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Defenders of the MetaSpark

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Defenders of the MetaSpark

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The upcoming mint of the Defenders of the MetaSpark (DOTM) NFT series on Flare Network [ref#2] is highly anticipated for many reasons.

The DOTM collection not only brings many firsts to the Flare ecosystem, but also offers a whole host of fun and possibilities for DOTM holders.

Immersive experiences will be enabled. A new take on asset ownership and potential opportunities will be provided. Holders will embark on a journey into the metaverse. The dawn of a new era for NFTs will begin.

This information looks at the history and past introduction of the DOTM, where the project is presently, and what can be expected in the future.

Introduction

A project long in the planning and making, eagle eye NFT enthusiasts paying close attention will have noticed the first public introduction of the DOTM back in January 2022.

Upon the initial launch of the Sparkles marketplace v1.0 on Songbird [ref#4], an Easter egg of the ‘Defenders of the MetaSpark — Collectors’ Edition: Concept Art’ appeared on the homepage, giving the first visual clue of what was to come.

For those who spotted this Easter egg, it may have seemed insignificant at the time. But this appearance of the DOTM concept art was a subtle clue as to the work that had occurred, and the planning and future developments which the community could look forward to.

The next appearance of the DOTM followed in March 2022, when ‘Collectors’ Edition: Concept Art’ NFTs were airdropped to those delegating to Sparkles FTSO [ref#5] across epochs 20 to 43.

An outline of the plan for the DOTM, the utility of the ‘Concept Art’, in addition to the white list for the DOTM mint [ref#6] was provided in May 2022.

From this, the community may have begun to get an idea of the thought, planning and process occurring in the background. However, these details only scratched the surface.

Below is a deeper dive into what is, and what will be, happening with the DOTM, and just what makes the collection so highly anticipated.

Beginnings of the DOTM - 'Collectors' Edition: Concept Art'

Whilst an in-depth analysis of the metaverse is beyond the scope of this entry, a cursory overview is at least warranted.

The term ‘metaverse’ was first coined in 1992 by Neal Stephenson in his novel, Snow Crash, where it was imagined the Metaverse was a vast, sprawling, immersive virtual world.

Despite often being used as a buzzword, the metaverse is real, is coming, and is being built as you read this.

Rather than one huge, singular virtual world as envisioned in Snow Crash, the current iteration of the metaverse is shaping up to be constructed by an interconnected network of multiple smaller metaverses.

As Web 3 and blockchain development continues, the metaverse space also grows, with current reports estimating the global metaverse market to reach $1.6 trillion by 2030.

The DOTM provides an opportunity for a front-row seat at the beginning of this journey on Flare.

Into the Metaverse - Brief Introduction to the Metaverse