Originally published on October 11, 2022 – Yahoo! Finance link here
Some of the names on this list are familiar. AB Inbev and Adidas have both run early experiments with NFTs and virtual worlds that will pay off in 2023. Gaming giants Epic Games, Roblox and Niantic Labs will continue their innovation streaks well into next year. Meta, Yuga Labs and Qualcomm are expected to continue to be leaders in their categories.
“Our panel conducted a very comprehensive process to determine who would be included in the very prestigious M100 list. Hundreds of companies were considered. Only the most important technologies, executives, and influencers made the cut,” said Sabrina George, Senior Vice President of the Metaverse Spectrum. “Each year we will undergo the process again in order to make sure that new and innovative Metaverse companies charting the future of this exciting industry are recognized.”
Metaverse-first companies like Roblox and Epic Games, built from the ground up on technology designed to create immersive experiences for gamers, were easy selections. Roblox has over 40 million daily active users, with its own internal economy and millions of hours of user-generated content and games. Epic Games, creator of metaverse mega success Fortnite and the Unreal Engine that powers Hollywood productions like The Mandalorian, has shown the economic and creative power the metaverse can unlock.
Platforms like Tixologi and NVIDIA are pushing the bleeding edge of blockchain technology, and metaverse communities like The Sandbox and Yuga Labs’ multitude of NFT projects serve a vital role in the future of the ecosystem.
All of these companies are at the forefront of the metaverse. For marketers and entrepreneurs who are looking to jump into the space but who may be unsure where to start, this list is your ticket to success.