An investment fund specializing on firms operating in the metaverse has been launched, according to global asset management Invesco. About $30 million will be invested in major, medium, and small-cap enterprises along the Metaverse Value Chain, which “encompasses many diverse and linked industries that assist enable, generate, or benefit from the creation of immersive virtual worlds,” according to the Invesco Metaverse Fund. The fund will put money into businesses in the USA, Asia, and Europe, including shares of firms that make and use immersive virtual worlds. Tony Roberts, the fund manager, and James McDermottroe, the deputy fund manager, will share management of it.
Why the investment is made?
The fund will invest in seven industry-related thematic areas: next-generation operating and computer systems, hardware and tools that enable access to the metaverse, networks for hyperconnectivity, immersive AI platforms developed with blockchain, interchange tools required to achieve interoperability, and services and assets that will aid in the digitisation of the real economy. A spokesman for Invesco reportedly stated that the firm will pay a management charge of 0.5 percent, according to a Decrypt article. With the help of their digital avatars, users may explore a fully functional virtual world in the metaverse, blockchain-enabled Web3 company. Blockchain gaming companies are flocking to the market to advance the delivery of an immersive experience.
According to information provided by Invesco, the actively managed fund, which will be open to investors in 14 European nations including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Netherlands, Finland, Czech Republic, Sweden, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Slovakia, and Spain, will invest in businesses of all sizes throughout the US, Asia, and Europe. This move is Invesco’s most recent venture into the world of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. In March 2019, the company teamed up with Elwood Asset Management to introduce a blockchain ETF on the London Stock Exchange. Both the Invesco Alerian Galaxy Blockchain Users and Decentralized Commerce ETF and the Invesco Alerian Galaxy Crypto Economy ETF (SATO) will be introduced in September 2021 as a result of the company’s collaboration with Galaxy Digital.
The MSCI AC World (Net Total Return) benchmark will be used to gauge the fund’s performance, which will be assessed at a management fee of 0.75%. Yuga Labs, the company behind the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), the most well-known non-fungible token (NFT) project to date, claimed to have raised $450 million (roughly Rs. 3,400 crore) in funding for its upcoming joint ventures and partnerships as well as its previously teased metaverse project dubbed Otherside in March.