AltspaceVR, the virtual reality communication platform, has announced it’s to receive an additional $10M of funds to help accelerate the company’s product development.

AltspaceVR is a social communications platform which allows networked VR participants to meet, share, present and talk in virtual reality. Founded in 2013, the company has ridden the wave of VR’s growth and now plans to expand its team as it sets its sights on delivering a final product.

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The platform has already passed several beta milestones, allowing users from over 50 countries to share virtual spaces with one another. AltspaceVR has been in open beta as of May this year.

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“We’re working hard to make AltspaceVR the most natural and fulfilling way to communicate online, and our new capital will help us get there faster,” said Eric Romo, Founder and CEO of AltspaceVR. “We can’t wait to show our community some of the exciting new things we are building.”

Including last year’s $5.7M funds this latest investment brings the company’s total capital to $15.7M. A clear indicator that the company is successfully illustrating the potential of VR telepresence platforms have in the near future, with consumer virtual reality hardware due to arrive from late this year.

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Based in the UK, Paul has been immersed in interactive entertainment for the best part of 27 years and has followed advances in gaming with a passionate fervour. His obsession with graphical fidelity over the years has had him branded a ‘graphics whore’ (which he views as the highest compliment) more than once and he holds a particular candle for the dream of the ultimate immersive gaming experience. Having followed and been disappointed by the original VR explosion of the 90s, he then founded RiftVR.com to follow the new and exciting prospect of the rebirth of VR in products like the Oculus Rift. Paul joined forces with Ben to help build the new Road to VR in preparation for what he sees as VR’s coming of age over the next few years.
  • kalqlate

    I wish them luck, but… what?… do they really think that Facebook, LinkedIn, Google/YouTube, Microsoft, and all the chat offerings are just sitting idly by? I’ve often stated that telepresence will be the killer app for VR. Anyone who thinks that Facebook will not be the champ in the telepresence arena needs a tech forecasting engine overhaul. If this company is lucky, they will be bought out by one of the big boys who have gotten a late start in development of their telepresence platform.

    • AJ@VRSFX

      When you look at a market and say “sure that’ll be a big market, but you’d have to be lucky or crazy or both to go up against the big dogs,” those are the moments in history when a little dog is about to become a big dog. The little dog runs circles around the big dog. Altspace won’t be lucky if they get bought. The buyer will be lucky if they sell.