Roblox is setting its sights on evolving beyond a platform just for kids. Its goal? To transition into a space where adults also meet and form connections—a Roblox online dating app.
During the closing remarks of the Roblox Developers Conference (RDC) 2023 keynote in September, CEO David Baszucki declared that over the next five years, “thousands” of adults will forge “real-life relationships” through dating experiences on the platform.
In the coming year, Roblox plans to unveil an AI-enhanced tool that will facilitate avatar creation using an image and a text prompt, potentially allowing for a more lifelike self-representation. And with the upcoming Roblox Connect video chat feature, those who make a connection can easily transition to a video call if they want to keep chatting.
For 17 years, Roblox has provided countless gamers with endless entertainment by offering a platform to allow their creativity and imagination to run wild by creating their own games. While initially gaining popularity on PCs after its 2006 launch, Roblox’s fame went through the roof upon its debut in the mobile app gaming sphere.
The platform’s appeal, especially among young gamers, is due in large part to the fact that it’s home to a big number of fun projects. Although some think of Roblox merely as a children’s app, its trajectory could shift dramatically based on the CEO’s recent remarks.
It’s weird to think of Roblox, a game-making app, turning into a dating spot, but Baszucki doesn’t share this sentiment; in fact, when he shared his vision, he confidently talked about his goals for the next 10 years of Roblox. And that’s for users 17+ and to form genuine connections that translate from online to IRL.
And while it’s hard to imagine Roblox, which is already a very versatile game, becoming a gamer-style dating app, it could be a natural progression—the OG players obviously have been getting older, and Baszucki is thinking ahead. He sees a future where these older players want to connect with others in a romantic way.
Clearly, Baszucki wants Roblox to be more than just a kids’ game, and it’ll be interesting to see if it becomes a hot spot for online dating!