If you have ever had a tamagotchi or you liked to play Nintendogs, you will probably enjoy this story.
According to a new investigation, during the Covid-19 peak, the number of people looking for a hairy friend to make them company reached new maximums, not only physically, but also in metaverse.
The question is whether the tokenized pets came to stay or if they are a passenger fashion.
The metaverse is widely seen as the next Internet incarnation as a virtual environment, or web3, made possible through virtual and increased reality.
In the metaverse, there are several ways to buy or adopt a pet, each with its own set of benefits. You can buy a puppy and take it for a walk on the open world virtual platform Decentraland, or you can buy a fish and save it in a container on your dressing table.
Another approach to get a pet in metaverse is to buy an image of a non-fungible token (NFT) in a market as OpenSA. These cases have one thing in common: both live alone in the digital scope. If you buy an Axie at Axie Infinity, it does not exist in the real world.
However, there are projects that are gaining ground and try to combine digital and physical worlds. ClassicDogE, for example, was launched in November 2021 and allows you to scan and to touch a 3D model of your pet in the physical world before taking it to the metaverse with you.
Saylor Howell, Chief of Growth and ClassicDoge Associations, said that although the pandemic could have aroused the interest in NFTs for pets, it was an inevitable development of the metaverse:
“The facts show that the world is changing. And I think it is becoming a fantastic opportunity in the metaverse to start virtualizing the things we love.
Although the project is still in its early stages, the director of Marketing Kade Cooper said that the long-term goal of the team is “become a behavior for bringing your true pet to metaverse.” “You could go back to your dog on the way and make it feel at your side, although he has died,” he said.
According to the statistics of the Similar intelligence company, the web traffic data that refer to “pets” or keywords that refer to dogs and cats in the NFT OpenSa market reached a maximum of about 636 000 in October 2021 . However, in December, this figure had fails to 246,000.
Web searches of NFT pets and associated keywords revealed a similar pattern. Similarly, searches reached a maximum of more than 206 000 in October before falling to around 93 800 in December.
The concept of NFT pets has also awakened the curiosity of certain NFT professionals, including the NFT Blogger and YouTuber Matty DCL.
The concept of having a virtual mascot is not new, but it has never been more realistic. Tamagotchi popularized the concept of having a digital pet at the end of the 1990s and early 2000. In fact, the Tamagotchi website received more than 125 000 visits in December 2021, reflecting a growth of almost the 750% compared to December 2019.