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Roblox Acquires Speechly for Real-Time Voice Moderation

Roblox has acquired Speechly, a Helsinki-based voice tech startup specializing in voice chat moderation and real-time transcription. The acquisition aims to enhance safety and enable real-time voice communication on the Roblox platform.

Roblox Acquires Speechly

In a groundbreaking move, Roblox has acquired Helsinki-based startup Speechly to boost its voice chat capabilities and safety features. The deal aims to enrich the real-time voice chat experience while enhancing moderation measures.

Roblox initially ventured into voice-based interactions by allowing game developers to integrate voice features. The recent development even included avatar-based voice calls with facial motion tracking, aiming to cater to its older user base.

According to Speechly's research, although 70% of gamers have used voice chat, a staggering 72% reported experiencing toxic behavior. With Speechly's real-time voice moderation technology, Roblox aims to create a safer space for its users.

“Roblox is solving new challenges—moderating spoken language in real-time,” wrote Speechly co-founder and CTO Hannes Heikinheimo. “Safety and civility are foundational to Roblox. We’re excited to bring our AI expertise to this platform,” he added.

Speechly, backed by prestigious investors and a €2 million seed round, was an attractive acquisition target, partly due to its SOC 2 Type II certification, ensuring secure data handling.

According to Voicebot.ai, Speechly's technology is more advanced than competitors like Modulate’s ToxMode and Spectrum Labs, placing Roblox at an advantageous position in real-time voice moderation.

While the terms of the deal have not been disclosed, this acquisition signals Roblox’s earnest commitment to advancing its voice technology while maintaining a safe and civil platform for its user base, which averages 65.5 million daily active users.

Roblox's acquisition of Speechly indicates a significant step in enhancing the platform's voice chat capabilities and user safety. As Roblox continues to expand its features, the deal sets a precedent for what real-time communication could look like on user-generated content platforms in the future.

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