The decentralized blockchain-based Metaverse Sandbox has made the first hybrid digital and real-life wedding on the Metaverse.
Bride and Groom Singaporean couple Joanne Tam and music company Bandwagon CEO Clarence Chan celebrated their wedding on Saturday at a digital replica of Singapore’s iconic Alkaff Mansion themed “70s Disco Glam”.
❤️ A @TheSandbox game A wedding took place a few hours ago. Congratulations @clarcrypto ! Special thanks @borgetsebastien . A feature video will be downloaded today. @thecobbleland #wedding # Reverse pic.twitter.com/141o915Hew
– Smobler Studios (@smoblerstudios) September 17, 2022
While the pair are physically present at the hotel in the real world with some guests, their digital avatars also exist in The Sandbox metaverse and can be viewed remotely by guests joining them. The event was hosted in digital avatar form by Sebastien Bourget, Founder and Chief Operating Officer of The Sandbox.
Following their first virtual kiss as husband and wife, the couple left the metaverse to continue their celebration offline.
The wedding was the result of a collaboration between 1-Group, Smobler Studios and The Sandbox, with Web3 design agency Smobler Studios recreating the unique architecture of The Alkaff Mansion and The Sandbox. 1-Teams manage their real-world housing counterparts.
Viewing the NFT auction
Hollywood star Javier Bardem is set to “donate” a photo of an iris via NFT as part of a fundraising campaign aimed at restoring sight to people in the developing world.
The famous Spanish actor and director is known for his 30-year career and award-winning work, including Bardem Dunne, James Bond Skyfall. There is no country for old men..
A photo of his eye is to be auctioned at Ojos del Mundo (Eyes of the World Foundation) on September 29, with a price tag of $9,027 or €9,000. The digital photo will come in the form of a non-fungible token (NFT), and will also come with a signed and limited edition photo of the actor himself.
As part of the group’s new fundraising campaign, the Iris of the World Foundation hopes to raise enough money to “expand lines of action and/or introduce new projects in Saharan camps, Mozambique, Bolivia or Mali.”
“Iris del Mundo is pleased to partner with ‘Iris del Mundo’ to donate a photograph of Iris for auction and continue the foundation’s support of preventable blindness,” Bardem said in a statement.
Javier Bardem is the first celebrity to support his iris “by donating” initiative, but the group teased other bids without revealing specific names at some point in the future.
NFTs are designed to be “hole-in-one”.
The PGA Tour, which runs the men’s golf series in the United States and North America, has created a golf-based NFT platform with NFT Marketplace Autograph.
In the year Set to begin sometime in 2023, the deal will allow golf fans to purchase digital content featuring their favorite players and moments from the archives and current season of the FedExCup.
.@TigerWoods“Enhancing the world of golf with NFTs creates a connection between players and fans alike.”
Tiger is on the board of advisors. @autothe co-founded Web3 brand @TombradyPartnership with announced today @PGATOUR. https://t.co/On52vM7CAx
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) September 19, 2022
PGA TOUR NFT collectors will have access to unique digital, in-person and on-site experiences.
PGA Tour Chief Legal Officer Len Brown said the latest partnership aims to engage fans and bring them closer to the game and their favorite players.
Autograph is an NFT marketplace founded by National Football League (NFL) quarterback Tom Brady and has also featured highly rated tennis pro Rafael Nadal and Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Indianapolis 500 NFT collection.
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The PGA joins other major sports leagues in entering the Web3 space.
The NFL and National Basketball Association (NBA) both have long-term agreements with Flow blockchain creator Dapper Labs, and Major League Baseball (MLB) also has an NFT partnership with Candy Digital.
Palm Beach gets its own NFT restaurant
Downtown West Palm Beach, Florida has become home to the new NFT restaurant, Vinyl Fish Club (VFC).
Using blockchain technology, the restaurant is using NFTs as a membership token so diners can access special events on and off the premises as well as concierge service.
Membership allows access to an exclusive dining menu, whiskey tasting and VFC’s private lounge for afternoon cocktails and tastings.
The tokens are being sold at a floor price of one Ether (ETH), with a total of 50 available.
The restaurant is open to the public, but VFC says it will give priority to members when it comes to seating.
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