Epic and Lego wish to create a metaverse for kids



Epic Video games is partnering with the Lego Group to create a metaverse expertise designed for kids.

The duo outlined plans to develop an “immersive, creatively inspiring and fascinating digital expertise for teenagers of all ages to take pleasure in collectively,” and mentioned they will prioritize making the digital atmosphere “secure and enjoyable for kids and households.”

Epic Video games has already created one thing that vaguely resembles a metaverse in Fortnite, with its battle royale shooter rising past its unique design right into a social platform the place gamers can cosplay as characters and celebrities from main franchises and watch digital live shows.

Lego Group CEO Niels B Christiansen mentioned the corporate has a “accountability” to create a digital area the place youngsters are stored secure.

“Youngsters take pleasure in enjoying in digital and bodily worlds and transfer seamlessly between the 2. We consider there’s big potential for them to develop life-long abilities corresponding to creativity, collaboration and communication by digital experiences,” mentioned Christiansen.

“However we’ve got a accountability to make them secure, inspiring and helpful for all. Simply as we’ve protected youngsters’s rights to secure bodily play for generations, we’re dedicated to doing the identical for digital play. We look ahead to working with Epic Video games to form this thrilling and playful future.”

Discussing the practicalities of the partnership, the 2 corporations mentioned they may mix their “intensive expertise” to make sure what they describe as “the subsequent iteration of the web” is designed from the outset with the wellbeing of kids in thoughts.

Epic touted its personal expertise constructing artistic instruments and immersive worlds which are open and accessible to gamers and builders, and in addition pointed to its 2020 acquisition of SuperAwesome, an organization that has labored to create expertise that can be utilized to construct secure digital environments.