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  • Mal McCallion

OpenAI Acquires Minecraft Clone Creator, Global Illumination

Updated: Dec 11, 2023


OpenAI, the leading artificial intelligence lab, has recently announced the acquisition of Global Illumination, a small New York-based company known for its work in creating digital products.


While the terms of the acquisition remain undisclosed, OpenAI has confirmed that the entire team from Global Illumination will join their ranks, contributing to the development of core products, including the popular ChatGPT.


Global Illumination, although a small player in the industry, has an impressive track record. The team has been leveraging AI to build creative tools, infrastructure, and digital experiences. With a history of designing and building products for tech giants like Instagram and Facebook, and making significant contributions at YouTube, Google, Pixar, and Riot Games, the team brings a wealth of experience to OpenAI.


One of the intriguing aspects of Global Illumination is their game, Biomes. This open-source sandbox MMORPG, built for the web, bears a striking resemblance to Minecraft. The game, along with the company's website, is quite minimalistic, listing just eight employees and a brief company description.


The acquisition of Global Illumination by OpenAI signals an exciting time for AI development. With the combined expertise of both teams, we can expect to see some significant advancements in OpenAI's core products. However, the specific roles and responsibilities of the Global Illumination team within OpenAI remain a mystery, as the AI giant has not specified what the new team members will be working on.


As we wait for more details, one thing is clear - the world of artificial intelligence just got a little more interesting. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting merger and the innovative developments it's sure to bring.



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