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What is Upland? “Earth’s Metaverse” is a Game to Keep Your Eyes On

A lot of people’s first question when you present an NFT is: “So what do I do with it?” Utility is always front of mind. Metaverses are one solution to that question, as they give users a virtual means to interact with their assets. On top of that, they’re just plain fun. Enter Upland, one of the coolest metaverses around right now. I spoke with one of the brand’s co-founders, Dirk Lueth about what he calls “Earth’s Metaverse,” and all of the unbelievable opportunities opened up by Upland

The digital world, which launched in January of 2020, aims to replicate real world locations in the metaverse. As of right now, there are a few cities available: San Francisco, Fresno, Brooklyn and Manhattan. But the sky’s the limit for what’s to come. Upland had close to 100,000 monthly active users this last month and continues to get bigger and bigger. The metaverse is centered around three main pillars: play, earn and connect. We’ll dive into each one below:

Upland

Play:

This one’s a no brainer. You want to have fun. There are numerous opportunities for playing built into the game, from treasure and scavenger hunts to other engaging live events. Or you could just start to collect similar properties—like ones on the same street. Sounds familiar? No wonder, the genesis of the project was a game of monopoly between the three founders who thought, “Hey, wouldn’t this be fun to play out virtually?” 

Earn:

This is one of the most exciting pillars of the game. You can purchase properties and earn a yield on them. By completing one of the collections mentioned above, you can watch your yield increase the more you own. You can buy properties using the in-game token, UPX, which can be purchased with crypto, credit card and Paypal on the web, or via in-app purchase on the App Store or Google Play store. The exchange rate is fixed; you get 1,000 UPX for $1. Properties have sold anywhere from 500 UPX  to 23,000,000 UPX. At the time of this writing, over 800 people have accumulated a net worth of more than 1,000,000 UPX in the game. Pretty neat.

And it doesn’t stop there: Upland also allows you to sell your virtual property and other NFTs for US$ directly to other players. Think about it: now you will be able to operate a virtual business but make real money! When I spoke with Dirk, he told me: “We want to create tons of mini entrepreneurs by providing the opportunity to sell all kinds of digital goods to other players.” Upland is just the infrastructure for people to make money on their own. For the US$ transactions, they have partners with Tiliapay, Inc. a subsidiary of Linden Labs. Linden Labs is the brand behind Second Life —a legendary game that rose to prominence in the aughts for allowing people to monetize their game experience. Eventually, folks will be able to import NFTs from other blockchains. Upland’s recent collaboration with Blockchain Heroes, where people were able to purchase collectibles from both brands, foreshadows some of the kinds of crossovers we may see in the future.

Connect:

In an era of ubiquitous social media, socialization is an increasingly important aspect of any game experience. Although this aspect of the program isn’t live yet, people will eventually have the opportunity to meet in virtual coffee shops to hang out, emulating a real-life social experience. It’ll be just like wandering around San Francisco, looking for some pals to hang out with. By the way: When you want to see your avatar in NYC, but it happens that you “are” in San Francisco, you can’t just “go” there. Traveling around Upland mimics real life travel. You’ll have to take a plane to get there! Imagine once they take it global.

So what’s next for Upland? Too much to fit into this article. They plan to take the metaverse international this quarter, but the exact cities are classified. They’ll continue to build the world geographically, all the while incorporating more elements, including real world entertainment and consumer brands into the game itself. And it doesn’t stop there. They will blur the real and virtual world in the future. Imagine you buy the next concert ticket of your favorite music star, but what you get is the live experience at the venue and you get to take home a bunch of NFTs from it: the ticket itself, a unique piece of memorabilia and a video moment that only you receive because you were at the concert! Mind blowing.

I can’t wait to see what’s next.

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VulcanVerse: An MMORPG Built for the NFT Gaming Future

The development of a digital currency was always going to have an effect on the gaming world. If you can create a currency that the real world can use to trade goods and services then you can also create a currency that gaming worlds can use to buy accessories and trade items. A number of games have now used blockchain technology to enable players to keep the assets they build and own. Usually, that means purchasing virtual real estate, earning rent, renovating land, and selling it in marketplaces. The decentralized ledger gives players the security and stability they need to invest in their properties. When they know that game company can’t just turn off a server and wipe out their ownership, they’re more likely to think long-term.

Often, though, those games have put more emphasis on the blockchain than on the experience. Some developers have experimented with new toys in the form of currencies and marketplaces but thought less about gameplay and graphics.

That’s not what’s happened in VulcanVerse. The game has the same visual impact as any leading MMORPG, and boasts a Greco-Roman world with lore as rich as World of Warcraft. Players can purchase land in four realms, renovate it, and battle with “Vulcanites,” 3D representations of the world’s 2D battlecards. The game is also inspiring a trilogy of novels by Dave Morris and Jamie Thomson, the authors behind the Way of the Tiger series, Fighting Fantasy, and Fabled Lands.

