The Brooklyn Nets have joined the “Netaverse”.
HypeBeast reports that the New York-based basketball team offers what they call “a revolutionary way to watch the NBA.”
Using more than 100 high-resolution cameras to create a full 360° virtual reality experience, fans participating in the team’s investment in the Metaverse will be able to be on the court, in real time, while playing ball. Fans can choose to watch the Brooklyn Nets from anywhere in the virtual Barclays Center, which is the first stadium to install this camera setup (but hopefully not the last). Fans can choose to be behind the net, courtside or even in the middle of the court, and they don’t have to break the bank to get these once-coveted seats.
The best part is that this camera setup can generate realistic versions of each of the Brooklyn Nets in a matter of minutes, ensuring you see the game in real time. That’s thanks to the technology provided by Canon’s Free Viewpoint System. It’s unclear when this technology will roll out to the rest of the NBA or if it will spread to other professional sports as well.
What is the Metaverse? And what are the Brooklyn Nets doing there?
The Brooklyn Nets have made history by becoming one of the first sports teams to join the Metaverse. However, many people don’t know what Metaverse is or its impact on the way we do business online.
Fortunately, WIRED has a great explanation.
As AfroTech previously reported, the term “metaverse” itself is quite similar to the term “cyberspace” in terms of what it implies. In other words, the “metaverse” is not a particular place but a description of how we interact with the cyber world around us.
“The technologies that make up the metaverse can include virtual reality, characterized by persistent virtual worlds that continue to exist even when you’re not playing, as well as augmented reality that combines aspects of the digital and physical worlds,” reports WIRED.
And it is that you do not have to log in to Facebook “Meta” to interact with the metaverse. Meta is just one of several channels to access the larger metaverse (so, no, Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t “own the metaverse”).
In other words, to sum it all up, basically, the Brooklyn Nets (and other investors) are investing to get a piece of the internet.