Founder Ian Wen joins forces with Index Game to create the world’s first I-Ching Metaverse
HONG KONG, Jan. 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — On January 28, 2022, Mr. Ian Wen, the founder of BOAX NFT Marketplace and IZBLU Labs, and his team will be introducing the Virtual World to a new perspective in Blockchain Aesthetics through its collaboration with Index Game which is the first Hong Kong-based metaverse gaming studio officially appointed by The Sandbox to build experiences for The Sandbox decentralized metaverse. BOAX NFT Marketplace will create the world’s first I-Ching (or the Book of Changes) Metaverse and announce its Chinese New Year Fengshui NFT project with the internationally renowned and respected Feng Shui and Destiny consultant Grandmaster Raymond Lo.
First row from left to right: Grandmaster Raymond Lo and Mr. Ian Wen; Second row from left to right: co-founder of Index Game – Mr. Joe Lau, Snapshot of Year of Tiger Metaverse 101 NFT, and co-founder of Index Game – Ms. Becky Wong
Mr. Ian Wen is the Chairman of BOA Financial Group, seasoned commercial lawyer, blockchain investor and venture capitalist. Mr. Wen founded BOAX NFT Marketplace which is one of the first Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) platforms to ride on the digital assets megatrend. The BOAX NFT Marketplace platform will introduce more Blockchain-related concepts in the future, like GameFi, with the aim of introducing a new era of Blockchain Aesthetics and bringing greater fairness to the market participants. With his vision and astute market sense, Mr. Wen decided to join hands with Index Game widely known for its signature metaverse game “Kowloon Walled City” which has been recognized and endorsed by The Sandbox Game Maker Fund.
The “Meta” in the Metaverse stems from the Greek prefix “μετά”, which means “beyond” or “transcendence and above”. Great philosophers, writers, novelists, scientists and artists across generations have been pursuing and trying to actualize the “meta” world. After centuries of exploration in the metaphysical, people have collectively arrived at the age of virtual assets, and more recently, the NFT megatrend. Mr. Wen who is passionate about Chinese metaphysics and fengshui considers NFT as a bridge to introducing to the public the I-Ching Metaverse governed by the oriental wisdom of co-creation, sharing and collective well-being. The I-Ching Metaverse will be piloted in The Sandbox, where the fengshui NFTs will be created by the same IZBLU Labs team which introduced the unique “RMBits” voxel style NFT developed in 2021 as the world’s first Meebit-style NFT series inspired by traditional Chinese literature characters which was sought after by the market as soon as it was listed. There is an old saying about I-Ching “Learning the Book of Changes, we shall be free from critical life mistakes and can live a carefree life.” Through modern technology, I-Ching and traditional Chinese culture can be promoted in a new way, allowing more people to learn this ancient Chinese wisdom. This is also Mr Wen’s original intention of founding BOAX and starting the “I-Ching Metaverse” project.
Grandmaster Raymond Lo – The Captain Fengshui in the I-Ching Metaverse
“I locate my hut in the secular, yet you hear not traffic uproar. Such tranquillity in the hustle and bustle, you ask how it could be so?” People are restricted by different identities and characteristics in the physical realm but in the virtual realm everything is possible and plausible. In Metaverse, utopia is no longer a concept but an actual horizon. Grandmaster Raymond Lo is one of the most sought-after professional Feng Shui and Destiny consultants in the world. As the I-Ching Metaverse expert consultant of BOAX, he is not only offering his professional knowledge on I-Ching and Feng Shui but also advising to blend blockchain aesthetics with proper Feng Shui energy which brings good luck and prosperity to NFT “hodlers”.
Year of Tiger Metaverse 101 – Chinese New Year NFT at your pocket
“It was the best of time, it was the worst of time.” This binary yet co-existing scenario is abundant throughout people’s life, therefore, the art of maintaining auspiciousness and peace throughout the year is a true quest for most of us. BOAX is here for your new year resolution in 2022, the year of the Tiger. The launching of the Chinese New Year NFT project brings forth the profound meaning of rebirth and revitalization, charging you with positive energy. According to Grandmaster Lo, in the Chinese fortune-telling system, Tiger and Pig come together in a space means the elimination of any negative energy and bad things for the coming year. In the raging environment of the epidemic, getting your own set of BOAX Chinese New Year NFT will surely bring good luck to yourself, your family and your friends.
About Mr. Ian Wen – the founder of BOAX NFT Marketplace and IZBLU Labs
Mr. Ian Wen is the founder of BOAX NFT Marketplace and IZBLU Labs. Officially launched in July 2021, BOAX NFT Marketplace is one of the first non-fungible token (NFT) trading platforms riding on the digital assets megatrend. BOAX is uniquely positioned as a strong player in the digital assets space and serves to facilitate the most influential speakers in the digital assets circle and beyond to unite and make positive social impact through the sharing of art in digital form, connecting the younger, tech-savvy generation to the masterminds and their masterpieces. BOAX’s unique selling point is its collaboration with artists, celebrities and virtual influencers to create distinctive-looking NFTs.
