Sportswear manufacturer Nike announced the acquisition of virtual sneakers and collectibles brand RTFKT. Nike becomes the biggest United States-based athletic products manufacturer through this partnership to join the metaverse bandwagon. A Cointelegraph report from Nov. 2 highlighted Nike’s submission of requests for patenting its namesake, swoosh logo and slogan “just do it” for use online and in online virtual worlds. The filing was accompanied by two new job postings for virtual material designers, signaling the company’s intent to enter the metaverse. However, the new RTFKT acquisition confirms Nike’s interest in delving into the metaverse ecosystem:RTFKT is now a part of the NIKE, Inc. family. pic.twitter.com/5egNk9d8wAAccording to Nike, acquiring RTFKT will help the company “deliver next-generation collectibles that merge culture and gaming.” John Donahoe, president and CEO of Nike, believes that the move helps accelerate Nike’s digital transformation efforts:Supporting this vision, RTFKT co-founder Benoit Pagotto said, “We’re excited to grow our brand which was fully formed in the metaverse.”Related: Adidas enters the metaverse with NFT partnershipsOn the other side of the world, German sportswear manufacturer Adidas announced entering the metaverse after partnering with nonfungible token (NFT) companies, including Bored Ape Yacht Club, Gmoney NFT and Punks Comic.Today we leap Into The Metaverse with @BoredApeYC, @gmoneyNFT & @punkscomic.
It’s time to enter a world of limitless possibilities.https://t.co/LmgtrRn20c pic.twitter.com/40kU8tayrSAs Cointelegraph pointed out, an article on the Adidas mobile app said:Meta, which has recently rebranded itself from Facebook, welcomed Adidas’ entry as it said, “We can’t wait to see Adidas in the metaverse.”