Roblox was created by co-founders David Baszucki and Erik Cassel in 2004. Roblox – a portmanteau of the words “robots” and “blocks”, launched in beta version that year. The website was officially launched in 2006.
In early 2006, the game’s currency was Roblox Points, which were later replaced with Robux. During 2006 and 2007, Roblox added features that included a messaging system, a search system, and avatar customization. Roblox badges were first introduced on December 22, 2006. In March 2007, Roblox became compliant with COPPA, with the addition of safe chat, a change that limited users under the age of thirteen to communicating by selecting predefined messages from a menu. In August 2007, Roblox added the Builders Club, a premium membership, and applied server improvements.
In 2011, more than 5.4 million games were created by users. The first Roblox conference, called the Roblox Rally, was held on August 1, 2011, at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, California. This was then renamed to the Roblox Game Conference, and then again to Bloxcon in 2013, which was held in multiple cities. In December 2011, Roblox also held their first Hack Week, an annual event where Roblox developers work on innovative outside-the-box ideas for new developments to present to the company.
On December 11, 2012, Roblox released an iOS version of the game.
On April 1, 2012, Roblox was hacked, with hackers gaining access to moderators’ accounts to make them say graphic and inappropriate things. In addition, hackers decreased the prices of some goods drastically and changed their names, while taking away from or awarding Robux to users. Roblox staff took the site offline after the attacks, and administrators were able to undo all the changes, reverting the entire system back to a previous form. In December 2013, an animation plugin was released. Users also became able to insert basic humanoids through the interface of the studio.
On October 1, 2013, Roblox released the Developer’s Exchange. The feature allows users to exchange their Robux into USD. The requirements to use the program are a minimum threshold of 100,000 Robux, membership in the Outrageous Builders Club, and a valid Paypal account. As of November 29, 2016, the current trade ratio is 500 Robux to $1. As of September 2016, Roblox said that they had paid out $7 million to community developers.
On May 31, 2015, a feature named Smooth Terrain was added, increasing the graphical fidelity and changing the physics engine from a block-oriented style to a smoother and more realistic style. On November 20, 2015, Roblox was launched on Xbox One, with an initial selection of 15 games chosen by Roblox staff. New Roblox games for this console will have to go through an approval process, and are subject to the Entertainment Software Ratings Board standards. In summer 2015, all combat-related badges were discontinued.
On April 14, 2016, Roblox removed their secondary currency, called Tickets. During the thirty days before it was removed, in-game items were released that could only be bought with Tickets as exclusive, commemorative items. The Trade Currency system was removed to coincide with the removal of Tickets.In April 2016, Roblox launched Roblox VR for Oculus Rift. At the time of release, more than ten million games were available in 3-D.In June 2016, the company launched a version compatible with Windows 10. While the game has had a PC presence since 2004 with its web version, this is the first time it was upgraded with a standalone launcher built for Windows. The following month, during an episode of The Next Level, Jack Hendrik announced that Roblox would be ported to the PlayStation 4.
At the game’s ten-year anniversary mark, it had reached a milestone of thirty million monthly active users, nearly 900,000 concurrent users and more than 300 million hours of use. Its top game creators were making as much as $50,000 a month in revenue.[ On September 28, 2016, Roblox released R15, a new joint system for avatars that uses 15 joints instead of 6. This allowed for a more animated look. Also released were animations that change idle, walking, jumping, climing and other animations.
The safe chat feature was removed[when?] and replaced by a system based on a whitelist with a set of acceptable words for users under 13 years old and on a “black list” for other users. This new system allows users under the age of 13 to create content on the website, which they were not able to do previously. On January 10, 2017, Jazwares unveiled designs for toys based on Roblox characters. The characters are similar to Lego minifigures, standing 2.5 inches tall and having interchangeable body parts, clothes, and tools. The toys were released on February 5.