The concept of the metaverse is everywhere, and although it's simple to understand in a few words, it's still quite extensive. There are different types of metaverses and each one works differently or attracts different types of people. We have previously told you about the Sandbox metaverse and the Facebook metaverse (Meta), but the truth is that there are others that we have not yet addressed. Here are some varied metaverse examples to give you an idea of what it's all about!
Second Life metaverse
Let's start by talking about the first metaverse to exist, Second Life, which has been around since 2003. This virtual world is completely three-dimensional and its functioning is very similar to that of a social network where avatars interact with each other.
Within the virtual world of Second Life, in addition to interacting with each other, users can also participate in various activities (both individual and group). They can create and market virtual properties, offer services and grow in this ecosystem. To access this universe, users must be over 18 years of age.
Unlike other metaverses, Second Life is an example of a closed metaverse. Since it does not work with blockchain technology, nor does it offer NFTs to users. On the contrary, this universe has its own currency, which is the Linden dollar, and with it, you can buy everything in your universe.
Continuously, we have the Minecraft 3-D centralized metaverse. With over 150 million monthly active users, this universe doesn't originally work with blockchain. However, with the Enjin plugin launched in 2020, users can enjoy the benefits and opportunities of using tokens. This makes it possible to integrate, exchange and use blockchain-based game objects or items across servers.
We continue with the Decentraland metaverse, which is not very different from Second Life but has some differences that distinguish it from the first one. Starting with the fact that this virtual reality is fully decentralized and based on Ethereum blockchain technology.
In Decentraland, users can perform a wide variety of actions, from buying plots of land and building on them, to selling them for MANA tokens. They can also stop by the beautiful virtual square, Genesis Square, which is located in the center of the map. Their users can learn more about Decentraland and its history.
According to NonFungible, Decentraland has reached 129,716 sales worth $96.9 million. The most expensive sale made within this metaverse was digital land lot #4339, which sold for $2.4 million.
Here things change a bit more with the OVR metaverse. Just like Decentraland, this universe is decentralized and based on Ethereum, only this metaverse is augmented reality. So you can access it via your mobile or smart glasses that will manage to make the experience much more immersive.
In this metaverse, users don't choose content through personalized searches but are exposed to specific experiences according to their geographical position. Additionally, OVR design has hexagonal plots that cover the entire planet earth so users can trade them in a real-life-like real estate market. At the moment, OVR is one of the examples of the most advanced augmented reality metaverse.
Axie Infinity is one of the most popular metaverse games of the moment, and one of the best examples of this type of metaverse. In this trading and fighting game, players must collect, breed, fight and trade Axies creatures. Which are also digitized as NFT. Currently, this metaverse has over 1.2 million active (and growing) users. It has also had sales of around $3.4 billion.
We end with Roblox, which like the first metaverse examples we gave before, is centralized. In this online gaming environment, all users can create and develop their own virtual worlds. This platform has more than 200 million active users and features Nike's metaverse, Nikeland. It currently has around 9.5 million developers.