AltspaceVR to shut down on August 3rd with “heavy hearts”

In a blog post last night, AltspaceVR announced they would be shutting down on August 3rd (next week).

It is with a tremendously heavy heart that we let you all know that we are closing down AltspaceVR on August 3rd, 7PM PDT. The company has run into unforeseen financial difficulty and we can’t afford to keep the virtual lights on anymore. This is surprising, disappointing, and frustrating for every one of us who have put our passion and our hopes into AltspaceVR. We know it will probably feel similarly for you.

You’ve made AltspaceVR one of the best places to be in VR (or on the internet). We won’t try to write down all of the memories that are flooding our hearts right now of all of the laughter, puns, fun and friendliness that existed in this community. There have been spontaneous concerts, new friendships, marriages, surprise serenades (looking at you Shoo Shoo!) and too many warm hugs from Claire to count. We hosted so many firsts! And we still have the record for most people in VR at one time (were any of you there at Reggie’s first performance?). We’ve also seen so many community members come into their own and host karaoke nights, improv, movie nights and meetups for people all across the globe.

We are all humbled by what you made of this virtual oasis. Thank you for spending your time building, hosting, and making the best community we could have wished for. Please take the next week to make sure those connections live on past AltspaceVR. Because if you do, then what we built will really live on.

There have been many tears and there will probably be a few more to come. We’ve given up wiping off the mist that clouds our headsets. Please join us for a final farewell party on 8/3. At the end of the party, we will be shutting down AltspaceVR.

AltspaceVR was a gathering place in VR, it didn’t matter what platform you used, there was a client for it, and you could create rooms to chat with friends, host gaming tournaments (virtual disc golf was one personal favorite).

They streamed everything from concerts to stand-up comedy tours to presidential debate viewing parties, so that you could be right there and watch it live with others, or just sit around a virtual campfire.

It was a virtual social network, and allowed their roughly 35,000 active monthly users to hang out and meet other people in a way the usual social network didn’t as easily.

It’s sad to see them shut the doors.