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Metaverse - Thematic Research

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  • 67 Pages
  • May 2022
  • Region: Global
  • GlobalData
  • ID: 5614875
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Metaverse - Thematic Research

Summary


The metaverse is a virtual world where users share experiences and interact in real-time within simulated scenarios. It is still largely conceptual but could transform how people work, shop, communicate, and consume content. The metaverse brings together a range of next-generation technologies from cloud computing to artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, cryptocurrencies, cybersecurity, the internet of things (IoT), virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), digital twins, and adtech. By 2030, the metaverse will be a $13 trillion opportunity, according to Citi Global Insights. The metaverse will make digital media experiences more immersive, inclusive, and accessible than today. But it will raise social concerns ranging from data privacy to other forms of online harm.

The metaverse will be critical to the future of work. The hype around the metaverse is largely focused on consumer use cases. Gaming and social media companies are at the vanguard of metaverse development, but enterprises will lead the charge in the next three years. This shift will be driven by the future of work and digital transformation initiatives ongoing across sectors ranging from retail to healthcare and financial services. Big Tech is championing the metaverse, with Microsoft and Meta promoting it as the ideal environment to support hybrid working.

Companies are currently building metaverses around their core competencies while pursuing new use cases to expand their offerings. For instance, Microsoft’s Mesh is based on its competencies in cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and augmented reality (AR). Similarly, Meta is focusing on AI and virtual reality (VR). In short, the metaverse is a convergence of several tech themes, and companies are adopting those that suit their capabilities and objectives. In addition, companies from non-tech sectors are investing in the metaverse to engage with customers, expand brand awareness, and identify new revenue streams.

Scope

  • This report provides an overview of the metaverse theme.
  • It identifies the key trends impacting growth of the theme over the next 12 to 24 months, split into three categories: technology trends, macroeconomic trends, and regulatory trends.
  • It includes analysis of multiple data sets, including patents, jobs, and M&A trends, alongside a timeline highlighting milestones in the development of the metaverse.
  • The detailed value chain is split into four layers: foundation, tools, user interfaces, and experience.

Reasons to Buy

  • The metaverse is an emerging mega-theme involving companies from all technology sectors, including semiconductors, component makers, application software, advertising, and others. Some companies are taking early positions, while others have yet to enter the metaverse. However, their competencies are a natural fit for this developing theme. This report identifies companies that are well-positioned to benefit from the metaverse over the next five years.
  • The recent rise in metaverse investment is driven by progress in underlying technologies such as AI, AR, VR, digital twins, and cloud computing. The COVID-triggered online lifestyle, which will stay in the post-pandemic era, has also been a factor driving the development of the theme.
  • In addition, companies from sectors like gaming, social media, and apparel are also driving the metaverse’s popularity.

Table of Contents

  • Executive summary
  • Players
  • Technology Briefing
  • Trends
  • Industry Analysis
  • Value Chain
  • Companies
  • Sector Scorecards
  • Glossary
  • Further Reading
  • Thematic Research Methodology

