Inevitably the VW market is being carved up by commercial interests. Many of the usual suspects are moving through from the entertainment/gaming side and into ‘education’. It almost seems that people in the real education industry have left this domain to other interests. Virtual World Mangement specialises in ‘trade shows’ and offering research in the area (ref clip below). Some interesting tie-ins between these VWs and the parent companies. Even the VW edu market is becoming niched (by age, IWBs etc). Must find a few spare days to map it all together.
AUSTIN, TX – April 16, 2008 – Virtual Worlds Management, the leading virtual worlds trade media company, has announced Virtual Worlds Management’s Youth Worlds Analysis, comprehensive research conducted over the past 12 months. The research, released today, found that there are now more than 100 virtual worlds operating or in development that have a focus on the 18-and-under youth market. The news comes on the heels of the second annual Virtual Worlds Conference that took place April 3-4, 2008 in New York City where 1,200 attendees from around the world participated. The complete list, including the operational status, demographic focus and detailed news coverage on each virtual world can be found online at http://www.virtualworldsmanagement.com/2008/youthworlds.html