Shaq To Host New Year’s Eve Party in Meta’s VR

Shaq To Host New Year’s Eve Party in Meta’s VR

News by Anja Paspalj
Published: December 28, 2022

The retired NBA player and successful businessman Shaquille O’Neal will host “The Shaq’tacular Spectacular” - a special New Year’s Eve countdown event in virtual reality 

In a recent interview for ET, O’Neal detailed the importance of this year for him, discussing his 40-pound weight loss and journey to a healthier lifestyle due to a momentary health lapse.  

Hoping to round out this successful year with a positive attitude, he will appear as his musical alter-ego, DJ Diesel, for the spectacular event. He will be joined on stage by other celebrity guests like soccer player Rob Gronkowski and model Camille Kowstek.  

Phenomenal performers set to surprise audiences that night are Cardi B, Ludacris and Killer Mike, among others. 

But how does virtual reality tie into all of this? The New Year’s Eve hour-long event will take place in Meta’s social VR metaverse Horizon Worlds and is set to begin on December 31 at 3:30 pm PST whoever cannot join in exactly when the special begins can just as easily join later, as it will be on a loop throughout the evening. 

It is no surprise that O’Neal has shown interest in VR, considering how many brands he has invested in over the years. As an investor in over 50 brands in various industries, he became a quick enthusiast of the possibilities that come with virtual reality. 

“This year, we’re ringing in 2023 with new experiences and connections. From music, laughs, and much more, we’re celebrating New Year’s Eve and welcoming 2023 with a spectacular party you won’t want to miss,” said Shaq in an official press release for the event. 

 “The Shaq’tacular Spectacular” is produced by Westbrook Media, Media.Monks and Jersey Legend Productions. 

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