Taking a lead from Epic Games’ continuing legal dispute with Apple over App Store regulations, successful virtual gaming platform Roblox has substituted the term ‘playing’ on its website with the term ‘experience.’
The change comes in response to Apple’s straightforward and user-friendly rules on the distinction between “apps” and “games,” including the ongoing controversy about the concept of a video game.
On the internet, Roblox has replaced the “Play” tab with “Discover,” but the url remains “roblox.com/games.”
Developers will build and handle “experiences,” which have a “maximum number of participants,” according to The Verge.
Throughout virtually the entirety of the Roblox website, the term “game” has been substituted by the term “experience.”
“The word ‘experiences’ is compatible with how our vocabulary has developed to portray our realisation of the metaverse,” a Roblox representative told The Verge.
“Roblox is an online group where people collaborate on projects in virtual worlds, and over time, we started referring to these worlds as interactions, as they more accurately describe the diverse variety of 3D digital environments that people would explore with their mates,” a spokeswoman said.
Epic Games’ iconic title Fortnite is a “metaverse” rather than a game, extending the trial’s reach to include the whole App Store rather than only games.
“Apple wishes to demonstrate that Epic is almost entirely a game-related enterprise,” the study said, implying that Epic Games is treated differently than software developers.
Half of Roblox’s over 30 million monthly users are children under the age of 13.
Roblox, which opened in 2006, has become a runaway success since the pandemic, providing a shared forum for socially isolated children to congregate online.