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • AMD
  • 3D Systems
  • AAC Technologies
  • ABB
  • Accton
  • Acer
  • Actifio
  • ActionIQ
  • ADDX
  • Adform
  • Adidas
  • Adlens
  • Adobe
  • Adsterra
  • Adyen
  • Affectiva
  • AG Microsystems
  • Agora World
  • AI.Reverie
  • Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise
  • Aldin Dynamics
  • Algorithmia
  • Alibaba
  • Alphabet (Google)
  • Alteryx
  • Altibase
  • AmazeVR
  • Amazon
  • Ambarella
  • Ambire AdEx
  • American Express
  • Analog Devices
  • Animoca (The Sandbox)
  • Ansys
  • Ant Financial
  • ANTChain
  • ApertusVR
  • AppBrain
  • Apple
  • Applied Materials
  • AppLovin
  • Appnext
  • Arcadia Data
  • Arista Networks
  • Armory
  • Asus
  • AT&T
  • Atkins
  • Atomize
  • Attivio
  • Audius
  • Augment
  • Aura
  • Autodesk
  • Avalance
  • Avalanche
  • Avegant
  • AXONI
  • Ayasadi
  • Baidu
  • Balenciaga
  • Band Protocol
  • Bandai Namco
  • Basis Technologies
  • BBK Electronics
  • Bentley Systems
  • Bharti Airtel
  • Big Panda
  • BigML
  • BigScreen VR
  • Bilibili
  • Binance
  • Binance Coin
  • Bitbond
  • Bitcoin
  • BitFury
  • Blender
  • Block
  • Blocksquare
  • Bloktopia
  • Blu Wireless
  • Blue Frog Robotics
  • Bosch
  • Box
  • Brandtech Group
  • Broadcom
  • BT Group
  • Bumble
  • Burberry
  • BYD
  • ByondXR
  • ByteDance
  • Cadence
  • Cambricon
  • Cardano
  • Carl Zeiss
  • Casa
  • Caspar.ai
  • Catchoom
  • CBAK Energy Technology
  • Certik
  • Chainalysis
  • Chainlink
  • Check Point Software
  • China Mobile
  • China Telecom
  • China Trading Desk
  • China Unicom
  • Choozle
  • Chukong Technologies
  • Ciena
  • Circle
  • Cirrus Logic
  • Cisco
  • Cityzenith
  • Clarifai
  • Clearmatics
  • Cloudera
  • Cloudwalk
  • Cobalt Robotics
  • CognitiveScale
  • Coinbase
  • Com2uS
  • Comcast
  • Comscore
  • Consensys
  • Conversica
  • Corsair
  • Cosmos
  • Couchbase
  • Cramer-Krasselt
  • Criteo
  • CryptoAvatars
  • Cryptovoxels
  • Crytek
  • CyberPower
  • Dappradar
  • Dassault Systèmes
  • Data Robot
  • Data Virtuality
  • Dataiku
  • Datameer
  • DataRobot
  • DataStax
  • DataVirtuality
  • Decentral Games
  • Decentraland
  • Dell Technologies
  • Delphix
  • Denodo
  • Dentsu
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Dialog Semiconductor
  • Didimo
  • DigiLens
  • Digital Turbine
  • Diligent Robotics
  • Disney
  • DMarket
  • DNABlock
  • Dolby Labs
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Domo
  • dotData
  • Doubleverify
  • DPVR
  • Dundas
  • Dynapack
  • Ecovacs
  • Elavon
  • Electronic Arts
  • ElliQ
  • Engage XR
  • Enigma
  • Enjin
  • EnterpriseDB
  • EOS
  • Epic Games
  • Equinix
  • Ericsson
  • EssilorLuxottica
  • Ethereum
  • Everysight
  • Exago
  • Exasol
  • Extreme Networks
  • FaceUnity
  • Facewatch
  • Festo
  • FICO
  • FIS
  • Fiserv
  • Flow
  • Flybits
  • Forcepoint
  • Fortinet
  • Foundation
  • Foxconn
  • Fuel
  • Fujitsu
  • Garmin
  • GE
  • Genies
  • GestureTek
  • Glimpse Group
  • Glory Star New Media
  • Goertek
  • Graphcore
  • Grokr
  • Groq
  • Gucci
  • H2O.ai
  • Hadera Hashgraph
  • Hana
  • Harbor
  • HCL
  • Helpsystems
  • Himax
  • Hitachi
  • Hivestack
  • Horizon Robotics
  • HP
  • HPE
  • HTC
  • Huawei
  • HubSpot
  • Hugging Face
  • Hyperledger
  • Hyundai Motors
  • IBM
  • iFlytek
  • Imperva
  • IMVU
  • INDE
  • Index Exchange
  • InetSoft
  • Infineon
  • Infor
  • Informatica
  • Information Builders
  • Infosys
  • Ingenico
  • InMobi
  • Inspur
  • Integral Ad Science
  • Intel
  • Interceptd
  • IPG
  • Iristick
  • iRobot
  • IronSource
  • Jaxx
  • JD.com
  • Jorjin
  • Juniper Networks
  • Kaleido
  • Kasisto
  • KDDI
  • Keboola
  • Kinicho
  • Kioxia
  • Klarna
  • KNIME
  • Knowles Electronics
  • KnuEdge
  • Kraken
