Australian Open Enters Metaverse, Ditches Decenterland For Roblox

The Australian Open (AO) chose to promote this year’s sporting event in conjunction with the non-crypto virtual world of Roblox. The online game is known as AO Adventure. In this game, players explore the Australian Open Park in a virtual setting that is based on the actual park in Melbourne.

Users will be greeted by a digital avatar known as “humanoid Nick” and given the opportunity to meet Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios. The problem for blockchain and Web3 fans is that Roblox’s platform is conspicuously devoid of any connections. On the online platform known as Roblox, users can design their own games that other people can play.

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Australian open choose Roblox over Decenterland

The community will probably enjoy using Australian Open’s creations more as a result of their choice to use Roblox rather than only Decentraland.

Last year, the tournament used the Decentraland platform as its preferred medium. The platform was created by Web3 art studio Run It Wild, and according to information provided to Blockworks at the time, it reached a daily peak of 5,000 unique visitors.

The online event will continue to be co-hosted by Decentraland. However, now it is widely advertised on the Roblox platform from January 16 through January 29, local time. There will be many interactive games spread out throughout the park, including tennis (both singles and doubles) on Rod Laver Arena with human players, artificial intelligence, or even friends and family.

What exactly is AO Adventure?

AO Adventure is a new interactive game created by Roblox. However, the Australian Open is in anticipation of the Grand Slam’s 2023 edition. The game features a variety of tennis-themed challenges and activities that are modeled after the real-life Melbourne Park precinct.

Users must first download the Roblox app in order to play AO Adventure. They will need to navigate to the Australian Open game once downloaded.

Last year features NFT Artball

At the 2022 Australian Open, there were 6776 collectible NFT “ArtBalls” that were uploaded to the blockchain. Also, linked to crucial shots in specific matches. At the time, the balls saw a biweekly trading volume of about $3.9 million.

With the release of 2454 newly minted NFT ArtBalls, the event hopes to recapture some of the excitement that surrounded last year’s trading activity.

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