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Unlocking the Secrets of Digital Real Estate: Exploring Retail Investors and the Metaverse

Digital real estate is becoming an attractive investment. This isn't child's play; it's a booming US$7 billion industry. But why do people invest in virtual real estate, and what does it mean for you? Cryptoeconomics professor Aman Saggu explains more in a guest post for Blockhead.

Once a tantalizing concept in science fiction, the metaverse is virtually real today. Welcome to the crypto-metaverse of web3, a crossroads where gaming, augmented and virtual reality, and real estate collide. Powered by the intricate weave of blockchains and amplified by cryptocurrencies, investors can now trade digital real estate with ownership recorded via non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Do not mistake this for mere child’s play, digital real estate is a US$7 billion industry today.

What drives ordinary folks, the retail investors, to spend hard-earned money on digital real estate? Why are they shelling out at least $550 for a plot of digital land on The Sandbox, $750 on Decentraland, or $1,100 on Otherside? A new study "Digital Real Estate in the Metaverse" unravels the mystery, revealing virtual properties are more than mere bytes and pixels, they are a dynamic world of investment, self-expression, and social connection.

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