Spotify merges gaming, co-creation and music in community-centered virtual world


SOURCE: PSFK.COM
JUL 16, 2022

Spotify Island, a branded plot of virtual land on popular gaming platform Roblox, allows music fans of all generations to interact with the music streaming platform in a whole new way.

The majority of Roblox users are under 16, while just 14% are older than 25, making the gaming platform an important place for brands to maintain a presence if they want to create productive, supportive, and ideally long-term relationships with both their fans and new audiences, including members of Generation Alpha. The immersive platform is host to its own universe of metaverse-style virtual worlds, both self-created and otherwise, all of which offer brands a wide variety of experiential activation opportunities and shared interactions.

Spotify is the first music-streaming brand to plant its flag in the Roblox virtual ecosystem, though it is far from the only company to want to responsibly leverage the gaming world’s potential for growing loyalty and engaging new consumer demographics. Nike, for example, maintains a popular Roblox world called Nikeland, which the iconic retailer has even linked to innovative in-store activations. Younger generations have grown up surrounded by fast-changing technology including digital streaming, and social media across every available device and screen, making it important for brands to meet them where they are with authentically integrated experiences.

Spotify’s Roblox world is meant to be a digital space where the brand’s fans can hang out, no matter their physical location, and participate in virtual events, experiences, and other music-centric activities. From the main Spotify Island, visitors will be able to visit, via “portal,” a wide variety of fun-filled themed islands that Spotify plans to bring to life throughout the year. The Spotify islands will play host to exclusive content, artist interactions, and gamified experiences designed for all age groups. Spotify’s vision is to turn the players on Roblox into co-creators and performers. For example, some items, like artists’ merch, can only be unlocked by completing quests around the island, which include, for example, playing sounds and collecting musical notes sprinkled throughout the world. The whole experience is designed to be shared with others, including friends, musicians and other Spotify users, through various activities. Soundtrap, the Spotify-owned digital audio workstation that lets users collaborate remotely and make their own unique musical tracks, will play a big role throughout the virtual world experiences.

Spotify Island is also meant to provide an opportunity for artists to connect with their fans, sell in-game virtual merchandise, and drive further band-fan engagements through virtual experiences. The first themed experience on Spotify Island was K-Park, an homage to all things K-Pop, which gave in-game fans and visitors the chance to interact with superstar artists like Stray Kids and SUNMI.

Similar to how kids and teens used to hang out and gather after school at record shops, Spotify Island on Roblox offers an innovative, digital-first strategy meant to appeal to the younger generations’ connected worlds with personalized experiences integrated into daily life.