LINE held big event about LINE stickers "LINE Creators Festa 2016" in art facilities 3331 Arts Chiyoda of Akihabara on July 9 - 10. This is the fan event that artists drawing LINE stickers and LINE users can interchange. LINE began stickers platform "LINE Creators Market" which independent artists could sell own illustrations as LINE stickers on May, 2014, and it became popular immediately in Japan. Now, various popular characters and star artists are born from this platform.
Mentori" becomes the prize in game arcades, mobile games, and various goods.
Yaruki Nashio"(Dull man). He also releases various mobile application and gets the popularity as a character.
Seiji Tazawa is one of the most successful LINE sticker artists. Surprisingly, he is a 72 year-old grandfather and uses Excel to draw stickers. Originally he was an engineer of the electric construction, and learned how to use PC and Excel by self-education at the age of 52 year-old. On this occasion, he knew that he could draw illustrations by Excel, and after that he made it his hobby. He began to use a smartphone after a retirement age and enjoy messaging with his grandchild on LINE. And his talent blew up when LINE Creators Market started in May, 2014. He drew individual LINE stickers of 30 kinds by Excel, and they became the topic in social media in an instant. Now, he gets an income 5 times as large as active engineer days by LINE stickers.
Usamaru". He becomes the goods, picture book, cafes, and anime in this summer.
LINE made new business model by LINE Creators Market. It finds superior artists and changes the virtual goods to the real goods.