(Reuters) – Fb Inc plans to rent 10,000 within the European Union over the subsequent 5 years, the social media big mentioned on Monday, to assist construct the so-called metaverse – a nascent on-line world the place folks exist and talk in shared digital areas.
This could be a big step the corporate is taking in the direction of the idea, one thing prime boss Mark Zuckerberg has touted in current months.
In September, Fb dedicated $50 million in the direction of constructing the metaverse, the place firms like Roblox Corp and “Fortnite” maker Epic Video games have an early foothold.
The corporate earlier launched a check of a brand new virtual-reality distant work app the place customers of the corporate’s Oculus Quest 2 headsets can maintain conferences as avatar variations of themselves.
Fb additionally mentioned in July it was making a product workforce to work on the metaverse which might be a part of Fb Actuality Labs, its augmented actuality and digital actuality group.
“This funding (in new jobs) is a vote of confidence within the energy of the European tech business and the potential of European tech expertise,” the corporate mentioned.
“Europe is vastly vital to Fb.”
(Reporting by Eva Mathews in Bengaluru; Further reporting by Sheila Dang in Dallas; Modifying by Maju Samuel)
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