NFTs and metaverse are two of the hottest technology topics nowadays. So, it is only logical for them to be used at the hottest Grand Slam of the year – the Australian Open. But what is most interesting is the way these technologies are implemented.
For example, in this year’s Australian Open, the virtual NFT balls will be tracked by the same technology that will be used to track in-match balls. Sounds interesting! Read on; there is more to this year’s Australian Open than you can possibly imagine.
Australian Open NFT Balls: Be a Part of the Action Like Never Before
You buy a tennis ball as an NFT. Each ball represents a specific 19 cm x 19 cm area on the court. When a player hits a winner and the ball lands in the ‘area represented by your NFT ball’, the data is updated in a system. Consequently, the footage of that point and the ball-tracking data is added to the NFT you own. It means that you will not only get the artistic memorabilia in the form of the NFT ball, but you will also be the proud owner of the footage and possibly some merchandise.
But that is not all.
Get Real Match Balls from NFT Match Balls in Australian Open
Now, if any one of the eleven championship points hit the spot represented by your NFT ball, you will get your hands on the ‘real’ tennis ball used in the match. That too in an exquisite, handcrafted case.
For your information, the NFT balls have already gone on sale on 10th January – a total of 6,776 NFT Art balls – randomly generated using an algorithm (every ball’s color and pattern are kept different). On top of that, there are 169 ‘Artist Series’ balls and 22 ‘AO Legend’ balls.
Remember: All the balls are randomly allocated to the buyers. So, you won’t be able to pick and choose the color combination.
Australian Open Metaverse Brings You Nearer to the Tournament than Ever Before
Many fans live their entire lives wishing to be at the Australian Open. But for one reason or another, they are unable to accomplish their dreams. Not anymore, though!
Thanks to Decentraland’s metaverse platform, now you can visit the Australian Open in a parallel reality – like the one experienced by the protagonist of ‘Avatar’ or by Neo and his friends in ‘Matrix’.
Everything will seem to you like it’s actually happening. The greatest thing about the Australian Open metaverse is that it accurately duplicates the real ‘AO Open’ world.
Once you are in the AO metaverse, the possibilities are endless.
You will be able to view the main attraction, the Rod Laver Arena, in all of its glory.
Moreover, you will have a chance to meet the virtual avatars of presenters and other renowned personalities. Not only that, you will also be able to visit the nearby restaurants and cafeteria, just like you would have done if you had been there.
The Cheapest and the Most Innovative Way to Visit the Australian Open
A roundtrip flight to Australia costs $1,333 (on average) for someone in the US.
On the other hand, you can buy an Oculus rift for $599 and experience the Australian Open in its freshest avatar. That too, without the risk of Omicron.
With NFTs and metaverse, your Australian Open will be completely different than ever before. Many famous technology gurus and enthusiasts believe that even 2020’s AO Super smash that featured Fortnite will pale compared to this year’s initiative by the organizers.
What are your thoughts?
And more importantly, are you game?