February 27, 2019
DOCOMO and Spacemarket to Webcast Events from Various Venues
— NTT DOCOMO Ventures invests in Japan's largest venue-rental platformer —
TOKYO, JAPAN, February 27, 2019 --- NTT DOCOMO, INC. and Spacemarket, Inc., Japan's largest online platform for venue-rental services, announced today that they will collaborate in webcast events staged at various venues, including traditional residences, public spaces, restaurants and even temples, for shared experiences. As part of the initiative, NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of DOCOMO, acquired an equity stake in Space Market on December 27, 2018.
DOCOMO offers various services for webcasting sports and entertainment in collaboration with outside partners, by leveraging its customer-subscription base and cutting-edge mobile technologies. Spacemarket operates an online platform offering hourly rentals of venues at more than 10,000 properties across Japan. The company promotes its diverse portfolio of properties for the staging of events at vaious venues.
DOCOMO and Spacemarket have now developed an innovative plan for webcasting concerts and other entertainment, sporting events, etc. from Spacemarket venues. The collaboration will greatly expand access to these events via high-quality webcasts, enabling small or remotely located venues to reach nationwide audiences. It is especially hoped that the initiative will help to stimulate entertainment opportunities in rural communities.
To demonstrate the service, DOCOMO and Spacemarket will organize a number of webcasted events with a famous Japanese music duo, "moumoon", between February 17 and March 3.
Going forward, DOCOMO and Spacemarket plan to collaborate with other entertainment companies to turn unused locations into venues where fans and friends can gather, either in person or online, for shared experiences.