Facebook acquires VR video game maker
The social media giant continues to expand into other realms
As the video game industry is expected to continue growing exponentially, more companies coming from a variety of industries are more interested in joining and taking a piece of those profits. Facebook doesn’t want to be left behind and just announced a new acquisition. Foraying straight into Virtual Reality (VR), Facebook is acquiring Beat Games, the company behind the popular VR game Beat Saber. Beat Games will be joining the studio that belongs to Facebook, Oculus Studio, but it will not be working from Prague; rather, it will run its operations independently.
In the VR environment, Beat Saber is one of the most played games, what they do is to swing sables to destroy blocks heading the players’ way but in coordination with the music. If a comparison can be made, it feels a little like that good 2000’s series of Guitar Hero, this game can be purchased at the Oculus store for $29.99. Even though Beat Games is changing ownership, they are clear on stating they will continue to support this game in all platforms that are currently offered.
Mike Verdu, director of content for Oculus, posted on the company’s blog about the news, stating, “Beat Games’ accomplishments are already impressive, but Facebook and the Beat Games team know that there is so much more that can be done across VR, games, and music.”
Apparently, Facebook is planning on going deep into the video game industry as a hint was thrown that they might have another video game company in sight. “We’re exploring many ways to accelerate VR,” Verdu wrote, adding, “This is just the beginning.” Regarding this deal, no information was disclosed about the size of it.