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VaynerSports Goes All-In on NFT Gaming With Its Newest Signee, Brycent

Gary Vaynerchuk has a knack for zeroing in on growing trends that eventually acquire mainstream prominence, up-and-coming companies that grow into cultural mainstays, and major business moves that impact the landscape of everything as a whole. With the rise of NFTs and blockchain gaming taking center stage, it’s no surprise that VaynerSports has decided to sign one of the most recognizable and successful personalities within the Web3 space, Brycent.

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So for those not in the know, VaynerSports is defined as “a talent management agency dedicated to professional athletes.” And among that group of athletes is arguably the best Fortnite player in the world, Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf. The 2019 Fortnite World Cup Champion shocked the world through his massive victory, won $3 million for his impressive efforts, and has even appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Show in lieu of his monumental accomplishment. Since being signed to VaynerSports, Bugha’s growth across his many social media profiles has grown immensely and he’s been at the forefront of numerous brand partnerships. VaynerSports has already shown that it makes good on its signings by tapping into their “moment” and making sure they maximize all the opportunities that can be gained from them.

For its latest signee, VaynerSports exhibited great patience before it pulled the trigger on its newest gaming client. Darren Glover, who’s the Head of Gaming at the talent agency, recognized Brycent as the latest “wavemaker,” whose live streaming and community growth efforts within the NFT-based game Axie Infinity have propelled him into becoming a can’t miss prospect that Vaynersports had to sign. After connecting with Brycent, Glover quickly realized his potential for making even greater strides in the future.

Axie Infinity was the first game to disrupt, and Brycent was early as a creator,” Glover noted. “I reached out to connect because I wanted to better understand the Axie ecosystem and how to play. From early on I could tell he had the ‘it’ factor – as a creator and as an entrepreneur looking to be a wavemaker. Just like any other industry or vertical of culture when there’s something new and innovative, there’s always a face that leads the charge: it’s what Ninja did for gaming, it’s what Kanye’s done for music/fashion, it’s what Beeple has done for art NFT’s, etc. NFT gaming needs a face and personality to lead the charge and onboarding, and we’re in full belief that Brycent can be the one.”

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The topic of Web3 has been the hottest of topics in recent memory. Gary has clearly recognized its game-changing potential as he’s created his very own NFT project called VeeFriends, spoken at the NFT.NYC conference, and purchased his very own CryptoPunks. The current rise in NFTs and blockchain gaming has also captured Gary’s attention, which led him to also take note of Brycent’s major moves within the space and bring him on board as VaynerSports’ newest gaming representative.

Glover also sees a lot of potential in how NFT gaming will be the next major innovation in the gaming industry. “The current state of gaming is stale,” Glover noted. “However, the behavior of gamers, the current game economies and culture, and communities built around the creators and games are basically as close to “Web3″ as you can get without being ‘Web3.’ It’s inevitable that more gamers (and people in general) will be on-boarded into web3 – I personally believe gaming is one of the most powerful vehicles for that adoption – and once games built on the blockchain feel like a AAA game studio game, gamers will accept NFT’s because they’ll experience the value that web3 technologies can provide.”

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Brycent’s name has been bubbling for a good while now. His public image is most associated with his Twitch streams of one of the most popular NFT games, Axie Infinity. And with an accumulation of 51K+ followers thus far, it’s clear that his growing fanbase is intrigued by his mix of gameplay, rap freestyles, and comedic mishaps.

On his YouTube channel, the thriving content creator regularly posts videos about Axie Infinity and new NFT games, plus he also makes sure to produce educational videos meant to bring casual onlookers into the blockchain gaming scene. And last but certainly not least, Brycent’s association with the Loot Squad points to his willingness to assist those looking to start their tenure in Axie Infinity and work alongside “a community of blockchain gamers that is looking to leverage NFTs, Crypto, and the Play2Earn space to enrich the gaming experience.”

As mentioned beforehand, Brycent knows how to put together an impressive set of rap bars or two. He’s also quite adept at first-person shooters such as Valorant, plus he has a taste for high fashion as evidenced by his stylish Instagram pics and a recent association with a streetwear collaboration between Lacoste & Minecraft (which you can check out on his YouTube channel).

When asked about his appreciation for hip-hop and fashion, Brycent had this to say: “Before I even entered the Web3 gaming space, I was always into fashion, streetwear culture, and rap. I realized very early on that those crossovers aren’t really prevalent in Web3. People slap a screen-printed logo on a t-shirt and automatically think that’s culture. My thoughts are the rap/hip-hop culture and fashion combined with that is exuded through who you are. It’s not something you have to force yourself to do – it’s more so a byproduct of how you live your life and you interact with those portions of industries. So for me, it was natural.”

