Spaces rolls out new VR video conferencing tool worldwide

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With lockdown measures in place globally, Spaces turned its core technology into an app that integrates VR into video conference solutions, such as Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts and WebEx

Quick read

➨ Spaces was forced to pivot into remote working at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic
➨ The startup has seen rapid adoption of the free beta version
➨ Interested parties can register to download the new Spaces app through the startup’s website

The story

Location-based VR entertainment provider Spaces is offering its new VR video conferencing tool to users worldwide.

Spaces was forced to pivot into remote working at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. The startup, co-founded by former Dreamworks executives Brad Herman and Shiraz Akmal in 2015, provided VR experiences for theme parks and retail locations around the world, including the National Geographic Museum in Washington DC, the Two Bit Circus in Los Angeles, Sega Joypolis in Japan and Songcheng Dreamland in China.

With lockdown measures in place globally, Spaces turned its core technology into an app that integrates VR into video conference solutions, such as Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts and WebEx, all of which are proving pivotal in helping many people work from home and maintain social distancing.

Spaces has chosen Digital River’s MyCommerce solution to quickly get its ecommerce operation up and running, after conducting a free beta trial. The service includes a flexible, subscription-based offering and features such as free trial and product upgrades.

Through MyCommerce, Digital River oversees the back-end operations of ecommerce businesses, including taxes, compliance, fraud, risk and localisation.

Akmal, who is chief executive officer at Spaces, said the startup has spent the past several weeks fine-tuning the app, “which has seen rapid adoption for the free beta version”.

He continued: “We simply didn’t have the bandwidth to build our own ecommerce platform from the ground up. We knew about Digital River, with some of our team coming from the gaming industry, and heard their technology and reliability as an ecommerce provider was top-notch.” 

“From the start, their sales and technology teams were extremely helpful and great to work with. Once we brought Digital River fully on board, we were able to integrate into the commerce engine within a week and start testing immediately.”

Jason Nyhus, senior vice president of sales, marketing and partnerships at Digital River, said: “Spaces is bringing a unique offering to the market at a time when we’re all spending the majority of our days on video conferencing platforms, whether for business or personal use. We knew how quickly they were looking to set up their ecommerce presence and we were confident that our team and solution could deliver.”

“MyCommerce is an ideal option for a fast-growing company like Spaces that is looking for a turnkey solution that provides end-to-end capabilities and instant access to sell into new global markets, quickly.”

Interested parties can register to download the new Spaces app through the startup’s website.

Image: The Spaces team does some improvised game design using its new video tool