While some global economies got distracted by the commotion around price instability and ecosystem collapses in crypto, South Korea doubled down on the metaverse’s potential as a new economic growth engine.
South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT announced investments in a fund dedicated to driving metaverse initiatives in the country. According to the official announcement, the South Korean government invested 24 billion Korean won ($18.1 million) to create a fund of more than 40 billion Korean won ($30.2 million) toward metaverse development.
With the help of the Metaverse Fund, South Korea will support the mergers and acquisitions of various firms in the metaverse ecosystem. The government cited the rising interest of major tech companies in the metaverse as a reason for investing in the fund.
The government agrees that it is difficult for local players to raise capital through private investments,considering the underlying investment risks. As a result, in addition to mergers and acquisitions, South Korea intends to help domestic metaverse-related companies compete with global players, adding that “we plan to actively support it.”
In January, Seoul launched a digital replica of the city in the metaverse. As Cointelegraph reported, the South Korean government spent roughly 2 billion won ($1.6 million) for the first phase of the metaverse project.
However, South Korea continues to keep checks and balances on cross-border threats in the physical world. In February, the country announced its first independent sanctions related to cryptocurrency thefts and cyberattacks against specific North Korean groups and individuals.