KuCoin launches $100 million venture capital fund to empower metaverse projects
The world's sixth-largest cryptocurrency exchange by volume is making its move into the metaverse.
KuCoin Labs, the company behind the world's sixth-largest cryptocurrency exchange by its trading volume with more than 500 crypto assets listed, announced on Wednesday that it would be launching a $100 million metaverse fund for early-stage projects.
The money is also accessible for entities that develop blockchain-based games, nonfungible tokens, and decentralized applications. Likewise, Kucoin will also give business incubation services, branding, incentives, and business partnerships for developers.
Johnny Lyu, CEO of Kucoin said that, "KuCoin Metaverse Fund will be launched to accelerate the evolution of the Internet industry. We hope to mature the emerging blockchain industry by further strengthening the application of blockchain technology to the metaverse projects."
The concept of a metaverse, or augmented virtual experience with its own digital economy, has been getting traction ever since Facebook rebranded itself as Meta last month to focus on its development.
Shortly afterward, Microsoft ventured into the metaverse with team updates and Xbox upgrades. Then, Animoca brands unveiled its plans for a K-pop NFT Metaverse.
As more worldwide brands move in, the total addressable market of the Metaverse is projected to grow to over $1.5 trillion by the end of 2030. Meantime, debates are ongoing as to whether or not the Metaverse should be centralized.