The acquisition will enable Mozilla to improve the experience for its virtual world platform Hubs, allowing its community to enjoy more realistic and productive virtual experiences.
Mozilla and Active Replica will join forces to create enhanced virtual events, such as 3D development workshops and immersive theater experiences.
The virtual developments will also have an impact on the world-renowned Mozfest, an annual meeting of passionate thinkers and creators from all over the world who come together to learn from one another and help shape the future of the web.
“Together, we see this as a key opportunity to bring even more innovation and creativity to Hubs than we could alone. We will benefit from their unique experience and ability to create amazing experiences that help organizations use virtual spaces to drive impact,” wrote Imo Udom, Senior Vice President at Mozilla.
“Mozilla has long advocated for a healthier internet and has been an inspiration to us in its dedication and contributions to the open web. By joining forces with the Mozilla Hubs team, we’re able to further expand on our mission and inspire a new generation of creators, connectors, and builders,” wrote the Active Replica team in a message on their website.
Mozilla was among the first to anticipate the metaverse concept, as evidenced by the introduction of Mozilla Hubs in 2018 with the goal of helping users from various industries in trying out VR collaboration as an alternative to traditional conferencing technologies.
As the metaverse grows and is expected to reach $996 billion by 2030, Mozilla’s collaboration with an active player in the field will enable it to build a reputation in the space and pursue further its initial vision.