Mark Zuckerburg has repeatedly said that Facebook is going to become a metaverse company. The company is now looking to hire 10,000 people in the European Union (EU) to help develop the metaverse. Facebook will offer 10,000 “high-skilled” jobs over five years to build virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experiences.
“The metaverse has the potential to help unlock access to new creative, social, and economic opportunities. And Europeans will be shaping it right from the start,” Facebook said in a blog post.
The Facebook blog post also mentioned that jobs created over the next five years will include highly specialized engineers. The recruiting drives will take place in countries including France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and Spain.
This news comes in when Facebook is under hot water due to numerous scandals leading to people calling out for its regulation. Many critics have pointed out that this may be a deliberate announcement to divert attention and rebuild the company’s reputation.
Facebook has already spent quite a lot of money researching VR and AR technologies. Building the metaverse has become one of its top priorities. This news suggests that the company is allotting a lot of resources towards this. The company believes that it won’t be built overnight by a single company but will take 10 to 15 years.
Facebook already owns Oculus, which has been quite successful in the VR market. They also have a Reality Labs office that develops their new VR and AR experiences and technologies. The company has recently invested $50 million in non-profit groups to help build the metaverse responsibly.