Rick Ross, Nas, 2 Chainz Attend ‘Gig It’ Launch Concert
"Gig It" is the first and only 3-D concept game on Facebook. A truly visionary idea, the game was launched Tuesday night (April 30) as tons of celebrities, media and industry folk got together at Capitale in NYC for a special kick-off concert with apperances, from Nas, Rick Ross, Vado, Slaughterhouse, Raekwon, Fabolous, Marsha Ambrosius, Large Professor, Flo-Rida, and Ne-Yo. Ne-Yo chatted up with XXL about his initial thoughts on the new game saying, "I thought it was dope, that you can basically, as a fan, all of the powers are in your hand."
"From what the artist wears, to what song the artist does [and] what continent the concert is on, all of that is in the hands of the fans," he continued. LaLa and DJ Khaled did a wonderful job as the night's hosts, while reality TV star, Tahiry hosted the red carpet. Attendees at the event got to see special performances from Miguel, Busta Rhymes, Fabolous, Nas, 2 Chainz, Elle Varner and French Montana.
Gig It is a game that allows the user to pick real rappers and customize a concert whatever way you want, in great detail. Fans have the options to choose the music, backup dancers, opening act, headline performers, wardrobes, sponsors and many more other facets of a show. With tons of artist available in the game, it's sure to be a delight for every music lover. The game's founder John Acunto, spoke on how it all came together, saying, "Combining YouTube, social and gaming."
"YouTube a very powerful tool, that's wear you have video—user generated videos. This is wear you check out things and where things go viral. You got a billion people on facebook and you have gaming. So being able to bring artist into the fold, its explosive," he further explained. Acunto also went on to say that Gig It is one of the most unique games on the market. "I think it's a legitimate distribution platform [and] a different way to reach a billion people and distribute everything that they are," he said. "A user doesn't just pick that virtual shirt, they can actually buy that real world item. There's also the music component—If Cypress Hill drops a new album and some new cuts, we can immediately make that available into the game and help distribution worldwide."
B-Real also believes in the game's potential, telling XXL, "It's a game for Facebook, Facebook has billions of users, I think it be a win for Gig It and all the artists because it's a great cross promotion of both."
From the first look of the game, Gig It looks like it has some real growth potential. Go and check out the pics from the event below.