An ongoing music copyright infringement lawsuit isn't stopping gaming platform Roblox from solidifying its partnership with the second-biggest recording company in the business. Today (July 6), Roblox and Sony Music Entertainment announced a strategic partnership to bring more Sony artists into the Roblox universe, after collaborating on several in-game events with artists like Lil Nas X and Zara Larsson.
The two companies will work together to develop more music experiences for Roblox's 42 million active daily users, including concerts, release parties and the creation of in-game artist worlds. Sony gets to reach new audiences and generate new revenue streams (such as peddling virtual merchandise for players' avatars), while Roblox gets to offer its players new ways to connect with some of the world's biggest superstars.
"With this new agreement, we look forward to expanding our successful partnership with the Roblox team to further unlock commercial opportunities at the intersection of music and gaming," Sony Music Entertainment president of global digital business and U.S. sales Dennis Kooker said. "Immersive online environments represent a meaningful opportunity for reaching a growing number of fans who want to use virtual communities to enjoy shared music experiences."