JP Morgan has selected three Chinese tech giants as major beneficiaries of the Metaverse, with stock values set to increase amid the rise of the next iteration of the internet, the investment banking giant said in a report cited by CNBC.
The 7 September report named Tencent, NetEase, and Bilibili as its top Chinese firms for the Metaverse, as the three have huge amounts of experience with key serious gaming infrastructure, gaming, and social media, the report read. Other Asian firms such as China Mobile, Agora, and Sony reach the list.
According to JPMorgan, China’s metaverse market would reach $27 billion USD for business services with an additional $4 trillion USD in digitised goods and services.
Analysts also added the Metaverse would cause a twofold increase in time spent online from the current 6.6 hour average, in addition to a major increase in revenues based on internet usage.
Global Business, National Ambitions
According to the findings, Tencent has bought a share of Roblox, a major metaverse platform, while NetEase teamed up with Warner Bros to develop a Harry Potter mobile game.
Both Tencent and Bilibili also have high levels of user engagement with the former’s Weixin and QQ social media platforms and the latter’s digital asset monetisation services, it added.
Upcoming metaverse platforms such as Baidu’s XiRang, along with iQiyi, NetEase, and Bilibili’s virtual reality (VR) solutions, also aim to cement China’s immersive future. Despite these efforts, the report noted China needed to boost its cloud computing and virtual content as it remained limited.
JP Morgan Analyst Daniel Chen and his team of researchers said in a statement,
“Development of mobile internet and AI in the past 5-10 years suggests that a company’s competitive advantage in one part of the tech ecosystem is often more important in determining long-term value creation to shareholders than which part of the ecosystem the company operates in”
The team concluded,
“We think ‘perfect form’ of the metaverse could take decades to achieve. While we believe the [total addressable market] for the metaverse is enormous, we believe there are various technological obstacles to overcome”
JP Morgan recently entered the virtual space race as the first investment banking firm to develop a Metaverse platform for its clients, leading to a host of other banks, including Standard Chartered, KEB Hana Bank, Emirates NDB, SoFi, Bank of England, and Santander, to begin exploring the virtual landscape, namely with metaverse heavyweights Decentraland and The Sandbox, among others.
China’s Metaverse Ambitions
The news comes as China builds key 5G infrastructure across the mainland to facilitate its Industry 4.0 ambitions, including those in virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (VR/AR/MR), AI, digital twins, and the blockchain to boost market verticals, totalling 1.85 million base stations, or 60 percent of global usage.
TikTok owner ByteDance recently acquired Pico Interactive in a bid to compete with Meta Platform’s hit Quest series of headsets, and has also issued a series of patents for its pro device, Project Phoenix. The Beijing-based firm’s latest product addition will challenge Meta’s upcoming Project Cambria pro device.
Further updates on the Chinese XR market include the Shanghai City Government’s massive five-year plan valued at $52 billion to transform the metropolis as a global metaverse hub by 2025.
Global tech powers have launched similar strategies, including the United States’ CHIPS Act, Dubai’s Metaverse Strategy, and South Korea’s Hyperconnectivity and Metaverse plans, among many others, to host global tech firms and initiatives to develop the rising spatial communications platform.