Roblox is a massively multiplayer online game creation platform that allows users to design their own games and play a wide variety of different types of games created by other users through Roblox Studio. Roblox hosts social network games constructed of Lego-like virtual blocks. Co-founder and CEO David Baszucki started testing the first demos in 2004 under the name DynaBlocks. In 2005, it was renamed Roblox and became available for PCs. The platform was officially released in September 2006 by the Roblox Corporation. As of 2017, Roblox has 64 million monthly active players.
The beta version of Roblox was created by co-founders David Baszucki and Erik Cassel in 2004, with the initial name of DynaBlocks.Baszucki started testing the first demos that year.] The website became available for PCs in 2005, when it was renamed Roblox – a portmanteau of the words "robots" and "blocks". The website was officially launched in September 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 Builders Club, a premium membership, and applied server improvements.
In December 2011, Roblox 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 platform. In an interview with Massively, CEO David Baszucki stated he also wanted the game platform to be available on the digital stores of "Android, Windows, Steam, Mac, Chrome, [and] Amazon..."
On October 1st, 2013, Roblox released the DevEx system, allowing developers to exchange Robux earned from their games into real world currency.
On May 31, 2015, a feature named Smooth Terrain was added, increasing the graphical fidelity of the terrain 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 April 2016, Roblox launched Roblox VR for Oculus Rift. At the time of release, more than ten million games were available in 3-D. Also by this time, Roblox had 30 million monthly active users, and a peak of 900,000 concurrent users. Around the same time period, the safe chat feature was removed 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.
In June 2016, the company launched a version compatible with Windows 10. While the game platform 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, it was announced that Roblox would be ported to the PlayStation 4.