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Fortnite Developer Epic Games and Lego Partner to Build a Kid-Friendly Metaverse

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Fortnite developer, Epic Games, has announced a collaboration with Lego to create a family-friendly, kid-safe Metaverse. The corporations say they will design the metaverse's future to make it safe and enjoyable for children while also creating an immersive digital world for them to play in.

The corporations did not elaborate on their ambitions for this virtual world. However, they did describe three principles that they claim will assure the safety of the digital areas they create. The two will collaborate to prioritize children's safety and well-being and protect children's privacy. In addition, they will provide children and adults with tools that offer them control over their digital lives.

“The LEGO Group has captivated the imagination of children and adults through creative play for nearly a century, and we are excited to come together to build a space in the metaverse that’s fun, entertaining, and made for kids and families,” Epic CEO and founder Tim Sweeney said in a press release.

Sweeney has previously stated that he envisions the metaverse as an online playground. People can play games like Fortnite and watch Netflix movies together on the online playground. 

Epic said in a statement today that the digital experience will be family-friendly and encourage kids to be confident creators. The corporations want to pool their resources to ensure that the future generation of the internet is safe for children. 

“Kids enjoy playing in digital and physical worlds and move seamlessly between the two,” Lego CEO Niels B Christiansen said.

“We believe there is huge potential for them to develop life-long skills such as creativity, collaboration and communication through digital experiences. But we have a responsibility to make them safe, inspiring and beneficial for all.”

There isn't a clear description of the “metaverse” yet, mostly because it doesn't exist. However, it's widely regarded as a network of virtual spaces that will allow people to communicate in new ways online. The concept of the metaverse is already proven to be dangerous to youngsters. This fact has forced Epic and Lego to put in place strong precautions around their envisioned virtual environment.

Epic has been working on a metaverse in different capacities for years. The company stated in a press statement that it will collaborate with Lego to ensure that the next generation of the internet—the metaverse—is  “designed from the outset with the wellbeing of kids in mind.”

There are no details yet on how the virtual world will look or when the two corporations will deploy it.

 

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Evans I. Karanja is a freelance writer who loves to write about anything technology. He is always on the lookout for interesting topics, and enjoys writing about video games, cryptocurrency and blockchain and more. When not writing, he can be found playing video games or watching F1.