BOAX successfully auctioned its first Olympic themed NFT artwork “Olympic Happiness” to HRH Prince Narithipong Norodom of the Kingdom of Cambodia for US$16,000, to salute the triumph of unity and togetherness at the 2020 Olympic Games in the face of the Covid pandemic. The “Olympic Happiness” NFT is jointly created by internationally renowned artist Dr. Man-Kit Lam Dominic, and the founder of BOAX NFT Marketplace Mr. Ian Wen, to celebrate the mission of the Olympic Spirit.
Mr. Wen is also the Chairman of BOA Financial Group, Founder of Soteria Capital, and a seasoned Hong Kong solicitor. Mr. Wen obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (B.A.) from Columbia University, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from London University and Master of Laws (LL.M. in Chinese Law) from Peking University. After returning to Hong Kong, Mr. Wen trained and practiced law in leading international law firms.
Due to his passion for Fintech, Mr. Wen joined BOA Financial Group and leads the Group’s FinTech business and BOA Innovation Lab which successfully developed advanced human voice realistic text-to-speech (TTS) technologies in both English and Chinese based on the use of artificial intelligence and deep-learning enabled GAN model. These technologies are currently used by Bank of Asia (BVI) for its customer onboarding process.
Mr. Wen also founded Soteria Capital which holds a subsidiary licensed by the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong to carry on Type 9 (asset management) regulated activities. Soteria Capital forms a symbiotic financial ecosystem with FinTech banks and other financial institutions, and leverages on BOA’s exclusive network and connections, private equity funds, asset managers and family offices to source cross-border business opportunities and maximize investors’ return.
About Grandmaster Raymond Lo
Grandmaster Raymond Lo is one of the most renowned and respected professional Feng Shui and Destiny consultants internationally. As of 2022, he is one of only five living persons to earn the title of “Grand Master” from the International Feng Shui Association (IFSA). A native of Hong Kong, Mr. Lo – popularly known as “Fung Shui Lo” – is a graduate of the University of Hong Kong with a degree in Social Sciences. He is specialized in private consultations for Feng Shui, Four Pillars of Destiny, I-Ching Divination, and Auspicious Date Selection. Mr. Lo has written 13 best-selling books, both in English and Chinese, and translated into more than 10 languages including Polish, French, Russian, Greek, Hungarian, Thai, and Japanese. In 1993, he founded the Raymond Lo School of Feng Shui and Destiny. He has taught more than 2,000 students from around the world since then. The school offers first-class training for people pursuing Feng Shui as a professional career. Many of his students have gone on to become successful consultants, teachers, writers, and practitioners. He pioneered the introduction of Feng Shui in the West and is the first-ever Chinese master to share and teach these ancient arts in the English language, in particular, the first-ever Chinese Feng Shui expert speaker in the event of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
About Index Game
INDEX GAME is the first Hong Kong-based metaverse gaming studio officially appointed by The Sandbox to build experiences for The Sandbox decentralized metaverse. Featuring the unique flavours of Hong Kong, Index Game focuses on designing voxel-based NFT assets, building exclusive gaming experiences, creating LANDS social experiences by setting up hubs, galleries and more for The Sandbox. Index Game also develops one-stop-shop metaverse experience for brands and IPs.
As the pioneer in the development of the metaverse, Index Game is committed to promoting and popularizing the concept of the metaverse. At the same time, Index Game provides creators with resources, and cultivating creators to become world-class virtual land architects.
For more information, please visit www.indexgame.hk or follow Index Game’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
About IZBLU Labs
IZBLU Labs is a digital artwork creative center based on blockchain technology. IZBLU Labs uses blockchain technology to protect and promote Chinese traditional cultural heritage. In 2021, IZBLU Labs launched animated collectible NFTs of ancient Chinese bank notes that have been certified by Paper Money Guaranty (PMG), connecting the past and the present Metaverse through ancient and modern times. In cooperation with reputable private collectors, IZBLU Labs will launch NFT projects featuring great Chinese art masters such as Qi Baishi. IZBLU Labs also cooperated with Pantheon Labs to combine traditional Chinese opera elements with AI deep learning technology to launch the AI X Face Off NFT project. IZBLU Labs continues to partner with renowned artists on Chinese-culture-inspired NFT projects.
About BOAX NFT Marketplace
BOAX NFT Marketplace is a premier NFT digital asset trading platform that provides a platform for artists, art collectors, and art lovers to connect and exchange. Community members can trade premier NFT assets online. The platform has been officially launched in July 2021.