Meta Launches Horizon Worlds, Gets Ridiculed by Crypto and Tech Twitter
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Meta Launches Horizon Worlds, Gets Ridiculed by Crypto and Tech Twitter

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Meta launched the first iteration of its metaverse called Horizon Worlds in France and Spain but received little love from the crypto community.

Meta Launches Horizon Worlds, Gets Ridiculed by Crypto and Tech Twitter

Ship fast and iterate from there, or so they say in startup business strategy.

Maybe that was what Mark Zuckerberg was thinking when he decided to publish a not-too-flattering screenshot from Meta's Horizon Worlds, its social platform for virtual reality (aka its metaverse). The screenshot may leave Meta's backers less bullish about the endeavor, although some may see a nostalgic appeal to long-forgotten analog gaming times.

Horizon Worlds was launched in the U.S. and Canada last year, as well as in the UK in June. It is said to be working on a web version in addition to its VR version.

Horizon Worlds is to become a part of Meta's future metaverse, which the company has (sort of) bet the house on by changing its entire brand. Though Q2 2022 saw the first-ever quarterly revenue dip by Meta, the company claims that its app has more than 300K monthly users.

Whether Crypto Twitter users are among them is doubtful, judging by the reaction to the "simple-looking" screenshot published by Zuckerberg.

Crypto Twitter was not the only community to rip into Meta. Others called the screenshot "eye-gougingly ugly":

Yet others tried to pretty up the screenshot, although the extent to which they were successful is doubtful:

While Zuckerberg may have laid an egg with this screenshot, Meta's metaverse efforts should not be counted out too early. The metaverse sector is expected to explode until the end of the decade, with VC funds like a16z pumping millions into the industry.
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