Who will own love in the Metaverse? How will we make love in the Metaverse? Will anyone want to?
This panel explores how life in the Metaverse will impact the perception of self, the emotional and mental wellbeing, and the interpersonal relationships of the users. How do we serve physical needs in a world that by definition lacks all physicality?
What interactions - and how many degrees of suspension of disbelief - are possible? What kind of sensory input is required to achieve sensual immersion? What will be the role of avatars, haptic technologies, motion tracking, and spatial audio, to facilitate emotional connectedness in this environment? How can creators make sure users don't end up in sex dungeons, unless they really want to? What about true love, romance, feelings, and intimacy? Can virtual love thrive in the real world?
This panel puts the metaverse hype in perspective, and imagines how the convergence of physical and digital could enhance people's affective bandwidth in digital environments to create a more sustainable and inclusive experience.
Immersive games make it possible to combine technology and physicality to create an exhilarating experience in immersive reality unlike anything previously available. When you add multiplayer games to the mix and create opportunities for competitive gaming through esports, there's tremendous potential for growth.
Esports is a billion dollar industry and while VR & AR games make up only a small portion of that, this is an emerging field with ongoing potential for growth and many opportunities for start-ups and savvy investors. Join our panel to hear more about immersive gaming & esports, how to become involved, pitfalls to avoid, and more.
Give me an A! Give me a W! Give me an E! Grab an icy cold one and take a seat in our VIP Box seats where your ticket includes exclusive access to recent industry home runs revealing how a fan’s experience is evolving for new XR-powered sports, via hyper-personalised, frictionless, data-driven engagement across activations, platforms and worlds, and what’s next for these expanding XR franchises.
At different times in our lives, we play games for different reasons: to escape, shop, socialize, work or find our significant other. In this panel, we will hear from experts in the gaming space, looking at what we’ve learned from gaming, and what it means for the future of commerce and culture in the metaverse.
We’ll explore questions around fandom, business models, the creator economy, data and design- all in the context of the transformative shift we are seeing in digital habits during this transformative era of the internet.