February 13, 2007 - Mega videogame developers EA have joined forces with MySpace, Virgin Records and Epiphone to put together an international "Battle of the Bands" which will result in one U.S. and one European band scoring a demo recording contract and feature placement on the in-game soundtrack to a future installment of the company's popular Burnout franchise.
Billed as "Burnout Bandslam" the contest kicked off on February 6th on the event's official website.
The basic gist of the contest is that it will offer unsigned bands from across the U.S. and Europe the chance to showcase their best track in front of a potential global audience of over 80 million MySpace users, all of whom will be able to vote for their favorite track online.
"Many of the biggest bands around the world have been first discovered through EA videogames, and now we are expanding the opportunity to unsigned bands through this year's Burnout Bandslam," says Steve Schnur, worldwide executive of music and marketing for EA. "The Burnout videogame series is all about attitude and rebellion. So I look forward to discovering a band or two which fits that definition."
The winning bands--one each from U.S. and Europe--will each receive a Virgin Records demo recording contract and a chance to have their song included in a future Burnout videogame. One runner-up band from each country will become the proud owners of one top-of-the-range Epiphone Les Paul Custom Guitar.
Thanks to IGN.com for sharing the news with us!