top 10 alternatives and competitors of Gather.Town

Besides, there are also other interesting online networking platforms and similar apps of competitors with the possibility of flexible video conversations: 

  1. HyHyve: Fully customizable and engaging networking and online event platform that supports all devices and browsers.
  2. Wonder: A networking platform which wants people to discuss like in a real-life.
  3. Spatial: A wonderful app to hold networking events with groups of different sizes.
  4. Remo: The simple way to just interact with people in smaller or larger groups.
  5. Workadventure: This app provides an online campus, virtual office and digital events at the same time.
  6. Topia: A playful world-building platform which offers the possibility of video chats.
  7. Trember: An app for people who are interested in having small business meetings online.
  8. SaySom: This app brings a real-life conversation vibe into the world of online networking.
  9. Virtuali: In this online world you can build in-person connections like you would do in reality.
  10. VRChat: You can discover this virtual reality space which is created by people from all over the world.

FAQ - Frequently asked questions

Gather.Town is supported on Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. The Apple Safari support is in Beta and Microsoft Edge is not officially supported. [8] does not support mobiles devices (e.g. phones and tablets). [8]

The browser-based tool is free of charge up to a maximum of 25 participants per room.

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HyHyve vs. comparison

In this showdown of online event and networking tools, we compare vs. HyHyve to help you choose the right platform. While Gather and HyHyve may seem like similar apps at first glance, the differences between these apps are actually quite significant, and you need to know them to make your online event exceptional.

PricingStarts at 0,03€/minute. Per event/month/year pricing on request. Free for small groups. Different plans start at 1$/user for 2 hours.[1]
GDPR✅ German company. GDPR compliant.❌ American company. GDPR compliance shall be discussed.[2]
Most common browsers supported✅ Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge.❌ Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox [3]
Platforms supported✅ Desktops (Windows, macOS, Linux), tablets (iPad, Android-based devices), mobile devices (iOS, Android-based devices).❌ Desktops (Windows, Linux)[3]
Broadcast to your participants✅ Yes, speakers can be invited to the stage flexibly .🟡 Yes, but only 100 listeners are recommended. For larger audiences, organizers shall use different services [4]
Record Broadcast❌ No recording feature available.❌ No recording feature available.
Public access✅ Yes, via a public link.✅ Yes, via a public link.
Restricted access✅ Yes, email-based authentication.✅ Yes, with a general room password or email-based authentication.
Custom background picture🟡 Yes, but not recommended.🟡 Yes, but not recommended.
Custom maps✅ Yes, fully customizable, including walls and the option to create buildings/places familiar to participants. ✅ Yes, a fully customizable map in an 8-bit pixelized style, including walls and interactive elements.
Maximum participants per "circle" (ad-hoc conversation)✅ Up to 50 people.🟡 No maximum group size in ad-hoc conversations specified.
Maximum participants per room✅ HyHyve spaces/rooms have an organizational soft limit of 250 participants. Multiple Spaces can be linked. [5]✅ Gather has a maximum capacity of 500 participants per Space. [6]

[1] According to the Gather.Town Pricing.

[2] According to their statement, Gather.Town is not fully GDPR compliant: Are you GDPR Compliant?

[3] Supported devices and browsers of the Gather Town platform: Browser Settings and Permissions

[4] According to their statement, “the spotlight feature is restricted to the first 100 users in that room, and any additional user over 100 will disturb the server connection and degrade everyone’s performance.” (Source: Gather 102: Chapter “Spotlighting”)

[5] We recommend dividing rooms if more than 250 participants are expected to ensure that the rooms do not become overly large and participants “get lost”. HyHyve can provide a high level of interactivity by switching off linked rooms at off-peak times with fewer participants.

[6] Maximum capacity is specified on the Gather.Town Pricing.

This comparison was updated on 06.06.2021.

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What is Gather.Town?

Different from other apps like Zoom provides an online networking experience in a virtual space. Participants are able to go into and leave a conversation by moving their avatar like they would do in real life.

