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Developer(s)Roblox Corporation Edit this on Wikidata
Publisher(s)Roblox Corporation Edit this on Wikidata
Microsoft Windows
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Genre(s)Massively multiplayer online game
massively multiplayer online role-playing game Edit this on Wikidata
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Roblox is an online game platform and game creation system made by the Roblox Corporation.[1] It allows people to create games and play games created by other people. It was created by David Baszucki and Erik Cassel in 2004 and released in 2006. The platform has many different types of games. Roblox began to grow fast in 2021.[2] Roblox can be used on iOS and many systems, as it cannot be played on a browser. For example, if you try to play a game on a web browser, a message will come up telling you to open the game in the app.

Roblox is free, but accounts can buy a currency called "Robux”.[3] As of August 2020, Roblox has over 164 million monthly active players.

Roblox has 43.2 million daily active users worldwide. An increase from 19.1 million daily active users by the end of 2019.

History[change | change source]

2006-2009[change | change source]

Roblox had a big change in 2006. In January 2006, Roblox removed their special points and made multiplayer, but the API was never used until March 2006. In February 2006, Roblox left beta and was made free for all players. In September 2006, Roblox made changes to the multiplayer API so that players could make their own multiplayer games for free instead of the Roblox developers making them.

In May 2007, the Roblox developers began making virtual items, and its first virtual item was a top hat. Roblox also started the Builders Club which is a paid membership.

Guest mode, which is for players that want to play Roblox without making an account, was introduced in 2008. Later, higher forms of the Builders Club (known as the Turbo Builders Club and the Outrageous Builders Club) were started in 2009.

2010[change | change source]

In 2010, Roblox Studio was changed so that game developers could understand its features easily.

2011[change | change source]

In 2011, Roblox released its first commercial. The commercial had the well known quote, "IT'S FREE."

2012[change | change source]

On 1 April 2012, Roblox was hacked. It caused the Roblox website to be shut down that day. On 2 April 2012, the website was recovered.

2013[change | change source]

In 2013, Roblox added dynamic lighting. Its purpose was to make more realistic lighting. This update would eventually receive more updates in the coming years.

2015-2016[change | change source]

In June 2015, Roblox released Smooth Terrain which made the terrain (such as sand, grass, water, etc.) more realistic.

On 14 April 2016, Tix was removed.[4]

2017[change | change source]

In January 2017, Roblox changed their logo. The game's YouTube channel also released a music video[5] to showcase it.

In October 2017, Roblox removed Guest Mode.

2019[change | change source]

In 2019, Builders Club was replaced with Roblox Premium.[6]

2020[change | change source]

In December 2020, Roblox announced that players would soon no longer need Premium to upload clothing, but instead, pay a fee for 10 Robux per upload. The change was added in March 2021.[7]

2021[change | change source]

In May 2021, an anonymous user filed a class action lawsuit against the Roblox Corporation for supposedly scamming players for not giving out refunds when banned items get deleted.[8] In June 2021, a group of music publishers sued the Roblox company for mass copyright infringement (using many copyrighted songs without being allowed to), with the publishers seeking 200 million US dollars from them.[9]

In August 2021, Roblox bought the development team of a communication app known as Guilded for 90 million USD.[10][11][12] In the same month, they chose some developers to test out voice chatting features.[13]

Games and game passes[change | change source]

Roblox lets its players create their own games using its app called Roblox Studio. Players on Roblox can build anything they want to using the Studio and then publish their game to the Roblox website for everyone to play. If the player knows how to code they can use scripts to change the game.

In some games, the creator may create game passes that will cost any amount of Robux to buy. These passes usually give benefits.

Virtual items and currency[change | change source]

Players on Roblox can buy virtual items from the Catalog using virtual currency. This currency is obtained by selling items on Roblox or logging in daily if a player has Builders Club. There is only one currency as of 2016, Robux (R$), which can only be owned by purchasing Roblox Premium membership, selling gamepasses or clothing, buying a Robux card from a shop, or using a credit card or PayPal on the Roblox website. Robux is used to buy items such as Gear (tools to use in the game, like weapons) and Hats. On the Character page, players can change their clothing and customize their character how they want to. Any virtual items that a player buys from the catalog can be seen on the page. Roblox sometimes gives away free items during special events (for example, reaching 1 million followers on Twitter.

Another form of currency that was discontinued was the Tix (Tickets). All players could get a few Tix each day they log into Roblox, and trade those Tix in to get Robux. Tix were removed from the game in March 2016.[14]

Membership[change | change source]

Roblox Premium Logo

Builders Club was Roblox's first membership club which could only be used through a purchase. Builders Club gave its members more features in Roblox, such as earning its virtual currency called Robux, and the ability to trade items. Another thing players could do was sell Limited items (buy-able and sell-able items on the Avatar Shop). There were three types of Builders Club: Classic, Turbo, and Outrageous. Classic was the original Builders Club type and Outrageous was the newest. Players would either buy it monthly or annually.

In 2019, Builder's Club was removed and replaced with Premium. Premium is very much like the original Builders Club except it gives players Robux every month instead of every day. Premium players also get access to perks in select games.

References[change | change source]

  1. Diaz, Ana (11 March 2021). "Why is everyone talking about Roblox?". Polygon. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  2. "Roblox Revenue and Usage Statistics (2021)". Business of Apps. 1 September 2020. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  3. Kunthara, Sophia (19 November 2020). "Roblox Had 'Rapid' Revenue Growth Due to COVID-19, Its IPO Filing Reveals, But Growing Losses Too". Crunchbase News. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  4. "Saying Goodbye to Tickets". Roblox Blog. 15 March 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  5. "Roblox Anthem Video".
  6. "Introducing Roblox Premium". Roblox Blog. 23 September 2019. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  7. "Upcoming Changes to Avatar Catalog Upload Requirements". DevForum | Roblox. 10 December 2020. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  8. "Roblox Accused in Suit of Cheating Kids With Bogus Purchases". Bloomberg Business. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  9. Needleman, Anne Steele and Sarah E. (9 June 2021). "WSJ News Exclusive | Music Publishers Sue Roblox for Letting Game Creators Use Unlicensed Songs". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  10. "Joining Roblox". Guilded - Chat for Gaming Communities. Retrieved 18 August 2021.
  11. Francis, Bryant. "Roblox now owns online communications platform Guilded". Retrieved 18 August 2021.
  12. "Form 10-Q" (PDF). 30 June 2021.
  13. Peters, Jay (2 September 2021). "Roblox is getting voice chat, starting first with 'Spatial Voice'". The Verge. Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  14. Sidhwani, Priyansh (12 March 2021). "The History Of Roblox : From 2004 Until Now". TechStory. Retrieved 7 April 2021.