VRChat sent out official word via their Twitter account: the social VR platform is now 7 years old!
The company also shared the following picture of an early in-world weekly meetup. The limited selection of starter avatars reminds me strongly of the early days of Sansar back in 2017, where everybody looked alike!
I was not around when VRChat launched in January of 2014, but I first wrote about the platform on this blog on December 26th, 2017, mentioning how PewDiePie and other YouTube influencers helped promote VRChat, leading to a surge in new users which the company was somewhat unprepared for at that time (I remember that they had to pull a few all-nighters at Christmastime to handle the unexpected server loads!).
VRChat was among the very first social VR platforms I explored using my then-new Oculus Rift VR headset. In fact, my first visits to VRChat took place in February 2017, well before I launched this blog!
I do remember visiting and reporting on one of GM3’s first art exhibits in VRChat during the summer of 2017 on the now-disbanded Google+ social network (which means I unfortunately cannot link to it here, although I still have a set of photographs I took of the opening using VRChat’s 360-degree camera).
Happy 7th birthday to VRChat! Here’s hoping that the next seven years will be as fun and eventful as the first seven!