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Zuckerberg’s Meta launches Horizon Worlds in Europe: In France and Spain

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Mark Zuckerberg’s pet project the metaverse is expanding its horizons. Meta, formerly known as Facebook, has launched Horizon Worlds, in Europe, on Tuesday. The social platform for virtual reality has already been launched in the U.S., the U.K. and Canada. On August 16, two European nations: France and Spain are the latest markets for Horizon Worlds.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the launch in a Facebook post. The photo had a backdrop of iconic monuments in France and Spain including the Eiffel Tower and a Basilica with an avatar of Meta’s CEO. The post also mentioned that Meta would be expanding its virtual operations in many more countries.

Horizon Worlds is one among the many social apps that the company is planning to operate on virtual reality (VR). The company envisages a future where billions of users will spend a lot of time hanging out in virtual spaces and spend a lot of money on virtual merchandise.

Meta, under the leadership of Zuckerberg, is pouring in billions of dollars, in building the metaverse, so much so that the parent company has seen its first loss in the second quarter of 2022. However, the CEO’s futuristic vision not only encompasses virtual spaces to be the location where people hang out in the next decade and more but also expects billions of dollars to pour into the company’s coffers; as he expects people to shop for paid virtual merchandise.



Last year, Meta launched Horizon Worlds in the U.S. and Canada. It is available for users who are over 18 years old. It became available for users in the U.K., in June. With the addition of Spain and France today, Horizon Worlds is now available as a hangout for users in five countries.

According to a report in TechCrunch, Meta has also ramped up its safety features including control for voice chats as well as personal boundaries around avatars who mingle with each other in its virtual platform.

Meta also announced, in April that work had begun on a web version. In this version, users need not own a VR headset to experience virtual worlds.

In February, Mark Zuckerberg said that its Horizon World app had more than 300,000 monthly users, as per a report in Business Traverse. The company has expanded its country base, since and the number of users are likely to continue growing. Zuckerberg said that he expects 2030 to be “very exciting.”

 

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