With funding of $ 7.5 million to date, the ‘social metaverse’ platform Stageverse launches with a virtual concert by Muse

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Stageverse, a “social metaverse” platform offering 3D virtual sites, digital content and interactive experiences, today opened public beta access on iOS, Android and Oculus.

Stageverse was founded in 2017 by Tim Ricker (Chief Executive Officer) and Claire Seidler (Chief Operating Officer).

The company has raised $ 7.5 million in funding to date from key investors including Alan Breed (president, Edgewood Capital), Matt Virtue (CEO, Rival), Tom Murphy (co-founder, Crestview Partners) and Bill Harrison (former CEO and Chairman of JP Morgan), as well as Joubin Mirzadegan (Operating Partner, Kleiner Perkins).

The Stageverse launch will also include the opening of Center Stage, described as a “tiered gallery, hub and meeting space” that will feature music and art, including an interactive exhibit with the visual artist Shantell Martin which will open in October.

The launch includes a partnership with Grammy Award-winning rock band Muse for “Muse: Enter The Simulation”.

The show was recorded in July 2019 at Wanda Stadium in Madrid and is the first multi-platform interactive concert experience created by Stageverse for its virtual stadium which will open on September 20.

Available both on mobile (via the Stageverse app on iOS and Android) and in VR (via the Stageverse app available exclusively in the Oculus Quest App Lab), “Enter The Simulation” will allow fans to virtually attend the show in the form of an avatar.

The 2-hour uncut show features immersive 360-degree views originally captured and performed at Madrid’s Metropolitano Stadium, augmented with 3D visual effects inside the virtual stadium.

The show can be watched from 16 points of view and attendees talk to each other and dress their avatars in ‘exclusive virtual outfits’ from Muse and the Balmain Paris fashion house, designed by creative director Olivier Rousteing – including the re-enactment frontman Matt Bellamy’s jacket, worn on stage during the show.

“Simulation theory has always been about creating experiences that redefine the human role in programming and technology. “

Matt Bellamy, muse

“Simulation theory has always been about creating experiences that redefine the human role in programming and technology,” said Matt Bellamy, leader and co-founder of Muse.

“We can’t wait for our fans to truly immerse themselves in our world of simulation theory and fully experience all that the Stageverse experience has to offer.”

“As I have said many times over the past decade, my Balmain team and I are committed to always breaking down boundaries as we seek new and compelling ways to communicate with an ever-expanding audience.”

Olivier Rousteing, Balmain

Balmain Creative Director Olivier Rousteing said: “As I have said many times over the past decade, my Balmain team and I are determined to always break down boundaries, as we seek out new and compelling ways to communicate with an ever-expanding audience. .

“Working with Muse and Stageverse helps us do just that – while continuing this house’s long association with great performances and talented musicians. “

“We’re focused on creating a place where your digital identity and culture can live and thrive, and that starts with a high fidelity, premium and accessible experience. “

Tim Ricker, Stageverse

Stageverse Co-Founder and CEO Tim Ricker said, “We are focused on creating a place where your digital identity and culture can live and thrive, and that starts with a high fidelity, premium and accessible experience.

“As a result, we are attracting forward-thinking partners such as Muse, Balmain and Shantell Martin, who seek to deliver a high metaverse experience to their communities.

“By then deploying our economy and our NFT market, we will fully liberate community capitalism.

“When a client becomes a participant by taking ownership of their digital identity and assets, they are motivated to invest and create value for themselves and, in turn, for the whole community. “

“We’ve seen the Metaverse garner a lot of attention recently and Stageverse will undoubtedly be a big player in the space.”

Alan Race, Edgewood Capital

Stageverse investor Alan Breed, Chairman of Edgewood Capital, said, “We have recently seen the Metaverse garner a lot of attention and Stageverse will no doubt be a big player in the space.

“They have a top-notch team and product that will fundamentally change the way people live their digital lives and invest in their digital identities.”Music trade around the world


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