How the Metaverse Can Redefine Social Interaction and Online Gaming Communities
By David Kostap, Director of Marketing at Roobet
Community. It’s a powerful force that drives the gaming industry today, and at Roobet, we understand its significance.
As a marketing professional, I recognize the impact of community building in all aspects of life, both online and offline. It’s fascinating how people with shared passions come together, forming bonds and experiencing the joy of connecting over common interests.
Roobet was built by gamers, for gamers, and the evolution of the industry has been tremendous thanks to innovation and technological advancements. From humble beginnings of offline single-player games to the advent of online gaming with chat functions, we are now on the brink of a new era—the Metaverse. This concept of a shared virtual universe presents immense opportunities for the gaming community and industry to forge ahead and make waves.
Statistics show that gaming is a predominantly social activity, with a recent study showing that 78% of players see video games as a means of building relationships with like-minded individuals. This social aspect resonates strongly with Roobet, a company that was founded by a group of friends who initially bonded over playing CS:GO and subsequently ventured into developing products around the skins economy. As the social dimensions of gaming continue to grow through online competitions, streaming, chatrooms, and digital goods trading, so does the desire for the gaming experience to reflect this camaraderie.
Gone are the days when games were dismissed as mere escapism from reality. They are now poised to become an integral part of people’s daily lives, just as casual as meeting friends for dinner or hanging out at a club. Games and the Metaverse provide an alternate space where the limitations of the physical world no longer apply. Users can interact remotely, explore new places within the virtual universe without travel time, and enjoy limitless possibilities.
According to EY’s Gaming Industry Survey 2022, 97% of respondents believe that the gaming industry is at the core of the Metaverse. It’s intriguing to realise that the foundations of the Metaverse are rooted in Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) worlds like World of Warcraft—spaces that gamers have been exploring for years, building communities and driving technological and ideological advancements.
At Roobet, our mission is to transform digital entertainment. Nothing is off limits as we try to achieve this – and one thing we’ve spent time considering is taking a leap (or, more aptly, a hop) into the Metaverse, keeping our core values of community, innovation, and adventure in mind. As a company that puts gamers at the forefront, we strive to create a safe and inclusive space that prioritises the needs and desires of our community, offering them the best experience possible.
The Metaverse has the potential to provide so many benefits. It provides a platform for multi-user functionality, enabling gameplay, social interactions, and even virtual parties. It unlocks vast opportunities for creativity and self-expression, and it operates in a decentralized manner, ensuring that no single entity has complete control. Most importantly, it introduces the concept of true ownership, where players can trade, earn, or purchase in-game assets that are undoubtedly theirs.
Imagine walking into a Metaverse-based casino, gauging its liveliness, and seeing if your friends are around, just like you would in the physical world. The thrill and serendipity of real-life outings are mirrored in the Metaverse, from planned meetups to unexpected encounters.
This level of peer-to-peer interaction and autonomy surpasses what was previously possible in pre-Metaverse games. The depth of community engagement and interaction offered by the Metaverse is undoubtedly one of its most appealing and pivotal aspects, whether you’re a novice gamer or a seasoned veteran.
Our aim is to provide the Roobet community with opportunities to participate in the Metaverse as intensively or casually as they desire. We could offer extensive personalization features, ensuring individuals can express themselves within the virtual realm, all crypto-backed security of their transactions and progress.
Before we know it, engaging with friends in the Metaverse may become as natural and effortless as our current social interactions. And rest assured, if Roo has anything to say about it, it won’t be a dull experience.
At Roobet, we’re excited about the possibilities the Metaverse holds, and we’re committed to being at the forefront of this dynamic evolution where technology, community, and marketing converge to shape the future of gaming.
Virtus.pro is disbanding PUBG MOBILE roster
Virtus.pro says goodbye to the roster that represented the club in PUBG MOBILE. Players leave the club by mutual agreement and become free agents. We express our gratitude to Aleksey “Purp1e” Asanov, Monlam “OFHAZE” Tsydypov, Nelik “Folly” Prodan, Maxim “SINGLE” Starovetsky and coach Cristian-Roman “Kompot_trash” Corbu for their professionalism and dedication, and also wish them best of luck in their future careers.
In the two years since the signing of the first PUBG MOBILE roster, our club has gained significant experience in competitive mobile gaming, which should help us further develop this promising area. The club retains a slot in Europe, but we are also considering options with different squads in other regions. Stay tuned for more announcements!
REEVO and NetEnt Join Forces to Enhance Gaming Experience for Partners
REEVO, a leading provider of cutting-edge gaming solutions, is excited to announce a strategic partnership with NetEnt, a renowned provider of the Evolution Group, of premium online casino games content. This collaboration leverages the expertise and innovation of both companies to deliver an unparalleled gaming experience for REEVO’s operator partners.
