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AltspaceVR co-founder joins Facebook's social VR team

From Engadget - January 22, 2018

"Eric is a pioneer in the social VR space who shares our vision of building virtual reality with people at the center," said Rachel Rubin Franklin, Facebook's head of social VR, in a post. "He's spent years building virtual communities to bring people together around common interests and compelling content."

"With lots to tackle in 2018, I am thrilled to have Eric on board," she continued.

Years before Facebook Spaces, AltSpaceVR was one of the pioneers in the social VR space. Described as Second Life in VR, AltSpaceVR held many media events in recent years, such as partnering with NBC to air the presidential debates in VR and hosting virtual comedy shows from Reggie Watts and Paul Scheer. Still, despite all of the media attention, AltSpaceVR was close to shutting its doors last year. That is, until Microsoft picked the company up, rescuing it from dire financial straits.

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