Lighthouse releases far-ranging Road to Interoperability report promoting deeper collaboration across the metaverse in 2023
  • The report highlights 10 building blocks that metaverse builders should embrace in 2023 in order to create a thriving ecosystem that circumvent the shortcomings of the internet era

  • These include open standards, minimally-extractive business models, contextual privacy settings, user-centric identity management, and neutral payment rails, among others

  • Blockchain is presented as a foundational technology for the development of the open metaverse, although the report quantifies the early stage of adoption of blockchain-powered ecosystems

Cover page artwork by  Alycia Rainaud (Maalavidaa) and Chloé Grienenberger
Cover page artwork by Alycia Rainaud (Maalavidaa) and Chloé Grienenberger

MONTREAL, QC, DECEMBER 20, 2022. Lighthouse, the company building the open metaverse navigation engine, a portal often compared to the “Google of the spatial web”, has released its Road to Interoperability report. The report dives into key industry figures’ perspectives, roadmaps, and priorities, as well as the latest research on high-dimensional data structures modeling, visualization, indexing, and encryption in order to paint a comprehensive picture of the open metaverse’s roadmap going into 2023.

Written in collaboration with leading blockchain analytics platform Nansen, spatial computing R&D firm SGDL, and global multi-stage technology investment firm White Star Capital, the report features contributions from several of the most prominent founders, artists, and executives across the metaverse industry from companies including Animoca Brands, Crucible, Disco, LVCIDIA, Mona, Ready Player Me, The Sandbox, and Webaverse, among others.

Following a first-half of 2022 that pushed the term “metaverse” on every company’s growth roadmap and at the top of Google searches globally, hype has tempered over the last few months. Data shows that while platforms like Roblox, Minecraft, and Fortnite have had their best year on record, breaking previous usage numbers often by more than 20% and attracting an increasingly older audience, blockchain-based ecosystems’ adoption remains emerging, currently attracting south of a hundred thousand monthly active users in most of its leading ecosystems.

In this nuanced context where various parties push for divergent and often contradictory visions of what the metaverse should be, Lighthouse tapped the community to clarify what the term really means and share first-hand perspectives from leading builders in the space on what the industry’s shared roadmap should be from 2023 onward. Crypto-powered use cases like payment, storage, decentralized identity, and governance, as well as open frameworks like contextual privacy settings, open-source software and open standards, web-based accessibility, and composable intellectual property are part of the building blocks Lighthouse and others see as vital to build a metaverse that works for users and society, not against them.

Our mission is to connect the open metaverse, so interoperability and user sovereignty matter deeply for us at Lighthouse. While much has been published on the metaverse over the last year, we felt that a full blueprint was missing to illustrate what it means for industry leaders to build open worlds, so we don’t recreate the same closed ecosystems that limit the internet’s GDP to a few social apps and e-commerce platforms. It’s not every day that we have the occasion to reimagine the web. This report is a first step toward inspiring others to build in a way that enhances how humans interact with technology.”, commented Lighthouse’s Head of Communications & Ecosystem Development, Anastasia Uglova.

The report is accessible on the web via this link.

About Lighthouse

Lighthouse is building the open metaverse navigation engine, a unified interface empowering users to search for places, events, friends, creators, and experiences across and within virtual worlds. The Lighthouse portal currently indexes experiences from more than 20 leading virtual worlds, including ecosystems such as Hyperfy, Mona, Oncyber, Portals, Spatial, The Sandbox, and many others. Lighthouse is backed by Accel, BlockTower, White Star Capital, Animoca Brands and other leading venture investors. Learn more on and download the Lighthouse browser extension here.

For further information: Media Contact: Anastasia Uglova,


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