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Y2k Secret Story About eUniverse First Metaverse Trademark Independence Day Award


 Sujan Pariyar’s  August 12, 2022 report “The Secret Story of How eUniverse Created Metaverse”


opened a lot the eyes for millions of people around the globe that were looking to better understand the history of the Metaverse and I do not disagree with his claim of discovery when he proclaims:   

“I have found a new piece of the Metaverse timeline which I am calling the pivotal 1999 eUniverse birthing of LivePlace the first 100% web based Metaverse. “

That’s because its clear Pariyar ensured what he published was factually correct in large part and easy to verify by the likes of other authors like myself by his use of public open source documents from the Securities & Exchange Commission and using the Internet Wayback Machine. For instance, I have determined the following key claims he made are all 100% accurate:

“eUniverse, Inc. went public in 1999 and launched LivePlace.com (1) the same year at the Fall Internet World. “

eUniverse Creates The Metaverse

LivePlace launched in 1999 appears to have been a hot burning super nova that was gone by the end of 2001. “

We also were able to find and review the key Joshua Piven beautifully written Computer Technology Review November 1999 article aptly titled “Comdex Was Yesterday. These Companies Are TOMORROW Internet technologies to watch in 2000”. 

Likewise Pariyar did not fail to mention the key BigNetwork.com acquisition stating:

“I later found that eUniverse acquired BigNetwork.com in June of 1999, a San Francisco based startup that was developing the LivePlace technology” and publicly launched on LivePlace.com at Fall Internet World. 

Pariyar even accurately reported out that eUniverse is the same company that in August 2003 created and launched mega social network Myspace.com. 


However what Pariyar missed is a fact that I believe is a major piece of the story. That fact which I now speak to the light of day is that On July 04, 2000 the USPTO or United States Patent & Trademark Office awarded LivePlace the first Metaverse Trademark for good and services 

It was Serial Number: 75816155 and it was published on Independence Day which specifically July 4, 2000 after eUniverse had submitted an “Application Filed” on “1999-10-05” with the USPTO.

You can see it with your own eyes by going to the USPTO website at: https://uspto.report/TM/75816155

To save you a minute, I am including what the Trademark says here:

“Mark For: LIVEPLACE™ trademark registration is intended to cover the categories of providing temporary use of on-line non-downloadable software enabling visitors to a website to chat on line, identify other on line visitors, send private messages and allow multiple visitors to browse websites together.”

In fact, including the missing Y2K First Metaverse Trademark fact would have only strengthened Pariyar’s findings and  conclusions, so I cannot think of any logical reason why he would have intentionally omitted the fact. Indeed, everyone is busy in today’s online research world and I will chalk it up to the fact that Pariyar simply missed finding this in his deep research process. Thankfully we were able and willing to compliment him with some further journalistic sleuthing and guess what, everyone that reads this article will win!

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