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SEATTLE – October 5, 2023 – Rec Room, the leading virtual world, games, and user-generated content (UGC) platform, is thrilled to announce a series of groundbreaking updates and remarkable achievements at its annual in-game convention, RecCon 2023. Rec Room's commitment to their creative community took center stage at the keynote address, where the platform's vision for UGC was unveiled.
The opening keynote, delivered by Cameron Brown, the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Rec Room, unveiled player statistics that underscore the platform's exponential growth:
Over 100 million users have joined the Rec Room community.
More than 800 million friendships have been formed within the platform.
A staggering 7 billion room visits have been recorded, showcasing the depth of engagement within the virtual world.
Morgan Tucker, Head of User Generated Content at Rec Room, outlined the platform's approach to UGC and some notable figures:
An average of 2 million new rooms (Rec Room equivalent of a mini-game) are published by creators every month.
20% of all players are using creator tools daily, and a remarkable 80% of time spent in Rec Room occurs in UGC rooms.
500% growth in the creator economy in less than two years, resulting in creators earning more than $3.9 million in the past year.
Rec Room is increasing Creator payouts to 60% net proceeds ensuring they benefit even more from their contributions (this figure is higher than any other UGC game or platform)
Rec Room continues to innovate and build out the Creator Hub, which acts as a one-stop shop for creators, providing them with essential tools, insights, and opportunities to thrive on the platform. The introduction of Discovery Boosts, a new way for creators to be featured within Rec Room, and Creator Messaging, will further enhance the creator experience, fostering engagement and community-building.
Everything you encounter in Rec Room’s social platform is, or will be, made by the Creator community. From the rooms players visit to the avatar items worn, Rec Room empowers Creators, from beginners to professionals, to shape their virtual universe. Collaboration is at the core of Rec Room's UGC philosophy, emphasizing that the best creations emerge from collective efforts. UGC is not just a marketplace; it represents the authentic voice of the community, where they decide what succeeds by voting with their time and tokens. With an aspiration to build the world's best creative community, Rec Room seeks to connect players to creators and creators to one another, with the ultimate goal of becoming the premier global interactive UGC platform.
Rec Room is doubling down on style and entertainment with not one, but two partnership announcements. Following the success of the initial Barbie partnership, Rec Room will be introducing a second wave of Barbie avatar items later this month just in time for players to sport the new costumes for Halloween.
In November, Rec Room will launch an immersive experience in collaboration with the multi-platinum musical sensation, AJR, to celebrate the release of their new album "The Maybe Man". This AJR-inspired game will transport players into the heart of their upcoming album with an interactive journey through their music. These partnerships exemplify Rec Room’s commitment to offering diverse and engaging experiences to its’ vibrant community of users.
How to catch the rest of the action
RecCon 2023 promises to be the ultimate virtual experience for Rec Room enthusiasts and newcomers alike. With a dynamic lineup of events, panels, workshops, and more, attendees can look forward to an unforgettable weekend of entertainment, engagement, and inspiration.
About Rec Room
Rec Room is a leading virtual world, games, and user-generated content platform with over 100 million users worldwide. It offers a welcoming and easy-to-navigate social space with thousands of games, where players can bond with friends in meaningful ways. Rec Room empowers players with a no-code, super-easy way to create games, rooms, and content, and allows for instant publishing across all platforms. Rec Room is free to download and play on various platforms, including Android, iOS, PlayStation 4/5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Steam, Oculus Quest, Pico VR, PC via Steam and self-publishing and more coming soon. To learn more about the platform and its upcoming initiatives, visit recroom.com.