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On the Welcome to the Metaverse podcast, we talk about Crypto, NFTs, the Metaverse and everything inbetween. The internet changed our world once, it's about to change it all over again. Every Wednesday we'll be diving into the virtual world to discover the most exciting, weird and game-changing projects that are coming out of this space. This is the future, see you in the Metaverse.

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On the Welcome to the Metaverse podcast, we talk about Crypto, NFTs, the Metaverse and everything inbetween. The internet changed our world once, it's about to change it all over again. Every Wednesday we'll be diving into the virtual world to discover the most exciting, weird and game-changing projects that are coming out of this space. This is the future, see you in the Metaverse.

    Know Your Metaverses - What Are The Major Virtual Worlds Currently Up To and How Can You Best Position Yourself for What's Coming Next?

    Know Your Metaverses - What Are The Major Virtual Worlds Currently Up To and How Can You Best Position Yourself for What's Coming Next?

    In this episode of the Welcome to the Metaverse podcast, we take a look at the major players in the virtual world arena (aka the metaverse) and what they have been up to in 2021. The current focus is on the booming NFT space but it's never a bad idea to be a few steps ahead. Where are the opportunities in the metaverse inside the virtual worlds and how can you best position yourself to benefit?

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    As always, thank you so much for your messages and reviews, they really help and support the show so I really appreciate it.

    Do reach out and say hello at https://www.twitter.com/MetaverseLuke and check out the regular NFT newsletter of the latest drops I'm watching at metaverseluke.substack.com

    As always nothing in this episode is financial or investment advice, always do your own research

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    In this episode we talk about what the following virtual worlds are up to :

    Roblox - https://www.roblox.com/

    Fortnite - https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/en-US/home

    Facebook Horizon - https://www.oculus.com/facebook-horizon/

    VR Chat - https://hello.vrchat.com/

    Decentraland - https://decentraland.org/

    Cryptovoxels - https://www.cryptovoxels.com/

    The Sandbox - https://www.sandbox.game/en/

    Somnium Space - https://www.somniumspace.com/

    Victoria VR - https://victoriavr.com/

    Star Atlas - https://staratlas.com/

    (Upland - https://www.upland.me/)

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    RTFKT Studios Upcoming AKIRA Avatar Project - Is This The Next Game Changing Project for The Metaverse? - with Sean Elliott OC

    RTFKT Studios Upcoming AKIRA Avatar Project - Is This The Next Game Changing Project for The Metaverse? - with Sean Elliott OC

    On this episode of the Welcome to the Metaverse podcast, myself and awesome digital artist Sean Elliott OC piece together the clues so far relating to RTFKT Studios' upcoming AKIRA avatar NFT project. RTFKT Studios have quickly established themselves as one of the most credible and innovative brands in the space, setting the tone and culture for digital fashion in the metaverse. The three co-founders (Benoit, Steven and Chris) have deep roots in gaming, streetwear and sneaker culture and are super credible, long term thinkers. If their work and releases to date are anything to go by, AKIRA looks set to completely change the game once again. 

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    To be clear neither myself or Sean are affiliated with RTFKT Studios, we both are just supporters of the work they have done so far. This project could well become the next major success in the space and in this episode we dive deep into what we know so far ahead of the drop. I'd also like to give a massive shout out to Luksolukson - who you should definitely follow on twitter here : https://twitter.com/Luksolukson - he constantly writes great posts about RTFKT Studios and has a brilliant article on the project so far - https://medium.com/@luksolukson/rtfkt-avatar-project-b4781377866d - much of which we reference in this episode, so a big shout and credit to him also.

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    As always, you can reach out to say hello at metaversepod@gmail.com  I also do a weekly newsletter on upcoming NFT drops at metaverseluke.substack.com

    Nothing in this podcast is financial or investment advice, always do your own research.

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    In this episode, we talk about 



    - Sean Elliott OC's introduction and the ace work he's doing at the moment

    - The story of RTFKT Studios so far, when and how it began

    - The backstories of the 3 co-founders, Benoit Pagotto, Steven Vasilev and Chris Le - their roots in gaming, fashion culture and their fascinating stories so far

    - Some of RTFKT's current drops to date and how they are constantly breaking the mould with interesting and unique collabs

    - When we first heard about AKIRA and saw early renders of the project

    - What we know about the project so far, supply, rough drop dates, pre and public sale and how to participate

    - Estimated minting price for the project

    - Who the big name artist they've teamed up with might be and what that means for the NFT and contemporary art space

    - How AKIRA is likely to change the game from anything we've seen so far

    - What the avatars will enable - RTFKT lifetime benefits and more

    - The historical anime links to the project

    - Some of our own thinking and speculation of where the project might go

    • 40 min
    Star Atlas - Building The Next Generation Space Gaming Metaverse with CEO Michael Wagner

    Star Atlas - Building The Next Generation Space Gaming Metaverse with CEO Michael Wagner

    Star Atlas is a next generation, hyper-realistic gaming metaverse set in futuristic deep space. In this conversation I chat to the CEO Michael Wagner to find out how they are completely changing the game when it comes to living, playing, earning and owning digital assets in the metaverse and what opportunities await for early adopters.

