Yuga Labs Envisions the Otherside as a Web3 Native Roblox for Adults

According to Yuga, the future of NFTs is in gaming, and Otherside will one day become a Web3-native Roblox.

Oct 22, 2022
by Akira Ming
Yuga Labs Envisions the Otherside as a Web3 Native Roblox for Adults
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Otherside will be anything but a walled garden, says Yuga Labs

In a podcast interview with Decrypt, Yuga Labs co-founders Wylie Aronow (GordonGoner) and Greg Solano (Garga) shared their thoughts on various topics, including the recent developments in crypto, NFTs, and the Otherside metaverse. 

A key takeaway is that the duo thinks the Otherside will eventually become a Web3-native Roblox. But while Roblox is catered to a younger demographic, Aronow and Solano said the Bored Ape virtual world is geared toward adult audiences. 

"I think one way of thinking about it is as a semi-decentralized, but absolutely Web3 native, Roblox," said Aronow during the interview. "But obviously much better looking and geared for a slightly more adult audience."

According to its official website, Otherside is a gamified, interoperable metaverse comprised of MMORPG elements and Web3-enabled virtual worlds. It is also a world-building platform that allows users to play, create, compete, connect, and explore together. 

In the podcast itself, both co-founders emphasized that the future of NFTs is in gaming. But Yuga is doing things differently than mainstream game developers. Instead of building a full game before releasing it to the public, the company brings in NFT holders to test out the game through multiple "trips" or iterations. 

"I think we're doing things in contrast to the way a lot of gaming companies would do things, starting with the iterative development of the game itself," said Aronow. "Typically, what you would see is you'd maybe get a teaser, a few months later you get a trailer, three years later, you get a game." 

That's how Yuga aims to develop the next-gen metaverse without creating a "walled garden". By bringing in the community and listening to their feedback, the company can adapt faster and improve the overall gameplay experience. 

"The idea of a metaverse that's like a walled garden that's just built for you, and you're just gonna get the features that we give you over time - that's just like another Web2 MMORPG," added Aronow. "It didn't seem all that innovative to me…I like the idea of bringing the community along for the ride."

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