Why NFTs and Metaverse are such a Great Match

January 13, 2022

To understand Zuckerberg’s thought that “metaverse” is the next frontier, you need to know what holds the key to this metaverse. Especially now that the metaverse and NFTs are all making headlines.

NFTs are the key to the metaverse

With their constantly expanding use cases, NFTs are ushering in a new era of the digital world termed the metaverse. As demonstrated by Facebook’s launch of Meta, the metaverse’s global debut marks the beginning of a metaverse age in which NFT-based augmented experiences serve as the foundation for this virtual world. Experts believe that NFTs are the key to the metaverse. Through digital tokens, individuals can become owners on the internet, rather than only renters. Consider your physical environment, the objects in it, and the things and people with whom you interact. Consider all these as being digital. That is metaverse. The internet has done much of the groundwork for delivering information, services, and experiences online. However, there are more efficient methods for delivering, discovering, and interacting with anything on the Internet- Metaverse. The metaverse is an infinitely linked virtual world where virtual communities can interact, play, and work. Metaverse’s technology will prioritize humans at the center of its technology. It will enable a vast creative economy where NFTs will serve as a medium of exchange, access, and possibly off-ramps. NFTs will also play a critical part in metaverses’ identities, cultural interactions, and social experiences. Owning NFT assets might demonstrate an individual’s support for a project or transmit thoughts on the virtual and physical worlds. This enables like-minded individuals who have such NFTs to form groups to exchange experiences and generate content. The trending NFT avatars are an example of such NFTs.

But what do NFTs have to do with this?


Shreyansh Singh, the head of Polygon’s NFT and gaming division, claimed in a Decrypt article that NFTs are the digital key to unlocking the metaverse. A non-fungible token (NFT) is a one-of-a-kind digital asset that is held on a blockchain, the same technology that powers cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. The digital tokens confer ownership to users in the digital space. Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) will be important in realizing the idea of connecting the digital and physical worlds by endowing avatars or digital items with a unique identity. For example, an avatar powered by NFT technology will not be a generic collection of face and clothing templates that any other user could copy. Rather than that, an NFT-supported avatar would be composed of all of the user’s previous digital experiences and interactions (essentially representing their digital “life”), as well as holding all of the user’s digital assets (which will be backed by NFTs). In essence, NFTs provide users and items with an “identity” within a virtual world that is entirely independent of the developer’s control over the underlying code.

NFTs can be utilized for a variety of different assets. It serves to provide fractional ownership of assets like tweets, real estate, music paintings, precious gems, and purely virtual assets such as virtual real-estate and even collectible digital cats. They can also be used to provide fractional ownership of financial assets such as stocks and bonds. NFTs provide a transparent and verifiable system for authenticating ownership of virtual assets due to the nature of the virtual world, which removes restrictions on the types of assets that may be generated and owned. One of the most significant advantages of NFTs will be handling digital rights more uniformly. After ownership of an NFT has been transferred, the owner is free to do whatever they want with it, including reselling, distributing, and licensing it, as long as they adhere to the restrictions imposed by the issuer on the NFT. In part, this is made feasible by another feature of NFTs: smart contracts, which enable issuers to ensure that their rights are protected during their entire NFT’s existence, even in secondary markets. For example, under the smart contract of an NFT, an issuer may require royalties on future transfers to be paid to the issuer.

NFTs the Backbone of the Metaverse

Think of the Metaverse as a virtual environment where every imaginable item may be purchased, sold, or exchanged, and you’ll get a sense of the possible scope of NFT assets there. NFTs and metaverses are already a great match, particularly in blockchain gaming and other interoperable games, where they serve as value drivers for ample digital social space. While it is a relatively new idea, NFT gaming is gathering steam, as seen by Your Open Metaverse (YOM) latest effort, which enables the monetization of live virtual events in 3D on a personal metaspace. The metaverse, like that universe, would not be restricted by real-world restrictions such as resource limits, supply chain risk, or the laws of physics, among other things. However, while the NFT-based markets for physical real estate, digital art, and in-games assets may appear to be just marginally intertwined, they are all part of a more incredible opportunity: the metaverse. As it has been envisioned in literature and movies since the 1990s, the metaverse is a virtual world other than our physical universe that represents the next generation of the internet.

NFTs Enabling Open and Fair Economy in the Metaverse

At the moment, decentralized projects like Your Open Metaverse (YOM) and its metaverse NFT marketplace are charting new courses in opening up the metaverse for tokenization of assets and NFTs. Migrating physical assets and services to a decentralized virtual environment and the emergence of projects like YOM will surely expand the scope of the metaspace, thereby giving people the power to own and monetize their content. Using new gaming models with interoperable blockchain games is one method to attract more real-world assets to the metaverse. Metaverse was brought about by the computing revolution, where social media and gaming merge into persistent virtual experiences. The play-to-earn gaming concept is an example of a method that engages and empowers participants of blockchain games. By utilizing NFTs, users may participate in the metaverse’s financial in-game economy and get incentives for the value they offer, basically earning while they play. Play-to-earn games are also more equitable in the metaverse, as participants retain complete ownership of their assets instead of being owned by a single game entity, as is the case with the majority of traditional games.

Wrapping Up

While in its infancy, metaverses provide countless opportunities for individuals to play, engage, congregate, earn, trade and own identity through NFTs. Among the most notable instances of such identity-shaping avatars are the CryptoPunks collections, which provide its owners unique privileges and access to closed communities. Ownership of virtual lands and spaces in the metaverse will be made possible with NFTs, as blockchain technology allows users to demonstrate the ownership of the asset.

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