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An integral leader for Meta’s metaverse software is leaving the business

Facebook is checking Horizon World, its virtual reality world of avatars, to anyone 18 and older in the U.S. and Canada.

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The vice president of Meta’s Horizon social media marketing virtual reality software, Vivek Sharma, is leaving the business, a spokesperson said Friday.

Sharma has been with Facebook parent Meta for days gone by six years, holding high-ranking positions in marketplace and gaming, & most recently its nascent metaverse-related business unit.

As VP of Horizon, Sharma, who’s located in the Seattle area, oversaw various VR projects like the Horizon Worlds social media marketing service, that is comparable to the web game Second Life which has been retrofitted to virtual reality. Other Horizon products are the VR-based workplace collaboration app Horizon Workrooms, and the Horizon Venues app for live events, that was moved in to the core Worlds app come early july.

“Because of his leadership, the Horizon product group has generated a solid team having an ambitious vision, in fact it is just starting out,” a Meta spokesperson said in a statement. “Meta is still a source for developing great leaders, and we’re excited to see what Vivek accomplishes in his next chapter.”

The spokesperson added that the Horizon team will now directly are accountable to Vishal Shah, Meta’s VP of the Metaverse.

Meta is betting that the metaverse, an accumulation of digital worlds that folks can access through VR and related augmented reality technologies, represents another frontier of computing.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a recently available bout of “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast that his company will debut a fresh VR headset in October, that is the month that Meta typically holds its Connect VR conference.

Watch: What’s the metaverse and just why are vast amounts of dollars being allocated to it?

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