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Ready Player Me, a platform to build dynamic cross-game avatars for virtual worlds, raises $56M led by a16z

Last week, Mark Zuckerberg was roundly mocked for the bad graphics in his preview of a new expansion of Horizon Worlds, Meta’s metaverse...

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How did this tiny startup put live, moving, people into a full-blown 3D landscape, instantaneously?

Jumping into a flatpacked, chipboard room wasn’t my usual experience of the UK’s legendary Glastonbury Music Festival. But here I was, doing...

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Roblox beefs up its developer tools as it looks to a future beyond games

Roblox CTO Dan Sturman talks about how the company is building tools for developers, the challenges of building a tech stack for the masses and...

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Get ready for a lot of dead DAOs

After a lengthy crypto bull run, the startups and projects in the space are reining in expectations and settling in for a long-haul crypto winter....

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Roblox is getting a major visual makeover (but don’t freak out)

A social network of virtual pocket worlds with a daily user base roughly the size of Spain’s population, Roblox is ubiquitous among kids 13 and...

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Bored Apes founders on their plans for ‘Otherside’ metaverse

After seemingly pulling off the strangest unicorn success story in tech, the founders of NFT project Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) have an awful lot to...

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Kids and teens now spend more time watching TikTok than YouTube, new data shows

Kids and teens are now spending more time watching videos on TikTok than on YouTube. In fact, that’s been the case since June 2020 — the...

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Roblox hires former Zynga CTO to build out its developer team

Nick Tornow is joining Roblox as VP of Engineering for its developer team, leaving his former post as Twitter Platform Lead. He also spent a decade...

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Metaverse app BUD raises another $37M, plans to launch NFTs

BUD, a nascent app taking a shot at creating a metaverse for Gen Z to play and interact with each other, has raised another round of funding in three...

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Voicy wants to pwn gamers with audio memes

If meme stocks can be a thing, what’s to stop audio meme sharing from going viral!? Hoping to storm the ear-bending arena of social audio and...

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Andreessen Horowitz debuts $600 million fund for games investments

The new $600 million fund brings a pool of dedicated capital and a new internal structure dedicated to sourcing deals inside the games vertical.

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Daily Crunch: Startup that transforms real-world items into NFTs raises $6.9M seed round

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Spotify becomes first music streamer to launch on Roblox

Spotify announced today it will become the first music streaming brand to have an official presence within Roblox, with the launch of “Spotify...

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Metaverses grapple with Meta versus Apple

Hello readers, and welcome back to Week in Review! Last week, I talked about Apple and crypto. This week, we’re talking about Apple clashing...

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This Week in Apps: TikTok partners with Giphy, new rules for reader apps, Roblox sides with Apple

TikTok partners with Giphy, new rules for reader apps, Roblox sides with Apple

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Okta says hundreds of companies impacted by security breach

Hackers compromised Okta's network via its customer support company Sykes.

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Tiger Global is earning its stripes in Africa

You can count on one hand the number of funds bigger than Tiger Global. But in terms of influence, speed and number of investments made since 2021,...

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Meta to allow Horizon Worlds users to turn their avatar’s personal safety boundary off

After reports that women were already being groped and sexually harassed in Meta’s new VR spaces, Horizon Worlds and Venues, the company...

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The PlayStation version of Roblox is materializing

A new job listing hints that Roblox is working on a version for the PS4.

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Mark Zuckerberg demos a tool for building virtual worlds using voice commands

Meta, formerly known as Facebook, today showed off a prototype of an AI system that enables people to generate or import things into a virtual world...

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Welcome to the post-pandemic economy, startups

The latest corporate results are telling us that the pandemic is over, from a business perspective. This is critical for startups to understand.

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Over 500 mobile apps are now using the term ‘metaverse’ to attract new users

A true “metaverse” may not yet exist, but that hasn’t stopped marketers from adopting the buzzword to promote their apps and games...

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South Korea’s Naver Z launches $100M fund for metaverse creators

South Korean internet conglomerate Naver Group continues to ride the hottest internet trends targeting young users. It has been the name behind...

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Second Life’s creator is returning to advise the original metaverse company

The creator of one of the earliest and most enduringly iconic virtual worlds is returning to his roots. Second Life’s founder Philip Rosedale...

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Daily Crunch: Banking app Current amps up its savings rate to 4.00% APY

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Yahaha Studios, a platform for building no-code, immersive games, raised $50M in 3 rounds ahead of its launch this year

The success of Roblox and other user-created gaming experiences like Overwolf have democratized the concept of making games and have taken it into...

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Blockchain gaming survey: 7 investors discuss regulation, opportunities and NFT hype

There’s still a haze of uncertainty surrounding blockchain games, so we reached out to several active investors in to get a clearer picture of...

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Roblox pauses service in China as it takes ‘important transitory actions’

On December 8, Roblox’s Chinese version LuoBuLeSi, published and operated by Tencent, abruptly closed down its server five months after it...

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