Under this partnership, REEVO operator partners will gain access to NetEnt’s extensive portfolio of world-class games content. NetEnt’s exceptional range of titles, including popular slots, will be seamlessly integrated into REEVO’s platform. This integration will empower REEVO’s operator partners to captivate and engage players with a diverse and immersive gaming experience.
REEVO has on boarded 70+ top partners, offering 8000+ games, including slots, table games, and live gaming experiences. This extensive collection is sourced from esteemed third-party suppliers, with support for free rounds. Continuing their commitment to improvement, REEVO plans to add 60+ new game providers in 2023.
Petra Maria Poola, Head of Sales at REEVO, expressed her enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating, “We are thrilled to partner with NetEnt, an industry leader renowned for their exceptional gaming content. This partnership aligns perfectly with our vision to provide our operator partners with the highest quality and most diverse gaming solutions. By integrating NetEnt’s outstanding portfolio into our platform, we are confident that we will enhance player engagement, boost operator revenues, and solidify our position as a leading gaming platform provider.”
With a shared commitment to innovation and quality, REEVO and NetEnt are poised to unlock new opportunities in the ever-evolving iGaming landscape. By leveraging NetEnt’s cutting-edge technology and REEVO’s robust platform, the partnership aims to drive growth and success for operator partners worldwide.
Replica Studios introduces AI-Powered Smart NPCs for Unreal Engine
Replica Studios, developer of a leading artificial intelligence (AI) voice platform for video games, has announced Replica Studios AI Powered Smart NPCs (non-playable characters), a plugin coming to Unreal Engine later this year. Smart NPCs are powered by OpenAI or the user’s own AI language model, and Replica’s library of over 120+ ethically licensed AI voices, allowing game developers to develop games at scale and create new dynamic gaming experiences.
To showcase the revolutionary technology, Replica has released a Smart NPC demo experience utilising a modified version of Unreal Engine’s Matrix Awakens sample project to showcase some of the features that will be available with the plugin. Watch the trailer here.
“At Replica, we believe AI Voice technology has two-fold potential for furthering narrative-heavy games: eliminating critical bottlenecks in the development process, enabling studios to tell ever bigger and immersive stories, and allowing for the creation of never seen before living-world gaming experiences that shape around the player in real-time,” said Shreyas Nivas, CEO of Replica Studios. “Smart NPCs will allow smaller studios who don’t have the resources to script and vocalise on scale to dream big and scale their games 10x or 100x into the epic adventure they’ve always wanted to make.”
In Replica’s Smart NPC Experience, AI-powered NPCs will dynamically respond to the player’s in-game voice in real time. Characters will change their dialogue, emotional tone and body gestures in reaction to how the player speaks to them. Replica Studios’ NPCs now have a broader range of emotions thanks to Replica’s recent Style Morphing update.
Game designers can also alter the information provided to the AI characters to instruct them to behave differently or have certain personalities, or incorporate their own AI language models to suit their project.
“Just as live service games and battle royale have emerged as popular gaming experiences in the last decade, we see AI creating a new category of virtual experiences known for depth of narrative and dynamic storytelling with hundreds of characters, ever expanding quests and stories,” said Nivas. “When teams begin adopting AI to create these new experiences, we will see the role of writers and narrative designers evolve. Rather than writing complete narrative arcs, they’ll create and fine-tune the conditions that power these AI Smart NPCs – game lore, backstories and motivations – to add a human element that will lead to an engaging live player experience.”
When Replica’s Smart NPC plugin launches for Unreal Engine later this year, game developers will be able to integrate Smart NPCs into their own projects to begin scaling up characters in their games. The plugin integrates AI language model smarts along with Replica’s text-to-speech models and animates the characters in real-time by outputting sound phonemes and timelines to match an audio stream, while using a customised blend space for facial animations to power accurate lip sync, and custom animation blueprints to send body gesture messages for NPCs during their listening, thinking and speaking phases. The result is a natural looking and behaving NPC that can surprise and delight players with thoughtful, funny, and provocative responses, depending on their personal contexts as well as the voice input directly captured from players’ microphones.
The demo will initially run as a cloud based solution but is working towards a locally based solution to give a low latency, multi-user concurrent live experience.
“Within the next technology hop we will see AI powered Smart NPC live games and virtual experiences with hundreds of live concurrent players and NPCs all together, with no more latency than a zoom video call that has hundreds of participants,” concluded Nivas.
Access to Replica Studios’ Smart NPC playable demo is available on the official website. To sign up for the Smart NPC beta, please visit the registration page. For more information about Smart NPCs, please read the official blog post.
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