In a standard year (2021 being the exception), CES takes place in Las Vegas. In addition to our annual tech conference, Las Vegas is known for its casinos. Even if you don't gamble, going to the city will expose you to slot machines, at the very least, if you want to do anything, such as use a bathroom or fly into the airport. However, while this gambling experience is one that is available all over the city of Las Vegas, for many, it is nearly impossible to attain. Thanks to Cloverland, anyone can experience it in virtual reality.
Cloverland is a virtual online casino that exists in an entirely virtual space - the Metaverse. The environment is designed to allow people who don't have the opportunity to travel to a place like Las Vegas or Atlantic City to still get the fully immersive experience that people in those cities receive. This is all thanks to virtual reality and metaverse technology.
The company provides several popular games, like poker and blackjack. Each game takes place in its own room, ensuring that they do not conflict with one another. The company ensures that the games are fair (or at least as fair as physical casinos), and looks to prevent fraudulent practices within the games. They even put in place protections for vulnerable players and to prevent minors from trying to sneak in. These protections are something that have plagued physical casinos, as there is no real personal relationship between the casino and the individual, which is a big difference from a virtual environment.
Most of these important features are made possible through web3 and blockchain technologies. The company has built its own tokening system in order to identify and facilitate transactions. The blockchain technology makes the entire ecosystem private and secure, as all transactions are logged in an unalterable manner, while also being encrypted to protect players' identities. Because of the distributed nature, however, players and watchdogs are able to audit the company's operations publicly.
Just like in real life casinos, the Cloverland experience goes far beyond just the casino itself. In Las Vegas, for example, casinos contain things like event centers, concert halls, meeting rooms, and more. The Cloverland virtual reality environment offers all of these features to visitors, as well.
The vent experience, in fact, is an important aspect of the environment. In the environment, providers can create experiences that traditionally you would only be able to get in person. The company provides a virtual version of a theater where providers can create shows, competitions, and even concerts. Metaverse concerts, for example, are not a new concept, with Fortnite having featured several over the years. However, while Fortnite seems like an odd place for a concert, a casino's theater does not.
Cloverland is currently in development. The company is also in the process of obtaining a gaming license for itself to begin independent operations. To learn more about the platform and learn when it will go live, you can head to the company's website.
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Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.