Legendary martial artist and actor Bruce Lee, who died in 1973, is set to teach martial arts in the metaverse through a tribute event hosted by a social entertainment platform to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the actor’s passing.
Metaverse project Byte City announced on July 26 that those who wish to engage with the avatar of the late actor can participate in the event by minting avatars on Ethereum and Polygon. The minting is set to open on July 27 at 9 am PST for Polygon and July 28 at 9 am PST for Ethereum.
With the #BL50Tribute Free Mint Collection
️ Jul 27th: 9AM PST
️ Jul 28th: 9AM PST
— BYTE CITY (@playBYTECITY) July 26, 2023
Those who are able to mint avatars on Ethereum or Polygon will be able to utilize the playable characters that they minted within the Byte City metaverse game 24 hours after the mint. The game can be accessed through desktop browsers and through iOS and Android mobile devices.
Byte City has also collaborated with Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee and Samsung Gaming to develop the tribute event. In a previous press release, Lee said that the game will provide an immersive experience that allows fans to celebrate her father’s legacy in a special way.
Meanwhile, this was not the first instance of Bruce Lee diving into the Web3 world. On April 12, the Bruce Lee Foundation, which is also directed by Shannon Lee, partnered with the nonfungible token (NFT) video platform Shibuya to create an NFT collection called The House of Lee.
Start spreading the news…5 hours left to get your ticket to House of Lee.
Press link —> https://t.co/GlB6iylbsd
— Bruce Lee (@brucelee) April 13, 2023
While the release generated about $730,000, holders of the NFTs quickly realized that only one NFT was unique in the entire collection. This led to the floor price of the collection dropping from its 0.008 Ether (ETH) minting price to around 0.002 ETH at the time of writing.