The Montreal-based Web3 company Lighthouse just rolled out an open metaverse navigation engine tool. The new portal enables users to find friends and places across a myriad of different metaverse platforms.
Lighthouse is a company that indexes information about events and experiences from more than twenty of the top blockchain-based metaverses, including The Sandbox, Decentraland, Voxels, and others. The new tool is being released after a successful beta run that saw over 40,000 registered testers, according to the press release.
Today, one of the most common criticisms about the metaverse from users is that it feels empty and disjointed. This is unsurprising given the number of metaverse platforms that have exploded onto the scene from all corners of the globe in recent years. But Lighthouse believes the problem is a matter of searching, not a lack of users and experiences.
The company is combatting the “loneliness vibe” of the metaverse with an open metaverse navigation tool, and establishing itself as critical unifying layer for what could be an increasingly interoperable metaverse future — meaning users can bring their avatars, NFTs, and digital identities in and out of different metaverses.
In the press release, the company said they can help creators, users, and friends find each other in more meaningful and authentic ways. With the new portal, users can follow creators, build a Gate in the metaverse that organizes their favorite places and projects, and switch into new worlds and experiences determined by live information feeds like nearby friends and places.
The company added that while Web2 was a mainly a solo browsing experience, Web3 will be about “having a good time with people you care about.” In 2023, it plans to facilitate exploration groups, coordinate events, and capture and share in-world memories.
The Number of Metaverses Continue to Grow
The idea of only one Metaverse with a capital ‘M’ seems to be fading. This year at Rarity Sniper, we’ve written dozens of articles about different metaverses, countries investing in the metaverse, and metaverse-related projects. Here are some of the most recent top metaverse stories.
About two weeks ago the Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan, approved the country’s latest phase of the “Dubai Metaverse Strategy.” The country is bullish on Web3 and aimed at boosting its digital economy to become one of the top metaverse economies in the world.
Next, the metaverse continued to show its value as a testing ground for physical and digital products when fashion brand Forever 21 announced its Roblox-tested digital clothing was arriving at physical stores. One product that was first tested in Roblox is a digital black beanie NFT that is one of Forever 21’s top performing items ever.
Lastly, on December 1st, 2022, the National Football League (NFL) announced it was continuing its partnership with metaverse platform Fortnite to create “NFL Zone.” NFL Zone will be a persistent metaverse experiences featuring team maps and different football-based mini-games.
We could go on for days with metaverse news. Even in the bear market, the metaverse (or metaverses) have been busy as bees. Now Lighthouse’s open metaverse navigation tool allows avatars and identities to roam across different landscapes freely and openly — a dream of many Web3 enthusiasts, and certainly the aim of Lighthouse.
We’ll keep our ears to the ground for any new developments in the story.