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The Sandbox co-founder wants to defend metaverses against Big Tech

The Sandbox co-founder Sebastien Borget wants to defend the metaverse from Big Tech giants aiming to make a foray into the nascent market. In a recent interview, Borget said that he is not very keen on Big Tech companies such as Meta joining the metaverse. He explained further that major technology companies could threaten the decentralization of the metaverse as their business model goes against it.The Sandbox co-founder went on to add that it’s not about the competition, rather more about an open, decentralized future. Tech giants have a monopoly over Web 2.0, something Web 3.0 technologies, such as the metaverse and crypto, are trying to break. Borget explained:“We don’t think those companies can build something truly fun that’s catered to the users because they’ve been so focused on their key business model and how to satisfy shareholders rather than satisfy users who own the asset, who own the governance of their own platform.”Facebook rebranded itself as Meta to acknowledge its focus on the virtual world. The social media giant has shifted its focus to be the leading tech giant in the nascent virtual reality metaverse after a failed attempt at launching a universal stablecoin. Related: Just did it: Nike enters the metaverse game following RTFKT acquisitionFacebook’s record with user data mismanagement has created distrust among the masses, and the company’s business model worries The Sandbox co-founder.The Sandbox closed a $93-million funding round led by Japanese banking giant SoftBank. It also launched the first metaverse game where people can buy virtual land, and the game has already attracted many headlines over a $4.3-million virtual land sale. Metaverse projects combine the best of crypto and virtual reality-based gaming ecosystem, making them among the most sought-after projects in the crypto world.

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Virtual land in the Metaverse dominated NFT sales over past week

Digital land is in high demand in what is already a highly lucrative market as the past week’s NFT and Metaverse sales figures revealed. Data from the industry metrics platform, NonFungible, indicates that over the past week there have been more than $300 million in NFT sales. Of that total, almost a quarter have been for digital land in the Sandbox Metaverse. Over the past week, each one of the top ten NFT Metaverse sales across the top five collections were for in-game digital land. The Sandbox traded a total volume of $70.5 million for 4,433 assets over the past week — making it the Metaverse collection that raked in the most cash. Although Decentraland ranked in second place for the total volume traded, the top ten most expensive metaverse NFT sales during the past week, ranging from 225,000 MANA ($758,250) to 50,000 MANA ($220,000), were all on the Ethereum-based virtual world. Decentraland traded $6.6 million in volume for 399 assets over the past week.Meanwhile, over the past seven days CryptoVoxels traded around $650,000 in volume for 81 assets, Somnium Space traded $492,000 for 40 assets, and SuperWorld traded $227,600 for 506 assets — all of their top trades were also for virtual land. The Metaverse is an immersive virtual reality experience of the internet that uses blockchain technology and nonfungible tokens (NFTs) to pay and own items online. For example, when you make an in-game purchase you actually own the item, and are free to hold, trade or sell it. According to DappRadar, $106 million worth of Metaverse land was sold among more than 6,000 traders in the week ending Dec. 2. “Undoubtedly, Metaverse land is the next big hit in the NFT space. Outputting record sales numbers and constantly increasing NFT prices, virtual worlds are the new top commodity in the crypto space,” stated DappRadar in a blog post at the time. Related: Flying Hot Off the Shelves — Virtual Land Based on BlockchainIn June, a virtual real estate investment firm broke Decentraland’s record for the most expensive digital land plot ever sold after spending $913,000 on 259 parcels.On NFT marketplace Opensea, Sandbox and Dentraland held their spots as the top two collections traded on the platform over the past week. 

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