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Things I read this week…
Fortnite Creative’s Long Road Ahead (Naavik) → Excellent piece by my friend and former colleague David Taylor on the challenges ahead for Epic Games as it seeks to build a UGC platform to rival Roblox’s category leadership. David and I recently had a terrific discussion on the topic, which I’m sure you’ll find educating.
Roblox: How a student beat Gucci and Karlie Kloss to app award (BBC) → I continuously speak and write about the power of Roblox community and the role it plays in the growth of the Roblox platform. You’ll enjoy listening to the episode I recorded a while back with one of Roblox’s most successful creator, MiniToon, the creator of the Roblox sensation, Piggy. + Roblox Attempts Realism as Players Stick With Absurdity (Bloomberg).
Noggin will cut the ribbon on its Nogginville world next month (Kidscreen) → Nickelodeon's ad-free streaming app for preschoolers is launching its first "world" with games and videos designed to attract two- to seven-year-olds.
Five Days of Chaos: How Sam Altman Returned to OpenAI (New York Times) + suggesting to read A.I. Belongs to the Capitalists Now (New York Times) + OpenAI researchers warned board of AI breakthrough ahead of CEO ouster (Reuters).
Why Gucci is still experimenting with generative AI art (Vogue Business)
Will cars soon be developed in the metaverse? (Porsche Blog)
Building Deeply Social and Expressive Virtual Worlds → Delighted to have been invited as a guest on Marc Petit and Patrick Cozzi’s podcast, Building the Open Metaverse. We delved into the future of Roblox and Fortnite, discuss how these platforms shape immersive social spaces and how users and creators embrace the metaverse.
This week on Into The Metaverse:
EP.79: How Brands Can Leverage Metaverse Platforms → Yon and Raffaella Camera discuss how the power of platforms like UEFN and Roblox can be leveraged by brands to improve and grow their businesses.