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A housing community with a cheese courtyard or lunar land where avatars of the owner can interact, as well as flying saucers and Mayan pyramids, all with title deeds in the virtual world. This is what “Platzeeland”, one of the first virtual worlds in Latin America created by Guatemalans, looked like.

Each voxel “tiny house” — or voxel — was born as a replacement for virtual worlds already created in the US and Europe, says Mario Ríos, project director of the new virtual world. ) will be launched in September, told AFP.

“We had this idea (…) that in Latin America, we can’t do big things, or we can’t do something good. So, that’s when we set ourselves the first challenge, which is to create for Latin America A metaverse made by a Guatemalan. , but it resonated around the world,” said Rios, a 26-year-old data analyst.

The Metaverse, considered by Meta (owner of Facebook) and others to be the future of the internet, consists of a series of parallel “universes” that are primarily accessible through virtual and augmented reality platforms.

The virtual world of Guatemala took its first steps at the end of April, selling 5,000 ‘Platzees’: exotic ‘collectibles’ also surrounded by animals, Formula 1 cars, mythological figures and other ‘rare objects’ for sale Prices start at $500.

Pyramids, kapok (trees) and marimba (musical instruments) from the archaeological site of Tikal, as well as other national symbols of Guatemala, give the virtual universe a “chapín” feel, as Guatemalans commonly call it.

All of these have NFT certificates (non-fungible tokens), digital files that allow you to associate authenticity with virtual objects that tend to rise in the market.

– “Digital Terrain” –

According to Ríos, digital assets also represent an investment, with a purchase “return” of 8% in the first year and 5% to 11% in subsequent years. “We are the second (metaverse) or third person in the world to give back.”

In addition to houses, Metaverse “premium” users will have access to a collection of NFT digital paintings by local artist Nathan Ardón.

“If the trend (of the metaverse) is coming and we see it as unstoppable as a wave already on the road, then the question is why not within Latin America in Guatemala. Rodrigo Blanco (36) added. Dao, founder of Portafolio Diversificado, the company behind “Platzeeland”.

The company primarily invests in conventional real estate in the United States, with one house being used as a model for thousands of “places” in the virtual world, the “land” (virtual land) of which will also be sold.

“We want to provide (users) with an accessible digital terrain so they can buy it and our team of architects can help them design their business in the metaverse,” added Blanco, the company’s manager.

– Effective and fun –

Fashion districts, shops and even a medical center are some of the spaces the creators of this virtual city intend to build while maintaining a fantasy-based design.

“The ‘fantasy’ of the metaverse isn’t replicating reality. It’s creating a uniquely immersive world where the laws of physics, chemistry and gravity don’t apply,” Blanco noted.

Rather than “replacing” purchases or other transactions already made on the internet, Ríos added that virtual worlds appear to make them “more efficient, more fun and, most importantly, create an experience.”

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