Massive investments have been made in the metaverse by brands, artists, creators, influencers, and celebrities. Virtual universes that allow users to do a variety of things such as shop, chat with friends, or even participate in events through their avatars are on their way to becoming a fully functioning economy. It is possible to buy land, go shopping, and open digital businesses in the metaverse, but how do these transactions work? What are the requirements for making purchases in the metaverse? Here’s what you need to know:
The Metaverse, Money and Wallets that store Cryptocurrency
Before a user can make purchases on the metaverse or create an account on a platform like The Sandbox or Decentraland, they must have a crypto wallet. This is the most basic step for users. Most users use MetaMask to store their cryptocurrency. It can be synchronized with a platform of their choice. Credit or debit cards can be used to add a user’s native currency, which can then be exchanged for the crypto tokens of their choice, depending on where they wish to transact.
Cards based on NFT
In the metaverse, digital assets are owned by non-fungible tokens. Wallets can hold these tokens in their crypto accounts since all the asset information is embedded in them. A user should create a crypto wallet, deposit fiat currency (traditional currency), and then convert it to cryptocurrency to purchase NFT. This process has since been simplified by Mastercard and Coinbase. Their partnership will lead to the creation of the first NFT-based card. If you have a MasterCard, you can simply log on to the Coinbase NFT interface, access your credit or debit card account and make a purchase right away. As a result of this move, both partners hope to reach a larger audience of crypto enthusiasts and improve the security of NFT-based transactions.
Tokens associated with the Metaverse
Considering that metaverse platforms rely on blockchain technology, each of them requires a native cryptocurrency for transactions on the platform. The crypto coins associated with the metaverse are known as metaverse tokens. In one case, Tokens.com bought 618,000 MANA, which is the native currency of Decentraland, for a transaction worth $2.43 million. The blockchain-based games The Sandbox and Axie Infinity use SAND, AXS, etc., when it comes to buying and selling. It is possible to re-exchange any metaverse token for fiat currency whenever the owner wants. To make purchases in the metaverse, you can use some of the most popular cryptocurrencies:
Ether: One of the most widely used cryptocurrencies in the metaverse is Ethereum, the native currency of the Ethereum network. Ethereum’s blockchain is used for hosting decentralized applications and for creating new types of tokens. This allows it to be used directly on platforms such as Decentraland and the Sandbox for making payments. The current price of ETH is $2,427.
SAND: The Sandbox platform’s native token is SAND, which works similarly to MANA. Most crypto exchanges allow users to sell/buy assets in exchange for SAND, as well as swap it for fiat currency. SAND has a current price of $3.46.
New business opportunities have been created by metaverse platforms. Businesses stand to gain $1 trillion from the metaverse, according to experts at crypto giant Grayscale. Advertising, hosting events online, e-commerce, and hardware industries all present opportunities.
As developers continue to expand and develop the digital universe through numerous innovations, organizations have shown increasing interest in metaverse projects. Metaverse has only been open for business for a short time now. Despite this, the digital real estate market has seen some astounding, record-breaking transactions. One of the most notable examples is the $4.3 million purchase of a plot on The Sandbox, which was made by a digital land developer called Republic Realm.