Next generation virtual worlds: societal, technological, economic and policy challenges for the EU

Published in Publications Office of the European Union, 2023

Citation: Hupont Torres, I., Charisi, V., De Prato, G., Pogorzelska, K., Schade, S., Kotsev, A., Sobolewski, M., Duch Brown, N., Calza, E., Dunker, C., Di Girolamo, F., Bellia, M., Hledik, J., Nai Fovino, I. and Vespe, M., Next Generation Virtual Worlds: Societal, Technological, Economic and Policy Challenges for the EU, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2023, doi:10.2760/51579, JRC133757.

This report focuses on next generation virtual worlds, providing a 360º multidisciplinary overview of the opportunities they may bring in different sectors such as education, manufacturing, health and public services among others. This potential will need to be harnessed in light of the challenges the EU may need to address along societal, technological, economic and policy dimensions. The report also offers the first techno-economic analysis of the digital ecosystem identifying current key players in different subdomains related to virtual worlds.

This report is cited by the European Commission’s strategy on Web 4.0 and virtual worlds and features a foreword by European Commission’s Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager.