Metaverse builder Improbable says most metaverse land is mispriced

Episode 96 of Season 4 of The Scoop was recorded remotely with The Block's Frank Chaparro and Improbable founders CEO Herman Narula & chief product officer Rob Whitehead.

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In July, Bored Ape Yacht Club creator Yuga Labs partnered with Improbable — a British company building a network of virtual worlds — to bring to life Yuga’s metaverse project known as ‘Otherside.’

In this episode of The Scoop, Improbable’s founders CEO Herman Narula and chief product officer Rob Whitehead explain how they believe the metaverse creates value, and why developing entirely new experiences is crucial for success.

According to Narula, nothing 'metaverse'-related will be able to retain value without authentic engagement:

“I think what we're always forgetting is it doesn't matter if we're talking about the price of land, the price of an avatar skin, the price of any digital asset; if there's no underlying usage, if there's no underlying people actually doing something because it's fun and fulfilling, none of that can hold value.”

Instead of simply trying to recreate the physical world in digital form, Narula thinks metaverse experiences need to be entirely new:

“Just porting over a PC or console game has almost never worked on mobile. I think metaverse experiences are like that: you've got to develop new stuff.”

“An ad as a billboard is trying to take the real world constraints and apply it to a virtual space,” Whitehead explains. “An ad could be teleporting you to a completely different experience…”

During this episode, Chaparro, Narula and Whitehead also discuss:

  • Why the market is overvaluing digital land
  • How crypto is more important to the metaverse than VR
  • The psychology behind creating engaging experiences

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