JDRF One World – A Virtual World Inside Roblox

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JDRF One World is a virtual world built inside the popular online game Roblox that allows for education, celebration and, of course, play! It’s being created by JDRF Game2Give in partnership with people in the video game industry who have T1D connections.

But JDRF One World is more than just a game—it’s also an opportunity to create connections between family members, friends, and classmates. We’ve made it a place where everyone can both belong in and commit to supporting what we all want: a world without T1D.

Read on for answers to common questions about JDRF One World. Don’t see your question answered here? Email us at gaming@jdrf.org and we’ll answer it if we can!

JDRF One World FAQ

What is JDRF One World?
What is Roblox?
Why is JDRF building a world inside a video game?
Why Roblox and not another online game like Fortnite?
What platforms are Roblox and JDRF One World available on?
How do I set up a Roblox account?
How do I access JDRF One World?
Do Roblox or JDRF One World cost money?
What is there to do in JDRF One World?
Can I bring non-T1D friends to JDRF One World?
How do I know JDRF One World is safe for my kids?
Can I make a donation to JDRF inside JDRF One World?

What is JDRF One World?

JDRF One World is a virtual world built for the popular online game platform Roblox. It’s a place where people in the JDRF community—kids and adults—can get together, play games, learn about type 1 diabetes (T1D), and hang out with old friends or meet new ones.

What is Roblox?

Roblox is a global game platform where millions of people gather every day in virtual worlds created by Roblox users. It’s the #1 game platform for kids and teens and an excellent way for kids to learn how to make games.

Why is JDRF building a world inside a video game?

For the past year, we’ve been exploring potential partnerships with the video game industry through our JDRF Game2Give initiative. Video games are increasingly popular with people of all ages, and a lot of those people just happen to have T1D! In its first year of fundraising, JDRF Game2Give has already raised more than $750,000 through this community, while also spreading T1D awareness and supporting people who live with T1D in fun new ways.

When COVID-19 hit and in-person events like JDRF One Walk had to be reimagined, the JDRF Game2Give team jumped at the opportunity to provide a walk-like experience inside a video game—and JDRF One World was born! We’ve had a lot of fun putting this together with the Roblox team and our game development partner Melon Development, and we can’t wait for you to explore it!

Why Roblox and not another online game like Fortnite?

Of all the online games we could have partnered with, we chose Roblox for several reasons: it’s family friendly, it’s free to play on a variety of devices, and it’s a platform specifically designed for building virtual spaces like JDRF One World.

What platforms are Roblox and JDRF One World available on?

You can play JDRF One World and other Roblox games on your smartphone, tablet, computer, Xbox One, Occulus Rift, or HTC Vive. Visit roblox.com for download links.

How do I set up a Roblox account?

Visit roblox.com to set up a free Roblox account. This video tutorial shows how to set up an account and customize your avatar (character).

How do I access JDRF One World?

To get there, visit this page and click the Play button. If you haven’t played a Roblox game before, you’ll be prompted to download and install the Roblox app the first time.

Do Roblox or JDRF One World cost money?

No, both Roblox and JDRF One World are free to play. If you want to customize your avatar (character) with different tee shirts, hairstyles, and accessories, you can do this with in-game currency called robux. This does cost money, but it’s completely optional.

What is there to do in JDRF One World?

The virtual world will continue to grow and change over time. The game currently features a JDRF One Walk, complete with walking course, balloon arch, and V1P tent. You can play minigames, search for hidden Rufuses, chat with JDRF staff (including Aaron Kowalski himself!), learn about JDRF and T1D, and even dye your virtual hair blue!

Can I bring my non-T1D friends to JDRF One World?

Yes, everyone is welcome! One great thing about Roblox is that many of the games on the platform are educational, JDRF One World included. We intend for this to be not only a gathering place for the T1D community, but also a place that people can come to learn about T1D. If your kids are missing friends due to school and camp cancellations, JDRF One World is a fun place to meet up!

How do I know JDRF One World is safe for my kids?

We have designed JDRF One World to be a safe place where everyone is welcome. Rest assured that there’s no violent or mature content in JDRF One World. Roblox has a number of tools and safeguards to ensure that content created on their platform is family friendly, including chat filters and customizable parental controls. Roblox also offers an FAQ with common questions about privacy and security.

Can I make a donation to JDRF inside JDRF One World?

You can’t make a tax-deductible donation to JDRF from inside the game, but you can purchase some in-game items using robux (Roblox’s in-game currency) and JDRF will get a percentage. If you have enjoyed JDRF One World and want to show your support, you can donate here.