December 8, 2023

Futureverse News - December 2023

Welcome to the December issue of Futureverse News, where we’ll look back on all the happenings over the past month. From the official launch of the ROOT token on both centralized and decentralized exchanges, to some exciting product updates and the launch of Futureverse TV, there’s a lot to cover so let’s dive in!

Message from Leadership

I am excited to see many pieces of the puzzle coming together and revealing the technology that we are building to realize the foundations of the open metaverse that is in our vision at Futureverse.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed stepping more into the spotlight and showing you what we’ve all been working on, in the first episode of ‘The Tech’ on Futureverse TV. This premiere episode was more of an introduction of myself and the Futureverse tech stack from a high level, but we’ll dive deeper into different tech components of the Futureverse Platform and The Root Network in subsequent episodes starting Jan 2024.

We’re thrilled to see the successful launch of the ROOT token across several major exchanges. On top of the latest Root Network developments, we’ve also announced our Swappables Engine and the upcoming fun Party Bears Swappables experience, as well as our new AI racing game Raicers and The Muhammad Ali - The Next Legends Gym Bag opening.

There is a lot more cooking in the busy kitchen of the Futureverse family, and we thank you all for sharing the passion and the excitement for the delicious future that is coming!

Marco Brondani - Co-Founder, Futureverse


Reebok & Futureverse announce ‘Reebok Impact’

Hot off the press, we have just announced that Futureverse will spearhead Reebok's efforts to broaden the ways consumers can interact with its products across the entire ecosystem from footwear to apparel.

In 2024, Reebok and Futureverse will premiere “Reebok Impact,” a mind and heart-bending digital shoe experience that will allow mass consumers to dip their toes into artificial intelligence for the first time. Leveraging Futureverse’s advanced technology, and world-class creative and digital content, this collaboration will demonstrate that life is not about your sneakers, it’s about what you do while you wear them.

"We are beyond excited to announce our exclusive partnership with Reebok; a testament to our shared belief that life is a journey of active participation, not observation. This collaboration is a groundbreaking fusion of AI, web3, gaming, and metaverse technologies, set to transform how consumers define digital fashion. It's an invitation for consumers to step into a world in which  their digital footprint is as significant as their physical one. Together, we're pioneering digital possibilities where every step tells a story, and every story shapes our world,” says Shara Senderoff and Aaron McDonald, Co-Founders of Futureverse.

“Our partnership with Futureverse and the upcoming launch of Reebok Impact enables us to transcend traditional boundaries of innovation to engage our consumers in the digital evolution of our products in ways that redefine the realm of possibility,” Todd Krinsky, CEO of Reebok.

This announcement marks the first step in Reebok and Futureverse’s long-term partnership together. Through this partnership, they will continue to expand, add functionality and integrations and launch new experiences.

Read the full article on WWD here, and make sure you’re following Reebok Impact on Instagram and X.

FutureScore Quests

With Quest 004: The Style completed and rewards distributed, as well as the hotly anticipated Quest 002: The Stake reward distribution, we’re happy to announce another new Quest!

Quest 005: The Trade

Quest 005: The Trade rewards our community for supporting those building on The Root Network. Complete trades on any of the verified DEXs and receive rewards based on the tier you reach.

The Trade is an opportunity for first time participants to be rewarded for completing the Quest.

Rewards for completing the Quest are based on your tier and your FutureScore at the end of the Quest, January 15 2024 PT. Rewards will be distributed after the conclusion of the Quest.

Quest 005 is live now and closes on January 15th 2024 PT / January 16th 2024 NZT.

Click here for more information.


We are incredibly excited to announce Raicers, a thrilling AI-driven racing manager game where you harness strategic thinking and explosive speed as you compete for ASTO rewards in scheduled races.

Put your strategy to the test and see if you’ve got what it takes to cement your place on the podium!

Head over to the new Raicers website for more information, and check out our Smart Karts blog to get fully primed for the racetrack.

The Raicers game pilot is launching soon! Will you figure out how to master each track?

The Next Legends - Gear: Gym Bag Opening

It’s time to gear up as we’ve just unveiled The Next Legends - Gear: Gym Bag Opening. Unpack your gym bags to reveal a treasure trove of premium clothing, hairstyles, and boost items ranging from 7 to 15 items per bag. While you can't equip your new items right away, anticipate a collection of meticulously crafted gear minted on The Root Network and XLS-20 compatible.

