Facebook will likely start building its metaverse in Europe -- at least in part. The firm said in a blog post Monday that it will recruit around 10,000 people from within the EU to fill highly skilled positions working on Horizon Worlds, n o 3D virtual play space, over the next five years.
Since it acquired virtual reality headset maker Oculus in 2014, Facebook has been focusing on the idea of a metaverse -- essentially, establishing 'a computer-generated environment in which people can interact with each other using AR, VR, and other technologies." The metavers -- where people may interact using augmented reality, virtual worlds, or other technology -- is something that the company has long been exploring since buying Ocalus. Many large tech firms are interested in building out the metaverse, with developers comparing it to the internet in terms of openness and interoperability. And, just as with the internet, individual businesses want to ensure they're creating their own unique experiences to take advantage of it.
Facebook's metaverse initiative, which is still in its infancy, was recently announced as part of a $10 million creator fund to encourage developers to work on the project, such as creating entertainment areas and games for the Horizon Worlds app. The project is in the early stages of development, but the business also announced earlier this month that it will provide developers with tens of millions of dollars to assist them in developing the platform.
Nick Clegg, Facebook's vice president of global affairs, and Javier Olivan, vice chairman of central products, said that Europe is a key hub for developing its metaverse because of the region'' s talent as well as its leadership in regulatory matters, such as the establishment of dsm. In their blog post on Monday, Nick Cleck, the social media site'' vice-president of international affairs and javier olivan, VP of Central Products, stated that the continent' "significant
"As we prepare to bring the metaverse to life, the need for highly skilled engineers is one of Facebook's most pressing priorities," they added. "We look forward to working with governments across the EU to find the right people and the appropriate markets to carry this forward, as part of an upcoming recruitment drive across Europe."