Have you ever heard of a company called Yahaha Studios? If you're into gaming, there's a better than average chance that you have not only heard of them, but that you might have even used them at one point or another, as they are currently in beta testing for their platform. If you don't fall into that category, things can be summed up by saying that they are a gaming platform developer for the general public. It works in much the same way that fan fiction engines work, only with video games. You get to use their engine and platform to create your own video game (or virtual world) and then publish it right there for other people to access. It's a very unique concept, not to mention an interesting one. It sort of makes you wonder why someone didn't come up with this idea sooner. They haven’t officially launched yet, but that day is edging closer. If you're into video games, your interest is probably piqued at this moment, so let's learn 20 more things about them that might make you want to know even more.
1. They have a 3D platform
When you access their platform, you’re not merely accessing some two-dimensional system that makes everything look like a cartoon from 20 years ago. Instead, you have the latest in 3D technology at your fingertips. That fact alone is enough to make the very prospect of creating something on their platform worth considering. 3D technology makes whatever you decide to create come alive. Instead of feeling like something created for a high school project, it suddenly begins to feel very real. If you know exactly what you want to create, having that 3D technology available can make all the difference in the world between creating something that is immersive or something that drives you absolutely nuts while you're using it.
2. You can also create in 3D
It's important to note that their platform is not just designed in 3D, but in a way that allows you to create in a three-dimensional world. There are two different ways that you can go about doing this. Of course, you can create video games that come directly from your own imagination, as there's virtually nothing that you can't effectively create using their system. However, they decided to kick things up a notch, so your ability to create in 3D doesn't stop with video games. You can also create three-dimensional interactive worlds. Think of it as an opportunity to create an entire persona that lives and works in any location you choose which can also do virtually anything you choose. If you are the creative type who has always had a penchant for daydreaming and you've wished that at least some of those daydreams could become reality in one aspect or another, then this is the perfect opportunity to do exactly that.
3. Their system can be accessed from anywhere in the world
You might be happy to know that you can access their system no matter where you're located. As long as you have an internet connection that's fast enough to support the graphics, you're good to go. It doesn't matter if you live in the United States, the United Kingdom or some obscure country that seems like little more than a dot on a map to most people, you have the same access to this system as anyone else. That truly puts you in control when it comes to creating, but also when it comes to interacting with other people online.
4. You can access their creative tools without paying a dime
You might be thinking that it would cost a great deal to be able to access their creative tools. After all, that would be an assumption that's more than reasonable, especially when you consider the fact that there's never really been any system quite like this before. The good news is that you don't have to pay anything at all to access their tools. As a matter of fact, there are many things that you can do on the system that are completely free of charge. That's good news for anyone who has loads of ideas, but not loads of cash in their bank account. It means that you can create freely without having to wait until you have more money.
5. They have all kinds of interactive content for you to create and explore
Let’s say that you're interested in knowing more about this particular system, but you're not so sure about the aspect of creating a new video game or even a virtual world. Does that mean that their platform has nothing to offer you? In reality, you have just as much to gain from exploring their platform as anyone else. There are loads of virtual worlds that you can access just because they interest you. If there's something you want to know more about or you want to explore the creative side of things with regard to something more specific, this is the perfect opportunity to do so.
6. You can join specific communities that interest you
You also have the ability to join specific communities that interest you. Imagine that you're interested in archery, yet there are no archery clubs anywhere near where you live. Unless you're lucky enough to live in a location where you can safely shoot an arrow without potentially hitting someone (or something), then you're out of luck unless you can find a club where you can shoot. However, you might be able to find something that fits those interests here, where you can explore your interest in archery virtually. If you're not used to doing things in the virtual world, this might not seem like something that would work well for you at first, but those apprehensions tend to fall away from most people very quickly.
7. They even let you create your own avatar
Of course, they allow you to create your own avatar, but then they decided to take things a step further. In addition to having your own avatar, you have the ability to create every aspect of that avatar so that its entire persona fits exactly what you want it to fit. Have you always fancied yourself as a musician or a martial arts expert? Maybe you want to do both? You can factor all of that in when you create your avatar so that the person you create lives in a world that suits your ideals and incorporates everything you want to incorporate in that person. It's like having a virtual personality that includes every aspect that you've ever wanted.