Brycent also noted that before he started making waves playing Axie Infinity, he constantly played first-person shooters. But his skyrocket to relevance is due mostly in part to the game he currently streams the most – with that being said, Brycent is excited about the prospect of young gamers seeing success stories like himself so they can become more knowledgable within the NFT gaming space.

“A lot of the time, I’m in these spaces and don’t see a lot of people that look like me that are gaming and doing the things that I do,” Brycent went on to say. “So from my perspective going into the next stage of my career, it’s like how do I change NFT gaming as a whole and make it to where kids that look like me can jump into the space and feel comfortable dealing with topics like decentralized finance, staking, and buying NFT assets?” It’s become evident that Brycent wants to not only spread his extensive Web3 knowledge to those within the space, but he also wants to make sure the curious ones outside of it and people of color get in tune.

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To commemorate VaynerSports’ latest gaming acquisition, Gary popped up at this Hudson Yards office and sat down with Brycent for a half-hour conversation. All the while, Brycent picked Gary’s brain about a multitude of things while Gary acknowledged Brycent’s many accolades & all the hard work that got him to where he is now. Watching both men delve into other topics such as Gary’s penchant for exploring other business opportunities & hobbies that pique his curiosity, the younger generation’s quick acclimation to Web3 & beyond, the evolution of gaming into a career option, etc.

To hear about Brycent’s younger days as a Madden NFL player that got taken to tournaments by his mother when he brought home good grades provides a fascinating look at what led him to tackle other avenues of the gaming space, which Gary noted he’s fascinated by. And to hear Gary state that he never judges himself, others or his current standing against those of everyone else’s is super inspiring for someone of Brycent’s stature. To quote Gary, he lives by this motto: “My lack of interest in impressing everyone else is why I’m impressing everyone.”

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At the end of Gary and Brycent’s enlightening talk, it became clear that both men adhere to the same rules of life and strive to keep making waves in each & everything they do. Now that Brycent is affiliated with VaynerSports, the sky is truly the limit. And what’s guaranteed is that you’ll be seeing and hearing a lot more of Brycent real soon.

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Dr Disrespect and His AAA Games Studio are Embracing NFTs

Even though he no longer streams on Twitch, the first-person shooter overlord known as Dr Disrespect (real name Guy Beahm) is still a major figure in the game streaming space thanks to his highly entertaining exploits on YouTube. But he’s not just relegating himself to content creation these days – he’s also delving into the competitive game development space thanks to the creation of his own AAA development studio, Midnight Society.

The gaming world recently found out Midnight Society’s first project has some bold plans attached to it. A recent blog post from Robert Bowling (who previously served as the community manager for Call of Duty development studio, Infinity Ward) went into great detail about the Midnight Society’s ambitious plan to give its “Day Zero community” the chance to become Early Access recipients. And one of the benefits tied to that opportunity is the implementation of NFTs.

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“The first series of Access Passes, known as Founders Access, is limited to a select group of 10,000 community members. Anyone who holds an Access Pass becomes known as a Variant,” Bowling’s blog post stated. He also noted that “if you’ve been awarded an Access Pass or are able to purchase one, you unlock permanent utility within Midnight Society for as long as you hold an Access Pass.”

The Founders Access Pass comes with a wide range of benefits, which include:

  • early access to Midnight Society’s still-in-development PVP multiplayer first-person shooter
  • voting rights when it comes to deciding on newly implemented elements for the game
  • the chance to “mint a one-of-a-kind and tradable VisorCortex ID,” which is a procedurely generated Variant helmet
  • placement on the Midnight Society guest list, which provides invites to in-person and digital events at gaming conventions and special community meet-ups
  • access to exclusive merchandise gear drops
  • early access to the “Industry Pass,” which gives Access Pass owners the right to become apart of a special society known as “The Eyes”

He also detailed how every series of Access Passes will be integrated as NFTs: “Access Passes are released in limited series, using environment-friendly NFT technology, and each with a unique theme. They will be sold for a fixed affordable base price to approved applicants. Once you own an Access Pass, it is yours to do with as you wish.” Access Pass owners will be afforded the ability to sell theirs after 30 days within the Midnight Society marketplace and even outside of it.

The application process is currently underway for those within the Midnight Society community. Fingers crossed that one of its members is lucky enough to earn the right to purchase a Founders Access Pass to become one of its 10,000 recipients.

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Welcome to the Worldwide Webb

There are various metaverse worlds that currently exist, but there’s one, in particular, that is making good use of your 2D pixelated NFTs.

The Worldwide Webb is an MMORPG metaverse game created by Thomas Webb that allows players to use their NFTs as in-game avatars and pets. Additionally, you can buy and build land and consumables using in-game currency, and go on exciting quests. 

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The game is said to be heavily inspired by ‘Ready Player One’, and aims to provide utility to other NFT projects through its virtual world.

Let’s further explore what Worldwide Webb is, and what the future of this metaverse game has in store for its players.

What is the Worldwide Webb?

