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Premier League Football Stars, Shaun Wright Phillips and Jordan Stewart, Lead Investment in The Sports Metaverse

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The Sports Metaverse, the world’s first virtual world specifically focused on sports, has announced that former professional football players, Shaun Wright Phillips and Jordan Stewart, have purchased land in the Sports Metaverse.

Shaun Wright Philips will use his land for events and to display his NFTs:

“I’m really excited to be involved in the Sports Metaverse. This is the new frontier when it comes to sports. The metaverse and owning a piece of it is about interaction and co creation – watching live sports with friends all around the world, hanging out with friends, and buying and selling NFTs are some of the things I’m really looking forward to doing here.“

Investment into VR real estate in the metaverse has grown exponentially, with brands like Adidas and top influencers looking to establish themselves in the virtual world. In the metaverse where possibilities are endless, investors see the potential to rent a virtual space for parties with sports stars, private lodges to view sporting events in VR stadiums, or offer key brands a space for sponsorship appearances. As a result, early investors are already making tenfold, million dollar profits. The returns are expected to continue to grow as Grayscale Research predicts annual revenues for the metaverse at $1 trillion, with $400 Billion for gaming worlds alone.

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In addition to Shaun Wright Philips, Sports Metaverse announced that four companies have already pre-bought land. They include Phat Fantasy, Own the Moment, ThriveFantasy, Press Sports, and Beyond The Game Network. Brands can apply for the private sale here.

SportsIcon COO and Co-Founder Alexi Yovanoff said: “Both Shaun and Jordan have played at the top of their profession, so it’s an honor to have these athletes join the Sports Metaverse. I still remember the goal that Shaun scored against Manchester United in 2004, and Jordan has had a great career here in the UK and in the USA.  What strikes me the most about these two is their passion for web3, communities, and the interaction with athletes that the Sports Metaverse will give to consumers.”

Shaun Wright Phillips is one of the best players of his generation, playing for England in the National Team, and for Manchester City and Chelsea. Jordan Stewart has had a successful career in both England and the United States at clubs such as Leicester City and the San Jose Earthquakes.

The Sports Metaverse is a digital world devoted solely to sports. It unites the most prominent sports stars, brands, and clubs together in one place. Sports Metaverse is built by SportsIcon and industry veterans from Sony, Doom, Playstation Home, and Nvidia. You can trade NFTs, buy land, interact with iconic sportspeople, and visit stadiums.

SportsIcon is backed by rapper turned investor Nas, Dapper Labs, Dapper Labs CEO Roham Gharegozlou, Youtube Founder Chad Hurley, Hedera and Reserve Founder Andrew Masanto, and ex NBA star Andrew Bogut.

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Besides Amanda Nunes and Romelu Lukaku, a series of sports stars and brands are lined up for The Sports Metaverse, with agreements underway with leading athletes from soccer, tennis, MMA, basketball, and baseball. A public land sale for the Sports Metaverse will take place in June, the whitelist can be joined here.

For more information on the Sports Metaverse, visit: https://sportsmetaverse.co/

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The Japanese Indie Shooter One-Two Punch Combo!

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Strictly Limited Games welcomes two new Shoot ‘em up titles in one ‘hot’ combo physical releases for the Nintendo Switch to their store. In collaboration with Hanaji Games, this is the only physical version of these two gems available.

Two Different Styled Shooters, One Great Collection

Mecha Ritz: Steel Rondo is a vertically scrolling ‘score’ focused shooter set in an apocalyptic mechanised world. With seven different ships to choose from, each with different attack and movement properties, this frantic paced shooter delivers deep and satisfying combat. Exciting unlockables – 14 playable mechas, branching paths, multiple endings, and much more will be unveiled as you delve deeper into the game. Quickly clearing enemies and raising your rank is key to unlocking the final stage and is just one ongoing task to complete.

In Mecha Ritz: Steel Rondo, not only does the score hunt and challenging gameplay provide plenty of replay value, but also the branching stage paths will influence the ending. Paired with the quirky story and popping graphics, you sure won’t get bored playing this one.

Dezatopia is a classic arcade styled horizontal shooter with a huge assortment of content, which offers both value and an amazing experience. 24 different stages with 21 bosses arranged in 21 routes, with intuitive and simple controls that will please both experienced and novice gamers. Unique enemies, bosses, weapons galore and interactive components are supplemented with great art and visual backdrops.

