Can the Rock Band Network Transform the Music Industry?

Coulton performs Rock Band CoultonWhen the Rock Band Network — essentially an App Store for musicians who want to upload and sell Rock Band-playable versions of their songs — opens for business later this year, it has the potential to transform the music industry by giving musicians large and small a distribution platform on one of the few online services that’s managed to successfully monetize music downloads. If, that is, the Network can make their songs easy to find and enjoyable to play.  Read More about Can the Rock Band Network Transform the Music Industry?

Social Gaming in 2009: Challenges and Opportunities

pet-society-by-playfishStartups associated with social gaming were all the funding rage in 2008. (Think SGN’s $15 million last May, for example, or the $17 million that went to Playfish in October.) And though executives with casual game startups recently told me they’re confident they’ll survive this recession, the challenges and opportunities for social games, which still primarily exist on major social networks, are considerably different. So what about the coming year worries and excites top execs in the social gaming space most? Read More about Social Gaming in 2009: Challenges and Opportunities