The Metaverse is coming and it's a very big deal
– Forbes, July 5 2020
With the rebranding from Facebook to ‘Meta’ the latest buzzword in business and technology became ‘Metaverse’.
Mark Zuckenburg sees the metaverse as the follow-up of mobile internet and is going to invest billions in the coming years.
But ‘Meta’ isn’t the only one with a metaverse. Companies like Epic Games, Microsoft, Fortnite and Roblox see the metaverse as the next step in the evolution of the internet.
My first virtual experience was 15 years ago in Second Life, an early version of the metaverse.
From this moment on I knew that this would be the future of the internet, but that a real breakthrough could take some time. For those that don’t know it; Second Life is a virtual world where people can walk around as avatars. Second Life has it’s own economy where you can trade products and services for real money. Since 2003, the users of Second Life have nearly traded 2 billion virtual goods for about 500 million dollars a year. Serious numbers in a world you can’t touch.
Where does the term ‘Metaverse’ originate from?
Author Neal Stephenson came up with the term ‘Metaverse’ in his science-fiction roman ‘Snow Crash’ in 1992. In the roman people used digital avatars to explore the online world as a way to escape the dystopic reality.
The term ‘Metaverse’ is a combination of two words, “Meta” and “verse”. Meta comes from the Greek prefix and preposition meta, which means “after”or “beyond”. When combined with “verse” signifies “change”or “alteration”. While “verse” is used as a shortened version of “Universe”. The ‘Metaverse’ exists on the internet and houses several 3D-Worlds where people can explore and communicate via avatars.
Even with Galaxy Game Studio (part of Axiflex) we have worked the past two years on our own ‘Metaverse’. we work together with a team of programmers, 3D artists and designers on a virtual world with one main goal: Create global social impact.
In our Metaverse our drive is the wellbeing of the users. It excites me when I think about the unlimited possibilities that this platform will offer to equal opportunities and virtual jobs for people living in poverty, musicians and artists that can create their own event in a few clicks and can perform before a world-wide audience.
The metaverse is fully in development and inevitable for the future of the internet, online entertainment. education and last but not least fighting poverty.