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The metaverse needs aggressive regulation

Thirty years ago, while working at Air Force Research Laboratory, I built the first interactive augmented reality system, enabling users to reach out and engage a mixed world of real and virtual objects. I was so inspired by the reactions people had when they experienced those early prototypes, I founded one of the first VR […]

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Sulake’s Habbo dips its toe into NFTs with donation to player community

Join gaming leaders, alongside GamesBeat and Facebook Gaming, for their 2nd Annual GamesBeat & Facebook Gaming Summit | GamesBeat: Into the Metaverse 2 this upcoming January 25-27, 2022. Learn more about the event.  Sulake said it is diving into the nonfungible token (NFT) market with NFT avatars for its online community of Habbo players. The […]

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Roblox sues YouTuber Ruben Sim for $1.65M for ‘terrorist threats’

Join gaming leaders, alongside GamesBeat and Facebook Gaming, for their 2nd Annual GamesBeat & Facebook Gaming Summit | GamesBeat: Into the Metaverse 2 this upcoming January 25-27, 2022. Learn more about the event.  The Roblox Corporation has filed a lawsuit in California against YouTuber Benjamin Simon for making terrorist threats against the studio and its […]

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Talewind raises $3.41M for Breezy Bay game and to partner with game devs

Join gaming leaders, alongside GamesBeat and Facebook Gaming, for their 2nd Annual GamesBeat & Facebook Gaming Summit | GamesBeat: Into the Metaverse 2 this upcoming January 25-27, 2022. Learn more about the event.  Talewind has raised $3.41 million to fund its Breezy Bay casual game and partner with Roblox game developers. The deal comes on […]

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MetaMundo raises $2.7M to launch 3D NFT marketplace

Join gaming leaders, alongside GamesBeat and Facebook Gaming, for their 2nd Annual GamesBeat & Facebook Gaming Summit | GamesBeat: Into the Metaverse 2 this upcoming January 25-27, 2022. Learn more about the event.  MetaMundo has announced it has raised over $2.7 million in seed funding to build a marketplace for 3D nonfungible tokens (NFTs). Animoca […]

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Play Ventures launches Play Future Fund with $75M in commitments

Join gaming leaders, alongside GamesBeat and Facebook Gaming, for their 2nd Annual GamesBeat & Facebook Gaming Summit | GamesBeat: Into the Metaverse 2 this upcoming January 25-27, 2022. Learn more about the event.  Play Ventures revealed today its new fund for blockchain gaming investments: The Play Future Fund. The Fund has made three commitments already, […]

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Myty maker Off raises $3.5M to create social avatars for ‘microverses’

Join gaming leaders, alongside GamesBeat and Facebook Gaming, for their 2nd Annual GamesBeat & Facebook Gaming Summit | GamesBeat: Into the Metaverse 2 this upcoming January 25-27, 2022. Learn more about the event.  Off, which is creating a social avatar “microverse” platform dubbed Myty, has raised $3.5 million in seed funding. The co-leaders of the […]

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Company of Heroes 3 multiplayer pre-alpha demo will debut on Steam

Join gaming leaders, alongside GamesBeat and Facebook Gaming, for their 2nd Annual GamesBeat & Facebook Gaming Summit | GamesBeat: Into the Metaverse 2 this upcoming January 25-27, 2022. Learn more about the event.  Sega and Relic Entertainment said they’re launching a demo for Company of Heroes 3 multiplayer on Steam starting on Tuesday. The high-profile […]

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The DeanBeat: Thanks for being part of the GamesBeat community

Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for reading GamesBeat and VentureBeat. We are grateful to our community for reading our stories, giving us news tips, commenting on our work, and yes even correcting us when we’re wrong. We’re the place where business meets passion. And you’re the ones that make sure that we stay true to that […]

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Melon and NFL team up and launch Roblox metaverse experience

