This year, the global metaverse market is expected to be over $47 billion. In a world where virtual events are becoming increasingly popular, there is a new player in town that is looking to take things to the next level.
We launched SandStorm, the largest Metaverse marketplace for builders, in March 2022. And we’re ready to change the metaverse landscape.
This first-of-its-kind platform will make it easy for brands and agencies to find top builders and creators, as well as participate in the fast-growing metaverse industry. In addition, SandStorm boasts a live NFT marketplace that allows users to learn from builders and view their favorite virtual items created by the best builders.
A Brief Guide to the Metaverse
If you’re thinking meta-what? You’re not alone. The decentralized metaverse has only been around for a few years, but it’s already made a big splash in the online world. So, what exactly is the metaverse?
What is the Metaverse?
The metaverse is a virtual universe that people can explore and interact with using NFTs. At the core of the metaverse is decentralization, meaning that anyone can create content and experiences without having to go through a central authority.
This makes the metaverse an open, ever-changing platform that is constantly evolving. And with metaverses becoming more popular, it’s only a matter of time before they become mainstream.
What are NFTs?
NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are digital assets that can be bought, sold, or traded. They are one of the most popular items in the metaverse and can be used to represent anything from art to real estate.
NFTs are stored on the blockchain, which is a decentralized ledger that records all transactions.
What is the Metaverse Marketplace?
The Metaverse Marketplace is a live marketplace that allows users to buy and sell their favorite virtual goods while learning about them from the builders in real-time. It is a place where users can learn from the creators of NFTs and ultimately purchase them depending on the virtual world they’re compatible with.
Our NFT marketplace is live on both Polygon and Ethereum, and it is one of the most popular dapps on the entire polygon network already.
What is SandStorm?
SandStorm is the world’s largest metaverse builder community, with over 1,500 verified builders in our network. The launch in March was our beta platform, but already we’re seeing exciting results. We provide a one-stop-shop for brands and agencies to find top builders and creators, as well as participate in the fast-growing metaverse industry.
But that’s not all. SandStorm also live streams 5 times per week where brands can listen to the latest and greatest builders directly on our platform. Whether you’re looking for the perfect virtual event or the latest Metaverse NFT, SandStorm is your go-to destination.
For fractions of a penny, the beta platform launched on layer 2 technology which allows for creators of metaverse assets in VOX, GlTF, VXM, and ZIP (for everything else) file formats. SandStorm is the only NFT marketplace that focuses on Metaverse-ready assets and full experiences.
Other NFT marketplaces allow trading cards, art, and a variety of other NFT categories, but SandStorm is solely concerned with Metaverse-ready assets and complete experiences.
Virtual Events and the Metaverse
One way the Metaverse and NFTs are being used is through virtual events. This has already been utilized by several celebrities.
Snoop Dogg built his own virtual mansion in The Sandbox. He’s since hosted multiple concerts there. Andrew Yang made a play for political office and even hosted his press conference in the Metaverse.
Other notable celebrities in the Metaverse include Jake Paul, Shawn Mendes, and even Paris Hilton.
In the case of SandStorm, users can learn from leading NFT and metaverse builders directly. Naturally, these events are all held in the Metaverse but don’t require an account to attend.
Brands and the Metaverse
As JPMorgan says in a recent report, “The elements of a new digital age are converging at scale.” Already, $54 billion is spent on virtual goods annually. It’s no wonder some of the biggest brands in the world are getting on board with the metaverse.
Some notable examples include:
- Adidas, who created an augmented reality (AR) experience that allows users to try on shoes in the metaverse
- Gucci, who launched a virtual showroom in the metaverse
- The Australian Open, which released a series of NTF Art Balls in conjunction with the tournament
- Coca-Cola, who partnered with Tafi to create the world’s first metaverse vending machine and loot box
As you can see, the metaverse is quickly becoming a popular destination for brands. However, it’s not as simple as creating a virtual store and calling it a day.
In order to create a successful metaverse presence, brands need to partner with experienced metaverse builders who can bring their vision to life and keep it updated as features come out. This is where SandStorm comes in.
SandStorm for Brands
If you’re a brand looking to get involved in the metaverse, SandStorm is the perfect place to start. The SandStorm platform is a community of metaverse builders and studios that are committed to bringing your brand’s vision into the virtual world.
The way it works is straightforward. Brands, or agencies representing brands, submit a build proposal. This is where you tell us what you want to create and how you want to be involved in the metaverse.
Once your proposal is approved, you can filter and invite builders to it. You’ll be able to see a complete profile of their skills, metaverse experience, and past work.
After that, it’s up to the builder to bring your vision to life. And when the project is complete, you’ll have a beautiful, one-of-a-kind metaverse experience that is ready to be shared with the world.
Throughout the whole experience, you’ll have a dedicated account manager at your service. They are there to assist with any questions or concerns you may have and ensure the progress of your build.
SandStorm for Builders
Careers in the metaverse are in their infancy, but they are growing at an unprecedented rate. If you’re a builder or creator who is looking to get involved in this industry, SandStorm offers a freelancing platform exclusively for metaverse builders.
SandStorm provides a seamless client management platform. As a builder, you may discover metaverse projects from top companies that match your technical abilities and software preferences.
You’ll be able to handle updates, files, and communication with your clients all through the SandStorm platform.
How to Buy Metaverse NFTs
Not a builder or a brand but still want to get involved with NFTs?
If you’re new to the world of metaverses, you may be wondering how to buy Metaverse NFTs. The process is actually quite simple. First, you’ll need to create a SandStorm account.
In order to create an account, you’ll need a MetaMask wallet. This is a digital wallet that allows you to store your NFTs.
Once you have a MetaMask wallet, you can create an account on SandStorm and start collecting NFTs. Once you’ve found an NFT that you like, you can potentially purchase it with either ETH or MATIC depending on the asset.
What Can You Do With Metaverse NFTs?
Well, any number of things. The beauty of NFTs is that they are completely unique. You can use them to represent just about anything you can think of.
The most popular use for Metaverse NFTs is digital art. You can purchase NFTs that represent paintings, sculptures, or even songs.
Another popular use for NFTs is in-game items. For example, you can purchase an NFT that represents a sword in the game “Blade Symphony.” As more virtual worlds launch builders will offer new file formats and usability will change depending on the asset and the world it’s intended for.
In the case of SandStorm, you can enter our social hub in the metaverse. You can even use your NFTs to buy virtual land.
Importantly, many people use NFTs as a way of investing. NFTs can be bought and sold just like any other asset, and their value can go up or down.
If you think that the metaverse is going to take off, then investing in NFTs may be a good way to make money.
Of course, you don’t have to use your NFTs for anything. You can simply collect them and enjoy watching their value go up over time.
What’s Next in the Metaverse?
The metaverse is still in its early stages, but it’s growing quickly. In the next few years, we’re likely to see a lot more development in this space.
We will see the launch of many new Metaverses and the introduction of new features to all existing metaverses. We may even see the open metaverse become more mainstream for events and gaming.
One thing is for sure: the metaverse is an exciting place to be, and it’s only going to get more interesting from here.
If you’re interested in learning more about the metaverse, stay in the loop with SandStorm. We’re the largest hub for virtual events and a metaverse marketplace for builders. We offer a variety of events each week, including expert speakers.
If you’d like to get started as a brand or builder, you can do so right here.