Visual: Singdhi Sokpo
There’s virtual reality — and then there’s virtual realty.
Today, “virtual real estate” may sound like an oxymoron, but a future where pixelated land is sold at values rivaling Manhattan properties is likely.
Actually, screw the future — it’s happening now.
What the heck’s a virtual land boom?
Let’s step back. “The Metaverse,” a conglomerate of ultra-interactive virtual worlds with economies of their own… is coming. Many say it’s already here with “The Sandbox,” “Decentraland,” “Minecraft,” and others.
So think of it this way: If you had the chance to buy Manhattan real estate in 1750 and live to reap the benefits, that would’ve been nice, right?
And today’s world moves faster than Colonial America’s, which is why folks are jumping in now. In the last week of November, sales of digital land purchases brought in $105.9m across just 4 metaverse projects.
What’s the land used for?
One recent purchase on “Decentraland” for $2.43m equated to 6.9k square feet at $400/foot, about ⅓ the per-foot value of *actual* land in San Francisco.
The big risk here is that the value of virtual purchases can go “poof” in milliseconds. For example, if a newer, cooler metaverse like the OASIS happens to open up.
Remember, even a pile of dry dirt can hold some value in a real real estate bust.
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