The blockchain has been integrated into the game from the start. Even the name of the game and its world derives from blockchain technology. “We started with an NFT engine and it was like we were forging NFTs,” Jamie Thomson, VulcanVerse’s CEO told The Nifty Show. “So one of our admins came up with the idea of Vulcan who forged the NFTs. Then we got into the Greco idea of this god.”

The blockchain has two roles in the game. It records ownership of land in the gameworld, and it supports PYR, the game’s in-world currency, which can also be used across VulcanVerse’s sister games. The currency’s market capitalization quickly reached $8 million. 

“The token sale was because we needed our own economy,” explains Thomson. “We were relying on another blockchain’s token and it wasn’t stable enough for us… Obviously funding is always helpful for development but it wasn’t like we were crying out for it.”

The result has been a game that looks and feels like any major MMORPG. The gameworld is rich and the gameplay challenging. But the addition of cryptocurrency has added a new meaning to the play. It’s one thing to develop a plot of land for the fun of developing it. It’s another to develop a plot of land with the knowledge that you might be able to sell it one day for a pouch full of convertible currency.

VulcanVerse represents a new evolution in both gaming and the blockchain. It’s creating a whole new world.

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100 Thieves Has Officially Entered the World of NFTs

100 Thieves holds a lot of weight as a lifestyle brand and gaming organization. The group has built up multiple esports teams that fight for relevancy and championship glory across games such as League of Legends, Fortnite, Valorant, and Call of Duty. They also produce super stylish apparel lines that unsurprisingly sell out in minutes. And you have to give props to 100 Thieves for having its very own headquarters smack dab in the middle of Los Angeles. The moves that have already been made by one of gaming’s largest esports establishments are major. As for their latest campaign, 100 Thieves is hoping to leave an indelible mark on the world of NFTs.

The newly announced 100 Thieves Enter Infinity NFT Collection is currently live and four of its designs will be available for auction for 24-hours only. This special collection of NFTs features eight 1-1 digital art pieces – Gateway 001-004 can only be obtained via auction bids on Foundation, while Gateway 005-008 are set up as giveaway prizes for 48-hours. All eight NFT designs sport the 100 Thieves logo within a black-hole space that features a vortex of some kind protruding out of its center. As for the background art, all eight of those same NFT art pieces feature different designs. If this NFT sale is hugely successful (which it most likely will be), then we can probably look forward to some other premier gaming organizations hopping into the NFT space. Would anyone be interested in FaZe Clan, Team Liquid, or Cloud9 NFTs, perhaps?

NFTs aren’t the only products 100 Thieves is delving into for the month of April, by the way. They’re also getting ready to drop their next line of signature clothing with the Enter Infinity Collection, which is slated to go on sale at 12pm PST on April 10. Fans are most likely going to engage in a frenzy that day if they have any hopes of acquiring 100 Thieves’ latest collection of hoodies, hats, shirts, and sweats, and more. To say that 100 Thieves’ brand awareness is on a whole ‘nother level is an understatement – they’re constantly making headway as a force in the realm of esports, apparel, and now, NFTs.

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An Open and Shut Case: Open Asset Systems In Gaming

What if video games gave you complete freedom with the items you scraped, clawed and fought for? What if you were no longer confined by the restrictions and limitations put in place by the game developer? 

Meet your new best friend, an open asset game system. The future of gaming starts now. 

In order to appreciate the benefits of an open asset system, let’s take a look at an example of the opposing framework: a closed asset system.

Fortnite

Don’t let the emote dancing and memes fool you, Fortnite is a textbook example of a video game meant to funnel players into a walled garden which holds their items hostage. Fortnite follows a closed-loop, free-to-play monetization model. This encourages players to buy the in-game currency, Vbucks, with real money to unlock rare cosmetic skins, axes, and gliders. Players are prohibited from trading and selling their items with each other, and they have to go to 3rd party sell sites and add the seller in-game to coordinate drops. Some users have started utilizing websites like eBay to sell their entire accounts and cash out their progress.

eBay / Swolesome

Here’s where an open asset system comes into play. 

In an open asset system, items can be traded amongst players. There’s no hoops to jump through, no shady sell sites, and no fear of getting banned by the developer. This fluidity with items allows them to be traded, and even sold, for real world currency. This promotes a healthy user-driven economy where players can freely take items in and out of the game to their benefit. One could even pay for groceries from their in-game wheeling and dealing with loot-drops.

Open asset systems like the ones created via Enjin change the game from pay to play to play to earn.

How does it work?

