CoinMarketCap looks at the latest happenings in the metaverse — from Yuga Labs' Otherside metaverse land mint costing millions in gas, to Nike's first metaverse sneaker reveal with RTFKT.
Here’s a rundown of some of the hottest metaverse news over the past week.
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Metaverse NFT Collections Continue Their Downtrend
First, a look at one indication of the overall metaverse market — metaverse land NFTs.
While BAYC’s Otherside metaverse NFTs were all the rage the past week, other NFT land collections weren’t so hot. Popular collections such as Sandbox and NFT Worlds are down 15% and 21% respectively the past week.
Yuga Labs Otherside Metaverse Land Sales Rocks Ethereum Network
On Saturday night, Yuga Labs concluded the sales of its highly-anticipated Otherside metaverse NFTs. The company raised a whopping $320 million in what can be described as its largest offering to date. However, the mint wasn’t without some hiccups.
“Yuga Labs’ virtual land sale has triggered one of the highest spikes in transaction fees on Ethereum. I have seen other NFT launches causing high gas fees, but this is definitely one of the highest.”
“Nearly $100M has been spent on gas for the BAYC land sale in one hour. This is money that could have gone to Yuga or stayed in user's pockets.”
Standard Chartered Bank Acquires Land in The Sandbox
Standard Chartered is a leading global bank with over 760 branches globally. According to its website, it has 85,000 employees serving customers in around 150 markets.
The financial institution touts itself as the first bank to acquire “virtual land at The Sandbox metaverse’s Mega City district, a culture hub based on or inspired by Hong Kong talents.” The initiative is being led by SC Ventures, Standard Chartered Group’s innovation, fintech investment and ventures arm.
As per the announcement, SCBHK will interact with clients, partners, staff, and the tech community to “explore co-creation opportunities in this new and exciting space.” Notably, the bank wants to deploy new experiences for clients, as well as bring “the local sports and art communities into the metaverse.” Alex Manson, head of Standard Chartered’s SC Ventures, said:
“For the past few years, we have been building business models in crypto, digital assets and see the rise of the metaverse as a critical milestone in the Web 3.0 evolution. We are excited for this opportunity to explore and innovate in partnership with The Sandbox, but also with our clients and partners who will play a crucial role in how this space develops.”
Bretman Rock Is Hosting the First Music Awards Show in the Metaverse
For the second iteration of its annual Song Breaker Awards, Logitech For Creators ditched the physical world. The brand, which is focused on empowering creators to pursue their passion, hosted the ceremony inside of Roblox.
The show recognizes groundbreaking creators that are making waves in pop music through memes, dance challenges and trends that they have created and shared on social media like YouTube and TikTok, over the past year. The show premiered on Roblox on April 30, with additional performances throughout the weekend.
“Logitech hosting the first-ever music award show on Roblox is exciting as we continue to push the limits of creativity on our platform and celebrate creators worldwide.”
The awards ceremony was hosted by digital entertainer Bretman Rock. Multi-GRAMMY Award-winning artist Lizzo also made her metaverse debut on the stage of the Song Breaker Awards. Commenting on the event, Rock said:
“I’ve had so much fun collaborating with Logitech For Creators on the show […] I’ll be hosting, so you already know you’ll be entertained. I’m excited for the community to join us to celebrate some incredible and talented artists together!”
“I’m excited to be making my metaverse debut with Logitech and to be performing ‘Special,’ which is a song that means so much to me. As a musician and creator, I love that Logitech Song Breaker Awards show recognizes the unique talent of all creators, and how each of them are making an impact on pop culture and music,” said Lizzo.
The event saw virtual performances from others like singer-songwriter GAYLE, best known for her Billboard no. 1 hit “abcde-forget-u.”
Johnson & Johnson To Train Students and Doctors in the Metaverse
The potential of the metaverse is enormous and Johnson & Johnson is pushing the limits of its utility. The company has launched an “Innovation Room” in Mexico with state-of-the-art technology that demonstrates how students can learn in the metaverse.
“For Johnson & Johnson MedTech, residents, doctors and students in the health industry are a fundamental part of empowering the health system, therefore, we seek to strengthen their training with initiatives like the Innovation Room. We are sure that by having health professionals trained through innovation, intelligent medical care can be created that improves the quality of life of patients and raises health indicators.”
The space is open to health professionals in the offices of Johnson & Johnson MedTech in Mexico. Professionals who wish to use it will have to make reservations through an app a minimum of two days in advance.
Johnson & Johnson hopes to impact around 300 medical students, doctors and surgeons in Mexico through the initiative.
Meta To Open its First Physical Store Tied to Metaverse Experiences
While other major players in the metaverse space are immersing themselves in the virtual world, Meta is looking to add a physical side to the whole frenzy. Meta’s first physical store is scheduled to launch on May 9 in California.
“Through interactive demos, you can make video calls to retail associates with Meta Portal, learn how Ray-Ban Stories can help you stay present with the world around you, and explore the magic of VR with a first-of-its-kind immersive Meta Quest 2 demo.”
“Once people experience the technology, they can gain a better appreciation for it. If we did our job right, people should leave and tell their friends, ‘You’ve got to go check out the Meta Store.’”
“Meta has repeatedly taken aim at Apple for charging developers a 30% commission for in-app purchases in the App Store — and have used small businesses and creators as a scapegoat at every turn. Now — Meta seeks to charge those same creators significantly more than any other platform. [Meta’s] announcement lays bare Meta’s hypocrisy.”
David Beckham Files for Metaverse-Related Trademarks
From top athletes to celebrities, and big names in the corporate world, NFT and metaverse-related trademark filings have continued to roll in. Former footballer turned businessman David Beckham is following the footsteps of several others into Web3. He has reportedly filed applications for three trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
The trademark application, with serial number 97369672, was filed by DB Ventures Limited.
Despite his latest push into the metaverse, Beckham is no stranger to the virtual world. A few weeks ago, the footballer was named the global ambassador of the layer-one blockchain protocol DigitalBits. As part of the deal, he tapped on the platform’s blockchain to release digital collectibles.
Nike and RTFKT Debut First NFT Metaverse Sneakers CryptoKicks
In a teaser video posted on Twitter, RTFKT showed how the appearance of the digital sneakers can be changed via collectible “Skin Vials.”
The CryptoKicks were available to owners of the Nike and RTFKT Mnlth NFTs, which were airdropped to holders of RTFKT’s CloneX tokens. The reveal came after a series of quests and puzzles that collectors needed to solve.