As the concept of the metaverse gains prominence worldwide, a new study has found the Netherlands is the most metaverse ready nation. With one of the world’s highest median fixed broadband speeds (Mbps), the country has the potential to meet the speed requirements of the metaverse. Meanwhile, Switzerland, Lithuania, Malta, and France take the next top five spots in the rankings.
So, what makes the Netherlands the most metaverse ready country? What parameters is the study based on? Which other countries made it to the top?
The Netherlands is the most metaverse ready nation! Credit: Unsplash
About the study
Uswitch, an online and telephone comparison and switching service, recently conducted a study to find out which countries are the most equipped to welcome the metaverse. The company used metrics such as internet speeds, monthly internet prices, and the cost of high-technology exports to compare nations. Other parameters included the number of blockchain financial services startups and annual Google searches about the metaverse per million people.
Then, Uswitch assigned a ‘metaverse readiness score’ to each country based on its performance on each of the above parameters. All scores are out of 10, with the Netherlands receiving the highest score of 7.74.
Why is the Netherlands the most metaverse ready nation?
Firstly, the Netherlands offers one of the world’s highest fixed broadband speeds of 106.51Mbps. Besides, its 2021 high-technology exports per capita were $5,770, making it one of the leading high-tech producers.
“Not only does Metaverse broadband need to be quick, it needs to be affordable and accessible too,” the report noted. “This requires a strong foundation in the technology, including in payments through the blockchain, to make such an advanced, data-heavy system usable for people’s everyday activities.”
The Netherlands ranks well on these metaverse requirements as well. Furthermore, it is one of the top countries with the highest number of people searching about the metaverse. Reportedly, the country accounts for over 24,000 annual Google searches per million people.
The top metaverse ready countries. Credit: Uswitch
Which other countries is metaverse ready?
According to the report, Switzerland, Lithuania, Malta, and France rank at positions two to five, respectively. In the meantime, the UK ranks 7 with a score of 6.77. The US, on the other hand, is at number 12, although it has the fastest internet speed of 167.36 Mbps.
Romania, meanwhile, offers the cheapest internet at just $9.00 per month. However, in overall rankings, it’s right behind the US at position 13. While Cyprus boasts the most blockchain startups per million people (42.8), the Republic of Ireland has the most high-tech exports. Finally, Cyprus makes the most Googles searches about the metaverse.
While the report gives an overall idea of where countries stand in terms of metaverse readiness, it’s essential to note other factors that come into play. For example, in reports like this, one should also look at the population of each country. Furthermore, it will also be important to consider questions such as: Which countries are already leading in metaverse adoption? Which countries have the biggest crypto users? What are the existing crypto and NFT sales statistics?
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Jenkins The Valet Announces A Gamified NFT And We’re Excited!
BAYC steward Jenkins The Valet is debuting dynamic NFTs alongside the introduction of his upcoming podcast. The podcast aims to create a token-gated community experience. It combines gamification with world-class storytelling/audio production. This marks a new way to experience podcasts and storytelling. Read on to learn more about the upcoming gamified NFTs with this unique podcast!
What’s Special About Jenkins The Valet’s NFTs?
On November 27th, Jenkins The Valet announced his upcoming fiction podcast on Twitter. A few hours after the announcement, he also announced a “dynamic, gamified” NFT collection alongside the same. The NFTs, Jenkins states, will allow listeners to engage with the podcast on a much deeper level. Jenkins also claims that the series will allow listeners to play against each other and showcase their progress as the podcast continues.
In the Twitter thread announcing the NFT collection, he also mentions that after listening to each of the episodes, all listeners will gain a dedicated NFT. This NFT carries over to a special podcast-based website. On connecting their wallet to this website and verifying that they hold the NFT, listeners will then be presented with an audio puzzle relating to that particular episode. NFT holders will get a chance to answer certain quiz questions pertaining to the episodes. The correct answers will be revealed once the submission period is over.
Listeners who guess the correct answers will see their NFTs reflect their scores! The dynamically designed NFTs update themselves accordingly to showcase the correct answers. Furthermore, they will earn extra points based on how quickly they answered the questions. Moreover, they can also check their ranks on a leaderboard for the same! Different levels on the leaderboard will reflect differently curated prizes. Users are also free to buy, sell, or trade their podcast NFTs at any time during the series.
“Each audio puzzle will be a collaboration between a team of professional puzzle makers and our partners at SALT. We’re excited about the intersection between storytelling and token-gated gamification and look forward to pioneering this trend with the Writer’s Room!.” stated Jenkins, on the Twitter thread.
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Bitci Defends Its Brazilian Football NFTs
In June of last year NFT platform, Bitci struck up a deal with the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF). The CBF chose the blockchain platform to mint the official NFT tokens of Brazil’s national football team, which launched (BFT).
A report from a Brazilian sports business outlet claimed the CBF had terminated the agreement after a series of delayed payments over several months from the crypto firm.
The validity of these accusations, can not be confirmed. However, Bitci was not showcased on the sponsors’ backdrop when Brazil’s squad was announced for the 2022 Fifa World Cup earlier this month.
On November 23rd, Bitci released a public statement on Twitter to address the allegations.
This mandatory public statement is about the manipulation targeting Bitci, its investors and business partners from Twitter last night.
You can click the link below for a detailed explanation. https://t.co/6qoX5LtPi8
— Bitci Global (@bitcicomglobal) November 23, 2022
The Turkish NFT firm said: ‘The contracts between the Brazilian national team and Bitci are valid and in force. There has been no notice of termination to Bitci.’ The Crypto firm went on to hammer that their NFTs would still be valid, even if the sponsorship deal had been terminated. ‘Even if the sponsorship agreement somehow ends, this does not change the reality that BFT is the legitimate and only Brazilian national team fan token,’ the company added.
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Beeple Will Not Drop NFTs On Solana: Metaplex Apologizes
Solana NFT standard creators Metaplex CEO Stephen Hayes has issued apologies for a miscommunicated tweet involving Beeple. Metaplex initial tweet announced Beeple NFTs coming to the Solana blockchain. Since then, Beeple corrected the tweet stating “nothing was set or remotely agreed upon” among both parties. Read on to learn more about the exchange.
Wen Beeple NFTs On Solana?
At Solanas Breakpoint event this year, Metaplex CEO Stephen Hayes “accidentally” announced a Beeple launch on the Solana blockchain, in partnership with the Render Network. This was then disputed by Beeple stating that there had been no agreement between either parties surrounding a Beeple collection on Solana.
Stephen then went on to apologize to Beeple on Twitter later on. He stated on Twitter, “I’m here to offer my sincere apologies. It was the result of a miscommunication between the organizations involved, but these were my words in the keynote, so I should have confirmed that agreement, directly with you, was announced.” Furthermore, Hayes also apologized to fans and the community for causing further confusion.
Around this time, Jules Urbach a developer on the decentralized computing platform Render Network had also tweeted similar statements. He asked for the community to wait for the special “first look at something amazing” that they were building with Beeple. Since then, no further comments or statements have been put forward by either parties.
About Render Network
The Render Network is a unique blockchain project. The network allows people to contribute unused GPU power to help projects render motion graphics and visual effects. Render greatly simplifies the standard processes of rendering and streaming 3D environments. For using the network, users get RNDR tokens as a reward. The Render Network is one-of-a-kind building block for the future of the graphics industry.
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