Meta Horizon vice president Vivek Sharma is leaving the company

Facebook is opening up Horizon World, its digital actuality world of avatars, to anybody 18 and older in the U.S. and Canada.

Courtesy of Meta

The vice president of Meta’s Horizon social media digital actuality software program, Vivek Sharma, is leaving the company, a spokesperson stated Friday.

Sharma has been with Facebook guardian Meta for the previous six years, holding high-ranking positions in market and gaming, and most just lately its nascent metaverse-related enterprise unit.

As VP of Horizon, Sharma, who is primarily based in the Seattle space, oversaw varied VR initiatives equivalent to the Horizon Worlds social media service, which is akin to the on-line recreation Second Life that is been retrofitted to digital actuality. Other Horizon merchandise embody the VR-based office collaboration app Horizon Workrooms, and the Horizon Venues app for stay occasions, which was moved into the core Worlds app this summer season.

“Thanks to his leadership, the Horizon product group has built a strong team with an ambitious vision, and it is just getting started,” a Meta spokesperson stated in a press release. “Meta continues to be 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 group will now instantly report back to Vishal Shah, Meta’s VP of the Metaverse.

Meta is betting that the metaverse, a set of digital worlds that folks can entry by means of VR and associated augmented actuality applied sciences, represents the subsequent frontier of computing.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated in a current episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast that his company will debut a brand new VR headset in October, which is the month that Meta usually holds its Connect VR convention.

Watch: What is the metaverse and why are billions of {dollars} being spent on it?

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