Vitalik Buterin: Facebook’s Metaverse “Will Misfire”

Vitalik Buterin has expressed that corporations like Facebook’s Meta that are attempting to build the Metaverse today will be unsuccessful in their ambitions.

Vitalik Buterin

The Ethereum originator conveyed that he thinks the Metaverse “is going to happen,” but it’s still too early for businesses to know how it will look.

Meta has demonstrated that it is dedicated to the Metaverse since rebranding from Facebook, however, its latest earnings report shows it has a long way to go to achieve solid success.

Vitalik Buterin is not convinced by Meta’s Metaverse

The Ethereum founder shared his viewpoint on where the developing space could be headed expressing in his tweet saying he thinks that companies that are trying to create the Metaverse are doubtful to succeed in their endeavors.

Undoubtedly, the most noteworthy corporate player to show curiosity in the Metaverse to date has been Meta. Facebook’s parent company that rebranded as part of a shift to adopt the Metaverse late last year. Buterin namechecked Meta in his analysis of the corporates entering the space. “Anything Facebook creates now will misfire,” he noted in response to a tweet, asserting that Metaverse-focused companies would likely fail because “it’s far too early to know what people actually want.” 

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Buterin has become known for his straightforward personality as his public profile has grown with Ethereum over the years, though he frequently uses his Twitter account and blog to debate Ethereum’s technology and how decentralization could affect the world. Though he’s remarked on NFTs at length in the past, mentioning that he was surprised by the 2021 boom and taking modest digs at the speculative side of the market, he has rarely discussed the Metaverse. 

Many major corporations announced Metaverse plays as the crypto bull run achieved a peak in 2021. With the likes of Adidas and Coca-Cola acquiring digital land, dropping NFTs, and hosting their own virtual parties the Metaverse hype peaked in October when Zuckerberg announced Meta and the firm has displayed that it’s ready to double down on the space on several occasions since This includes the plans to support NFTs on Instagram and Facebook.

Zuckerberg stated that the company’s Metaverse arm, Reality Labs, would plunge $10 billion into the space following the announcement, and it later informed an 11-figure 2021 loss. This year has not gone any better, with Meta disclosing its first revenue drop and a $2.8 billion loss on Reality Labs in its second-quarter earnings report Wednesday. In simple words, based on the numbers, the company still has a long way to go to prove Buterin’s remarks wrong. 

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