Random: Reggie Fils-Aimé Doesn’t Think Much Of Facebook’s Metaverse
SXSW kicked off this weekend and former Nintendo
America president, Reggie Fils-Aimé was on the show to speak with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang. About the turmoil in the entertainment and leisure markets. During the interview, Reggie is the current non-executive director of Spin Master Inc. and Brunswick Corp. He was asked what he thought of the metaverse, the ephemeral “network” of 3D worlds that is touted to connect us all digitally and socially in exciting new ways. … maybe. Or perhaps it will be more like Second Life but Batman and Spider-Man chill the beans together. Yes, in the future, IP lawyers will surely rule everything.
For his part, Reggie believes that elements of the metaverse already exist in games like Fortnite and Roblox because we have performers, artists, and people interacting in the digital space. But when asked about Facebook’s approach to the metaverse, he was more skeptical.
“I am not a supporter of this idea. I don’t think their current definition will be successful.”
Reggie then continues by saying that Facebook is not an “innovative company”, stating that the reason for this is because “they either got cool things like Oculus, like Instagram, or they were quick to follow people’s ideas.” Bold words from Reggenator.
Last year, Mark Zuckerburg announced that Facebook would change its name to Meta Platforms,
Signifying a change in its interest in the medium. There is a feeling that this concept is just a business buzzword, however with many obstacles – technical and legal – that would make the “metaverse” extremely impractical to implement in an interesting and exciting way. Indeed, many game companies oppose the idea of a metaverse. However, Reggie believes that small companies will be the pioneers of the digital future, as they are the ones who “really innovate.” He also praises Epic Games and what they have achieved with Fortnite over the past four years and says that Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard was “fantastic”.
Current Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa spoke about the Metaverse in a recent Q&A section at their financial briefing earlier this year and said that while they are interested, “there’s no easy way to specifically pinpoint exactly what kind of surprises and pleasures the Metaverse can deliver.” our consumers.”
Do you agree with Reggie’s comments about the metaverse? Let us know what you think in the comments!