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The yearlong pandemic has become one of the toughest external forces that the music industry has had to undergo.
But one local concert organizer has successfully pulled specialized bands together from across the country to keep his video game music concerts going.
Kent Ward recently hosted Virtua Ongaku VII on his Twitch stream, showcasing five performers – and paying them.
“It has been awesome,” said Ward, whose event raised nearly $1,000 for the performers. “We have no idea when live concerts or conventions that would book these acts will return so seeing fans step up to support the musicians has been a wonderful feeling.”
A group that organizes concerts of bands that perform video game music will go virtual this weekend.
Ongaku Overdrive, which has hosted video-game themed concerts in Orlando since 2013, will feature four acts on its Twitch channel.
Ongaku founder Kent Ward started hosting the events virtually in response to the growing coronavirus pandemic. This will be the third virtual event.
“We have enjoyed hosting online concerts during this time,” Ward said in a news release. “It has given fans something great to enjoy from the safety of their home, while also supporting amazing performers in our community.”
In our small little video game world of Central Florida, The OVG has been trying to spotlight the community.
It has been just more than one year since I launched this website with a goal of showing off what we have here in the region.
It all started with a YouTube channel that highlighted an arcade game aficionado in town who planned to auction off part of his collection.
Months after we launched, I set up this website and have dug every minute of it.
But it has been a mostly part-time gig that has had its stops and starts. Well, it’s time to start again and that will happen July 1.
In one year, this page has allowed me to connect with the Orlando Magic’s esports team and Full Sail University’s deep roster of alumni. It has enhanced my connections with Indienomicon and kept an eye out for high-profile events that made their way through Orlando.
Because of that, I have interviewed the creator of Pitfall!, watched the voice of Scorpion in “Mortal Kombat” tell stories about his career and attended a concert that featured the rapper Mega Ran, who I loved even before he came into town.
On July 1, OrlVideoGames.com will return with more interviews, features, event coverage and esports coverage than before.
How can I possibly know that? Well, I no longer have my full-time gig and am free to devote as much time as I’d like to this effort.
In the coming weeks (before July 1), I’ll be reaching out to the community, being more aggressive in communicating who and what I want to feature.
Spoiler alert: YOU and YOUR PROJECTS!
I want to take this more hyper-local.
On our Facebook page, I have recorded five interviews with local video game personalities. That will continue.
But I also want to finally execute on what I have wanted this to become long ago: a spot to show off what kinds of professionals we have here.
Do you perform music for video games? Hit me up.
Are you creating your own game? Let’s highlight it and create some buzz.
Are you an alum of a local program who is now making games and getting paid for it? Per. Fect.