BIGHIT MUSIC Announces Metaverse Event For TXT, But MOAs Have Mixed Feelings

They were initially excited…

BIGHIT MUSIC has announced a new innovative event for TXT and MOAs to connect.

For MOA, who have devoted so much love and support towards TOMORROW X TOGETHER, we are presenting ‘PLAY X TOGETHER Event,’ where the artists and fans can meet at various meeting points and communicate.

— BIGHIT MUSIC

From left: Taehyun, Yeonjun, Beomgyu, Soobin, and Hueningkai of TXT. | BIGHIT MUSIC

The event is called PLAY X TOGETHER. The concept is a mini sports day but will be held on the metaverse platform ZEP on March 26. The TXT members and 100 lucky MOAs will be divided into five teams to play games.

Held for the first time this year, for the ‘PLAY X TOGETHER Event,’ TOMORROW X TOGETHER and MOA will form teams to play various games and communicate in the metaverse platform ZEP

 

‘PLAY X TOGETHER’ is an event with a concept of a mini sports day, where TOMORROW X TOGETHER and MOA have fun together. Everyone will be invited to the metaverse platform ZEP’s virtual space, and various games, real-time communication, and video chats will take place.

— BIGHIT MUSIC

| ZEP

It was just announced, yet MOAs already have a lot of reactions, and they’re mixed. Of course, initially, most were excited…

For one thing, this wouldn’t be TXT’s first metaverse event. Previously, TXT connected with MOA via SNOW Corp.‘s ZEPETO, a popular metaverse app.

MOAs especially were happy for Hueningkai. For a long time, he has expressed a desire to hold a sports day with MOAs.

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So, it’s like his dream has finally come true!

…then, MOAs read the fine print and realized the event was only available for those with the official MOA Membership.

The disappointment didn’t end there, though. MOAs also were disappointed upon the realization that the event is to be hosted on a metaverse platform.

Now, what’s so problematic about the metaverse? It’s essentially just virtual reality, right?

To help you get a sense of how vague and complex a term ‘the metaverse’ can be, here’s an exercise to try: Mentally replace the phrase ‘the metaverse’ in a sentence with ‘cyberspace.’ Ninety percent of the time, the meaning won’t substantially change. That’s because the term doesn’t really refer to any one specific type of technology, but rather a broad shift in how we interact with technology. And it’s entirely possible that the term itself will eventually become just as antiquated, even as the specific technology it once described becomes commonplace.

— WIRED

There certainly seem to be many good things about the metaverse as it allows people to connect from all over the world in real-time. It seems to be the way of the future.

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Still, the metaverse is controversial too. This is largely due to association with NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens).

That kind of hype is as vital a part of the idea of the metaverse as any other. It’s no wonder, then, that people promoting things like NFTs—cryptographic tokens that can serve as certificates of ownership of a digital item, sort of—are also latching onto the idea of the metaverse. Sure, NFTs are bad for the environment, but if it could be argued that these tokens might be the digital key to your virtual mansion in Roblox, then boom. You’ve just transformed your hobby of buying memes into a crucial piece of infrastructure for the future of the internet (and possibly raised the value of all that cryptocurrency you’re holding.)

— WIRED

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Some MOAs are advising others not to “jump to conclusions” as the metaverse doesn’t automatically entail NFT usage.

Consequently, concerned MOAs are explaining why they’re especially disturbed about the PLAY X TOGETHER event being held via metaverse. The main reason is that it’s clearly HYBE’s introduction of NFTs, as the company previously announced. The metaverse platform selected, ZEP, allows NFTs to be displayed and sold.

MOAs are creating and reposting threads on the issue to spread awareness. They hope to explain the problematic nature of the event.

However, those MOAs have been met with a backlash of their own from others in the fandom. They have essentially been told not to take away from Hueningkai’s happiness as he has hoped for a sports day for so long.

Concerned MOAs feel like there are better alternatives. It’s possible to hold a virtual sports day without involving an NFT-supporting metaverse platform.

Read BIGHIT MUSIC’s full announcement below:

Hello.

This is BIG HIT MUSIC.

 

For MOA, who have devoted so much love and support towards TOMORROW X TOGETHER, we are presenting ‘PLAY X TOGETHER Event,’ where the artists and fans can meet at various meeting points and communicate.

 

Held for the first time this year, for the ‘PLAY X TOGETHER Event,’ TOMORROW X TOGETHER and MOA will form teams to play various games and communicate in the metaverse platform ZEP

 

“PLAY X TOGETHER” is an event with a concept of a mini sports day, where TOMORROW X TOGETHER and MOA have fun together. Everyone will be invited to the metaverse platform ZEP’s virtual space, and various games, real-time communication, and video chats will take place.

 

For MOA wishing to participate, please read the following details thoroughly before submitting your entry. We kindly ask for your active support and participation in the ‘PLAY X TOGETHER Event.’

 

<PLAY X TOGETHER Event>

Date: Saturday, March 26, 2022

How to Access: A separate notice will be sent to the winners.

 

Number of Participants: 100 persons (5 persons for the waitlist)

 

<How to Apply> 

 

**Only MOA MEMBERSHIP holders are eligible for the early application. Please be informed that you cannot participate in the event if you are not a MOA MEMBERSHIP holder or if your membership has already expired before the event date.

 

Application Period: From 19:00, Tuesday, March 8 to 12:00, Thursday, March 10, 2022 (KST)

 

**Please check your results on Friday, March 14 in the ‘TXT Event Entry History.’

 

Application Link: (application link)

 

**The link will be uploaded 10 minutes before the application begins.

 

**Winners will not be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. 

 

Number of Winners: Total of 100 through a raffle (5 more for the waitlist)

 

Winner Announcement Date: 17:00 PM, Monday, March 14, 2022 (KST)

 

**You can check your results in the “Event Applications” on Weverse.

 

** Where to find ‘TXT Event Submission History’:

TXT Weverse > Click the three dots on the upper right corner > Click ‘Event Applications’

— BIGHIT MUSIC

| Weverse

<Application Form>

– Application Form Example

| Weverse

– Input applicant’s info

e.g., Choi / Moa / 01012345678 / play_x_together@mail.com

 

1) Family name (same family name as the one written on the information you will show at the on-site verification / Automatically entered)

 

2) Given name (same given name as the one written on the information you will show at the on-site verification / Automatically entered)

 

3) Email (input the email that can be compared when receiving the map access code or accessing metaverse /Manually entered)

 

4) Phone number (phone number / Automatically entered)

Please do not include hyphens (-) in your phone number. Your information will be invalid if you add a hyphen (-).

 

Example: 010-1234-5678 (X) 01012345678 (O)

 

5) Agree to utilization and collection of personal information and provision to third parties.

 

6) Make sure that all information has been entered in accordance with the guideline and click “Apply.”

 

– Participation will be restricted if the submitted information does not comply with the form.

 

– Event application will be restricted if you do not agree to the utilization and collection of personal information and provision to third parties.

 

**When accessing metaverse, your name/email and the individual code will be compared to enter. You cannot enter if the name and email used for submission do not match.

 

**The application page follows its server time.

 

**Those who arrive late during the event may or may not be allowed to enter, depending on the event situation.

 

**You may give up on your winning, but you cannot delegate or transfer it to another person. 

 

** Precautions when applying **

 

1) If it is found that you have submitted your entry and are selected by using an illegal computer program, hiring a proxy to submit it for you, asking someone else (friends, acquaintances, etc.), or receiving or giving the selected entry from and to another person, please be informed that the distributed entrance number will be nullified and that you will be barred from participating in the event, receiving the same disadvantage with those of the public broadcast absentees.

 

2) Please be informed that uploading the screenshot of your application on social media such as Twitter may be used for malicious purposes. Please make sure not to share screenshots with others. (You may be adversely affected if such a case is reported.)

 

 

<Important Information> 

 

1) All events will take place in the metaverse, and one access code per person will be sent via email to the winners.

 

**When accessing the event, only the winners will be connected by comparing the access code and names/emails. 

 

2) Team competition games will take place within the metaverse. One member and 20 team members will become a team and play the game.

 

**Teams will be assigned randomly, and you will be assigned to a team with the code. If you do not participate in the team you were assigned to, you will receive penalties. 

 

3) To distinguish teams and team members, accessories and costumes set in advance will be applied automatically.

 

**To tell the teams apart, please note that any other costumes besides face and hair will be restricted.

 

4) More than 100 participants will be playing the game, so please follow the instructions and guidance from the staff for everyone to enjoy.

 

 

<Important Information for the Fans Participating in the Event>

 

1) You must log in with a PC since the event will take place on the metaverse platform.

 

**Please apply only if you have access to a PC on the day of the event.

 

**We recommend you to use Chrome, and for the optimized usage of PC storage, please minimize the use of other applications and multiple tabs.

 

2) Preparing equipment to communicate on the map (personal cam, mic) is optional, and participants have to prepare them on their own.

 

**All chats and voices taken place on the map will be recorded, and if you engage in inappropriate actions or words, you will be kicked out from the event.

 

**The faces of the participants will not be recorded, and even if they are recorded, they will be discarded immediately after the event.

 

3) Voices and chats of the participants will be turned on/off by the event organizers to ensure a smooth event operation.

 

**We ask for your cooperation so that everyone can have a pleasant experience.

 

4) In case of a connection error on the day of the event, a hotline will be provided to take inquiries.

 

**The moment the event code and link are sent, we will notify you individually through an open chat.

 

We ask you, MOA, for your continued support and love for the PLAY X TOGETHER event.

 

Thank you.

**Only those with the MOA Membership are eligible for the early application. Please be informed that you cannot submit applications if you don’t have the MOA Membership, and you may be excluded from becoming a winner if your membership has already expired before the event date.

— BIGHIT MUSIC

Source: Weverse

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