Metaverse-backer Bob Iger has announced a surprise return to his former role as CEO of Disney, taking over from now-former CEO Bob Chapek.
While Iger is most well known for serving 15 years as the CEO of the global entertainment conglomerate, the Disney executive became known in the crypto community after becoming a director, advisor and investor in Genies, a digital avatar platform running on Dapper Labs’ Flow blockchain.
“Thrilled to be joining the Genies Board of Directors to help Akash Nigam and company empower humans to create the 'mobile apps of Web3': avatar ecosystems,” Iger said at the time.
Iger was still at Disney as an executive and board chairman when the company filed for a Metaverse-related patent on Dec. 28.
The patent was for a “virtual-world simulator in a real-world venue," and according to the filing, would allow visitors to Disney theme parks to use mobile phones to generate and project personalized 3D effects onto nearby physical spaces, such as walls and other objects.
However, Disney said at the time there were “no current plans” to use the “virtual-world simulator” patent, and the company has yet to announce any products related to the patent.
(By STEPHEN KATTE)