During the last six months, Roblox lost 22.11% of its value. Even when the number of users is at an all-time high, this is still true. Due to a lot of investments, the company’s income has gone down, leaving fans to wonder when they will be able to fully experience the metaverse.
In the three months ending in June, Roblox lost $176 million. Last year’s quarterly loss was $140 million, so this is a 25.91% increase.
Roblox says, “The rise in losses happened because the company had to spend more to help it grow.”
Losses for Roblox
The company promised its stockholders that they would put a lot of money into the business’s future. In 2022, Roblox spent a huge $135 million on buildings and equipment. The year before, it only cost $45 million.
Craig Donato, Roblox’s chief business officer, said that the company is spending money to hire more people, add more servers, and build data centers all over the world.
We are putting most of our attention on investing, which will have some effect on our profits, but these are the right investments for us to make. In three to five years, they will make money.
Profitability has also been hurt by the company’s decision in the second quarter to extend the user life from 23 to 25 months. Because of this, the amount of revenue that was counted fell by $40 million.
Metaverse for Roblox
Some people think that Roblox and Minecraft were two of the first and most popular online worlds. Donato says, though, that they are still in the very early stages and don’t have full immersion or the ability to work with other metaverses.
“There’s so much more, when we think about where we are in the metaverse journey, we’re probably somewhere in the first inning. Right now we’re just building the stack. We’re all building the stack.”
Roblox has worked with business partners like Gucci for a long time to give its users experiences in their own branded worlds. Even Spotify has worked with them to make a universe of music. Everything looks a bit like the Metaverse.
Roblox is getting more requests.
“Bookings” are what Roblox users call the sales of Robux, the virtual currency used on the site. Robux are a type of virtual currency that can be used to buy premium features and avatars.
In the most recent quarter, the company’s booking-related revenue went up a lot. It went from $841 million in the first half of last year to $1.12 billion in June, which is a 34.15 percent increase. This is still less than what was made in the same time period last year, which was $1.31 billion.
Users Who Work Every Day
Even though Roblox’s income is going down, the number of daily active users (DAU) is going through the roof. In July, there were 58.5 million DAU on Roblox, which was the most ever. This happened because children were locked up all over the world during the epidemic.
David Baszucki, the CEO of Roblox, said that the company keeps getting more users and more people involved all over the world. The goal is to get more people of all ages and countries to use Roblox.
“On the vision side, our layered clothing system is just a first step to very highly personalized avatars across the platform. Our voice system is rolling out and is a great sign of really the future of how people will communicate on platforms like Roblox. And our physically-based material system is widely acclaimed by our developers as the next step in taking Roblox to a more realistic look and feel. Finally, I want to highlight that we continue to work on innovative, immersive native monetization systems, and we do expect to be rolling out a test of our immersive advertising system sometime later this year.”