Facebook to hire 10,000 in EU to work on metaverse

Facebook said it will need to hire 10,000 staff across the EU to work on its metaverse project.

Facebook Inc has announced plans to hire 10,000 in the European Union over the next five years. The social media giant said on Monday, October 18, that it needs them to help build the so-called metaverse – a nascent online world where people only exist and communicate in shared virtual spaces.

“The metaverse has the potential to help unlock access to new creative, social, and economic opportunities. And Europeans will be shaping it right from the start,” Facebook said in a blog post.

“This investment (in new jobs) is a vote of confidence in the strength of the European tech industry and the potential of European tech talent. Europe is hugely important to Facebook,” the company said.

This is being seen as a significant step that the company is taking towards the concept, something top boss Mark Zuckerberg has touted to the media in recent months. In September, Facebook committed $50 million towards building the metaverse, where companies like Roblox Corp and “Fortnite” maker Epic Games have an early foothold.

Earlier this year, the company launched a test of a new virtual-reality remote work app where users of the company’s Oculus Quest 2 headsets can hold meetings as avatar versions of themselves.

Facebook also said in July it was creating a product team to work on the metaverse which would be part of Facebook Reality Labs, its augmented reality and virtual reality group.

 


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