Join gaming leaders, alongside GamesBeat and Facebook Gaming, for their 2nd Annual GamesBeat & Facebook Gaming Summit | GamesBeat: Into the Metaverse 2 this upcoming January 25-27, 2022. Learn more about the event.  Melon announced today that it was launching a new experience in Roblox in partnership with the NFL. Players will be able to […]

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Niantic raises $300M at $9B valuation as it guns for the real-world metaverse

Join gaming leaders, alongside GamesBeat and Facebook Gaming, for their 2nd Annual GamesBeat & Facebook Gaming Summit | GamesBeat: Into the Metaverse 2 this upcoming January 25-27, 2022. Learn more about the event.  Pokémon Go maker Niantic has raised $30o million from investor Coatue at a $9 billion valuation as it aims to build the […]

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The metaverse will make your meetings worse

Hear from CIOs, CTOs, and other C-level and senior execs on data and AI strategies at the Future of Work Summit this January 12, 2022. Learn more As part of its recently announced rebranding, Facebook is doubling down on its vision of the metaverse, an immersive virtual-reality environment for gaming, work meetings, and socializing. In […]

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The DeanBeat: Building the metaverse for free

Jensen Huang received the chip industry’s highest honor, the Robert N. Noyce award, last night in an event with his peers. And while the evening was all about semiconductors and AI, one thing the cofounder and CEO of Nvidia said caught my attention. Speaking on stage with former New York Times journalist John Markoff, Huang […]

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Nikeland debuts on Roblox as its latest persistent gaming space

Join gaming leaders, alongside GamesBeat and Facebook Gaming, for their 2nd Annual GamesBeat & Facebook Gaming Summit | GamesBeat: Into the Metaverse 2 this upcoming January 25-27, 2022. Learn more about the event.  Nike is opening its Nikeland immersive world experience on Roblox today. The brands are rushing into Roblox, the user-generated content platform that […]

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Multiplayer and post-launch content engage gamers, Unity reports show

Join gaming leaders, alongside GamesBeat and Facebook Gaming, for their 2nd Annual GamesBeat & Facebook Gaming Summit | GamesBeat: Into the Metaverse 2 this upcoming January 25-27, 2022. Learn more about the event.  Unity today released two new reports on gaming — one on multiplayer and one on post-launch content for live-service games. On the […]

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Mytaverse launches a metaverse for business travelers

Join gaming leaders, alongside GamesBeat and Facebook Gaming, for their 2nd Annual GamesBeat & Facebook Gaming Summit | GamesBeat: Into the Metaverse 2 this upcoming January 25-27, 2022. Learn more about the event.  Mytaverse wants to make executive travel obsolete with its business metaverse for people who would ordinarily be jetting around the world. The […]

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G4 comes back from the dead with video network for gamers

Join gaming leaders, alongside GamesBeat and Facebook Gaming, for their 2nd Annual GamesBeat & Facebook Gaming Summit | GamesBeat: Into the Metaverse 2 this upcoming January 25-27, 2022. Learn more about the event.  G4 is undead. The network for gamers is returning today to broadcast programming with a series of gamer culture shows on Verizon […]

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Dubit raises $8M for Roblox-based metaverse esports events

Join gaming leaders online at GamesBeat Summit Next this upcoming November 9-10. Learn more about what comes next.  Dubit, a game studio that specializes in games for the metaverse, today announced that it had raised $8 million to expand its esports efforts in the metaverse. The round was led by Metaventures and investor Jean-Charles Capelli. […]

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DFC Intelligence: Cloud gaming could hit $13.5B in annual revenues in 5 years

Join gaming leaders online at GamesBeat Summit Next this upcoming November 9-10. Learn more about what comes next.  Cloud gaming is less than 1% of the game business today, but game analyst firm DFC Intelligence estimates it will grow to over 5% of total revenue, or $13.5 billion, in five years. The new report from […]

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Rahul Sood returns to gaming with $5M raise for Irreverent Labs

Gaming veteran Rahul Sood is returning with a new startup today dubbed Irreverent Labs, which has raised $5 million to build games with AI characters. The Seattle-based company is working on an accessible “play-to-earn” game with a veteran gaming team and artificially intelligent characters living on the blockchain as nonfungible tokens (NFTs). Sood, a former […]