Gather.Town is an all-in-one communication, event, and networking tool. In an 8-bit pixelized world which looks like a video game the real Spaces are designed by the event organizer.  Each participant can move its avatar freely by using the computer keyboard arrows. According to this is better than Zoom, because it offers a feeling of having a real-life conversation. 

What can Gather.Town do?

In your own space you can upload documents, videos and other data by using the hammer icon. Also it is possible to create planned and ad-hoc/instant video meetings. Participants of a Gather “Space” can talk via video and audio. Up to 500 people can participate in one Space and join so-called Gather “Spots” (particular areas where a limited number of people can interact with each other, e.g., a table with four chairs).[7] Within a Space, admins have the option of starting a broadcast (called spotlight) to all participants of the Space. A chat helps to exchange contact details and the possibility of interacting with content (e.g., g PDF file) rounds things off.

Gather combines the wonderful ability to get together quickly and network in groups with a flexible and interactive Space where external contents like PDF documents or websites can be integrated.

What should I be aware of when using Gather.Town? started as an open-source project, but it can’t be self hosted anymore. Technically, Gather works very well, but there are some areas you should consider even though  not all of them are related to the itself but to the overall event organization and preparation. 

The Gather Space and tool design

Gather offers a very structured onboarding experience and the Space editor is easy-to-use if an organizer invests a vast amount of time in preparing the event. However, you should be aware that the 8-bit pixelized world, which looks like a 90s video game, can annoy professional participants and could bring up the problem that some people won´t take your event seriously. If you plan to integrate other tools like Zoom meetings, websites or PDF documents, the upload can be confusing at first. Therefore the participants need a little more time to feel comfortable with the app.

Advice: How to prepare your participants for the usage

As the mechanism of “bumping together in a virtual venue” and interacting with content by clicking the “X” key is currently not known to everyone, it’s helpful to have “practice sessions” with your participants in advance (e.g. online networking and after-work session a couple of days earlier). 

Attention: Embedding Zoom meetings is possible but can cause a high workload

You’ll need to embed different Zoom links in the exact Gather locations (e.g., a particular stage) and be aware that you have to swap the URLs several times per event. To exchange an URL, you need to access the mapmaker and change the URL in the “external call integration” objects. The change is done instantaneously, but working without the necessary carefulness could mess up the Zoom meeting. 

Limited mobile and browser support

Unfortunately, the Gather website does not clearly state that the Gather.Town tool doesn’t support mobile devices such as iPhones and tablets like iPads or other similar devices. Furthermore, it would be best to keep in mind that Apple Safari is only available in Beta, and Microsoft Edge is not officially supported. The Gather app offers official support for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. You can find more information on supported devices on the Gather support website. [8]

Advice: How to deal with the limited mobile and browser support

Although most users are already using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, you should consider recommending using one of the supported browsers to your participants. [9] As “clicking on links” leads to the start of the user’s standard browser, you have to ensure that the browser recommendation is communicated often and clearly. As selecting the right browser and joining the Gather space can sometimes be tricky, you can implement a support hotline or a team during your event to guarantee a seamless experience. 

GDPR compliance of

Unfortunately, Gather.Town is a platform of an American Company and Gather’s servers are located outside the EU. Gather clearly states that they are currently not fully GDPR compliant. [10]

Advice: How to deal with GDPR compliance

Before using, you should discuss the GDPR compliance with your data protection supervisor.

[7] According to their Pricing, Gather offers up to 500 participants per Space. Gather doesn’t specify how many people can interact in an ad-hoc conversation or Spot.

[8] Supported devices and browsers on the Gather Town help website: Browser Settings and Permissions

[9] Market shares of the most used browser versions worldwide in April 2021: Statistics from April 2021

[10] According to their statement, Gather.Town is not fully GDPR compliant: Are you GDPR Compliant?

This section was updated on 06.06.2021.

HyHyve creates an engaging and cozy feeling for participants with its beautiful map – without technical interruptions.

Daniel Brans

Networker NRW

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