Video: Matthew Ball Talks About the Metaverse Road Map in Breakroom

On Thursday, October 21st, Matthew Ball, author of the influential Metaverse Primer and lead creator of the Ball Metaverse Index, was joined by Gene Park of the Washington Post and virtual world blogger Wagner James Au for a fireside chat in the virtual world of Breakroom. The chat covered a wide range of topics, including key trends to watch for, the mainstream adoption of the Metaverse, and the broader impact on society. Near the end, metaverse pioneer Philip Rosedale was also invited up on stage. You can read more about the event here.

Matthew Ball is a well-informed, articulate, and insightful speaker about the metaverse, and I highly recommend you watch the following 50-minute video of the well-attended event:

Please note that, as you watch this video, both Adam Frisby and Rohan Freeman of Sine Wave Entertainment, senior executives of the company who make Breakroom and Sinespace, were the ones responsible for spawning the dizzying array of items on and around the stage as the panel members spoke to the assembled audience.

I certainly don’t blame Adam and Rohan for wanting to flex the dynamic editing capabilities of their platform, especially in front of an audience full of big names in the metaverse! However, at first I thought it was a griefer attack! (I even DM’ed Adam to report the “griefer”, not knowing that it was him! How embarrassing.)

Anyways, I learned a lot from Matthew’s talk, and there were some great questions afterward from the audience, so I thought I’d share the video here with you. Stay tuned for news of the next in this free series of Fireside Chats in Breakroom!


This blogpost is sponsored by Sinespace, and was written in my role as an embedded reporter for this virtual world (more details here). 

Sinespace/Breakroom News: Matthew Ball Metaverse Road Map Event Today; Pictures from Last Night’s Zombie Ball

Don’t forget that venture capitalist and metaverse writer Matthew Ball will be speaking at an event in Breakroom (Sinespace’s corporate cousin) today, Thursday, October 21st, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time/GMT or noon Pacific Standard Time/PST. You can register for the event here, through EventBrite (it’s free). When you register, you will receive an email message with a special link you must click on to load the web-based Breakroom app in your web browser (which works surprisingly well, based on past Fireside Chats in the series!). More details here.

Here are some pictures I took this morning of the venue; the first shot shows you the user interface, which I think you’ll find very similar to the layout of the Sinespace client. (One of the things I like the most about Sinespace/Breakroom is that I can adjust my avatar’s shape to more closely resemble the real-world Ryan Schultz!)


Your intrepid embedded reporter also attended the Zombie Ball last night in Sinespace—and won 1,000 Gold (Sinespace’s currency) in a random draw! Here are some pictures I took at the event; please click on each thumbnail to see it in a larger size:


This blogpost is sponsored by Sinespace, and was written in my role as an embedded reporter for this virtual world (more details here). 

Matthew Ball and the Metaverse Road Map: A Fireside Chat in Breakroom on October 21st, 2021

In case you haven’t noticed, the metaverse is suddenly having a moment.

Ever since Facebook announced that they were repivoting to become a “metaverse” company, things have gotten a little bit crazy around here. As Tony Parisi writes:

In the wake of Facebook’s new positioning as a Metaverse company, execs at a multitude of tech and media outfits have put it front and center of their strategy, or are at least saying they have a Metaverse strategy. Leading the pack are game engine companies like my employer Unity and graphics chip powerhouses such as NVIDIA. These companies are laying the groundwork by delivering miraculous real-time 3D tech on a regular basis, and they are built on solid business models delivering significant commercial value. They will indeed be foundational for the Metaverse. But these days you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting an ad agency or tech startup that has the word Metaverse in a strategy deck, too. Sensing a Next Big Thing, people don’t want to have to play catch-up like they did with the Internet or mobile. Mind you, the term Metaverse isn’t new, nor is the vision, despite various attempts at rewriting history. But now that His Eminence has given voice to it, the Metaverse exists by fiat. So let it be written; so let it be done. And everyone is pouring in.

At a time when the word “metaverse” is being flung around everywhere by everybody (including by quite a few johnny-come-latelies who really have no idea what they are talking about), it’s important to listen to people who who were around before this sudden hype cycle. Among those people is venture capitalist Matthew Ball, whose well-known article The Metaverse: What It Is, Where to Find it, Who Will Build It, and Fortnite, provides some thoughtful insight and perspective on the topic.

Matthew Ball (picture source)

And it just so happens that the next speaker scheduled in the Fireside Chats series is none other than Matthew Ball himself! According to the official announcement:

Sine Wave Entertainment is honored to welcome Metaverse visionary Matthew Ball for a virtual fireside chat within Breakroom, our metaverse platform for real-life events. Author of the influential “Metaverse Primer“, lead creator of the Ball Metaverse Index, his insights and investments have shaped the business world’s understanding of what he calls a “successor state to the mobile internet”.

Join us for a wide-ranging conversation with Matthew, co-hosted by two leading journalists of the Metaverse era [Gene Park of the Washington Post and Wagner James Au of New World Notes].

Topics to be discussed include:

• What are the key Metaverse trends to watch for in the next 5-10 years?
• Will it wind up being dominated by the Internet giants?
• Is there more to the Metaverse beyond entertainment?
• Where do blockchain and VR fit into the technology’s future?• How will the Metaverse remake culture and business?

You can register for the event here, through EventBrite (it’s free). It takes place on Thursday, October 21se, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time/GMT or noon Pacific Standard Time/PST. When you register, you will receive an email message with a special link you have to click on to load the web-based Breakroom app in your web browser.

It promises to be a fascinating discussion, and one you won’t want to miss!


This blogpost is sponsored by Sinespace, and was written in my role as an embedded reporter for this virtual world (more details here).