of course, life is much easier with gigantic wads of money - so I can't blame anyone really for taking the cash.
I’m reserving judgement for now, the statement made by the CEO implies they’re not gonna change anything big, but we’ll see. Epic seems interested in trying new things, although innovation isn’t always a net positive. As long as they keep letting me put shitty music out for free, I don’t really have any basis to criticize. I hope they got a big fat payday.
In the current platform capitalism, this is actually a logical step. Both for Epic and for Bandcamp. I have long since said goodbye to the idea that Bandcamp is the nice little website that supports me as an independent artist, even if Bandcamp does a lot of things right.
Post by crystallogic13 on Mar 6, 2022 7:19:37 GMT -5
Nice Digol for posting it here, I saw the news the other day but didn't get time to post it, very interesting news even though I'd like to see more yours (artists') views.. Personally when I saw the news my jaw kinda dropped in a puzzled way.. On the one hand Bandcamp has been drm free, no bullshit user friendly experience, I love it all the way along, and I even think some of its (now previous?) ownership has had something to do with crypto but never it got support as a payment unfortunately.. On the other hand it's Epic, which when its then fresh-another-game-client was out, everyone was skeptical for various reasons (conspiracy theorist adding it was China influenced or something).. But some years after and while I love Good Old Games and its DRM-free experience first, after great old Steam, Epic is number 2. And I'm totally glad that I made an account relatively fast back then since without I think paying besides a single game, Epic has given for free to all as I see in my account 251+ games.. And that's a LOT, and good ones like AAA games... So, I'm looking forward, I'm hoping Epic just leave it for the time and especially never mess with the DRM-free thing..
Post by andrewwerdna on Mar 13, 2022 2:52:16 GMT -5
While I would prefer it stay independent, I suppose it could be worse. At least it wasn't bought out by Spotify or Apple or any sort of obvious competitor company that might just be trying to take it out.
Post by chaucerianmyth on Jul 12, 2022 3:49:16 GMT -5
Before the epic buyout, I had been practically unable to use bandcamp for the past few years. Everything was so slow and dysfunctional that I'd be lucky to get a song to play the whole way through, and when it did, it would often buffer literally every 2 seconds or so. Since the buyout, it has been working absolutely perfectly. No problems at all. Extremely smooth and fast and usable. Frankly all I can say is...this is epic.
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