The boundary between the physical and digital world is becoming increasingly blurred, and the inhabitants of the metaverse are flocking to dynamic new forms of architecture that can fuse audiences together in the virtual world, just as stadiums do in reality.
VIrtual stadiums are making their mark in the metaverse, and as they become more widespread and attract new fans, they promise to foster greater engagement and enthusiasm in these emerging digital worlds.
Real-world stadiums very often serve as the anchor for entire communities, sitting at the center of lively commercial districts that form a hub of life and activity. Stadiums can also revitalize entire districts that had previously fallen into disrepair. Take the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, which has been credited with a stunning 148% increase in the price of nearby homes between 2014 and 2021.
One of the most impactful virtual stadium events to date was the recent Notorious B.I.G VR concert experience that took place within Meta Horizon Worlds last month. A digital avatar of the legendary, now deceased rapper was resurrected to appear before thousands of fans in a virtual replica of 1990s Brooklyn, New York, where he delivered a breathtaking performance that had the effect of transporting attendees back in time.
Fans of the video games industry will soon be able to enjoy more immersive experiences of this kind thanks to Everyrealm, a metaverse developer that recently partnered with MIBR, a subsidiary of U.S. firm Immortals Gaming Club, to create a new virtual arena focused on e-sports.
It’s called the MIBR Arena and it’s hosted in the Portals metaverse, with the intention of bringing e-sports fans together in one virtual space to enjoy special events together and increase community engagement
Football fans can also get a taste of the metaverse stadium experience via Upland, a unique, open virtual world that’s mapped to the real world. Upland hit the headlines a few weeks ago, just prior to the Qatar 2022 World Cup, when it announced it was partnering with FIFA to deliver a metaverse based experience to coincide with the world’s greatest sporting event.
Perhaps the most popular arena to emerge in the metaverse so far is not really an arena at all. Nevertheless, Decentral Games’ metaverse poker lounge has become one of the most visited places within Decentraland, which itself is one of the best known virtual worlds that exists today.
Decentral Games is essentially a metaverse-based gaming lounge where players can visit using a digital avatar and participate in various skill-based games using crypto, meaning that the stakes are very real. It’s by far and away the most popular attraction within Decentraland, accounting for 60% of all its visitors. Within Decentral Games, the most popular game is Ice Poker, and players can access daily events and challenges directly from the poker lounge.
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