houses with cheese yards and flying saucers

houses with cheese yards and flying saucers

A neighborhood of houses with cheese courtyards or moonlit land where the owner’s avatars can interact, as well as flying saucers and Mayan pyramids, all with certificates of ownership in the virtual world. This is how “Platzeeland”, one of the first metaverse in Latin America, created by Guatemalans, came to be.

Each “house” of voxels – or pixels in the third dimension – was born as an alternative to the metaverses already created in the United States and Europe, Mario Ríos, project director of this new virtual world, who will be launched in September. he told AFP.

“We have the idea (…) that in Latin America we can’t do something big or we can’t do something good. So, that’s where we set ourselves the first challenge of creating a metaverse made by Guatemalans to Latin America. But it resonates with the world, “said Ríos, a 26-year-old data analyst.

The metaverse, considered the future of the Internet by Meta (owner of Facebook) and other companies, is made up of a series of parallel “universes” that can be accessed primarily by virtual and augmented reality platforms.

The Guatemalan metaverse took its first step at the end of April, with the sale of 5,000 “Platzees”: “collectable” exotic properties also surrounded by animals, Formula 1 cars, mythological beings and other “rarities”, which they cost $ 500.

A pyramid from the archeological site of Tikal, the ceiba (tree) and the marimba (musical instrument), among other Guatemalan national symbols, give the virtual universe a “chapín” touch, as the Guatemalans call it colloquially.

All are certified NFT (non-fungible tokens), digital files that allow you to associate authenticity with virtual objects, which tend to increase the price in the market.

– “Digital terrain” –

According to Ríos, digital properties also represent an investment giving a “return” of 8% on the purchase in the first year and from 5% to 11% in the following years. “We’re the second (metaverse) or third in the world to give anything back.”

In addition to the homes, “premium” users of the metaverse have access to an NFT digital painting collection by local artist Nathan Ardón.

“If the trend (of the metaverse) comes and we see that it is something unstoppable like a wave that is already on the way, the question is why not do it internally in Latin America, in Guatemala. Adds Rodrigo Blanco (36), founder of Diversified Portfolio, the company behind “Platzeeland”.

The company is primarily based on conventional real estate investments in the United States and one of its homes has been taken as a model for the thousands of “locations” of the metaverse, in which the “land” (virtual land) ) will also be sold.

“We want to offer (users) accessible digital terrain so they can buy and our team of architects can help them design a business” in the metaverse, added Blanco, also a manager of the company.

– Effective and fun –

Fashion districts, stores and even medical centers are some of the spaces that the creators of this virtual city intend to build, maintaining the fantasy-based design.

“The ‘fantabulous’ metaverse does not replicate reality. It creates a distinct immersive world where the laws of physics, chemistry and gravity are not applied,” says Blanco.

Ríos adds that the metaverse does not seem to “replace” purchases or other transactions that are already made on the Internet, but to make it “more efficient, more fun and, most importantly, creating an experience.”

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