Spotify France combines gaming and music in a special event

Gaming enthusiasts admit it: it’s hard to immerse yourself in a video game without music! And it’s often to Spotify that they turn to liven up their games. True, we are talking about two worlds that are not always related. But they still remain intimately linked with French Rap at the top of the list: musical genre number 1 in France. And this, for several years now… That’s why Spotify France is making the connection between gaming and music, through a unique event of its kind: “ The van !

Spotify France celebrates music and gaming with a special event!

1. Music and video games: two inseparable worlds!

Gamers listen to music to focus and perform when playing video games. Over the past six months, over 52 million hours of music have been listened to on gaming platforms. Namely: Discord, PlayStation and Xbox on Spotify in France.

On Discord, 327,497 hours of music have been streamed. For PlayStation, 42,243,411 listening hours were recorded. Finally, the Xbox platform records 10,267,240 hours of listening.

It is to celebrate this that Spotify France, together with the streamer Amine (@aminematue), organized on January 19 – and for the first time – “ The van ! A unique event that brings together many gaming players including Squeezie, Billy (@RebeuDeter) and Inox Tag. But also French rap artists like Dinos, Soso Maness and Niska. The goal? Participate under the eyes of the general public in a tournament of new games ” Best of Five “.

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2. “ The van !

“the van” was held at studio 128 in Plaine Saint Denis. It was a real success, welcoming almost 300 video game fans to the site!

Julie Combe, Spotify’s Senior Marketing Manager in France, commented: ” We have always been keen to foster closer ties between artists and their fans. This is even our main motivation! We are also convinced that music is expressed and lives in many territories, playing is one of them in its own right. This event is the perfect illustration of that: creating bridges between two interconnected worlds. And this, by combining the best rap and the best playing. And by creating a moment of IRL and digital entertainment for fans. »

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For those unable to register in time to participate, the evening was broadcast live on Amine’s Twitch channel. The latter is one of the most followed streamers in France (1.9M subscribers on Twitch and 1.3M on YouTube). The night also ended with a showcase of three rappers who are appreciated by the young generation.

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Rapper Dinos testified at the event: ” This is the first time I’ve attended a live like this… I didn’t realize how much work it was. Thanks a lot ! Thanks to everyone who organized! “. A comeback shared by streamer Squeezie: “ When I arrived, I said to myself you! And I loved parties in vans “.

French rap, player’s ally…

French rap, which is one of the most popular music genres in France, is doing well again. Jul, the most listened to artist on Spotify France in 2022, is also the most listened to artist on gaming platforms by French gamers. Marseillais counts a total of 42,435,030 listening hours on three gaming platforms. Rapper Gazo came second in this ranking. And this, with 29,088,975 hours of listening. He is followed by Ninho, who has recorded 25,383,045 listening hours.

Below are the top 3 most listened to artists on three gaming platforms in the last 6 months in France.

1. Top 3 most streamed artists on PlayStation

  1. July
  2. fuel
  3. Nino

2. Top 3 most streamed artists on Xbox

  1. July
  2. fuel
  3. Nino

3. Top 3 most listened artists on Discord

  1. NLP
  2. Damso
  3. fuel

Spotify playlists dedicated to Gamers!

Spotify, understanding the importance of music in video games, has designed several playlists for gamers.

1. Top 10 most listened playlists on Spotify France in 2022 (with music from video games)

  1. Video Game Soundtracks;
  2. Top Playing Tracks;
  3. Replay;
  4. House of the Dragon: Official Playlist;
  5. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Official Playlist;
  6. Ultra Gaming;
  7. Adventure Reading;
  8. Hits Radio;
  9. In the shower;
  10. Official Sessions Playlist.

2. Top 10 most listened to albums (including titles appearing on video game soundtracks)

  1. Mercury – Acts 1 and 2 from Imagine Dragons;
  2. Minecraft – Volume Beta », of C418;
  3. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Original Game Soundtrack) by Marcin Przybyłowicz;
  4. Top Gun: Maverick by Lady Gaga;
  5. Game of Thrones: Season 6 (Music from the HBO® Series) by Ramin Djawadi;
  6. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Original Game Soundtrack by Jeremy Soule;
  7. battle cry from Two Steps from Hell;
  8. House of the Dragon: Season 1 (Soundtrack from the HBO® Series) by Ramin Djawadi;
  9. Game Of Thrones: Season 8 (Music from the HBO Series) by Ramin Djawadi;
  10. Robin Hood (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Marc Streitenfeld.

Among the most popular video games, FIFA remains a must, as does its soundtrack. In fact, more than 21.2 million playlists worldwide include at least one song featured on the FIFA 23 soundtrack. It should be noted that Swedish fans are the most obsessed with FIFA, with the highest number of playlist created per user. They are closely followed by Norwegian fans and then Danish fans. In other words, Nordics triple! Note that by far the most popular song in FIFA 23 is ” Ojito Lindos by Bad Bunny and Bomba Estéreo.

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