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Strange and unusual creatures inhabited Earth’s underground. These unknown to humankind until Momoko, a fashion-obsessed high school girl, accidentally discovered them; but now she plans to create a new world: Dezatopia. Akane and Aoba, Momoko’s schoolmates, are hired to help achieve her directive but things don’t go to plan. The backdrop story could soon become a distant memory, as the all out colourful and non stop, over the top, but compelling, fire and hail explosive onscreen action ramps up!

The craft you control has four unique, intuitive weapons which can each be fired in one direction to halt the enemy onslaught. Upgrades and items can also be purchased from a mid-flight shop, but these advantages are countered by a dynamic difficulty system that automatically adjusts to match the player’s skill level to ensure their experience, strategy, technique and luck are always tested.

Both Mecha Ritz: Steel Rondo and Dezatopia present great and amusing backdrop stories which set the scene for the action and challenges that gamers will encounter once they are ready to face the enemy forces, along with some awesome Bosses and cast that will materialise!

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Upcoming Closed Beta Test Announced for VR Multiplayer First Person Hero Shooter ‘X8’

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Thirdverse, Inc. announced that its upcoming title, X8, is looking for fans of multiplayer tactical first person hero shooters to test their skills in VR. Later in December, Thirdverse will run the X8 closed beta test that allows teams of 5v5 to adopt interactive heroic abilities, acquire a variety of weapons and head into battle across competitive maps. Closed beta players will also be mentioned in the game credits and receive a game key.

Space is very limited and players can apply for a chance to win access to the closed beta by leaving a comment in the #beta-apply page here: https://discord.gg/VZbfMX4wc4

Check out the preview trailer for X8 here:

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Masaru Ohnogi, Thirdverse CBO and Executive Producer on X8, said: “Our approach has always been to involve the community and gather valuable feedback in playtests. The upcoming closed beta test for X8 will focus on the user onboarding experience, and will also be a lot of fun as there are multiple maps, weapons and heroes for our playtesters to explore. It’s incredibly important to hear player feedback and we’re really looking forward to what we can learn in the upcoming session.”

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Bring Thee Hottieverse Home: AmazeVR Launches At-Home VR Concerts In Meta Quest

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AmazeVR blew away Megan Thee Stallion fans this year with the Enter Thee Hottieverse VR Concert Tour, reaching 15 major cities across the US. Now, Thee Hottieverse is available on the Meta Quest App Lab, where fans can access the full VR concert complete with new interactive elements, and other fandom essentials.

Fans can now find AmazeVR’s app and preview a song from the VR Concert for free. Additional in-app purchases, including the full experience, are available for $6.99 for a limited time. With purchase, fans can relive each performance, and share their headset with friends and family so they can experience the Hottieverse, too.

Find AmazeVR and Megan Thee Stallion in the Meta Quest App Lab by searching “AmazeVR Megan Thee Stallion VR Concert.

“The Enter Thee Hottieverse VR Concert Tour gave fans the chance to connect with Megan Thee Stallion in a new way. Now, our at-home VR concert is the next step in sharing this experience with those who weren’t able to join us on tour,” says Steve Lee, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of AmazeVR.

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As the first-ever virtual reality tour of its kind, AmazeVR and Megan Thee Stallion made history as AMC Theatres were converted to host fans as they experienced Thee Hottieverse. This isn’t your artist look-alike avatar giving a performance, it’s really Megan Thee Stallion. Fans are transported to their front-row seat at the center of an interactive and futuristic stage, where Megan Thee Stallion and her crew of backup dancers perform right to her fans like never before. Check out concert reactions on AmazeVR’s TikTok.

“This is insane!!! It felt like Megan was dancing in front of me in real life,” One user said in their review. “I could feel her energy run through my veins!! I had originally planned on watching the concert on my couch, but I ended up dancing with her throughout the entire concert. I loved the realistic special effects and the futuristic set designs, as well as the interactive movements I could make with my hands. I’m soooooo excited to see more concerts using this app, and I hope more and more artists will collaborate with the app developer! This was a 7 star experience!!”

VR has become a new avenue for artists to add to their repertoire, giving more opportunities to connect with fans and deliver unique experiences. “We’re excited to reach more fans through the Meta Quest App, and plan to launch more concerts in 2023 through our JV partnership with K-pop giant SM Entertainment,” adds Lee.

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