You may think you know what the Worldwide Webb is right? I mean, we use it every day. However, this Worldwide Webb is far different than what you are used to and it definitely isn’t what most people think of when they hear the term metaverse.

Worldwide Webb is actually an MMORPG metaverse game that can be played using pixelated NFTs from your personal collection. As a player, you have the ability to build and create your own community within the world, this includes building your own structures.

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Because the game utilizes 2D pixelated NFTs for avatars and pets, the integration process for adding a new NFT collection is extremely quick. One of the goals of the integration of various NFT projects is to form stronger relationships with existing NFT communities and expand the game’s player base.

Some notable NFT collections are already integrated into the Worldwide Webb including CryptoPunks, Bored Ape Yacht Club, Cool Cats, and Wolf Game just to name a few. You can view all the integrated NFT projects here.

Worldwide Webb also intends to integrate more collections via special collaborations which will feature dedicated buildings, community events, and even project-specific quests.

How to play Worldwide Webb

To play Worldwide Webb simply go to the site. Then, you can either play as a generic avatar without connecting your wallet, or you can connect your Metamask wallet and reap the full benefits of the game.

If you connect your wallet, you will have to sign a transaction to authorize the connection. Connecting your wallet also allows you to continue your game progress across your devices.

The game starts out similar to Pokemon on the GameBoy. You get to choose from three currencies, your options being Bitcoin, ETH, or Cash. After choosing your preferred currency, you venture out on your journey to explore the rest of the Worldwide Webb.

Roadmap plans

The game has already come a long way, but as they move forward Worldwide Webb plans to continue expanding. Future plans according to their Roadmap include:

Q1 2022

  • Occupiable land, access your land and showcase your NFTs in the land.
  • Release of open source code for game development/metaverse progression.
  • Friends list using wallet addresses/ENS names and advanced in-game chat.
  • Pokemon-style battle engine Alpha for in-game progression and PvP see:
  • Integration documentation with projects, allowing in-game mints using:

Q2 2022

  • Alpha of Mario Kart style PvP racing game.
  • Migration to DAO with governance-based voting.
  • WorldWideWebb hackathon GameJam – offering prizes for game developers to build Play To Earn games inside the WorldWideWebb engine.

Q3 2022

  • Battle Royal style PvP game with in-game mintable items.
  • Create NPCs and mini-quests inside your land.
  • Guild integration for communities.

Although Worldwide Webb is a fairly new metaverse, people seem to enjoy the nostalgia that the 2D overhead gameplay offers, as well as the incorporation of many beloved NFT projects.

Some notable people who are currently exploring the Worldwide Webb include DCLBlogger, Pranksy, Fvckrender, and many more.

To learn more about Worldwide Webb, you can check out their Discord and follow them for updates on Twitter.

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What is the TreasureDAO and Why is $MAGIC so Important?

If you have been on NFT Twitter within the past couple of months, then you have likely heard mention of Treasure. Treasure is a fairly new ecosystem but looks very promising.

Let’s take a look at what exactly Treasure is, and how $MAGIC plays such an important role in the ecosystem.

What is Treasure?

According to their website, Treasure connects the expanding network of metaverses by taking an open and modular approach to the integration of NFTs, DeFi, and Gaming.

Treasure is described as a decentralized NFT ecosystem on Arbitrum (one of Ethereum’s layer 2 networks) that is built specifically for metaverse projects. Each project that is listed on the Treasure marketplace uses $MAGIC in their metaverse.

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Each community creates its own story for the Treasure marketplace and all treasure projects are linked through $MAGIC. 

The foundational metaverse within the Treasure ecosystem is called Bridgeworld, and this is where the primary game of Treasure is played. This is also where $MAGIC is produced and gathered. Bridgeworld has a three-tiered resource economy:

  1. $MAGIC (powers everything)

$MAGIC is the native token for the Treasure ecosystem which “powers on the NFTS” and is the main currency used for marketplace transactions. Essentially, $MAGIC acts as the reserve currency for all the metaverses forming under the entire Treasure umbrella.

All Treasure projects are linked through $MAGIC. The DAO utilizes $MAGIC emissions to build new projects while continuing support for more mature ones. The reason $MAGIC is so important is that it is the fuel for the entire Treasure economy. Without $MAGIC, there would be no way to build Treasure or any other associated projects.

Ultimately, Treasure believes that $MAGIC can become the “ETH” of the metaverse.

2. Treasures (resources)

Treasures (NFTs) are a type of economic resource that may be found across the metaverse. As a result, each Treasure has its own tale that connects many realms. They are the lore of other worlds, and they are the bridges that connect them. Players can choose to create goods from Treasures or burn them for special effects.

3. Legions (are required to play)

Legions (NFTs) are physical beings generated from Bridgeworld. Players take control of Legions and mine, farm, craft, quest, battle, and more in order to spread and develop the Bridgeworld together.

