Meta's Reality Labs (formerly known as Oculus) has announced the launch of a $500,000 grant aimed at funding developers who create "unique, innovative, and engaging worlds in Horizon Worlds."

As part of bringing adoption of virtual reality faster, Meta will also provide partners with such perks as support from IT experts, access to top VR developers building in Horizon, and a chance to get funding.

Welcome to the legless metaverse. Source: Meta
Welcome to the legless metaverse. Source: Meta

However, the recruitment process is anticipated to look like a geek version of The Hunger Games as candidates will have to pass challenges to get the job. Reality Labs says applications will be accepted until April 13, 2022, at 5:00 pm PDT.

Meta will start its VR-focused hiring battle with the 2-day boot camp from May 18 to May 19, where developers will deep-dive into Horizon Worlds creation tools, meet track members, and develop your Horizon Worlds concepts.

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The second phase will last 4 weeks, where creators will compete with each other until June. Meta notes that during this time developers could still get support from a team of experts. The award ceremony is scheduled for July where prizes will be awarded following the completion of world reviews and judging.

The initiative follows reports according to which the Menlo Park-based social network is looking for an opportunity to work jointly with entrepreneurs in the Web3 space.

Meta first announced Horizon Worlds (formerly Facebook Horizon) in December 2021. The service — which is mainly a video game so far — is only available in the US and Canada to those who have an Oculus Rift S or Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headset.

But the game is notoriously popular for its weird approach to user experience as users' 3D avatars don't have legs in Meta's metaverse at all. Officially, Meta keeps quiet so far about why its main metaverse-related product doesn't have the same quality, which Mark Zuckerberg teased in October presentation dedicated to Facebook's rebrand to Meta.