Agencies of BTS, Blackpink invest in 3D avatar creator platform

By Lim Chang-won Posted : October 13, 2020, 07:58 Updated : October 13, 2020, 07:58

[Courtesy of ZEPETO]

SEOUL -- The operator of ZEPETO, a 3D avatar creator platform in South Korea, has attracted investment from the agencies of K-pop bands BTS and BLACKPINK. ZEPETO is a popular smartphone app that allows users to create 3D avatar characters and interact with others. The app offers a variety of clothing and accessories for decoration.

Naver Z said that it would receive 12 billion won from Big Hit Entertainment and YG Entertainment. Big Hit invests seven billion won, saying it would expand a business model through indirect participation by artists to provide an extended fan experience in a virtual environment.

Through the investment, Naver Z said it has secured various contents ranging from fashion to entertainment. Big Hit and YG would create value in the global market using their intellectual property rights and ZEPETO's augmented reality avatar service.

"As users are very active in secondary creative activities using various IPs offered within ZEPETO, we are looking forward to synergy with the two companies," Naver Z CEO Kim Dae-wook said. "We will continue to expand our network with global IP operators and fill ZEPETO's infinite virtual world more abundantly."

In June, BLACKPINK collaborated with ZEPETO to offer fans with characterized models of band members. Through a 3D character creation studio app, users can take selfies with BLACKPINK members using AR technology.
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