Overall, the Treasure metaverse revolves around this balance between $MAGIC and treasures. Treasures are magical items that can produce new resources, but only when enough MAGIC tokens have been staked.

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According to their Twitter thread, Treasures is currently working with the former Head of Graphics at Netflix on a stand-alone Legions game as well. The Treasure website will soon be an interactive game where users may explore the metaverse and collect treasures, MAGIC, and legions through their adventures.

Treasure believes that, like blockchains, metaverses will have bridges connecting them, and these bridges will be resources in the metaverse. Treasure intends for $MAGIC to fuel not just the Treasure ecosystem, but also other NFT projects such as Smol Brains NFT, and many others.

To actively absorb metaverses, the $MAGIC supply was established with a substantial fund. Projects who join Treasure will benefit from instant community, a greater narrative, and a treasury backed by a token with a market cap of over $20 million. This is all overseen by the TreasureDAO.

What is the TreasureDAO?

The TreasureDAO oversees the entire Treasure ecosystem and is governed by staked $MAGIC holders. The DAO’s goal is to bring in new decentralized metaverses.

Members of the TreasureDAO have the right to vote on numerous issues such as which projects to onboard, $MAGIC distribution, as well as revenue-sharing agreements for the Treasure marketplace. The marketplace provides the DAO with additional funds to continue supporting the growth of the entire Treasure ecosystem.

The DAO will use $MAGIC for things like developing decentralized competitors to existing NFT platforms and will begin building decentralized competitors to existing NFT products, using the revenue to jumpstart new projects and continue growing older ones.

What about the Treasure marketplace?

The Treasure marketplace is the only fully-decentralized high-traffic NFT marketplace and is owned by the TreasureDAO. The Treasure Marketplace features Treasure NFTs, Legions, Life, and Smol Brains currently. To buy NFTs on Treasure, you will need to have some $MAGIC in your wallet.

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The idea for the Treasure marketplace initially was to provide a platform for projects that have deep integrations with the TreasureDAO, and more specifically with $MAGIC.

The marketplace takes a five percent commission on all sales, which goes back into the TreasureDAO to help fund new projects and fund other decisions the DAO makes.

However, after the launch of the Treasure marketplace, Treasure noticed a large demand for a decentralized, high-quality NFT marketplace on Layer 2 Ethereum that allowed for a wide variety of NFT collections, not just metaverse projects.

That’s why the team decided to build the Trove NFT marketplace, which is still in the development phase.

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What is Wolf Game NFT?

Play-to-earn gaming is making a scene in the NFT space, and Wolf Game NFT has the focus of many players in the space.

What is Wolf Game NFT?

Wolf Game NFT is a completely on-chain, play-to-earn NFT game. Its tokenomic-based-reward system highlights what’s possible between ERC-20 and ERC-721 protocols, allowing your NFT to harvest other NFTs.

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Built by a brilliant, illusive developer-slash-economist known as “The Shepherd”, Wolf Game technically launched a few months ago, its original incarnation has since evolved a couple of times, and its anticipated “final” form is slated to be released sometime in the near future (March or April, perhaps) though a firm ETA remains difficult to ascertain.

While Wolf Game loyalists wait for the full game launch, The Shepherd and his team built an interim game, known as Alpha Game, that could be considered somewhat of an “appetizer” prior to the full game launch, and certainly, something that keeps the entertainment and gameplay going while engineering efforts wrap up on Wolf Game proper.

Alpha Game has been underway for a couple of weeks now, and is fascinating in its own right, based on the interplay of sheep, wolves, and $WOOL specifically. Let’s dive into Alpha Game a bit more.

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What is Wolf Game’s interim Alpha Game?

The “official” whitepaper outlining the main “plot” of Alpha Game and its associated rules can be found here within the broader wolf.game website, penned by The Shepherd himself.

Importantly, the “Alpha” term in the interim game’s title is in reference to the rarest and most powerful wolf type, the Alpha 8, or “A8”, which sit at the top of the food chain, followed underneath by A7s, A6s, A5s and last but certainly not least, sheep.

Only 14 A8s exist in the game as a whole (in contrast to 304 A7s, 524 A6s, 879 A5s, and 11,975 total sheep), and in Alpha Game, the owners of these A8s play pivotal roles in the game’s core dynamics, functioning as “pack leaders” to which all other Wolf Game animal holders can stake to ultimately earn rewards come game-end.

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As opposed to the other interim game format also released over Wolf Game’s evolution – Risky Game – Alpha Game is more so about animal and/or WOOL holders choosing their Alpha leaders wisely based on how the rewards will get paid out, and what sort of loyalty stakers exhibit throughout.

Although Alpha Game is the game before the launch of the real game in its’ entirety, it has become a huge success being that it’s extremely entertaining and competitive.

