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IndustryVirtual reality
Founded2013; 7 years ago (2013)
FoundersDavid Gudmundson
Eric Romo
Gavan Wilhite[1]
HeadquartersRedwood City, California[2]
ProductsSocial software

AltspaceVR is a software startup company based in Redwood City, California that was founded in 2013, and launched its initial product in May 2015.[3]

AltspaceVR software provides meeting spaces in virtual reality, where users can have conversations, watch videos, play games, and browse the Internet.[4] Avatars in AltspaceVR can automatically mimic a user's body language, through the use of Microsoft's Kinect.[5] The software supported eye tracking, but as of 2015 the necessary hardware was not yet available in most consumer VR headsets.[6] The company uses a freemium business model, where the basic software is given away to consumers for free, and the business then charges for more advanced features.[7]

In October 2017, AltspaceVR was acquired by Microsoft.[8]


  1. ^ Matney, Lucas (February 4, 2016). "AltspaceVR Social Platform Launches On Samsung Gear VR". TechCrunch. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  2. ^ Pullen, John Patrick (January 19, 2016). "This Startup Is Solving Virtual Reality's Biggest Problem". TIME Magazine. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  3. ^ Robertson, Adi (April 6, 2016). "AltspaceVR wants to make VR chat sessions part of everyday life". The Verge. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  4. ^ Constine, Josh (July 29, 2015). "VR Chat Room AltspaceVR Raises $10.3M To Sell Virtual Events". TechCrunch. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  5. ^ Metz, Rachel (April 6, 2015). "A Startup's Plans for a New Social Reality". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  6. ^ Johnson, Eric (June 8, 2015). "My Eyes Are Up Here: Eye-Tracking Comes to Virtual Reality Social Network AltspaceVR". Re/code. Re/code. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  7. ^ Gaudiosi, John (May 20, 2015). "This company created the first social platform for virtual reality". Fortune. Fortune Magazine. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  8. ^ Eadicicco, Lisa (3 October 2017). "Microsoft Just Bought a Virtual Reality Company to Challenge Facebook". Time.

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