American largest bank JPMorgan has made history by becoming the first major bank to launch into the metaverse.
The bank launched a virtual lounge called Onyx in the blockchain-based virtual world Decentraland. Onyx is JPMorgan’s blockchain-based platform for exchanging value, information, and digital assets.
The lounge is located in Metajuku mall in Decentraland, a virtual version of the Harajuku district in Tokyo.
In a report published by JPMorgan, it highlights its approach to the metaverse and the opportunities within the virtual world, including $54 billion spent on virtual goods, $41 billion NFT market cap, etc.
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According to the report, the financial institution aims to create a financial ecosystem that seamlessly allows metaverse citizens to connect with the physical world.
JPMorgan plans to integrate its financial services such as cross-border payments, foreign exchange, financial assets creation, trading, and safekeeping into the metaverse. It believes the metaverse is a replica of the existing global economy.
“We believe the existing virtual gaming landscape (each virtual world with its own
population, GDP, in-game currency and digital assets) has elements that parallel the
existing global economy,” the report read.