Hotverse - the most private metaverse ever

The untapped potential

Human impulses can drive adoption in various industries, including the adult one.

So far in 2022, PornHub, the biggest adult streaming platform, is the fourth most searched word in Google, right below YouTube, Facebook and translate. Xvideos, the second most-popular adult platform is in the 11th position: more searched than Instagram, NBA and Google (source).
Moreover, as the buzz around metaverse gains momentum, searches for virtual reality (VR) adult content have risen 115% in the last five-six months, while the VR adult content market will increase from $716 million in 2021 to $19 billion in 2026, indicating that the most recent spike in searches may just be the beginning of an increasingly mainstream use for VR technology (source).

This market is growing fast. Globally, the Digital Adult Content market is expected to expand its roots in the global market at a promising Compound Annual Growth Rate of 16.2 % between 2022 and 2032. Today valued at US$ 44.8 Bn (2022), it is likely to reach US$ 201.0 Bn by 2032.

The current challenges

Despite its grow, a number of issues are present nowadays that act as bottlenecks.

Firstly, a lack of security when paying for goods or services has been highlighted by numerous fraudulent platforms being created on Web2 which act as credit card drainers when credit card details are inserted. Secondly, anonymity. It is impossible to hide adult content views by paying for them with a credit card. Adult content creators face yet another problem, which is related to how they get paid for their services. There is a high probability that the payments will be blocked by the banks and financial companies (middle-men) that manage credit card transactions and employees will lose their honestly earned funds. Of course, cash payments for web content are unsafe and inconvenient. Visa and Mastercard only recently allowed charges for services on PornHub, but these services risk to be revoked once again (). PayPal also blocked fiat payments in PornHub, but allows users to pay with Tether. Moreover, another serious problem is that if you still make a payment for something on the 18+ website, your funds can go up to 7 days, and the fees are just crazy (source).

Banks are also getting in the way of extremely successful start-up development, such as the recent OnlyFans case.

Founded in 2016, OnlyFans has become a social media powerhouse thanks to its looser approach to overtly sexual material. The site lets adult performers sell “not safe for work” content for subscription fees. With more than 130 million users, 2 million content creators and a reported $150 million in free cash flow last year, OnlyFans has the kind of numbers many start-ups could only dream of.

EO Tim Stokely said in an interview with the Financial Times that the firm was forced to ban such content after “unfair” treatment from banks. Stokely name-dropped JPMorgan, BNY Mellon and Britain’s Metro Bank as examples of lenders that have made life difficult for OnlyFans and sex workers (source).

Therefore, given the aforementioned issues, the benefits for customers of using cryptocurrencies and blockchains in general are pretty clear:

  • quick payments and low fees (with Stellar or Ripple for instance).
  • no need for bank accounts, censorship-resistant payments.
  • partial anonymity.

While the payment benefits can be achieved by most of the top blockchains already available (Bitcoin, Ethereum, or payments-specialized ones such as Ripple or XLM), the full privacy issue remains a bottleneck. In fact, some tokens specialized in digital adult content exist. However, the current tokens simply allow in-platform private transactions to pay for content which is provided by these platforms, using their own tokens (risk) or rarely other cryptocurrencies. These platforms claim to assure anonymity but in reality the users are not only exposed to their tokenomics but the simple purchase of their adult-tokens at Decentralised EXchanges (DEX) could be a limiting factor for most people as these transactions are openly visible in the blockchain and are conductible to the specific wallet.
Moreover, these platforms compete with each other and user accounts or tokens cannot be shared across platforms and even if that was possible, such transfers would be forcibly public on the blockchain and visible by everyone and not private.

The Nillion solution - Hotverse

Hotverse: the first fully decentralised, permissionless, trustless and privacy unbreakable metaverse for digital adult content sharing and social interactions.

Where Nillion shines is in “the creation of applications that safeguards the world’s most valuable digital secrets”, also referred as “The Fort Knox of the Metaverse” and as a meta layer for existing blockchains (Nillion Whitepaper, pages 42-43) . Nillion will allow users to upload their private keys to the Nillion network, which will store them in an unconditionally secure and particularised form (ITS). This in turn allows the associated wallet to sign transactions on behalf of the user without the need of storing the private keys locally, opening the possibility of storing in Nillion top secret documents, intellectual property, biometric data, wills, titles, and importantly, personal identity information, to name a few.

This would be revolutionizing the digital adult content industry as fully private and impossible to breach transactions will allow users to be completely anonymized, and each transaction (i.e. action or smart contract signature) they perform in Hotverse will be forever stored in Nillion. Users can use NIL to pay for services offered by content creators within Hotverse without worrying about being caught by unwanted eyes. Performers can perform with ease of mind without worrying of seeing their wallets or the payments they earned blocked by external authorities. With the mathematical assurance of unbreakable privacy provided by the ITP within Nillion, PornHub and OnlyFans could even integrate Nillion in their systems to provide first of its kind peace of mind to customers and performers.