But wait, there's more! Pro Bags harbor exclusive pieces of a limited-edition clothing set tied to three distinct eras of the legendary Muhammad Ali's life, including gloves, boxing boots, and fighting trunks. These special outfits carry the essence of Ali's spirit and come with in-game boosts, setting them apart from common clothing items. Prepare to elevate your boxer's style and performance in The Next Legends world, all while enjoying additional cosmetics and in-game benefits bundled in the Pro Bags.

The Next Legends items found in bags fall into 3 categories: clothing, styles, and consumables. So what are you waiting for? Head along to the Locker Room to open and see what gear is waiting in your Gym Bags!

AI League: FIFA Women’s World Cup AU·NZ·2023™ Edition - Seasonal League #2

AI League lovers, rejoice! A new season of your favorite AI football game has begun and runs from December 4th to January 1st PT.Congratulations to our last season's champions. Securing the coveted top spot was none other than Planet Stake, with G is For Goose And Goal close behind in second place. Rounding out the podium is the formidable Young Algy, claiming third place. The top 3 are not the only ones to win prizes, you could be taking one home too if you participated. Log in to see your final rank and claim your prize!

See you on the pitch, geared up and ready for the excitement of the upcoming season!

Download on Android or iOS today!


ROOT Token - Exchange Listings

We're thrilled to announce that The Root Network’s ROOT token is now available on KuCoin, Bybit, Bitget, and Gate.io!

Important Note: As KuCoin and Bybit are using ERC20 ROOT (wrapped ROOT tokens on Ethereum), ensure you send ERC20 ROOT to these exchanges and use an Ethereum address when withdrawing from these exchanges. If you withdraw ERC20 ROOT to a FuturePass address, you will lose your tokens forever. If you are unsure, it is always best practice to send a small test transaction first.

The Vortex - Token Launch

Vortex, The Root Network’s innovative rewards token, have now been sent to those who helped secure the network in the first staking cycle.

Throughout the staking cycle, Gas & Network Fees, along with the network’s Bootstrap Incentives are added to The Vortex pool. At the end of the cycle, these rewards are distributed in the form of Vortex tokens to network participants.

Vortex tokens represent a corresponding percentage of the tokens in The Vortex, currently ROOT, XRP, SYLO, ASTO, and some LP tokens. If you participated in the first rewards cycle, your Vortex tokens will be visible in your FuturePass will be redeemable for their underlying tokens in the Staking Dashboard.

DEX Launches - Dexter & Moai Finance

Exciting news on the chain, as not one, but two decentralized exchanges (DEXs) have recently launched on The Root Network. Dexter utilises The Root Network’s native DEX pallet which also provides liquidity pools for our any-token gas economy, while Moai Finance utilises an EVM sidechain and integrates directly into XRPL.

These launches mark a significant stride forward, driving greater utility and fostering accessibility and efficiency on The Root Network.

Futureverse & NVIDIA Partner To Propel Creator Economy With AI

Futureverse is the first NZ-based company to own an NVIDIA DGX H100 and we’re pretty excited about it. Here’s why…

Over the last 5 years, we’ve been busy building a suite of AI tools that will open up new doors for creators and everyday humans to create the worlds they imagine. But to allow for the exponential amount of AI Generated Content (AIGC) consumers can conjure in their imaginations, significant computing resources are required.

Enter the NVIDIA DGX H100, the world’s leading AI supercomputer. Our in-house team of AI scientists have leveraged the DGX H100 to decrease the amount of time it takes for 3D object generation from a user’s prompt by 672 times!

Beyond content creation, Futureverse is making significant strides in the music industry with JEN, an innovative text-to-music model powered by NVIDIA H100 Tensor Core GPUs. Futureverse's research paper introduces an efficient approach and an unmatched model, offering a promising strategy that benefits both creators and the music industry.

Futureverse stands at the intersection of AI and metaverse technologies, opening doors to scalable and interoperable apps, games, and experiences. Through strategic partnerships and a significant digital collectible community, Futureverse continues to shape the future of the metaverse and beyond.

Read the full article on NFTnow here.

Creative Artists Agency + Futureverse Join Forces to Architect the Future of Entertainment

Futureverse has signed with leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA) for representation in all areas. CAA and Futureverse will work collaboratively to create new opportunities for talent and IP, spanning web3, the metaverse, virtual games, worlds and experiences, AI, and beyond.

Signing with CAA enables us to bolster our strategic entertainment efforts to accelerate the creation of world-class technology experiences in collaboration with well-known IP in Film/TV, sports, music, consumer products, and more.