While technically the “game before the game” Alpha Game has created its own competitive fervor, with the 14 teams jockeying intensely to earn the trust (and stakes) of as many Wolf Game asset holders as possible.

As one OG Wolf Game personality, Farmer Ron, eloquently put it, the gameplay dynamics being experienced sum up to a “modern combination of Monopoly, Catan, Chess, Clue, Battleship & Risk.”

Part of this competitiveness comes from the fact that there is 500 million $WOOL at stake in Alpha Game, to be paid out in the form of Wool Pouches to staked players post-game (in proportion to their staked contribution to their team(s) of choice), which has a current value of approximately $100 million dollars!

As of this writing, the price of WOOL is hovering around $0.20, though at the start of Alpha Game, skyrocketed up as high as $0.50 per $WOOL as players scrambled to buy up assets to stake at the game’s start.

How does Wolf Game’s Alpha work?

The Alphas (A8 leaders) head out to attack other packs while strengthening their own, armed with the force of the wolves and sheep traveling with them and the WOOL they have amassed. The more WOOL they and their pack earn, the better their planning, strategy, and execution.

​​The aim of Alpha Game is for each pack to amass as many points as possible. Packs will be granted WOOL based on their points total as well as a number of unique events.

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The Alpha Game has a prize pool of 500,000,000 WOOL. Alpha Wolves lead packs of wolves and sheep to victory and reap the benefits of a WOOL reward. Sheep and wolves decide which pack they want to join. 

Packs with a higher percentage of sheep and wolves gain more points in the game. Packs gain actions by staking WOOL, which they may employ to attack and fortify. The more WOOL invested in a pack, the faster it earns actions.

An Alpha Wolf can choose to stake and lead a pack until a date set by The Shepherd (the creator). An Alpha does not have the choice of abandoning its pack and cannot unstake until the Alpha Game is over.

You can check the current Alpha Game scoreboard here.

Wolf Game’s Alpha claim amounts
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At any moment throughout the game, all non-Alpha wolves and sheep can stake and join a single Alpha’s Pack.

In exchange for their efforts to develop and preserve their pack, the Alpha in each pack will get 5 percent of their pack’s gains.

When the game ends, the remaining 95 percent of a pack’s WOOL earnings will be claimable by individual wallet addresses in proportion to the contributions they made to the Pack that they are a member of.

A player’s contribution to their pack is weighted 50 percent by the number of points obtained from staking sheep or wolves, and 50 percent by the quantity and length of WOOL staked. 

For example, if a player contributed 2 percent of their pack’s points and 3 percent of their pack’s WOOL, they would get 2.5 percent of their pack’s WOOL prize. 

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NOTE: When a player unstakes a sheep or wolf or moves it to another pack, the NFT’s points are reset to zero, and any WOOL attributed to it from its previous pack is forfeited.

Similarly, when a player unstakes or changes WOOL to another pack, any WOOL profits related to that WOOL from the previous Pack are forfeited.

Alphas can get points for their pack by encouraging other wolves and sheep to stake into their pack. A wolf or sheep may only be a member of one pack at a time. They may, however, swap packs at any time for a fee.

Each sheep or wolf staked in a pack gives a set number of points to its pack on a daily basis.

Each action may be put to two different uses:

1. Attack another pack of their choosing, reducing that pack’s total points count by 3 percent unless they have fortifications.

2. Strengthen your defenses against attacks. Fortification is a proactive measure and you can increase your fortifications by fortifying.

If a pack has no fortifications, attacks against it will diminish the pack’s points by 3 percent. There is no limit to how many fortifications a pack may have.

Earning money in Wolf Game’s Alpha interim
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Packs gain actions by staking $WOOL. When a pack earns an action, the alpha of the pack must execute an action before the pack may earn more actions. A pack cannot stockpile actions since it can only carry one unused action at a time.

How long will Wolf Game’s Alpha interim last?
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The game will last for as long as the Wolf Game development period takes, and will conclude when The Shepherd decides. The Shepherd will advise all packs ahead of time of both special events and the game’s conclusion so that they can plan accordingly.

Moreover, once the full game is released there will be additional assets available that aren’t currently in the Alpha Game such as LAND and FARMERS.

This information was gathered directly from the Alpha Game Whitepaper where you can find even more details regarding the game.  Also, make sure to check out the Alpha Game community over in their Discord for more information and strategy.

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GameStop is Launching an NFT Marketplace on Immutable X

If you’ve been following the blockchain gaming space for a while now, then you should have some familiarity with Immutable X.

For those not in the know, allow our very own Alex White-Gomez to give you a quick explanation of what Immutable X entails – “Immutable X is a layer 2 protocol for trading Ethereum NFTs that gives users instant trade confirmation, huge scalability (9,000 transactions per second), and zero gas fees without compromising user ownership. In all reality, Immutable X is a layer 2 scaling solution that leverages the power and security of the Ethereum blockchain, rather than compete against it.”

