Facebook (Meta) wants to expand its metaverse to the masses with a web version of Horizon Worlds

Facebook (Meta) wants to expand its metaverse to the masses with a web version of Horizon Worlds

Mark Zuckerberg's company is working on a version for web browsers of its virtual world that will benefit creators as they will pay less commission for their content
Mark Zuckerberg's company is working on a version for web browsers of its virtual world that will benefit creators as they will pay less commission for their content

Meta, the parent company of Facebook, is working on a version of Horizon Worlds for the web, which would offer a more advantageous rate for content creators, in that they would not have to pay the corresponding percentage to the platform before the transaction.

Horizon Worlds is a virtual platform currently available only in the United States and Canada for use with Oculus Rift S and Quest 2 augmented reality headsets. Here, people can create worlds and communicate with users from other countries using a customizable avatar.

The technology company announced this week the implementation of a system for the monetization of this metaverse, with tools that allow you to create and sell virtual accessories for decorating the worlds, or offer access to some worlds or specific parts of them to live experiences.

Meta’s chief technology officer, Andrew ‘Boz’ Bosworth, has teased the work they’re doing to bring Horizon Worlds to the web, citing a discussion about the fee the company will charge creators.

“When the web version of Horizon launches, the Horizon platform fee will be only 25%, a much lower fee compared to other similar world-building platforms,” he said on Twitter.

In statements to The Verge and CNBC , company representatives indicated days before that Horizon Worlds will charge virtual goods transactions with 25 percent after discounting the rate it already collects on the platform, which for Quest’s ‘apps’ Store is 30%. In total, 47.5 percent.

According to Bosworth’s words, this fee would be lower in the web version of Horizon Worlds. “25% for Horizon. If the platform under it takes a share, 25% comes after that. So if the platform below takes 30% (Apple, Google, Oculus) it results in a total of 47.5%, similar to the rates of Roblox and YouTube”, he has detailed.

Rachel Maga
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life's biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.