The 2003 virtual world platform Second Life is typically described as the very first metaverse, as it incorporated numerous aspects of social media into a relentless three-dimensional world with the user represented as an avatar. Popular video games described as metaverses consist of Habbo Hotel, World of Warcraft, Minecraft, Fortnite, VRChat, and game production platform Roblox which has since utilized considerable usage of the term in marketing.

Historical claims of metaverse development started right after the term was coined. Early jobs included Active Worlds and The Palace.