    I'm also really pleased to announce that I have teamed up with Republic Realm, who are exclusively sponsoring this episode. Republic Realm are a metaverse investment and innovation platform. We recently had them on the show and it was one of my favourite episodes, so I'm really happy to now be working together to bring you some of the brightest minds behind new metaverse platforms. Thank you for your continued support!

    Republic Realm are also one of the largest owners of digital real estate NFTs in Decentraland, The Sandbox and Axie Infinity. To find out more about what they do, head to https://www.republicrealm.com and follow them on twitter here : https://www.twitter.com/joinrepublic_RE and Discord : discord.gg/ntSaG8b9sW

    To join my weekly NFT drops newsletter, head to metaverseluke.substack.com, you can also reach out at metaversepod@gmail.com



    Links for Star Atlas

    To find out more about the Star Atlas metaverse and to watch the trailer, head to : https://staratlas.com/

    Star Atlas Twitter : https://twitter.com/staratlas and Discord : Discord.gg/staratlas



    In this episode we talk about :

    - Michael Wagner's story through crypto and his journey to co-founding Star Atlas

    - The blockchain gaming revolution and the vast opportunities of digital ownership in the wider metaverse

    - An overview of the mindblowing Star Atlas metaverse - set in futuristic interstellar space and built around space exploration, territorial conquest and political dominance

    - The hyper realistic experience of Star Atlas built using Unreal Engine 5 and how the universe works cross platform in real-time

    - The tokenomics, economy and governance of $ATLAS and $POLIS and how entire civilisations, governments and commerce will be created in the world

    - How you earn assets (and potentially lose assets) through deep space exploration and combat in the game

    - The many other ways to earn value and be part of the Star Atlas economy - going solo vs. recruiting a fully functioning ship and crew

    - The vast scope of the Star Atlas world, ships and assets within

    - The roadmap and delivering game mechanics along the way via the in browser mini game. How the assets earned today will transfer to the 3D world.

    - The many intricacies of building a suitable crew and how nuanced elements will affect gameplay

    - How Star Atlas is built on Solana for speed and efficiency of a rapidly developing virtual world and economy

    - How an early adopter today can benefit from what is coming next

    - Collaborations with major artists such as Bassjackers, DeadMau5 and fashion houses such as The Fabricant for the Rebirth Meta-Posters series.

    - How Star Atlas could create an entirely new employment economy within the metaverse available globally, 24/7

    - Events in Star Atlas and other roles of the world

    - Working with established IP's and their collaborative approach - including their recent NFT collaboration with a Space X Rocket, The US Space Force and The Neil Armstrong Estate 

    - Where to go to learn more about Star Atlas and how to get involved.

    Thanks for listening!

    • 53 min
    Steps for Creating Your Own NFT Project with Samuel Cardillo

    Steps for Creating Your Own NFT Project with Samuel Cardillo

    On this episode of the Welcome to the Metaverse Podcast, we have the extremely well loved and well respected Samuel Cardillo. He’s a tech genius, who’s working on everything from geospatial intelligence to smart contracts. He’s currently the Chief Technology Officer at RTFKT Studios and has even assisted the Department of Defence - above all he is a lovely man.

    He continually does great work in the NFT community, most recently helping other projects check their smart contracts and migrating the CryptoBabyPunks to their own independent smart contract, alongside many other things. Samuel is the perfect person to talk about how a credible NFT project can be built and this episode is packed with so much value. 

    I would really recommend following Samuel on his twitter @CardilloSamuel - https://twitter.com/CardilloSamuel



    For more helpful explainer articles and a weekly newsletter on NFT drops - head to my substack - metaverseluke.substack.com

    As always, nothing in this podcast is financial or investment advice, always do your own research.

    Enjoy this week's episode and thank you for your continued support!

    • 36 min
    The Next Wave of Money Coming into the Metaverse - Gaming and Esports Opportunities

    The Next Wave of Money Coming into the Metaverse - Gaming and Esports Opportunities

    In this episode of the Welcome to the Metaverse podcast, we dive into the world of gaming, both at amateur and elite level with Esports. We look at how this huge audience are set to enter the blockchain gaming space. The metaverse, crypto and gaming are about to collide. The gaming market is worth more than the film and music industry put together and is forecast to be worth about $200 billion by 2022. 

