Companies are piling in to back China’s efforts to build a metaverse as projections for global growth in the space reach trillions of dollars

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  • A state-backed group in China has added more companies to its committee focused on developing the metaverse, reports said Wednesday. 
  • State-owned China Mobile started the committee that’s working on creating standards and discussing technology projects for the emerging industry. 
  • The committee’s membership of companies and individuals has increased to 112. 

China is extending its push to put its stamp on the development of the online virtual world known as the metaverse, enlisting more companies to work on related technological and industry projects, according to reports Wednesday. 

The China Mobile Communication Association’s metaverse industry committee has added 17 new companies to its roster, and three of them are publicly listed in local markets, according to Reuters, citing a notice on the committee’s website. The move boosts the committee’s membership of companies and individuals to 112. 

State-owned China Mobile started the committee last year and is focused on creating standards and discussing technology projects for the emerging industry. 

The committee is among the initiatives that involve state-backed groups and local officials in China seeking stakes in metaverse companies, according to the Financial Times. Its report Wednesday noted that a district in Beijing last month established a fund to help financially support metaverse start-ups and research. 

China’s Huawei Technologies and Facebook’s parent company Meta Platforms are among major tech companies putting money and resources  into metaverse activities.

Analysts have predicted the metaverse will be a massive growth opportunity, with Goldman Sachs projecting it to become an $8 trillion market