Gaming company Roblox is launching a new feature called “Party Place” to directly cater to the growing demand among users for a dedicated, private place to host virtual events. From Party Place, the group can chat and hang out as they decide which Roblox game they plan to play next. Users can join the Party Place venue without a private server if they want to just see the venue. Roblox, however, is making private servers available for free in Party Place, so parents and kids can create a place where only those friends they directly invite can join and play. The kids don’t just go online to play. They socialize, chat and hang out with a mix of real-life friends and virtual ones, blurring the lines between online and offline in ways that traditional social networks, like Facebook, do not.