Simbol aims to help create interoperable virtual worlds. But what does this mean?

Many people and organisations are starting to create 3D experiences (virtual worlds) for a myriad of different reasons: educate on some content, entertainment, productivity tools, artistic experiences… These are being created on many different platforms like the Web, JanusVR, High Fidelity and many more.

But imagine not being able to go from one to the other, to have to close down the application that loads a certain platform and then open another one to then see that you have a different identity with a different avatar. And also imagine if each platform owns all your information as we share more and more data.

This is the future we’re trying to avoid. Simbol’s main focus is to offer the tools to have interconnected virtual worlds with an open identity where people actually own their data.

We’re making this really easy to implement, specially for the Web, just add Simbol to your site and you’ve got a social experience with a global identity system. And from day one, we’ve been following standards like Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) in pursuit of it working everywhere.

Simbol’s main focus is to offer the tools to have interconnected virtual worlds with an open identity where people actually own their data.

This universal interoperability is precisely the mission of the Virtual Reality Blockchain Alliance (VRBA) and why we decided to join it.

VRBA aims to work on building common specifications and tools to enable a universal identity system outside of the control of any one entity. The different members are researching how to enable people’s information to move from one company’s virtual worlds to the others. This information includes, but not limited to, avatars, virtual goods and virtual currency.

We have actually been a part of it for several months, sharing our standards knowledge. With Simbol getting close to a beta release, we have now started looking into integrating it into other existing platforms, with the end goal of offering everyone the best possible experience. It just wouldn’t make sense having to maintain different identities for each platform and having these platforms continue controlling your information.

We’re really hopeful of the work being done here and expect to start showing results really soon.