During social distancing many kids turned to social gaming forums to socialize with their friends. Since this spring, over half the kids under 16 in the US are on Roblox. Additionally, many use Roblox’s free tools to learn coding to create and publish their own games. 

Roblox has launched a summer coding challenge called Build It Play It. This fun and educational activity helps kids and teens learn how to create a game with custom animations and offers exclusive rewards in exchange for moving through challenge levels. The best part is that the challenge is all about movement, both in-game and in real life. 

Build It Play It

While participating in the challenge, your kids will learn step-by-step how to make a game where players race around a track and gain levels by moving in real life with their mobile device. Users decide how their avatars will move and get to build various animations from scratch.

Also, Roblox is offering a new Party Place experience based on the venue from the 7th Annual Bloxy Awards. After hosting some huge global events this year, like the Bloxys and the One World: Together At Home concert, Roblox wanted to give everyone a chance to host their own events too. Whether it’s a birthday bash, hangout time, or even a graduation, Party Place is perfect for getting together with friends, listening to music, etc.

Party Place

The gaming forum has launched free Private Servers (developers now have the option to make them available for free with their game). This feature can be used to create whitelisted and invite-only play sessions, so you can have just your friends playing with you in a game server for your birthday party celebration. Every player will be allowed to create one free Private Server for every game that has it enabled. There will be lots of games offering free Private Servers in the Play Together game sort. 

—Jennifer Swartvagher

All photos courtesy of Roblox

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