Walmart Enters the Metaverse With Games, Concerts and Shopping on Roblox

Walmart is trying to become a digital brand. The next step: metaverse experiences via Roblox.

Walmart's virtual world with the Walmart logo next to a digital blimp
Walmart has sold games for decades...but not like this.
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Walmart will launch two metaverse experiences in Roblox, a gaming platform with 52 million daily users that caters to teens and pre-teens, Walmart announced today (Sept. 26). Walmart Land features fashion, beauty and entertainment-based interactive experiences, including virtual concerts by Madison Beer, Kane Brown and Yungblud. In Walmart’s Universe of Play, users can explore toy worlds and play interactive games to earn coins and purchase digital goods. 

This move to the metaverse is another step in Walmart’s effort to become a digital brand. In 2020, it launched Walmart+, an Amazon Prime competitor, which analysts estimate hosts 11 million subscribers. Amazon Prime has an estimated 200 million subscribers. Walmart also recently began offering Paramount+ to its subscribers after decades of failed video enterprises. By creating metaverse experiences, Walmart follows brands like Nike and Vans that have already begun experimenting with virtual world building. The tactic also suggests a future where major brands have parallel virtual worlds, becoming gaming providers as well as retailers.

“It will be a great opportunity for us to build relevance, build cultural conversation, and to develop a community with Gen Z and our younger audiences,” William White, Walmart’s chief marketing officer, told Bloomberg. “All these things lend themselves to more brand equity.”

  Walmart Enters the Metaverse With Games, Concerts and Shopping on Roblox