The blockchain-based decentralized metaverse Sandbox has set up the first true hybrid digital wedding on its Metaverse.
The bride and groom, Singaporean couple Joan Tham and Clarence Chan, CEO of music company Bandwagon, celebrated their wedding on September 17 in a ’70s-themed wedding, which took place in a digital replica of Singapore’s famous Alkaf Palace.
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– Smobler Studios (@smoblerstudios) September 17, 2022
While the couple was physically present at a real hotel venue alongside some of the guests, the digital avatars were also in The Sandbox metaverse and could be seen by guests who joined remotely. The event was moderated by Sebastien Borget, co-founder and COO of The Sandbox, in the form of a digital avatar.
After their first virtual kiss as husband and wife, the couple stepped out of the Metaverse to continue their festivities offline.
The wedding was the result of a collaboration between 1-Group, Smobler Studios and The Sandbox, with design agency Web3 Smobler Studios recreating Alkaff Palace and its signature architecture in The Sandbox. 1-Manage the peer group in the real world.
Looking forward to the NFT auction
Hollywood star Javier Bardem is set to donate a close-up of his iris via NFT as part of a fundraising drive aimed at restoring sight to people in the developing world.
A well-known Spanish actor and director, Bardem is best known for his roles spanning 30 years of his career, including Dune and James Bond Skyfall, and for his award-winning performance in No Country for Old Men.
A photograph of his eye is due to be auctioned by Ojos del Mundo (Eyes of the World Foundation) on September 29, with a starting price of €9,000. The digital image will come in the form of a non-fungible token (NFT), and will also come with a printed image signed and customized by the actor themselves.
Part of the group’s new fundraising drive, Ares of the World, Eyes of the World Foundation hopes to raise enough funds to expand “lines of business and/or promote new projects in the desert camps, Mozambique, Bolivia or Mali”.
“I am delighted to be collaborating with Irises del mundo by donating an image of an iris to auction and continuing to help the foundation’s collaboration on avoidable blindness,” Bardem said in a statement.
Javier Bardem is the first celebrity to support the initiative by “donating” his iris, but the group has sparked other auctions sometime in the future without revealing specific names.
NFTs are set to be “hole in one”
PGA TOUR, which operates a series of men’s golf tournaments in the United States and North America, has partnered with the NFT marketplace Autograph to create a golf-based NFT platform.
Scheduled to launch sometime in 2023, the deal will allow golf enthusiasts to purchase digital content featuring their favorite players, archive moments and the current FedExCup season.
.@Tiger wood: “Improving the world of golf with NFTs will create a connection between us as players and fans.”
– Jeff Eisenband September 19, 2022
PGA TOUR NFT collectors will also have the opportunity to access exclusive, in-person and on-site digital experiences.
The PGA Tour’s chief legal officer, Len Brown, said the latest partnership is meant to engage fans and bring them closer to the game and their favorite players.
Autograph is an NFT marketplace co-founded by NFL quarterback Tom Brady, which also included the NFT kits of top-ranked professional tennis player Rafael Nadal and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 group.
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PGA joins other major sports leagues with inking deals to enter the Web3 space.
The National Football League (NFL) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) have signed long-term deals with Flow blockchain company Dapper Labs, and Major League Baseball (MLB) has an NFT partnership with Candy Digital.
Palm Beach gets its own NFT restaurant
Downtown West Palm Beach, Florida has become home to a new NFT restaurant, the Vinyl Fish Club (VFC).
Using blockchain technology, the restaurant uses NFTs as membership tokens for diners to access special events on and off the premises, as well as a concierge service.
Membership also allows access to a private menu, whiskey tastings, and a private VFC room for cocktails and after-hours tastings.
The tokens trade at a minimum price of one ETH, with a total of 50 coins available.
The restaurant is open to the public, but VFC says they will prioritize members when it comes to seating.
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