עידן רול
Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Idan Roll
Photo: GPO
Israel expected to announce a three million shekels investment in the Metaverse

Israel set to enter Metaverse with multi-million investment

Ynet learns that Foreign Ministry expected to announce a NIS 3M investment in the virtual reality platform as a way of 'creating a significant connection to Israel,' which would include virtual tours of the country among other features

Yuval Mann |
Published: 05.17.22, 11:23
Israel intends to invest millions in the development of apps and games for the Metaverse virtual reality platform, sources said Tuesday.
  • Follow Ynetnews on Facebook and Twitter

  • Ynet has learned that Deputy Foreign Minister Idan Roll is expected to announce the three million shekels investment into the platform at a Tuesday conference dedicated to the subject of the Metaverse.
    3 View gallery
    משקפי מציאות מדומה
    משקפי מציאות מדומה
    Israel expected to announce a three million shekels investment in the Metaverse
    (Photo: Shutterstock)
    The Metaverse platform is a concept of an all-encompassing virtual reality environment branded as “the future of the internet” by Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, which works to advance the platform. Meta aims to use VR and AR (augmented reality) technology to "transport" users to an all-virtual interactive environment.
    "From the moment I entered the Foreign Ministry I realized that our attitude must be changed," Roll is expected to say during the conference.
    "We know that visiting Israel is the surest way to connect with the country. In the wake of the COVID pandemic, few people came to Israel and the discourse of [anti-Israel] hatred on social networks reached new heights, especially among the liberal young generation.
    3 View gallery
    עידן רול
    עידן רול
    Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Idan Roll
    (Photo: GPO)
    “Therefore, it is critical that we create additional channels to experience Israel and share the Israeli story. Today, with considerable progress in realizing the Metaverse vision, we need to be the first to embrace the benefits inherent in it.”
    Roll is also expected to announce the first step of the venture, which will apparently focus on the hugely popular online game platform and game creation system Roblox - which caters mainly to young audiences, and which was previously blasted for predatory practices, using child labor, and for acting as a safe haven for online predators.
    The Foreign Ministry plans, among others, include the development of a game called "Treasures of the Holy Land," in which participants will have to search for archeological finds and thus learn about the connection between the people of Israel and the Land of Israel.
    3 View gallery
    אפליקציית רובלוקס
    אפליקציית רובלוקס
    Roblox
    (Photo: Shutterstock)
    In another game, "The Falafel King," users will be tasked with setting up and maintaining a falafel stand, with the end-goal being to expose the users to the multiculturalism of Israeli society.
    Another game will focus on Tel Aviv, and will allow users to make a virtual relocation to the first Hebrew city as employees of a high-tech company.
    In addition, the ministry plans on giving lectures and performances at the Metaverse, as well as virtual tours of museums and special events, for example as part of the Pride Parade in Tel Aviv or Independence Day celebrations.

    Talkbacks for this article 0