Introduction from our CEO, Jawad Ashraf
Hello again, and welcome to Virtua’s latest monthly news blog!
The Virtua team and I have had a lot of fun at an amazing range of Web3 conferences this month, from L’Officiel’s Web3 Evolve event to GITEX and cNFTcon – where we officially announced our partnership with Shelby American onstage with Charles Hoskinson of Cardano/IOG! I was very honoured to receive the ‘Metaverse Leader of the Year’ award at Web3 Evolve, and would like to thank the L’Officiel team for generously supporting the Web3 space.
I also want to take the opportunity here to give a big shout-out to our incredible community for their support and feedback. It’s really helping us to develop and build a metaverse ecosystem where everyone is welcome to play, socialise, immerse themselves in their favourite passions, and create their true home in the metaverse.
Because we have so much going on here at Virtua, we’ve been putting out a lot of content and updates on our YouTube channel, which you can access and subscribe to using the button below. We’re putting out everything from dev updates to team interviews, industry news roundups, in-depth Web3 discussion sessions, and “Virtua Vibes”, where the Virtua team let their hair down and have some fun. Don’t forget to join our Discord channel, where our Community Team will answer any questions you might have, and follow us on Twitter to catch our live Twitter Spaces – including AMA sessions, partnership discussions, and more.
Welcome to the metaverse!
Virtua News: The Virtua Island Whitelist Is Now Open!
Virtua Prime is a hyper-realistic, immersive 3D world, and the first planet in the Virtua metaverse.
Cardano Island was the first island launched on Virtua Prime. Now, in this exciting next phase, we welcome you to Virtua Island! The first area available on Virtua Island is the terrifying Monster Zone, where your next epic metaverse adventure awaits – and you’ll soon be able to purchase land plots and condos situated just outside the bone-chilling Monster Park!
Check out the Virtua Prime trailer in the video player on the left, explore the brand-new Virtua Island website (and join over 17,000 whitelist subscribers and counting) using the button below, and we’ll see you in the metaverse!
There’s a whole planet waiting to be discovered…
Virtua News: Welcome to the Shelbyverse!
We’ve officially partnered with Shelby American – one of the most iconic car-makers of all time – to create the ‘Shelbyverse’, a virtual world where Shelby enthusiasts can engage with unique digital collectibles, memorabilia, and the wider community, as well as enjoy the brand’s unique slice of Americana.
Founded in 1962 by Carroll Shelby (immortalised by Matt Damon in the hit movie Ford v Ferrari), Shelby American’s brand has always been driven by power, speed, and a forward-thinking approach to technology – and we’re honoured to help them burn rubber in the metaverse!
Industry News: It’s Time to “Let That Sink In”, as Elon Musk Takes Over Twitter
After several tumultuous months, Elon Musk has officially purchased Twitter and declared himself the company’s “Chief Twit”. From the moment he entered Twitter HQ carrying a kitchen sink (a reference to this meme), Musk began exploring ways to restructure and redesign Twitter’s ecosystem – prompting a tsunami of excitement and speculation from across the Web3 industry.
Musk’s pro-crypto position is well-established, and Twitter is continuing to explore NFT and crypto integration options with vocal (and financial) support from major Web3 investors such as Binance and Andreessen Horowitz (a16z). The journey ahead is sure to be filled with twists and turns, but it certainly looks bullish for Web3.
Industry News: Cardano Became the Third-Largest Blockchain Network for NFT Trading Volume
October was an awesome month for the Cardano NFT community, as the Cardano blockchain network became the third-largest NFT protocol by trading volume! Cardano’s network activity as a whole has also increased significantly following the Vasil hard fork, and we can’t wait to see how much further the Cardano ecosystem and community expands in the future.
Our devs are working non-stop on a huge range of metaverse, IP, art, and Web3 gaming projects – and we can’t wait for you to see and experience them all!
To help you keep up to date with everything that’s going on, we’re putting out a lot of video/audio content and Twitter Spaces covering AMAs, development updates, partnership discussions, VFLECT updates, industry news, the achievements and stories of women in NFTs, “Meet the Team” videos, “Virtua Vibes” chat sessions – and “Virtua Talks”, a long-form video series about key industry topics from gaming to virtual real estate, law, and of course the metaverse and NFTs! You can find all of this content on our Twitter page and YouTube channel.
Our Community Team also constantly monitors everything that our community is talking about, and we use all kinds of feedback to create a metaverse and community experience that you’ll really love. Everyone’s voice counts – so if you have some thoughts or ideas, or just want to keep up with the latest updates in real-time, follow us on Discord, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Telegram, Reddit, TikTok, or Medium – and sign up to our mailing list here!