“Futureverse’s strategic collaboration with CAA has forged a strong alignment in fostering the development of mutually beneficial business models that empower creators with groundbreaking tools and lucrative revenue opportunities. As pioneers in AI, web3 and metaverse infrastructure, driven by a deep appreciation for art and humanity, we see an incredibly bright future for the world of entertainment. Joining forces with CAA amplifies and accelerates the dialogue and partnerships that reinforce and expand our shared vision,” says Futureverse Co-Founder Shara Senderoff.

“We are thrilled to be working with Futureverse, who are establishing themselves as leaders in the technology and entertainment space. This partnership is not just a meeting of minds, but a fusion of capabilities that will accelerate our shared vision for a smarter, more connected world," says CAA’s Phil Quist.

Read the full article in Deadline here.

Zealy Campaign

We have launched a Zealy campaign to help with the onboarding and education of new community members. Zealy is a trusted platform for community growth and engagement, so whether you’re a new arrival or have been with us from the start, check out our campaign to learn about Futureverse, The Root Network & the broader ecosystem.

There’s US$60k worth of tokens up for grabs, so get involved! The campaign will end Dec 31 PT and rewards will be sent out to FuturePass addresses by mid-Jan.


Futureverse TV

In November we launched our hotly anticipated new content series - Futureverse TV. Hosted by CraigO! and featuring members of Futureverse leadership. The premiere episode of The Vision featured Aaron and Shara laying out their vision for Futureverse and the open metaverse, while the premiere episode of The Tech featured Marco as he have us insights into his personal journey and delved into the Futureverse tech stack.

Check out the first two episodes below:

Animoca Brands - Founder Insights

Shara and Aaron also featured on a recent episode of Animoca Brands’ Founder Insights podcast series, hosted by Rich Robinson. Check it out to hear from the Futureverse co-founders as they share our unique vision for building the open metaverse.

Spotlight - Geo

What is your role at Futureverse?

I’m the Head of Business Development for The Root Network.

What were you doing before Futureverse?

I’ve been an artist manager for 10 years working alongside talent like The Black Eyed Peas, Steve Aoki, Tyga, Afrojack and more. In 2021, I started Six.xyz where I got to on-board legends like Eminem, and Freddie Mercury into web3, and also had the honor of brokering the sale of Wu-Tang’s 1/1 album “Once Upon A Time In Shaolin” to a DAO, breaking the record for most expensive album sale of all time. While Six was active, we facilitated over $10m in NFT sales and drove over $500k to charitable causes. I’ve also had the privilege to be an angel investor to 30+ startups (including our very own ASM and Immersve), and started an investment club called DAO Jones with some of my music friends that invest in AI, web3, and the metaverse.

What do you enjoy most about about your role?

I love getting to speak with teams all around the world about The Root Network and Futureverse, and finding ways to support developers and encourage growth on TRN!

What is your favorite FV collection?

My favorite collection will always be the Flufs, but I really love the ASM Brains too.

What are some of your interests outside of work?

Some of my favorite things in the world include travelling, collecting art, food adventures, scuba diving, all things AI and innovation, Burning Man, and karaoke.

Content Creator of the Month - NFTbroo

In this month’s spotlight, we celebrate the exceptional contributions of @nftbroo, a devoted OG community member. nftbroo's specialization in delivering short-form educational content, weekly updates, and meticulous transcriptions of numerous AMAs and voice events truly sets them apart. Their impact extends to the brilliantly organized Coriander News website, serving as a go-to hub for a wealth of Futureverse information and updates. nftbroo's unwavering commitment to the community is exemplified through regular educational content and notes that go above and beyond. Let's give a resounding round of applause to nftbroo for their outstanding dedication! For all Fluf holders, join the excitement on nftbroo's X train here. Stay connected and show your support by following nftbroo on their socials: X.com, YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, Discord. Congratulations, nftbroo, on earning the well-deserved title of Content Creator of the Month for November!

Looking Ahead

While 2023 is quickly coming to a close, we’re not quite ready to call it a year just yet, and while we’ve got our sights firmly set on the future, it’s also important to reflect on the past. The journey of Futureverse throughout 2023 has been nothing short of incredible, and now is as good a time as any to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has been on this journey with us. From the team, to the OG community members, to those newcomers just starting their journey into the Futureverse ecosystem, thank you all for helping making this dream a reality.

We look forward to showing you what we have in store for 2024!