    In a previous episode we looked at the runaway success of Axie Infinity as one of the first revolutionary blockchain play-to-earn games, but with the addition of Esports into the mix and some exciting new games on the horizon, it certainly looks like Axie Infinity is only the first of many. 

    What opportunities can we spot early before a new wave of money enters the metaverse from the gaming space?

    For helpful explainer articles and a weekly newsletter on NFT drops - head to my substack - metaverseluke.substack.com

    As always, nothing in this podcast is financial or investment advice, always do your own research.



    In this episode we talk about  

    - The continued unbelievable success of Axie Infinity

    - Why gaming is so ingrained in human nature and how some of the first creations in the metaverse were in the Vegas District of Decentraland

    - How companies use gamification to encourage certain behaviours and how successful gamification is the best marketing in the world

    - Comparing the tiny (but ridiculously valuable) market share of Axie Infinity to the wider market against games like Candy Crush - there is a big audience waiting for blockchain games

    - Esports and the phenomenal numbers from the latest industry report

    - 888 The New World's partnership with Esports and what is next

    - New and upcoming blockchain games including : a recap on Chicken Derby (and its upcoming drop), The Sandbox, Alien Worlds, Guild of Guardians (and their Esports partnership), Star Atlas and Illuviam

    - How best to get exposure to this exploding space



    Links to projects and references in the show :

    Contagious by Jonah Berger - fascinating book on marketing, virality and gamification 

    ESports Industry Review - https://newzoo.com/

    888 The New World - https://888tnw.com/

    Chicken Derby - https://twitter.com/bitlovincom

    The Sandbox - discover.sandbox.game/#/en/

    Alien Worlds - https://alienworlds.io/

    Guild of Guardians - https://www.guildofguardians.com/

    Star Atlas - https://staratlas.com/

    Illuviam - https://www.illuvium.io/

    • 22 min
    Why Are CryptoPunks Really Worth Millions of Dollars? - The NFT Origin Story and Beginnings Of The Metaverse

    Why Are CryptoPunks Really Worth Millions of Dollars? - The NFT Origin Story and Beginnings Of The Metaverse

    The NFT space and wider metaverse appears to be in the middle of another extreme hype cycle. Credible OG projects such as The CryptoPunks are selling for upwards of $13 million each, it looks like we might see the first $1 million sale of a Bored Ape Yacht Club avatar soon and EtherRocks (yes pictures of rocks) are selling for $100,000.

    To spot future opportunities and understand where NFTs and the metaverse are going next, it's always a good idea to look back into history at the origins of the space. More often than not, the themes of successful projects from the past can give us good clues as to what is likely to be successful in the future. 

    This isn't a boring NFT history lesson, but rather a look at why a pixelated jpeg of a CryptoPunk may justifiably be worth 10's of millions of dollars and what the next phase of this space is likely to be. Hopefully this episode can also be a good place to send new friends and family who want a crash course on NFTs and the story so far. 

    Thank you to a variety of authors who I learnt from in helping to put this episode together. Their articles are linked below.

    As always, nothing in this episode is financial or investment advice, always do your own research.

    For regular alerts on projects and writings in the space, head to metaverseluke.substack.com



    In this episode we talk about :

    - The current hype cycle of the NFT space, speculation as a natural part of adoption but also mini boom and bust cycles

    - How understanding the history of an asset class (in this case NFTs and digital assets in the metaverse) can give a good indication of what's coming next

    - A recap for newcomes on what an NFT is and why it can have value 

    - Blockchain enabling entirely new digital asset classes and value creation

    - The first ever NFT - Coloured Coins on Bitcoin in 2012

    - The story of CounterParty and Rare Pepe the frog memes

    - The creation of CryptoPunks and how they were all free!

    - CryptoKitties introducing cute cat NFTs you can breed and how knowledge of this gave clues to Zed Run's success

    - How CryptoKitties clogged up the Ethereum network

    - The beginnings of Decentraland and early digital real estate

    - Trading NFTs on secondary markets and OpenSea

    - Mainstream adoption of NFTs, Beeple, Kings of Leon and the creative industry changing forever

    - Clues for what comes next for the metaverse

    - Spotlight on NFT projects I'm watching



    Sources for this episode

    Andrew Steinwold - https://medium.com/@Andrew.Steinwold/the-history-of-non-fungible-tokens-nfts-f362ca57ae10

    Portion Blog - https://blog.portion.io/the-history-of-nfts-how-they-got-started/

    CryptoVantage - https://www.cryptovantage.com/non-fungible-tokens/history-of-nfts/



     

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