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Vivek Sharma, India-born vice president of virtual reality (VR) social media platform Meta’s Horizon, is leaving the company as Mark Zuckerberg doubles down on his $10 billion metaverse dream.
Sharma’s team will now report to Vishal Shah, Meta’s vice president of metaverse, the media reported. Sharma has been with Meta for six years.
“We are grateful for Vivek’s contributions across our Marketplace, gaming and metaverse teams over the past six years and wish him the best of luck,” a Meta spokesperson said in a statement to The Verge.
“Under his leadership, the Horizon product group has built a strong team with an ambitious vision and is just getting started,” the spokeswoman added.
Horizon Worlds is a social VR experience where you and your friends can explore new locations, build your own unique worlds and create teams to compete in action games.
The social metaverse platform Horizon Worlds is currently only available on the company’s Quest VR headsets.
CEO Meta Zuckerberg confirmed this week that the tech giant’s upcoming VR headset will arrive this October.
Recently, after facing memes on his poorly designed metaverse avatar, Zuckerberg posted new screenshots on Facebook and Instagram showing off a more realistic version of himself.
He previously posted a picture of his digital avatar standing in front of the Eiffel Tower as the company expanded its Horizon World metaverse experience to more countries in Europe.
However, the social media world didn’t like his rather basic image and bombarded him with memes.