Morgan Stanley Sees $8 Trillion Metaverse Market — In China Alone

In a note to investors, Morgan Stanley said mass adoption of the virtual world will “take a long time, given major technological and regulatory hurdles.”


Source: Morgan Stanley


key takeaways

  • Virtual reality headsets offer early exposure to the metaverse for investors, according to the bank, which described the technology as “an entry ticket to the metaverse”
  • Morgan Stanley expects the metaverse to replace the mobile internet with a more “immersive experience”

The metaverse has been a hot-button term, with corporations ranging from Meta to Microsoft using it in their business plans. But recently massive investment banks such as Morgan Stanley have added it to their lexicon as well.

The Wall Street giant said in a note to investors that the nascent virtual space in China alone would become an $8 trillion market in the future — the same valuation fellow investment bank Goldman Sachs recently forecast the metaverse would be worth globally.

The actual value could be even higher: Morgan Stanley said it excluded NFTs from its metaverse valuation because “restriction on cryptocurrencies creates uncertainty on the potential “blue-sky” opportunity in non-fungible tokens.” New verticals such as virtual concerts and other digital collectibles were also excluded.  

Analysts at the investment bank predict the metaverse’s initial total addressable market (TAM) in China will be approximately $4 trillion, as it replaces the mobile internet with a more “immersive experience.” 

Once the metaverse begins disrupting offline activity, such as vehicle test-drives, real-estate showings and education, that opportunity will swell to $8 trillion.

“The metaverse will become the next generation platform to replace the mobile internet,” the note said. “We expect the metaverse TAM to be expansive and go beyond the current online consumption market, which is mainly dominated by e-commerce and online entertainment spending.”

Headsets provide early exposure

Virtual reality headsets offer early exposure to the metaverse for investors, according to the bank, which described the technology as “an entry ticket to the metaverse.” These include investments in hardware such as Goertek, Sunny and Luxshare, along with semiconductors such as MediaTek, Will and TSMC.

Garrette David, co-founder of Web3 startup Atomic Form, described the bank’s mentions of the metaverse as “a huge positive,” adding it signals institutional adoption for cryptocurrency as an asset class at-large.

“Given the speed at which they’re reporting it, I would say we are definitely mainstream,” David told Blockworks.

“It took banks years to publicly sell interests in, or comment on, the economics behind public networks and blockchains.”

However, Morgan Stanley said mainstream adoption of the metaverse will “take a long time, given major technological and regulatory hurdles.”

“We are already living in a digital world, spending six hours-plus per day online, so mass adoption of the metaverse will require significantly better immersive experience versus the current mobile internet offerings,” the note said.

Potential regulatory hurdles include the Chinese government’s “increasing focus on minors’ addiction, personal information protection, data security [and] openness of ecosystem.”

Start your day with top crypto insights from David Canellis and Katherine Ross. Subscribe to the Empire newsletter.

The Lightspeed newsletter is all things Solana, in your inbox, every day. Subscribe to daily Solana news from Jack Kubinec and Jeff Albus.


Upcoming Events

Salt Lake City, UT

WED - FRI, OCTOBER 9 - 11, 2024

Pack your bags, anon — we’re heading west! Join us in the beautiful Salt Lake City for the third installment of Permissionless. Come for the alpha, stay for the fresh air. Permissionless III promises unforgettable panels, killer networking opportunities, and mountains […]

recent research

Screenshot 2024-05-23 091855.png


Bitcoin L2s aim to boost scalability while preserving decentralization and security, unlocking a better user experience, and new avenues for Bitcoin-powered innovations. However, no existing Bitcoin L2 leverages the full security of Bitcoin.



As part of the #Breakout2024 plans, Radix has introduced Token Trek


House members ask Gensler to keep a “consistent and equitable approach” with ether ETF proposals after the agency approved spot bitcoin ETFs in January


Using old-world instruments to address crypto user experience challenges goes against what this industry set out to do


And, weeks of a potential crypto ETF decision are no stranger to chaos


The FIT21 Act marks the second crypto-focused piece of legislation to advance in Congress this month


More than half of Solana transactions fail