Immutable X has been attached to a number of prominent blockchain games, such as Gods Unchained, Guild of Guardians, and Ember Sword. Now the ETH NFT trading platform is getting involved with an even bigger name in the gaming space – the video games retailer, GameStop.

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GameStop has now entered into a partnership with Immutable X that will help the company launch its very own NFT marketplace. This deal will prove especially beneficial to Web3 & metaverse game developers, development studios, and assorted creators within the space thanks to the announcement of a $100 million IMX Grant Program. That substantial fund will come in the form of Immutable’s IMX tokens. Plus if additional milestones are made over time, Immutable X to provide an additional $150 million in IMX tokens to GameStop. GameStop’s upcoming marketplace is being presented as a destination for interested parties to purchase and sell in-game assets represented as blockchain tokens, which include digital goods such as character skins, weapons, in-game locales, and more.

Robbie Ferguson, the co-founder of Immutable, spoke extensively on this prodigious GameStop and Immutable X partnership. “Gaming is now bigger than music and movies combined — but the time and value that gamers invest cannot be turned into real economic value, ” Ferguson said. “GameStop’s NFT marketplace will bring the power of an insanely strong community to its over 50 million users and every developer that launches on it, and our technology will make it faster, easier, and more affordable to do so – while being 100% carbon-neutral.”

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A Beginner’s Guide to Play to Earn Gaming

Play-to-earn gaming is a subdivision of gaming that allows the player to take part in an in-game economy of microtransactions to earn rewards and in-game currencies that can be exchanged for real money.

Videogame economies have typically revolved around the use of various assets and coins to facility microtransactions. You will find plenty of opinions on the value or importance of microtransaction. However, one fact of them is that they have altered the landscape of gaming.

How Will play-to-earn Change the economy of gaming?

Play-to-earn (P2E) games are poised to have a dramatic effect on gaming economies. Where in the past to take part in micro-transactions you would often deposit real money in exchange for the assets with P2E you can simply play the game and earn your way to those items.

What makes this different from earning an item or unlocking an item is that you earn the currency to purchase that item. Meaning you could choose to play game A (because it is easier for you to collect) assets, cash them out for dollars, then take those dollars and buy coins in-game B (a game you find difficult).

You could also choose to take the money out of the game and pay your rent. What this does for the savvy player is create an avenue in which they can supplement either their hobby or lifestyle. All while enjoying their time in a virtual environment.

How do NFTs and cryptocurrencies play a part in P2E gaming?

NFTs are an important part of the P2E ecosystem. Non-Fungible means that the token has a unique digital identifier that is immutable and cannot be copied, substituted, or subdivided as it is recorded on a blockchain.

The authenticity and ownership are verifiable on that blockchain. NFTs allow for these P2E games to reward the players with nonmonetary loot that they can collect or sell at will.

They also allow for unique gaming interactions such as training the one and only creature of its kind or wielding a sword with stats like no other on the planet.

When it comes to cryptocurrencies, it is one of the ways these games can pay you for your play. The various digital tokens and assets issued for actions in the game are often forms of, or exchangeable with cryptocurrencies like Ether.

This allows you to turn your time playing into cash by exchanging your spoils for real-world money or goods.

Examples of play-to-earn games

The types of play-to-earn gaming can range from massive multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG) to one-on-one real-timed strategy games (RTS). The functionality and how you earn rewards will be different from game to game.

The only constant between each P2E game is that you can use your enjoyment of gaming to earn in each of them. I will provide some details on a few of them below, however, there are hundreds if not thousands available or in development. It is highly advised to do your own research (DYOR) with any game you choose to invest time and money into.

The Sandbox

The Sandbox is a virtual Metaverse where players can play, build, own, and monetize their virtual experiences. This may be as close as you can get to experience Ready Player One at the moment.

ZedRun

ZED is a provably fair digital horse racing play-to-earn game built on blockchain technology. Create a legacy by building a star-studded stable of winning racehorses. Zedrun gives you the ability to breed, race, and trade horses.

Illuvium

Illuvium is an NFT collection and auto battler game built on the Ethereum network. Players can earn $Ilv and NFTs as they battle across the open-world RPG. One of the bigger P2E games Illuvium is attempting to bridge the game between play-to-earn and AAA games.

Axie Infinity

Axie Infinity is a trading and battling game that allows players to collect, breed, raise, battle, and trade creatures known as Axies, which are NFTs. New players need to purchase at least three Axies to begin earning in the Axie universe.

Galaxy Fight Club

A game coined as the Smash Brothers of the blockchain, Galaxy Fight Club is similar in playstyle to brawl stars. A PvP fighting game where holders of different NFT collections can play to earn in battles with each other. Players can both win and earn NFTs or $Gcoin.