However, Nillion is The Secure Processing Layer of Web3, therefore is in Web3 where its power is most evident and its ability to act as a pseudo Layer-0 (meta layer) to enhance privacy and computational power to existing blockchain has massive potentials when coupled with existing Web3 metaverses. Nillion as a meta layer can integrate with Ethereum, for instance. This would allow to easily build upon already existing metaverses platforms such as Sandbox and extending both their off-chain computing power (for the benefit of the totality of users) and, more importantly, allow Solidity Smart Contracts execution privately in Nillion, technically enabling a Hotverse to be activated in Sandbox.

Hotverse is blockchain-agnostic

Metaverses interoperability is perceived as a risk for the future longevity of multiple Metaverses and cross-chain interoperability and integrations are of primarily importance as it has demonstrated by the recent creation of massive Web3 (Open Metaverse Alliance - OMA3, source) and Web2 (Metaverse Standards Forum, source)) Metaverse alliances. Nillion ability to act as a sidechain by using the Byzantin agreement could ensure Hotverse assets, events and data to be exchanged and consumed across blockchains in a fast and secure way. This would ensure Hotverse persistence and assets value are maintained for ever, as long as the blockchains where Hotverse integrates with are existent.

Hotverse gated NFTs metadata and content.

This Nillion feature in Hotverse translates into 2 main features:

  1. receipts of payments or proofs of exhibitions that could be the basis for an efficient, equitable, permissionless and trustless Metaverse fiscal system, to the benefit of the DAO.
  2. special PFP for customers with traits that allow for exclusive content viewing or exclusive room access

Conclusion
Thanks to the various unique features that Nillion can bring, a whole new ecosystem of services could be provided with Hotverse to tap the massively untapped and still blocked market of private adult content monetization from both the creators and customers sides.

The future of metaverse is bright in many blockchains.

But only Nillion can assure Hotverse.

Nickx - Forza Napoli#1784

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That’s brilliant the only downside I can see is that it would leave those that pray on the young etc completely anonymous.

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Thx for the comment! Absolutely agree, a system of internal policing can be implemented trought the revenue generated by the fees charged to the performers. In a metaverse, there is place for many roles and one in this case essential will be done by the overseers. But yes, that is the only drawback I can see as of now but that’s the drawback that Bitcoin has always had, aka being named as the fovorite way for criminals to money launder or to buy guns drugs etc etc. Cheers!

Agreed it’s certainly not a new problem some form of KYC could still be implemented using Nillion

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First of all, amazing analysis and research. It was a very good read. I see the same issue @Banana mentioned. Meaning child abusive content. In my country not only the providers of the content are prosecutable, but also the consumers.

But with Nillion you have the ability to do computations on totally private data. So in this regard it is possible to require a KYC process for the consumers, without breaking the anonymity of the platform. You just have to be very clear, that the platform will protect the anonymity of the users with ITS until the law is broken.

You could even make that into a feature of the platform by saying, it is a anonymous platform that still actively protects children and sex workers from abuse or even rape by having the possibility to identify users when strong evidence exists. Now the tricky question is, who is allowed to identify the users. When placed in the hands of governments they could use this ability to do bad things (I’m thinking of a social score which is reduced for porn consumers). When placed in the hands of a legal entity like a cooperation it is the same with governments as the government can demand access. The way around that would be to use a DAO-like structure that reviews and approves the requests from governments in public. Meaning when a government want access to all users form they country that request first would go public and then be discussed by the DAO.

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great great points and very true. I believe that although Nillion will certainly be used by government or even agencies to host sensitive information in their own private network, in the case of Hotverse, absolutely no government should have access to more powers that the users. So, DAO is the go to solution. However, there should be an incentive for people who consume Hotverse services to police Hotverse as well, in the form of rewards. The platform charges small fees to the performers and also provide subscription-based content trought the use of gated-NFTs to customers. Hotverse should not be free, the value proposition is the total anonymity and the 3D World that can be rendered trough decentralised computing. Therefore, part of these revenue stream should be redistributed to customers that police Hotverse. The larger Hotverse become the safer it will be hopefully. And your suggestion of private-KYC is absolutely relevant and will deter at least abuses.
Lots to talk about, lots of potentials!! Who knows one day Hotverse on Nillion will really exist!

Actually I would love to see it build, as it combines many awesome things that Nillion can accomplish. And things like the private KYC can be a part of the KaaS idea, so that the Hotverse does not need to implement it itself. That is definitely one of the strong points of this forum. The cross pollination of ideas :wink: