Meta is expanding its meta-universe offerings in Europe – the corporation announced the launch of one of its meta-universe platforms, Horizon Worlds, in Spain and France.
According to a statement from Meta, all citizens over the age of 18 in those countries will be able to use the app using one of the virtual reality headsets the company sells. Horizon Worlds allows users to immerse themselves in a virtual world in which the user is represented by a customisable avatar, navigate worlds created by other players, and explore content developed by other companies.
The move is part of an initiative to launch Horizon Worlds in more European countries by 2023. Since 2020, the app has been available to users as an invitation-only closed beta. Last December, the company launched it to US and Canadian users, and this year Meta opened the platform to UK, Irish and Icelandic customers.
Spain is particularly important for the company, as Meta has decided to invest more than a billion dollars to build a giant data centre in the Talavera de la Reina area. In addition, a new Meta Workers’ Hub will be built in Madrid, a meta-universe lab that the company is building in partnership with Telefonica to encourage firms to produce products based on the meta-universe.
“Spain is at the forefront of European technology. The country benefits from having two strong technology centres: Barcelona and Madrid. As our company prepares to develop the meta-universe, we are putting Spain at the centre of our plans,” said Javier Olivan, vice president of products.
Meta previously announced that Instagram’s digital collectibles feature would launch in 100 countries.
P.S. Will the Frendge metaverse project be able to compete with Meta? We’ll see in the nearest future.
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