For anyone who is wondering, this is not the first time. There is already a place that is token gated specifically for an NFT, and that is Forgotten Wizard Runes! The team has made it so only users wearing that specific NFT can get in, and buy the beer within. I beleive they were put in due to them being one of the first large communities to have a 2D avatar ready.
So the first argument is, why bother creating something for a specific NFT collection, just make them buy an apartment? On one hand, this makes sense, just buy an apartment. However, there is also the argument of we are aiming to be THE MOST INTEROPERABLE WORLD IN THE ENTIRE METAVERSE. This would suggest that we not only implement ability to play as your NFT’s, but also add utility to them. If you really wanted to, you could request to the team they buy at least a Large apartment before work is started.
Adding utility to large communities will increase the chance that the holders play and visit our world. If I am honest with you, I very rarely see a Punk or an Ape walking around Webb3. What if we were able to add the Bored Ape Yatch Club to Webb3? Don’t get me wrong, there is of course some effort involved, but it is not exactly overwhelming, given what the team has already created. Adding a specific building for each of the top collections could bring in users with serious spending capabilities also, many of them may fall in love with the game and buy their own apartments. If we created the club for a collection, and their users visit, it’s more likely they will request the founders to buy an Apartment and create quests/games within Webb3 anyway.
If more of these collection exclusive areas were to be made, the question of which ones, and what priority to give. Adding a club for Bobu/Azuki holders may be a great start, as it not only has a large holder base, but if a general Webb3 user wanted to visit, buying a Bobu is not cost prohibitive.
I think in the long run would be great to have in the future some events/competitions where collections are all competing on some kind of leaderboard. The collection that wins, can get a custom club within Webb3. This could give collections of maybe lower floors, but a dedicated user base to potentially overcome the big ones. IMO, this kind of competition would create huge interest, but I guess this would be a separate idea/proposal (and one I actually discussed in the Suggestions in discord)…but just a taste for how you could decide in future what to add.