Town Star

Town Star is a competitive farming game from the people behind Farmville. Each week, the top players on the leaderboard win prizes, and every day, players can complete challenges to unlock and collect TownCoin play to earn gaming rewards. It is similar to the Facebook games of yesteryear.

CryptoFights

CryptoFights M.E.T.A. (Most Effective Tactics Available) include what skills path you take developing your fighter and what skills you bring into a battle along with the equipment you choose. There are counters to everything in CryptoFights so you will need to use deep strategy, critical logic, and weigh probabilities in real-time.

In the future, it’s unlikely that games will ever be played the way that we know them today. With an opportunity to earn a real income and own in-game assets, gaming is getting a lot more serious, and so are the players.

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The Economics of the Galactic Metaverse

As Facebook (Meta) attempts to rebrand itself, media outlets are increasingly asking what is the metaverse?

One simple way to answer the question would be to look at some of the metaverses already in existence, such as The Sandbox and VulcanVerse. At first glance, they look a lot like the strategy games and MMORPGs that have been around since the days of World of Warcraft.

A better question then might be how metaverses differ from those traditional games. What prevents them from laying down arbitrary rules, and how does the blockchain affect the in-game economics?

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The answer to those questions may now lie in outer space. StarAtlas is a new metaverse that pitches itself as a “grand strategy game of space exploration, territorial conquest, political domination, and more.” You can think of it as a kind of blockchain-based Elite, and it’s the blockchain (and the game’s storyline) that makes the difference.

StarAtlas is built on Solana and uses two kinds of tokens.

ATLAS is the game’s own currency. Players can use the coin to buy digital assets such as ships, land, components, and to pay the crew. The token is earned through in-game activity and can be generated through sales. StarAtlas notes that, unlike many crypto projects, the development team holds no stake in the undistributed token supply.

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It does, however, hold a stake in the other token. POLIS allows holders to have jurisdictional ownership over parts of the StarAtlas world.

Players with POLIS will be able to restrict some activities, lay down new laws, and even impose taxes and tolls on other players. StarAtlas stresses, however, that POLIS “represents voting rights, not dictatorial ownership.” Players would need to collaborate in order to create these rules and levies. 

The idea is to avoid the kind of centralization that led a 16-year-old Vitalik Buterin, founder of Ethereum, to see “what horrors centralized services can bring.”

After three years of happily playing World of Warcraft, Blizzard removed the damage component from its warlock’s Siphon Life spell. A decentralized governance open to holders of POLIS is less likely to lay down rules that harm gameplay. 

The first phase of POLIS distribution will see 20 percent of the governance token made available in a “Galactic Asset Offering.” Decision-making will remain centralized for the first two or three years of game development but POLIS will later be generated only but the staking of ATLAS.

In other words, the more committed players are to the game, and the more they invest in it, the more influence they’ll have over its development. 

For people wondering what a blockchain-based metaverse is then, the answer is that it’s a world, or even a universe, with its own economy and a democratic governance structure powered by its most committed residents.

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Ubisoft and Aleph.im Join Forces for NFTs in AAA Games

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The biggest term that remained at the tip of everyone’s tongues in 2021 was NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens). Major entertainment entities, sports leagues, iconic food brands, etc. have stepped into the burgeoning Web 3.0 space to produce one-of-a-kind digital assets of their own. In the gaming space, AAA publishers/developers such as Square Enix, Sega, and Capcom have either taken their first steps into the world of NFTs or made it abundantly clear that they’re researching ways towards doing so.

Ubisoft is another AAA gaming staple that has begun making some headway into the NFT medium. The French publisher/developer’s biggest foray into NFTs to date is the recently announced Ubisoft Quartz enterprise. This brand new venture gives players the ability to get their hands on “Digits,” which are described as “the first Ubisoft NFTs (non-fungible tokens), playable in an HD game and relying on an energy-efficient technology.” And the first AAA game to utilize that new concept is Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, which incorporates NFTs in the form of three signature in-game items – the M4A1 Tactical | Wolves firearm, the Wolf Enhanced Helmet A, and the Wolf Enhanced Pants. With such a huge Web 3.0 endeavor underway, Ubisoft chose to partner up with a legitimate force within the space to see its vision through.

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That decision has led to the Ubisoft Quartz initiative selecting its main technology partner in the form of Aleph.im, which is “a cross-blockchain decentralized storage and computing network.” Through this partnership, Aleph.im will provide a decentralized storage system of over 70 nodes for Ubisoft Quartz’s NFT metadata. The ownership of those digital assets will be tracked over the Tezos blockchain, while the ongoing history of those NFTs (i.e. previous players who have owned an NFT, player achievements, etc.) should certainly prove valuable for marketplaces such as Rarible and Objkt. This isn’t the first time Ubisoft has linked up with Aleph.im – earlier in the year, Ubisoft ingrained a core channel on Aleph.im’s decentralized computer network. Seeing as how Aleph.im is partnered with Ubisoft’s Paris-based Entrepreneurs Lab program, this move makes perfect sense for both companies.

