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December 01, 2022

EU organizes a virtual party in its €387K metaverse, six people show up

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The European Union built a $400,000 metaverse, but only 6 people celebrated it in the gala event.

 

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Source: Global Gateway

The European Commission’s foreign aid department has devoted €387,000 to building a metaverse campaign, also referred to as the Global Gateway digital platform. At its recent virtual party, virtually no one showed up. 

The EU built the metaverse initiative to attract young people, but avatars dancing and interacting with each other at a virtual beach party didn’t appeal to the crowd. Devex reporter Vince Chadwick tweeted that he was left alone at the party after “initial bemused chats with the roughly five other humans who showed up.”

Chadwick shared a 20-second clip showing colorful avatars shaped like paperclips dancing on a stage around a tropical island. “Where is the gala?” one attendee texted while pondering if he got the event’s date wrong.“Is anybody out there? … The concert is just the same DJ spinning the same music,” another participant wrote.

The EU aid department presented the digital platform in mid-October. Chadwick reported on the news last month and noted that internal staff condemned the project. “Digital garbage,” said one anonymous interviewee. “Depressing and embarrassing,” said the other.

The EU introduced the metaverse as “the perfect place to get to know new people and reflect on global issues to make a difference for our shared future.”

The metaverse project is a part of an expensive plan that targets spending $300 billion by 2027 to build new infrastructure in developing countries. However, the event shows that the world isn’t yet ready for mass adoption of the metaverse or any initiatives related to the virtual world. Rather than getting into the innovative space and building it, people find too many flaws and are generally disinterested.

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About The Author

Agne is a journalist who covers the latest trends and developments in the metaverse, AI, and Web3 industries for the Metaverse Post. Her passion for storytelling has led her to conduct numerous interviews with experts in these fields, always seeking to uncover exciting and engaging stories. Agne holds a Bachelor’s degree in literature and has an extensive background in writing about a wide range of topics including travel, art, and culture. She has also volunteered as an editor for the animal rights organization, where she helped raise awareness about animal welfare issues. Contact her on [email protected].

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Agne Cimerman
Agne Cimerman

Agne is a journalist who covers the latest trends and developments in the metaverse, AI, and Web3 industries for the Metaverse Post. Her passion for storytelling has led her to conduct numerous interviews with experts in these fields, always seeking to uncover exciting and engaging stories. Agne holds a Bachelor’s degree in literature and has an extensive background in writing about a wide range of topics including travel, art, and culture. She has also volunteered as an editor for the animal rights organization, where she helped raise awareness about animal welfare issues. Contact her on [email protected].

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