Roblox’s imaginative and prescient is to reimagine the best way folks come collectively to create, be taught, play, work and socialize. We’re making a platform for immersive human co-experience, and other people everywhere in the world are collaborating and contributing tens of millions of 3D experiences, all created by customers. As of the primary quarter of this 12 months, there are over 54.1 million folks coming to Roblox day-after-day, to attach with associates, to take part in these immersive experiences and to have enjoyable.
Influencers and video creators are integral to this group. Each month, movies about Roblox get greater than 10 billion views on YouTube alone, because of the creativity and charisma of the superior video creators who’re behind them. Creators like InquisitorMaster, LeahAshe, and KreekCraft have discovered great success by leveraging the Roblox platform to create participating content material, and we anticipate this pattern to proceed rising as extra folks be part of the Roblox group.
However video creators have larger plans! More and more extra creators are seeing Roblox as a platform to foster a wholesome, wealthy group round their content material and private manufacturers. They need to be the place the viewers is and discover richer methods to create, join and work together with their viewers, and synchronous 3D immersive experiences present a brand new canvas for creativity.
Some name this the metaverse, and it’s the following frontier for creators of all types. By increasing from 2D, one-way communication and content material distribution platforms into 3D immersive and shared worlds, the probabilities are infinite. No matter exists in actual life may be constructed in digital life on Roblox with out the restrictive parameters of language or location — and typically even physics, like in Tai Verdes’ gravity-defying, teleporting live performance. We consider this 3D metaverse gives ample alternatives past acquainted, however comparatively static, 2D display screen content material.
Whereas Roblox gives the expertise that permits for each physics-defying and reality-mirroring creations, it’s the ten.5 million builders throughout the globe who’ve constructed greater than 29 million digital experiences throughout genres. From gaming to social hangouts, to live shows, sports activities, vogue and movie, and extra, the vary of experiences on the Roblox platform makes it straightforward for creators to comply with their ardour and connect with their audiences. Each expertise is free, which implies customers see no obstacles to making an attempt new ones, and video creators have ample inspiration to construct on.
A number of have already began trailblazing, not solely by creating video content material based mostly on Roblox experiences, but in addition by bringing their innovation and creativity to the Roblox platform. Take MeganPlays for instance, who I can be talking with later immediately at VidCon. She co-founded a growth studio known as Surprise Works Studio, which has created a number of Roblox experiences to attach with their followers, and followers have responded in variety with 220.7 million visits to their flagship expertise Overlook Bay alone. However Megan hasn’t stopped there, she has additionally created a line of avatar vogue representing her model which sells within the Roblox Market. I’ll speak about this extra later.
With this huge number of content material comes a various, world scale that brings video creators’ content material to new audiences. With customers from 180 nations on Roblox, 53% of that are over the age of 13, the potential attain for creators is very large.
Engagement on the Roblox platform is deep. Within the 3D world, creators join with followers in immersive social experiences. Video creators can work together utilizing distinctive avatars (extra on this later), construct digital worlds for followers to convene, and even premier a video (utilizing VideoFrame) on Roblox for followers to observe collectively.
Late final 12 months, for instance, Twenty One Pilots took the digital stage with a pioneering interactive live performance expertise The five-song interactive and ‘select your personal journey’-style live performance captivated folks from over 160 nations, with almost 70% of attendees coming collectively from outdoors of the U.S. to kick off the band’s sold-out Takeøver Tour with an unique digital live performance on Roblox. Bandmates Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun are obsessive about their followers, in order that they made certain to take time to hop from server to server as their avatars ToggAndJog and JogAndTogg, assembly followers from throughout the globe. In addition they held an on-platform Q&A session with followers. Video creators might host non-public servers to carry live performance events with their followers whereas streaming, giving a VIP expertise to their followers as they dance to their favourite music.
The potential for creators to construct deep relationships with their viewers is larger on Roblox due to these interactive alternatives. They’ll carry their followers with them to do the issues they might do in the actual world with the protection and value financial savings of internet hosting remotely. KreekCraft even introduced 350,000 followers to the Twenty One Pilots present with him on YouTube.
We need to assist everybody who creates on our platform to proceed growing nice content material, so we’re at all times trying to open new income streams for video creators on the platform and past.
Creators can earn Robux (digital foreign money on Roblox) in a number of methods. First, they obtain a portion of in-game purchases for any expertise they’ve partnered with or created themselves. Second, creators may also produce avatar objects like clothes, equipment, and even dance strikes, which all earn Robux. Lastly, we now have an influencer program with extra incentives and assist to our rising content material creator group.
MeganPlays, for instance, leverages quite a lot of applications to earn cash by way of Roblox. For 2D screens, she makes movies of her play classes, discovering experiences she loves and creating stream-style movies for YouTube or capturing dynamic moments for her 3.6 million TikTok followers. Since making the change to creating movies round Roblox, she went from 240,000 subscribers to 1,000,000 subscribers in underneath a 12 months from 2018 – 2019. Immediately, she has amassed over 740 million video views on YouTube alone. She additionally presents an unique affiliate code on these profiles, which earns her a 5% fee on each Robux buy made with the code.
In 3D worlds on Roblox, Megan has created her personal vogue line. Her best-selling Butterfly Earrings have been favorited over 87,000 instances. She additionally based a growth studio known as Surprise Works Studio, which has constructed experiences for high-profile companions together with digital music occasion promoter and producer Insomniac to carry the world’s largest dance music pageant, Electrical Daisy Carnival (EDC), to Roblox.
With new expertise launched by Roblox in latest months, the monetization alternatives in 3D immersive areas solely proceed to broaden. In April, Roblox launched Layered Clothes, the primary and solely expertise that permits a single clothes or accent merchandise to suit any avatar physique sort, whether or not it’s humanoid or dinosaur. On Roblox, identification (which individuals specific by way of their avatar) is paramount. With 1 in 5 every day energetic customers updating their avatar on any given day in 2021, the potential for serving to any person specific their identities by way of vogue has been inspiring for a lot of creators. Inside months of Layered Clothes being accessible to all, over 89 million customers had acquired Layered Clothes attire, choosing from the greater than 5,400 objects designed by creators accessible within the Avatar Store immediately.
And with new expertise that may allow facial animation for avatars based mostly on voice and facial expressions in the actual world, customizable alternatives will turn into infinite within the months and years to come back.
Our aim is to reflect the actual world by way of expertise and empower any person to create with it. With dynamic facial expressions, we’re transferring in direction of a world the place avatars can mimic our personal expressions with ease, serving to customers to raised specific themselves as they transfer from world to world and alter their physique.
The Subsequent Frontier
Digital co-experience has captured everybody’s creativeness, and the chance to put money into the transfer from 2D to 3D is now.
To be taught extra in regards to the alternatives for video creators on Roblox and be part of this wonderful group, go to our Roblox Video Stars info web page or tune in to my keynote at VidCon with MeganPlays and VidCon CEO Jim Louderback at 2:10 pm PT immediately.