Gaming Content Firm Holodeck Merges With Crypto Specialist Arslanian Media

Holodeck Media creates the “Business of Esports” podcast; Arslanian Media is behind the “Future of Money.”

May 5, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. UTC
Updated May 5, 2022 at 2:40 p.m. UTC

Ian Allison is an award-winning senior reporter at CoinDesk. He holds ETH.

Metaverse media players are busy getting their ducks in a row.

Gaming content specialist Holodeck Media has merged with Arslanian Media Group, the cryptocurrency and blockchain tech studio behind shows like “Crypto Capsule” and “The Future of Money.”

Holodeck Media – whose CEO Paul Dawalibi describes the service as “CNBC meets Barstool Sports, but for gaming in the metaverse” – is responsible for the rapidly growing “Business of Esports” podcast.

Former PwC crypto lead Henri Arslanian creates newsletter and content for some 500,000 followers each week. The various newsletters and podcasts will stay under their existing titles, all gathered under the merged Holodeck Media umbrella, Dawalibi explained. (The term “Holodeck” refers to the hologram-based 3D simulations that appear in the "Star Trek" universe.)

“We want to be the one-stop shop for all sorts of Web 3 industry content, talk shows and original IP,” said Dawalibi in an interview, adding:

“We think there are really three major themes. You have gaming, which I believe is at the core and where a lot of this is evolving from, and you have crypto, which is the core technology of blockchain powering a lot of this. And then you have metaverse, which is an extension of both of these things.”

Crypto media plays appear to be something of a theme lately. Earlier this week, news service Decrypt announced it has spun out from its parent company ConsenSys Mesh and raised $10 million, with a view to build out its Decrypt Studios arm, which brands non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and metaverse activations.

For Holodeck, the newly merged entity is aiming to roll out dozens more shows, Dawalibi said.

“We’re already testing internally broadcasting from within metaverses with virtual avatars and broadcasting to those metaverses with virtual avatars,” he said. “Also, from a token and NFT standpoint, we have a big announcement coming around how we distribute our content to the world.”

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