8. They enjoy helping people come out of their shell
One of the main reasons that the company was created was to help people explore different identities they're curious about in a safe manner while also helping those same individuals to come out of their shell. Anyone who's ever struggled with issues related to self confidence can understand how difficult this can be. Allowing people to explore different aspects of their personality in a virtual world can serve as a major advantage when someone is trying to figure out what they're truly interested in or which type of personality traits they might value over others. It can also help people see their self-worth, something that developers of the company were keen on from day one.
9. The company tends to understand what creative individuals are looking for
For some reason, people have a tendency to put other people in a box. Obviously, this doesn't work but people try to do it constantly anyway. More often than not, people are divided into two groups with one of those groups being the analytical type and the other being the creative type. The truth of the matter is that every person has the capability of being both analytical and creative and they might exhibit more tendencies of a particular trait on one day than they do on another. The individuals that developed this company seem to understand this and they created a platform that works well for everyone. In short, it's the perfect place for anyone who feels like they’ve never quite fit in because of other individuals' desire to put labels on people.
10. They listen to feedback from their users
This is one of the best things about this company. They listen to what their users have to say and then make changes based on popular feedback. They don't merely create a platform where you can create things and then leave it alone so that it becomes an absolute nightmare. Instead, they create something that is truly interactive. More importantly, they have a presence there in the form of finding out what other people think about things and then making adjustments accordingly. They’re still in their infancy, but there’s no reason to think this will change as they grow.
11. You don’t have to know how to code to use their platform
If you think you can’t use their platform because you don’t know how to code, think again. The good news is that you don’t have to know anything about coding in order to create here. That's definitely saying something. While a lot of people that are into video game development know plenty about coding, not everyone does. Up until now, that has excluded a lot of individuals from being able to create much of anything. Now, it won't be a problem anymore.
12. They just raised $50 million
This is something that should get anybody's attention, whether you're into gaming or not. They've just come through the third round of funding and they've raised $50 million. Remember, they haven't even gone public yet. As previously mentioned, they've been involved in beta testing for a while, so it's not like no one has used their system. That said, they haven't launched a commercial product that is accessible to anyone in the public just yet. The fact that they were able to raise this much money prior to doing that speaks volumes about the amount of respect that investors have for them and their potential for the future.
13. The developers come from places you already know
The people behind this company come from some of the most well-known gaming and tech companies out there. As a matter of fact, they involve people who were at one time employed by companies like Microsoft, EA Games and Unity. Clearly, everyone involved knows what they're doing.
14. They plan to launch commercially later this year
If you're worried about when they plan on launching commercially, there's no need to be. They plan on doing so later this year. At the moment, they're spending time making sure that any potential bugs are ironed out before they do launch commercially because they want everyone's experiences to be positive.
15. They’re calling their system a “metaverse for games”
This is a pretty bold quote and it's one that will require a great deal of effort to live up to. Essentially, they're saying that this is going to be the place where you can go to immerse yourself in not only a 3D system, but also something that is both augmented and completely interactive. It's no wonder that gamers are so excited for their platform to go public. Truth be told, they even have people that don't traditionally get interested in video games excited about the prospect.
16. They’re based in Finland
As a matter of fact, the company is based in Helsinki. They chose this particular area because they wanted their headquarters to be located in a place that is very forward-thinking when it comes to tech startups. They actually spent quite a lot of time trying to find the perfect place, and this was the one that they eventually settled on.
17. They’re also focused on having a global presence
Even though their headquarters is in Finland, they have a research and development department that is based in Shanghai. It's part of their plan to create a presence that is truly global. If you remember from earlier, they're very keen on making sure that anyone can use their platform anywhere in the world. In order to do that, they wanted to start off on the right foot by creating a presence that isn't based in only a singular location.
18. The company has received $81 million in total funding
As previously mentioned, they received $50 million from their last round of funding. However, they had two rounds of funding that occurred previously. In total, they have now received $81 million in total. There is every chance that there will be a fourth round of funding that occurs within the next few months, although nothing has been set in stone just yet.
19. You don’t need experience to create on their platform
One of the truly magnificent things about the company is that anyone can create on their platform regardless of experience. Even if you've never created any type of visual content before in the past, they have the tools to help you create virtually anything you want. The best part is that even with virtually no experience, you can create effectively because they have a user-friendly system that will walk you through the process from start to finish.
20. You’ll even be able to share your creations on other platforms
Once you've created your virtual world, you even have the ability to share it on other platforms that are capable of supporting it. That's saying quite a lot because the company could easily say that you can't share your creation on any other platform since you created it here. Instead, they prefer to promote something that is truly interactive and allows you to share your experiences with other people regardless of the platform involved.
Written by Allen Lee
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