Facebook announced on Monday that it aims to create 10,000 jobs in the European Union over the next five years. This will be to help construct the metaverse. It a digital world where users can travel and interact in a simulated space using a multitude of devices.
Since July, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been raving about the metaverse, which was initially conceived in a science fiction novel three decades ago.
Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs has pointed out that no single company shall own the metaverse, but will be joint efforts from a consortium of companies, developers, creators and across the industries.
In a blog post, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, Nick Clegg, stated, “No one business will own and operate the metaverse. It will need teamwork and coordination among corporations, developers, creators, and governments to bring this to reality.”
The metaverse will be a combo of virtual and augmented reality which shall simulate the real-world interactive environment. COVID19 has forced most of the companies to go online for collaboration, metaverse is one such innovation arising out of this pandemic.
Clegg wrote in the blog “We look forward to working with governments across the EU to find the right people and the right markets to take this forward, as part of an upcoming recruitment drive across the region”. Facebook is facing anti-trust probe in the EU.
Metaverse would be accessible across VR, AR, PC, mobile devices and game consoles as stated by Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook has invested around 50 million dollars to create the metaverse, along with a remote work app for Oculus headset users. These interactions would happen like digital Avatars of their own selves. Facebook has not yet released any official recruitment drive notice, so details like skillsets, roles & responsibilities are not known.