On the way of his plan for creating a “metaverse“, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to make it easier for people to make money on the virtual reality platform Horizon Worlds.
Zuckerberg said in a video published late Monday that Meta is testing new tools. Those tools will allow creators to sell virtual assets and experiences within the worlds they build on Horizon.
“The ability to sell virtual items and access to things inside the worlds is a new part of [the] e-commerce equation overall.” He added, “We’re starting rolling this out with just a handful of creators and we’ll see how it goes but I imagine that over time we’ll get to roll it out more and more.”
For example, someone could make and sell attachable accessories for a fashion-focused environment. Others may offer paid access to a new part of a particular world.
what is Horizon Worlds?
So, what is Horizon Worlds? It is a free virtual reality, online video game. This game allows people to build and explore virtual worlds.
On December 9th, the company published the game on its Oculus VR headsets. But it’s only available in the U.S. and Canada for now.
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During the last few months, many companies and individuals have been racing to snap everything from art to real estate on platforms like Decentraland and The SandBox in virtual worlds.
One of them is the Hip-hop star, Snoop Dogg. He has purchased virtual land on The Sandbox and a fan paid $450,000 to be his neighbor and buy a plot next door to him.
Those processes of buying and selling digital assets weren’t possible before on Horizon Worlds. But the Meta realizes that a lot of money could be made in the metaverse. Moreover, Citi Bank estimates that by 2030 the metaverse economy could be worth between $8 trillion and 13 trillion.
“The metaverse — by nature of its not being limited by physical space — will bring a new level of creativity and open up new opportunities for the next generation of creators and businesses to pursue their passions and create livelihoods,” the company said.