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Unity moves robotics design and training to the metaverse

Join gaming leaders online at GamesBeat Summit Next this upcoming November 9-10. Learn more about what comes next.  Unity, the San Francisco-based platform for creating and operating games and other 3D content, on November 10 announced the launch of Unity Simulation Pro and Unity SystemGraph to improve modeling, testing, and training complex systems through AI. […]

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Why Microsoft may beat Zuckerberg to the metaverse

When comparing Meta — formerly Facebook — and Microsoft’s approaches to the metaverse, it’s clear Microsoft has a much more grounded and realistic vision. Although Meta currently leads in the provision of virtual reality (VR) devices (through its ownership of what was previously called Oculus), Microsoft is adapting technologies that are currently more widely used. […]

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World of Warcraft plans to wrap up Shadowlands in next update

Join gaming leaders online at GamesBeat Summit Next this upcoming November 9-10. Learn more about what comes next.  World of Warcraft gave players the first details for its next major patch, 9.2, which will be the final part of the Shadowlands expansion. Eternity’s End is the patch’s official name. Most World of Warcraft expansions have […]

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Subspace aims to enable the real-time metaverse

Subspace is launching its parallel and real-time internet service for gaming and the metaverse on November 18. And I talked about it today with Ron Williams, chief operating officer at the company at our GamesBeat Summit Next online event. In the past couple of years, Subspace has built out its parallel network using its own […]

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Game studio creators should be always be aware of social impact

Join gaming leaders online at GamesBeat Summit Next this upcoming November 9-10. Learn more about what comes next.  What impact do games and the gaming industry have on the world around us? And at what point should those making games ask themselves that question? Three panelists at GamesBeat Summit Next strove to answer those questions. […]

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Roblox is building a metaverse around its players

Join gaming leaders online at GamesBeat Summit Next this upcoming November 9-10. Learn more about what comes next.  Roblox is trying to build a virtual world that rivals our own. During the GamesBeat Summit Next event today, Roblox chief of technology Dan Sturman explained how the company plans to do that by designing a metaverse […]

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Take-Two’s Strauss Zelnick loves NFTs but not VR and the metaverse

Strauss Zelnick is CEO of Take-Two Interactive, one of the biggest game publishers in the world. That’s why it was interesting to hear his take on the newest gaming technologies and trends. He weighed in on nonfungible tokens (NFTs), the metaverse, and virtual reality. Zelnick spoke at our GamesBeat Summit Next event with Mike Vorhaus, […]

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MLG co-founder Mike Sepso believes the games industry still needs esports

Join gaming leaders online at GamesBeat Summit Next this upcoming November 9-10. Learn more about what comes next.  Major League Gaming cofounder Mike Sepso believes the games industry needs esports due to rapidly changing business models. The boon of free-to-play games and competitive gaming has changed the way publishers look to market their video games, […]

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Roblox offers a path for non-traditional developers to find an audience

Join gaming leaders online at GamesBeat Summit Next this upcoming November 9-10. Learn more about what comes next.  Roblox is one of the biggest games in the world. It attracts a huge audience of young people. And that makes it an ideal platform for someone like Anat Shperling, CEO and co-founder of Toya, who is […]

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As Nvidia pushes for leadership in metaverse, here’s everything it announced at GTC 2021

Join gaming leaders online at GamesBeat Summit Next this upcoming November 9-10. Learn more about what comes next.  At its 2021 GTC conference, today Nvidia, became the third tech giant to formally announce and detail plans to innovate for the metaverse. The following is a recap of all major announcements the company made today, with […]

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How play-to-earn gaming brings rewards to players

Play-to-earn is a new phrase that has a lot of people excited about a new opportunity in gaming. And in this case, the biggest party that could benefit is the players themselves. We had a panel to discuss this phenomenon at our GamesBeat Summit Next event, moderated by Amy Wu, a partner at Lightspeed Venture […]

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