The word 'areae' is also the Latin plural of 'area'.
Metaplace, Inc.
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryVideo Games
FoundedSan Diego (2006)
HeadquartersSan Diego, California
Key people
Raph Koster, John Donham

Areae is an American computer technology corporation located in San Diego, California, that was established in July 2006 by Raph Koster. Areae has been officially changed to Metaplace, Inc. to avoid confusion. Funded by Charles River Ventures and Crescendo Ventures, Areae develops the Metaplace software platform that democratizes the development of virtual worlds.[1]


In January 2010, the company pivoted towards using its virtual worlds platform to build social games on Facebook. It released two successful games on Facebook using its platform, Island Life and My Vineyard, after which the company was acquired by Playdom.[2]


  1. ^ "Virtual Worlds opened up to all". BBC News. 2007-09-19. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-19.
  2. ^ "Playdom Buys Resurgent Social Games Startup Metaplace". ContentNext Media. 2010-07-08. Archived from the original on 11 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-02.