Linkdotz LANTOPIA – The Virtual Social Network – K-Metaverse 2022

As part of K-Metaverse 2022, we interviewed several startups in the world of VR, AR and XR. Metaverse Content Global Cooperation is a project supported by the Ministry of Science and ICT of South Korea to enable domestic metaverse companies to expand internationally. The eighth company we met is Linkdotz. A Korean startup offering a social network in the Metaverse, Lantopia.

What is Lantopia?

Lantopia is a community-driven metaverse platform that wants to be the new future of social media. As we communicate with various communities in real life, including family, fellow students, colleagues, and many other groups with common interests, Lantopia seeks to create similar communities in the metaverse.

Within Lanptopia, communities are divided by topics (essentially shared interests) represented by stars. Linktodz has chosen to represent users as planets and orbit them around stars, just like our solar system. In Lantopia, users interested in the same topic can easily form a community. Furthermore, famous tourist attractions, brands and users can become the center of a community.

Linktodz believes that virtual spaces are essential for creating virtual communities. Lantopia includes many different spaces, such as classrooms, cafes, campsites, live studios, spaceships and more. Users can form a community, communicate freely and create new memories with people and spaces. This is one of the main selling points of the Lantopia experience.

The other great feature of Lantopia is the immersive interactive chat. This allows you to chat and interact using your avatar in different rooms. Users can find hidden messages and missions in these rooms and communicate using emojis and voice chat. Linkdotz hopes that this gamification will keep users interested in Lantopia.

Why is Lantopia a unique solution?

If you visit a real location that also exists as a space in a Lantopia community, you can complete missions there and collect the real location on your planet. If other users spend time on the same site and buy a related item, you will receive a commission. Since community members can earn an income together, Linkdotz calls it a “social economy.”

Lantopia launched globally in open beta in September. Linkdotz has already received positive feedback on Lantopia’s visual and auditory immersion quality along with suggestions and ideas for improvement. Currently, Lantopia can only be enjoyed as a mobile app (iOS and Android), but the company plans to expand the experience to a number of other platforms (such as Oculus/Meta).

Lantopia’s revenue model includes selling items for avatars, planets and locations. Users can purchase paid items from the Lantopia store using in-app purchases.

Linkdotz also offers B2B revenue models providing personalized content to its partners including avatar, planet and star. The exact price depends on the partner’s requirements and varies between $10,000 and $30,000.

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Robbie Kim, CEO

What future for the platform?

Today, LANTOPIA is still in the development phase. But wants to be the new future of social networks. They launched a Kickstarter this year to generate initial interest, have a little funding and build a community. The $5,000 goal was easily met and exceeded $50,000. This made it possible to have the first users and above all to develop the network according to their feedback. You can find the Kickstarter here.

The platform has a lot of ambitions for the future, which can be summarized quite easily: in 2022 finish their funding, start getting user feedback; in 2023, progress on the side of the local economy system to generate real interest from users and partners; in 2024, an opening for creators; and from 2025, expand and finally support VR headsets.

Their website for more information about the project.

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