In the race to acquire virtual land, a number of MetaVerse names have been thrown around a lot. Decentraland, SandBox, Somnium Space, Crytovoxels, and Upland have grabbed much of the headlines in recent times.
However, there is a lot more to the metaverse real estate than these names, and this article will reveal some metaverses that are silently making waves without a bunch of fanfare.
1. Bit Country
This is a community-driven project that allows users to build out their own metaverses. It also have APIs that allows developers to build decentralized apps and games. The project which was launched on the metaverse.network blockchain, adopts a tokenized system called the NUUM.
Bitcountry aims to build a decentralized virtual world managed by the community, an open economy infrastructure, and an open NFT protocol to make the virtual world’s items usable, as well as a platform that allows users to construct their own Metaverse experiences and apps.
In the user-specific Metaverse, the owner of property will have a map of land blocks comparable to Google Maps. By dragging the symbol on the map, users will be able to enter a 3D world that is below the map. This will give them a truly immersive VR experience.
Bit Country, which touts itself as a platform which allows you to create your own metaverse, has raised over $40M (as claimed by its CEO, Ryan Lu) as of January 2022 and has backers like Hypershere Ventures and Animoca brand, which adds to the appeal that they are a serious player in the game.
Bit country is currently giving early access to adopters, and you may want to jump on the train before it goes to the moon. Moreover, there is currently only 100k blocks of land for now.
2. Next Earth
Next Earth has positioned itself as the ONLY blockchain-based virtual real estate ownership platform based entirely on an exact replica of the earth. This project, which is launched on the Ethereum blockchain, uses polygon (a software that sits atop the Ether network) to process transactions faster and with much cheaper gas fees.
The Next Earth project will launch a token called the NXTT, and the maximum token that will be available for sale is 3Billion.
Prices for this token will start at 0.0005USD and the native Polygon Token, called the Matic, will be used for transactions to buy the NXTT token.
This project is run by Gabor Retfalvi, as the CEO also has some decent partners on their team, Belkin Marketing as well as MapBox, a fairly well known mapping company.
Aevegotchi is a crypto collectible game that is built on the Ethereum blockchain, which is the brainchild of Pixelcraft Studiosos based in Singapore.
But of course, we are not interested in the game in this article. It turns out that Zuckerberg forced a whole bunch of companies to start thinking about their own metaverses, and this gave birth to the Gotchiverse, a metaverse inside of the game that allows players to buy, learn, and even earn while at it.
In October of 2021, a total of 16,000 parcels of land went on sale, and this auction happened in the Gotchi citadel. Land was being purchased using the ghost token (GHST) on the polygon network (I am looking at you eth gas fees).
Per their claims, the Gotchiverse is governed by the Aevegotchi DAO, where the GHST token holders or the community have the power to vote on critical decisions.
This metaverse allows players to explore, battel, craft their NFTs, and socialize.
Earning in the Gotchiverse takes the form of rarity farming, which aims to reward the “most thoughtfully and enthusiastically” engaged players.
Mirandus is a game that comes with its own blockchain called the Gala Blockchain and allows players to explore the vast expanse where they can role-play as traders, hunters, or adventurers.
What makes Mirandus different from, say, Fortnite, is that you can actually buy land and own it like an NFT. In fact, the more land you own, the more power you gain. These land deeds come with title and give you the right to rule one of the five citadels.
In fact, if you own a citadel, you automatically become a king.
The native token in this project is called the Gala, and you can also buy other collectibles as NFTs, which adds to the appeal of Mirandus.
What makes this game or metaverse land a compelling bet is that the developers of this game had previously created a game called TownStar, a relatively successful game that had 5 million users in December of 2021.
Another important point of note is that Eric Schiermeyer, the creator of the popular Facebook game Farmville, is charge of the blockchain infrastructure of Gala Games.
How cool does the word “MusicVerse” sound to you? This company, founded by Inder Phull, aims to blur the barriers between music, blockchain, and gaming.
While the company hasn’t quite defined and refined what it is up to (as most metaverse projects), the idea of bringing artists to the virtual world and the success recorded by Travis Scott (over 12 million people logged into the virtual Fortnite concert) has woken a lot of people to the idea of making music a lot more open to artists and cutting off the record labels that normally glean over 70 percent of their earnings.
In the meantime, the company says it is establishing a worldwide network of musicians, thinkers, and startups that are dedicated to reimagining how the music business will grow in the age of Web 3.0 and the metaverse.
What we can deduce is that this would involve some blockchain tech as well as tokens and NFTs. We will keep you updated on this one, but it is definitely one to watch out for.
Launched on the Polygon network, Bloktopia touts itself as a VR space that allows for a mirade of things like getting information (related to the crypto world), playing games, entertaining friends (not sure how yet) and also networking while also earning ad revenue from it.
The developers believe that places like YouTube or Twitter often provide disjointed information on the same topic, and Bloktopia aims to reverse this.
Bloktopia aims to sell land in their metaverse in eight phases, and this is expected to commence following their Initial DEX Offering (IDO), where they are expected to launch their Blok Token.
Bloktopia has reserved the name “reblok” to mean when an individual purchases a new piece of real estate.
Bloktopia will also have an SDK that allows developers to create apps in their metaverse.
How well do you like the idea of purchasing the Eifel Tower for 100 eth or the Burj Khalifa for a cool 50eth? Superworld allows you to purchase virtual versions of actual real estate.
It has 64.8 billion unique plots of land that are available for sale, and users can also buy iconic items that are in the real world (I wonder how much they will sell the Statue of Liberty).
The smallest piece of land on SuperWorld that is not pre-owned starts out at 0.1eth. A plot of land in this metaverse measures 100m by 100m, roughly the size of a standard track and field pitch.
Purchasing land in this metaverse is rather straightforward and you just need to register, connect your wallet (like MetaMask), search for a plot you are interested in, and just hit buy.
All these can be done in, say, 2 to 3 minutes if you know the exact plot you want before hand.
WinkyVerse started at France’s top engineering school, Ecole Polytechnique, and its aim was to introduce young kids, aged 5 to 12, to robotics, artificial intelligence, and programming.
Following the success of that venture, they decided to take things on a much bigger scale, enters WinkyVerse with its own coin called the Winkies (WNK).
A private beta is expected to launch by Q2 2022, with a public launch scheduled for a year later. WinkyVerse has also sold 2.4Billion tokens over three rounds of sale, generating over 20M Euros.
9. Wilder world
How about we skip 3D and just move to 5D? The concept is built on a place called WIAMI (Yeah, swap the letter “w” for letter “m”) where people can own cribs or buy land which has not been launched yet. For now, you can buy your own virtual vehicle or 5D kicks, and you can also partner with them to design your own unique NFTs.
Wilder world has a token called “WILD” and and as at February of 2022, this token sells for over 1.5USD. Their marketplace currently has over 6,000 items listed and the minimum amount you can spend is 3 WILD (the equivalent of 4.5USD).
We will keep you updated on this one as it looks promising
So, there you have it. These are the top 9 metaverses we are highly hopeful for, but of course, there are a whole bunch of others.