  • KT
  • Kyvos
  • Leadspace
  • Leica
  • Lenovo
  • LG Display
  • LG Energy Solution
  • LG Innotek
  • LG Uplus
  • Linden Lab
  • Liquidity Network
  • Litecoin
  • LivePerson
  • LiveRamp
  • LLVision
  • Lockwood Publishing
  • Lotame
  • Lumen Technologies
  • Lumus
  • Lytics
  • Macronix
  • Magic Leap
  • Magnite
  • Manticore Games
  • MarkLogic
  • Mastercard
  • Match Group
  • MathWorks
  • MediaMath
  • MediaTek
  • MeetinVR
  • Megvii
  • Meta
  • Metamask
  • MetaVRse
  • Micron
  • Microsoft
  • MicroStrategy
  • Microvision
  • Mimi (3D Sound Labs)
  • Mintable
  • Mintegral
  • Miso Robotics
  • Mobvoi
  • MongoDB
  • MSI
  • Multichain
  • Murata
  • MyEtherWallet
  • Mytaverse
  • Mythical Games
  • Nanya Tech
  • Naver (Zepeto)
  • NBA Top Shots
  • Neato Robotics
  • Neo
  • NetApp
  • NetEase
  • Neurala
  • Neustar
  • NextTech AR
  • Niantic
  • Nielsen
  • Nifty Gateway
  • Nike
  • Nikon
  • Nintendo
  • Nokia
  • nReal
  • NTT
  • Nucypher
  • Nutanix
  • Nvidia
  • NXP Semiconductors
  • Occipital
  • Olympus
  • Omnicom
  • OmniVision
  • One97 (Paytm)
  • OnSemi
  • OpenText
  • OpenX
  • Oracle
  • Orange
  • Origin PC
  • Ozone Networks
  • Palantir
  • Panasonic
  • Panoply
  • Paxos
  • PayPal
  • PerceptiLabs
  • Percona
  • Permutive
  • Pimax
  • Pivot3
  • PixelMax
  • Pixelynx
  • PMD
  • Polkadot
  • Polygon
  • Polymath
  • Portals Labs
  • PostgreSQL
  • Precisely
  • Progress Software
  • Provenance
  • PTC
  • Publicis
  • PubMatic
  • Pure Storage
  • Pyramid Analytics
  • Qlik
  • Qorvo
  • Qualcomm
  • R3
  • Rackspace
  • Raiden
  • Rakuten
  • Rapid Insight
  • RapidMiner
  • Rarible
  • Razer
  • Realmax
  • RealWear
  • Rec Room
  • Redis Labs
  • Renesas
  • Ricoh
  • Ripple
  • Ristband
  • Roblox
  • Robotiq
  • Rokid
  • Rooom
  • Rstudio
  • S4 Capital
  • Salesforce
  • Samsung Electronics
  • Sandbox VR
  • SAP
  • SAS
  • Scality
  • Schneider Electric
  • ScopeAR
  • Securitize
  • Securrency
  • Segment
  • Seiko Epson
  • Semusi
  • Sennheiser
  • Sensata
  • SenseTime
  • Sensorium
  • SensorTower
  • Shanghai Optics
  • Shenzhen Arashi
  • Sherpa.ai
  • Shinhan Bank
  • Shopify
  • Siemens
  • Sina (Weibo)
  • Sine Wave
  • Singtel
  • Sisense
  • SK Hynix
  • SK Telecom
  • Skale
  • Sky Mavis (Axie Infinity)
  • Skyworks
  • Slingshot Simulations
  • Sliver VR (Theta Labs)
  • Smaato
  • SmartyAds
  • Snap
  • Snowflake
  • Softbank
  • Softbank (Arm)
  • Software AG
  • Solana
  • Solirax (NeosVR)
  • Somnium Space
  • Sony
  • Sophos
  • Soul Machines
  • SoundHound
  • SparkCognition
  • Spatial
  • Square Enix
  • Stage
  • STMicroelectronics
  • Stripe
  • SuperRare
  • Supersocial
  • Synopsys
  • Synthesia
  • Syntiant
  • Talend
  • Tata Communications
  • TCS
  • TDK (InvenSense)
  • Tealium
  • TeamViewer
  • Telefónica
  • Telstra
  • Tencent
  • Teradata
  • Teradyne
  • Terra
  • Tessian
  • Tether
  • Texas Instruments
  • Tezos
  • The Trade Desk
  • ThirdEye
  • ThoughtSpot
  • Thrive Plus
  • TIBCO
  • T-Mobile US
  • Tokensoft
  • Tokeny Solutions
  • Toshiba
  • Trellix
  • Trend Micro
  • Tron
  • Truebit
  • Tsinghua (Unisoc)
  • TSMC
  • Twitter
  • Ubisoft
  • Ultraleap
  • UneeQ
  • Union Pay
  • Unity Technologies
  • Universal Display
  • USD Coin
  • USound
  • Valve
  • Vans
  • Varjo
  • VeriFone
  • Verizon
  • VF Company
  • Viant (Adelphic)
  • ViewAR
  • Virbela
  • Visa
  • Visionstar (EasyAR)
  • Visometry
  • Vivendi (Havas)
  • VMware
  • Vodafone
  • VoltDB
  • VRChat
  • Vungle
  • Vuzix
  • Wave Computing
  • Waves
  • WaveXR
  • WAX
  • Western Digital
  • Wieden+Kennedy
  • Wipro
  • Wolf3D
  • Wolfram
  • Wookey
  • Workato
  • WPP
  • Wyre
  • Xiaomi
  • Xloong
  • Yahoo
  • Yandex
  • Young Optics
  • Yuga Labs
  • Zelle
  • zkSync
  • Zoom
  • ZTE