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posted by hubie on Sunday June 09, @11:58AM   Printer-friendly
from the easy-1-2-3-steps-assembling-virtual-reality dept.

Interested in a career selling virtual meatballs at IKEA? I guess it's some kind of gimmick between IKEA and Roblox but it seems somewhat weird, selling virtual products in a virtual world to people. Is this the future of employment?

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by martyb on Sunday June 09, @12:46PM (2 children)

    by martyb (76) Subscriber Badge on Sunday June 09, @12:46PM (#1359930) Journal
    Looks like a scam to me. They collect scads of personal information and the "privacy policy" [] is laughable, at best.
    Wit is intellect, dancing.
    • (Score: 5, Funny) by c0lo on Sunday June 09, @03:34PM (1 child)

      by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Sunday June 09, @03:34PM (#1359942) Journal

      At IKEA, career progression is unique because you can grow in any direction. We believe in recruiting people based on our values rather than simply ticking all the right boxes on a CV.
      Recruitment process: Please answer the form below, and we will get in touch with you if you are a perfect fit for this position.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by ElizabethGreene on Sunday June 09, @01:20PM (1 child)

    by ElizabethGreene (6748) Subscriber Badge on Sunday June 09, @01:20PM (#1359935) Journal

    Don't underestimate the "jobs" in Roblox; It's a very common play pattern. My children "worked" in restaurants, schools, grocery stores, defending castles, etc. in roblox. Working gave them fake internet points, ranks, and items. They liked it.

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by RamiK on Sunday June 09, @04:59PM

      by RamiK (1813) on Sunday June 09, @04:59PM (#1359945)

      A story in one of the tech news aggregators talked about a dev getting rich from ads with this dumb free "game" where players would literally just keep clicking a button to increase their score. A commenter explained that on various console and mobile platforms, achievements and trophies are converted into tokens for micro-transactions to buy cosmetics, DLCs and even whole real games. So, a whole underground scene of fake "games" grow where devs would make fake short games and insert a hidden mini-game or the like in some obscure corner of the game world that would let you just mash the same button over and over again and earn near endless achievements.

  • (Score: 2) by epitaxial on Sunday June 09, @02:26PM (1 child)

    by epitaxial (3165) on Sunday June 09, @02:26PM (#1359937)

    What is the pay like?

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by looorg on Sunday June 09, @02:35PM

      by looorg (578) on Sunday June 09, @02:35PM (#1359940)

      What we offer:

      This is not the typical IKEA job. Candidates will be recruited to work inside our newest store, located on the gaming platform Roblox, getting a taste of what careers are like in a real life IKEA.

      -Fully Remote and Flexible.
      -£13.15 / €14.80 hourly rate.
      -Limited Contract.

      I do not know if that is good or OK in the UK, it's probably around what low wage jobs pay. But then you don't have to leave your house and can work from home in your underwear if you like. Something typically frowned upon in normal real world stores or restaurants/fastfood places. But I would think it's probably comparable in salary to those places. So I would think that this is basically a virtual-McJob in that regard. Except it's limited and short term cause it's some kind of gimmick. Or I guess if they like you they might offer you an actual job in an actual store afterwards.

      Considering that the first question on the form is "How do you feel about being turned into pixels?" does that mean IKEA or ROBLOX will own your virtual pixel likeness in perpetuity?

      Also these questions -- "How do you feel about being turned into pixels? If you were a pixelated IKEA furniture, which one would you be and why? What would you do if we ran out of pixelated hot dogs in our bistro?" It's why you hate HR and recruitment people and forms in general. Is this what people put up with today?

  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 09, @05:38PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 09, @05:38PM (#1359952)

    Babylon 5 "Swedish Meatballs" reference here