For building a “metaverse” in Europe, Facebook is planning to hire around 10,000 workers, who will combine virtual and augmented reality technologies in a new online realm.
On Sunday, the US tech giant announced the recruitment drive, according to them, it would again happen in five years. In Europe’s tech industry and its workers, Facebook said that the investment was a “vote of coincidence”.
Facebook executives Nick Clegg and Javier Olivan wrote in a statement that, “As we begin the journey of bringing the metaverse to life, the need for highly specialized engineers is one of Facebook’s most pressing priorities.”
To create a space which is the same as the internet, where the users can walk around and talk to each other in real-time via digital avatars, in the actual idea behind the metaverse. As per the theory, users could meet up with remote colleagues at a virtual meeting table, then walk over to a virtual Starbucks to meet up with a friend from another country.
Immersive games platforms like Roblox and Epic Games, the creators of Fortnite, compete with Facebook in developing the metaverse. Since 2003, when Linden Lab launched the virtual world Second Life, similar projects have been in the works.
The metaverse, according to Facebook, will not be owned or run by a single company.
“Like the internet, its key feature will be its openness and interoperability. Bringing this to life will take collaboration and cooperation across companies, developers, creators and policymakers,” said Clegg and Olivan.
Jeremy Dalton, head of XR [Extended Reality] at PwC told CNN Business: “Setting up shop in Europe is a smart move for any organization interested in the potential of the metaverse. This is not only a question of where the skills lie.”
“This new era of digital interaction will inevitably intersect with government policy and consumer and business interest in privacy, data protection and more,” added Dalton.