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Judging by recent comments regarding both companies’ newfound partnership, it’s clear that Ubisoft and Aleph.im are excited about the possibilities that will arise from it. Didier Genevois, Blockchain Technical Director at Ubisoft, stated the following: “With Ubisoft Quartz, we’re taking the first step to leverage blockchain’s decentralized approach to open new opportunities for our players by making them true stakeholders of our games. To fulfill the technology’s promise, we needed players to actually own their Digit and be able to leave their mark in their favorite game. Aleph.im’s role was key in building this experiment by allowing us to decentralize the storage of the Digits’ video asset and metadata.”

Jonathan Schemoul, Aleph.im Founder and CEO, also proclaimed his excitement regarding the burgeoning NFT movement: “The incorporation of NFTs into a mainstream game is a revolutionary moment for NFTs. Dynamic NFTs have never been done before and this marks the first time NFTs will evolve over time as various players use them in-game. Aleph.im is proud to be at the forefront of this new era where blockchain technology and decentralized solutions for NFTs play a pivotal role in traditional gaming.”

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World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov Launches First NFT Collection with 1Kind

As more people begin to understand the type of unique experiences NFTs can offer, more industries are starting to take advantage of the opportunity to offer fans and consumers something special. One of the new brands that will be offering such NFTs is a platform called 1Kind, which is partnering up with World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov for his first NFT collection.

What is 1Kind?

1Kind is an NFT marketplace founded by Gadi Glikberg and Kristian Heahndel. This NFT marketplace aims to carefully select and collaborate with some of the most profound artists, musicians, and creators to share their personal experiences through the 1Kind platform in the form of NFTs, offering collectors in-person experiences with the artists themselves that can only be had through the ownership of the digital assets.

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The first auction for the 1Kind NFT platform is set to go live today, December 14th in partnership with legendary chess champion Garry Kasparov, and will continue until December 17th. Garry will be sharing his life moments with everyone through his NFTs, offering collectors a remarkable look into his life.

Who is Garry Kasparov?

Garry Kasparov is a Russian chess grandmaster, and former World Chess Champion for 21 years straight, from 1984 to 2005. He has played against the greatest minds and even machines in history, and now he is sharing his journey with you on the blockchain.

As a young boy, Garry started playing chess when he was only 6 years old, by the age of 13, Garry became the Soviet youth champion. Three years later he won his first international tournament. 

Nowadays, Garry is known as a global humanitarian and is a beloved mentor to modern-day chess prodigies. Garry is widely considered to be one of the greatest chess players of all time.

Garry Kasparov

Modern technology has always been part of my life. That’s why I’ve decided to share my legacy on the blockchain.

This Garry Kasparov drop will occur in three stages. Each NFT selected will have a very special story to go with it. Here is what the how the project will be broken up:

The 3 Phases:
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The first phase, Foundations NFTs, celebrates special childhood and family memories that shaped Garry into a world-beating champion. The second phase, Global Player NFTs, offer a rare window into Garry’s early years on the road to becoming a Grand Master and the longest-reigning World Champion. The third phase, Legend’s Legacy, honors Garry’s legacy beyond the chess board; as a mentor, a humanitarian, an activist, and an author.

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Some of the notable NFTs from Phase 2 include Game FaceKarpov vs. Kasparov, and Game 24 Scoresheet. The Game Face is a rare and candid photograph caught as Garry locks eyes with his opponent, Romanian Grandmaster, Mihhai Suba from Chess Olympiad, taken in Lucerne, Switzerland, in November 1982. Karpov vs. Kasparov is an illustration of the Final World Championship Match when Garry became World Champion for the first time. It depicts Garry’s moment of victory where he beat his eternal opponent, Anatoli Karpov at the World Championship Match held in the Hall of Columns in Moscow, Russia, in November 1985. The Game 24 Scoresheet is a rare memorabilia of Garry’s personal scoresheet, signed by both him and by his opponent, Anatoli Karpov from the 1985 World Championship, the game that made Garry a World Champion for the first time.

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The auction will finish up with a Platinum edition NFT dropping on December 17th. This Platinum NFT includes an exclusive in-person experience with Garry Kasparov that will allow the collector to dine with Garry at the five-star The Plaza Hotel in NYC. Following this amazing experience will be an opportunity to interact with Garry on his involvement in the world of chess.

Garry is also aiming to give back to the community by donating 10% of the winning bid to Kasparov Foundation that provides scholarships to children who are raised by single mothers.

If you want a chance to collect any of these extremely special NFTs, all you need to do is visit the 1Kind marketplace to place your bid. Bidding opens at 4pm EST this afternoon, December 14th, 2021.