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Linking Merchandise and the Metaverse

While there are a number of different potential objectives for marketers to step into the metaverse, one hope is often to use the effort to help drive purchases of traditional physical products. A growing number of brands, especially in the fashion industry, are experimenting with new ways to strengthen the link between digital and physical […]

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More NFT IPs Jump Offline

Three leading NFT projects have made significant moves into the world of physical consumer products this fall: The most recent example is VeeFriends, which partnered with Toikido to create a line of plush and vinyl figures based on 10 of its characters. The products will be sold starting on October 17 through Toys ‘R’ Us […]

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Leagues Go Large on NFTs

Pro sports leagues from around the world, along with their players associations, have been among the most active property types to date in the world of NFTs. And many tend to think big, signing long-term deals for marketplaces rather than focusing on individual collections of NFTs, although they do that too. This year, and especially […]

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Breaking Out of the Metaverse

New deals are revealed almost every day to bring licensed IP into the metaverse, with the partners creating branded virtual goods, storefronts, events, or other implementations, especially in popular gaming worlds such as Roblox. Conversely, several games that originated in Roblox have lately started to break out as licensed properties in their own right. They […]

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Non-Fungible, But Also Non-Official

Using a blockchain—a decentralized, shared database—to track the history of a digital or real-life item creates a secure timeline of where that item has been throughout its lifespan, giving purchasers confidence about its legitimacy. As such, blockchain technology is a tool for everything from ensuring the authenticity of collectibles and luxury goods to demonstrating an […]

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Binge-worthy Spin-offs

Streaming platforms are becoming increasingly active in the licensing and merchandising arena. Leading players are launching outbound licensing programs for properties in which they have an ownership stake, as well as, in some cases, those they represent on behalf of the IP owners whose content they stream: Netflix, credited as the first streamer to have […]

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A Reality Check for Virtual Tokens

NFTs remain one of the hottest areas of interest in licensing, with announcements of deals across property types coming out daily. This month, however, a number of more negative news stories have popped up about NFT programs, including several involving licensed properties. NFTs remain an enticing, brand-new sector for IP owners to explore in their […]

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