Facebook’s owner Meta Group announced in a statement Monday, April 11, 2022 that it will begin testing commercial tools to allow its users to sell digital assets and services through its virtual reality-based social platform Horizon Worlds, which is an essential part of its plan for the Metaverse world.
The California-based group clarified that “someone could, for example, make and sell fashion-related accessories or provide paid access to another part of a [world]”.
The group added that the tools will be initially available to a carefully selected group of users who create virtual places, games and fashion accessories through the company’s platform, which depends on providing a user-friendly experience, which can be accessed through virtual reality devices that are placed on the head.
The company said that with a single tool, this select group of users will be able to sell their accessories or offer paid access to the niche digital spaces they are building.
The social media giant is also testing a program for a small group of Horizon World users in the US to offer monthly payments to participants for using the company’s new features.
In a conversation with early adopters conducted inside Horizon World using avatars, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said: “We want there to be only so many wonderful worlds, and for that to happen, there must be a lot of creators who can support themselves and make it their job.” .
The company is investing heavily in virtual and augmented reality technology as part of its new bet on Metaverse, a futuristic idea of a network of virtual worlds accessible across different devices, where users can work, socialize and play.
The world of Metaverse, which Meta and other companies describe as the future of the Internet, consists of a set of parallel universes, accessed primarily through augmented and virtual platforms, and it currently exists in a simplified way in the form of video games (such as “Roblox” and “Fortnite”). and Minecraft) and social platforms (Horizon Worlds and VR Chat), where people gather not only to play, but also to interact and participate in activities.
Meta has also launched a $10 million fund for content creators on Horizon, where there are more than 10,000 different “worlds”, according to the company.