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Meta Planning Cutbacks for Metaverse Department Reality Labs

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Updated by Kyle Baird
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In Brief

  • Meta to introduce cutbacks for its metaverse division Reality Labs.
  • Some metaverse projects will be canceled, while others delayed.
  • Meta has poured billions into Reality Labs, but hasn’t had much to show in the way of it.
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New reports claim that Meta is planning cutbacks for its Reality Labs division. The cutback will not involve layoffs, and instead, aim to halt some projects and delay others.

Meta is going to introduce some cutbacks for its metaverse department, Reality Labs, according to one executive who informed Reuters of the change on May 11. Reality Labs is the metaverse division that is responsible for apps in the virtual space, as well as related hardware products. 

Reuters also received a summary of the conversation that Chief Technology Officer Andrew Bosworth had with members of the division. There will be no layoffs; the cutbacks will instead focus on the halting of some projects and delaying of others. There has been no information on which projects will be cut, and Meta is working on quite a few at the moment. 

The company had made it publicly known that it would be cutting costs in 2022, but it’s a bit of a surprise that its Reality Labs division would be the one facing the change. The metaverse has been the company’s major marketing push this year, with the first physical store also opening up for its hardware products.

But the reality of development seems to be entering the thoughts of executives. The metaverse is a young space, with little to show in terms of widespread acceptance. NFTs, which are a more well-known phenomenon, are also in their nascence. Meta has been working on integrating NFTs into Instagram, which may have more immediate success.

More realistic ambitions for Meta?

The Reality Labs division has been known to be burning billions of dollars for its metaverse projects. This is unsustainable for a company, however large it is, when the actual capabilities of the metaverse are still fairly limited. Some people in the crypto space have said the metaverse is fake and that it does not exist.

Meta recently released its quarterly report, and it showcased some positive numbers. During the earnings call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Meta was planning to slow down the pace on long-term investments, which include Reality Labs, artificial intelligence, and its business platform.

But it’s clear why so many companies are clamoring to succeed in the metaverse. The metaverse market is expected to be worth $678 billion by 2030, and there is a lot of business to be found in it.

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Rahul Nambiampurath's cryptocurrency journey first began in 2014 when he stumbled upon Satoshi's Bitcoin whitepaper. With a bachelor's degree in Commerce and an MBA in Finance from Sikkim Manipal University, he was among the few that first recognized the sheer untapped potential of decentralized technologies. Since then, he has helped DeFi platforms like Balancer and Sidus Heroes — a web3 metaverse — as well as CEXs like Bitso (Mexico's biggest) and Overbit to reach new heights with his...