Mozilla buys start-up Active Replica as part of metaverse strategy

Mozilla, the developer of the Firefox Internet browser, has completed the acquisition of the virtual spaces and events start-up Active Replica as part of its metaverse strategy.
Mozilla Firefox at MWCMozilla purchased the startups as it builds out Hubs, the company’s virtual reality (VR) collaboration platform. Mozilla did not reveal financial details of the acquisition of the US-based startup.

“Bringing onboard Active Replica will help us accelerate some of our most important, in demand work, including more personalized subscription tiers, improving the Hubs on-boarding experience, and introducing new interaction capabilities in the Hubs engine,” Imo Udom, Mozilla SVP said in a blog post

Active Replica, which was founded in 2020, provides virtual event packages that include custom venue design, event planning, live entertainment, and tech support.

“By joining forces with the Mozilla Hubs team, we are able to expand on our mission and inspire a new generation of creators, connectors, and builders,” said Jacob Ervin and Valerian Denis, co-founders of Active Replica.

Mozilla’s Hubs provides the dev tools and infrastructure to allow users to visit a portal through any browser and collaborate with others in a VR environment.