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Video Games Are the New Kings of Media, Even for Garth Brooks

Country star considers releasing albums on Zynga, joining the shift of music, movies and socializing toward game platforms

Nearly 28 million fans flocked to Epic Games’ April concert by Travis Scott in Fortnite.

Nearly 28 million fans flocked to Epic Games’ April concert by Travis Scott in Fortnite.

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Video-game platforms like Fortnite and Roblox have already become go-to spots to celebrate birthdays, hear new music and watch movie trailers.

Now they’re pushing to become true media hubs, where entire albums may be distributed exclusively and socializing is just as important as gaming. Even as people begin to emerge from pandemic lockdowns — and can get up from the couch — video games look to bolster their status as the new kings of communication.