Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence division of Alibaba Group, has partnered with Avalanche, a layer-1 blockchain, to bring metaverse spaces to businesses on the blockchain. This partnership will provide Alibaba’s clients with a launchpad, Cloudverse, that aims to help businesses customize, launch and maintain their own metaverse spaces on Avalanche’s blockchain.
The partnership was announced ahead of the Avalanche Summit II conference. There is a third partner involved, MUA DAO, which is the service layer that will help implement the integration and customization for metaverses. According to John Wu, president of Ava Labs, the partnership was formed as a result of Alibaba’s partners wanting to be a part of web3. Avalanche has subnets, short for “subnetworks,” which are a set of nodes that can be built on top of the blockchain. Subnets are application-specific blockchains that can be customized to fit one’s needs on top of a blockchain. This infrastructure will also aim to help create customizable blockchain solutions through the Cloudverse.
Builders on the Cloudverse will receive support for visuals, metaeconomics, interactive functions, events, continued operations and more. Each metaverse space can be ready for business in about a month after initial outreach. The partnership is expected to make it easier for businesses to launch metaverse spaces and create customizable blockchain solutions. The ability to launch metaverses quickly and easily could open doors for enterprises that don’t have the time or resources to launch these platforms, but want exposure to the space.
This isn’t the first time the two organizations have worked together. In December, Alibaba Cloud began providing infrastructure and tools to help Asia-based users launch validators on the Avalanche network. That original iteration provided plug-and-play and node-as-a-service initiatives to help expand blockchain adoption in Asia, the companies said.
Alibaba Cloud has about 4 million customers and 10 million developers, making it a great way for Asian users to manage and validate nodes. According to Wu, "it’s a great way for the Asian enterprise ecosystem to enter into web3 through the metaverse." Alibaba Cloud's partnership with Avalanche and MUA DAO is expected to bring in more transactions to the blockchain and allow access to a larger pool of potential builders.