Radio juggernaut iHeartMedia is launching its personal devoted house in Fortnite to host occasions and live shows. The digital park, which has been given the fairly obnoxious title of iHeartLand, is being developed utilizing the sport’s inventive mode and can characteristic a number of totally different areas.
The park features a predominant stage known as State Farm Park (in collaboration with, you guessed it, insurance coverage firm State Farm), mini-games, and a digital “headquarters” for iHeartMedia. The mini-games may change because the park evolves, however the handful that will probably be featured on launch day embody automobile racing, an impediment course, and a constructing sport.
The headquarters itself features a digital broadcast recording studio and a reproduction of the tunnel seen on iHeart’s actual headquarters in New York City. There’s no point out of what the recording studio will probably be used for, however maybe iHeartMedia presenters will drop into the digital house to file occasion commentary.
The State Farm Park stage includes a large display screen for watching performances, a crimson carpet the place you’ll be able to snap selfies, and a garden space with distributors promoting emotes and digital fireworks in change for gold (which you earn by enjoying mini-games). The gold foreign money is exclusive to iHeartLand, nevertheless it’s not clear if the emotes are unique or obtainable elsewhere in Fortnite.
It’s additionally value noting that, regardless of the Fortnite inventive mode getting used to construct iHeartLand, that is an independently created expertise and isn’t sponsored, endorsed, or administered by Epic Games.
Twenty occasions are at the moment deliberate for the digital world over the subsequent 12 months, the primary of which will probably be a prerecorded efficiency from Charlie Puth, exhibiting on September ninth. The live performance will characteristic new music from Puth’s upcoming album, and gamers can win gold by collaborating in a trivia sport hosted by Puth. A separate album release get together may also be screened in iHeartLand on October seventh.
An necessary distinction from different digital live shows, such because the performances from artists like Ariana Grande and Travis Scott in Fortnite, is that Puth is not going to characteristic as a digital avatar. Instead, the present has been prerecorded for a 2D screening on the State Farm Park stage.
iHeartLand is a part of the media large’s investments in Web3 and serves as an try and market itself to youthful audiences. We’ve seen a lot of profitable advertising stunts lately utilizing Fortnite as a platform for metaverse leisure, with Ariana Grande’s personal Fortnite live performance being attended by 27.7 million distinctive customers and 12.3 million concurrent entry gamers.
Those stats would possibly excite the iHeartMedia advertising crew, however many of the notable metaverse performances have included huge names doing well-publicized reveals with digital avatars. The apparent query right here is: will the youthful market care as a lot about watching a prerecorded live performance in iHeartLand?
Both iHeartMedia and State Farm are seemingly able to adapt ought to the present iteration of iHeartLand flop. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter iHeartMedia’s chief advertising officer Gayle Troberman stated that “iHeartLand and State Farm Park may evolve differently and dramatically” based mostly on what gamers “love and what they love less.”