While interest in the metaverse seems to wane, one pioneer in the space is still hard at work, championing the open metaverse, a decentralized, interoperable multiverse.
In an interview with Cointelegraph Brazil, Sebastien Borget, the founder of open-world blockchain game The Sandbox, shared some of his thoughts and experience when it comes to Web3 and the state of the metaverse.
According to Borget, the metaverse is a gateway to new experiences limited only by what users can think of. He explained that:
“Web 3.0 and the metaverse are allowing each of us to become explorers of our human imagination, inventing new parallel universes where we can choose the experiences we want to live.”
The Sandbox founder also mentions that the metaverse has already begun to influence the way people “socialize, form economic relationships, and gather in communities.” He believes that within a decade, there will be more developments in space.
“We envision that within the next 10 years, the metaverse will have profoundly transformed the way we think about the way we will work, socialize, play and win through the economic opportunities and jobs it is creating.”
Borget believes that the role of platforms should be to ensure that the creation process is fun and rewarding, and that the priority is to listen to what users want. “We’ve built this ecosystem, but the experiences and assets that players create and share are what drive it,” says Borget.
Apart from these, the government of the metaverse must be transferred to the users according to Borget. This will be done through the launch of a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) with voting mechanisms.
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Sandbox offers a decentralized metaverse. Borget explains that this means that their users are not locked out of their platform. “It’s important to us that the content you own or create in The Sandbox can be transferred to other open metaverses and vice versa,” he said. Borget also stresses that decentralization is the way forward, rather than getting stuck in a Web2 “microverse,” where content ownership is trapped by big tech.
“We strongly advocate that the core of the open metaverse be decentralization, interoperability, and creator-generated content.”
When asked what’s next for The Sandbox, the founder explained that the team is building the platform one step at a time. “Our vision of a decentralized entertainment metaverse where everyone can play, create and be rewarded for their time through playing to win is resonating loudly. Step by step, we are building the ecosystem to harness the potential that The Sandbox offers to players, creators, and partners,” says Borget.
Sebastien Borget, founder and COO of The Sandbox. Source: borget.net
Apart from this, the founder explains that the next thing is to allow creators to build and share experiences within their lands. Borget says that people can expect more original community-generated content in the future.
The Sandbox executive also stressed that despite nations like the United States, China, and Turkey announcing metaverse strategies, these parties would not be able to control the metaverse. “This diversity of ownership means that no one party can control the metaverse,” he said.
Borget also mentions that Sandbox also aims to make games more equitable. The founder says they “especially want to make The Sandbox a welcoming place for women as creators and gamers.” This can also potentially attract more women to Web3.
“We support creators’ efforts to build inclusive worlds that can inspire players to see beyond external differences while still appreciating them.”
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