Unlike Fortnite, your skins are not locked to your account or the server they are on. They can move between servers, between players and even other games. Using NFT technology, items can have their rarity, their identity, and their ownership verified at any point. This allows players to bid, buy and sell items that are actually rare. 

In a closed loop system, the developers can’t verify the items total supply, much less make it something tangible enough to move between players outside of games. In these cases, the item is just code on their server. This is also the reason you can have an infinite amount of legendaries in a closed loop game. However, this makes the game more susceptible to hacks, bugs and accidental server wipes. 

Years ago I got the chance to talk to the CEO of the well known mobile game Skull Girls at a Gamers Development Conference. He gave talks about moving past the darkest point of his games lifecycle: the time an employee accidentally wiped all the players progress globally. All of the players overnight found their high level characters, favorite skins. and even their favorite in-game items had vanished. 

Imagine spending years and 200+ hours on a game to wake up one morning and find that all of your progress had simply disappeared. This is a perfect example of why players have sought the independence granted by an open asset system for decades. 

For an open asset system to work you need to have “real” digital assets, meaning an item that can’t be taken from a player or lost because of something that happens to the server. This ties back to needing an item whose ownership can be verified and validated outside of the games server. 

This allows assets to survive past the game’s lifecycle and find a new home in other games.

Is it being used?

There are some mainstream games that have a variation of an open asset system. Games like Pokemon allow players to trade their pocket monsters globally without having to be friends in-game. However, a key triple-A game (game by a mid-size or large publisher) that has tinkered with something like this is Minecraft. This is the most downloaded game in the world with over 200 million sales, and it’s now giving us a glimpse into the future of assets in gaming. 

MyMetaverse is a platform that allows Minecraft players in the server to trade items between one another and take items found in the server to other games in the shared multiverse.

Swolesome / Minecraft

No longer are the game items restricted to the game. They’re now the players’ items. They own what they play with, and the item will will be transferable between several games. We can now move forward with a player-centric view of the industry, further showcasing a future where game items become more than just unmovable trophies.

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Immutable X, Guild of Guardians, and All Things NFT Gaming

The world of blockchain gaming is quickly becoming a popular trend among casual/hardcore gamers and cryptocurrency investors that have dived into the realm of NFTs. One of the gaming producing companies that have been a major force within the blockchain gaming space is Immutable – besides offering up titles such as Gods Unchained, Immutable has also built the first Layer 2 for NFTs on Ethereum for blockchain game developers that want to utilize its platform.

Derek Lau, who represents Immutable as the company’s product lead on new games, is currently working on a brand new title called Guild of Guardians. During a recent conversation with ONE37pm, he detailed everything there is known about the upcoming action RPG and also passed along some worthwhile advice to those looking to get their first blockchain gaming project off the ground. If you still don’t have a clue about NFTs and everything that comes with it, then this interview should clear everything up for you.

ONE37pm: Give us a brief overview of Guild of Guardians and how the player response has been thus far.

Derek Lau: Guild Of Guardians is a mobile RPG that will allow players to turn their gaming passions into assets. It will be a multiplayer, fantasy, action RPG where players build their dream team of ‘Guardians’ and compete in a guild to earn epic rewards. We firmly believe that blockchain games should be both fun, and rewarding and that neither of those two realms should come at the expense of the other. Guild Of Guardians is built to tick both of those boxes, satisfying gamers and players of all different motivations and desires.

The Player Response Thus Far – In a single word? Awesome! We’re currently sitting at 116,000 pre-registrations for the game, and we’ve got a Discord community of more than 5,400 people (which is growing rapidly). We’ve got 34,000 Twitter followers, and thousands of people have filled out an ‘intent-to-buy’ survey for our pre-sale which goes live in Q2, 2021.

ONE37pm: How should a prospective blockchain game developer proceed if they’re looking to get their project off the ground?

Lau: There are many things that a developer can do, depending on where they are at and the size of the team.

First is getting the right talent and knowledge base. There are a lot of differences between blockchain games and normal games – the most obvious one being that ‘normal’ games are built to have closed economies while blockchain games by definition must have open-world economies. It’s critical to learn as much as possible from existing projects and also understand how the blockchain interacts with the various parts of the game – from UX to marketplace to in-game interactions.

Second, they should develop a strategy for the game – Who is the target player? What type of game? Why does blockchain make sense? How are they going to compete? This of course comes together with the usual design and pre-production phase.

Next, they will need funding – this may be straightforward for existing studios or may require some creativity for smaller teams. Luckily the NFT space is hot right now, and a lot of gaming projects will run a “presale” in order to help fund further development by selling exclusive NFTs in the game before it launches.

Finally, they’ll need to execute. The blockchain gaming space evolves quickly, so being able to iterate and experiment will be key to being successful.

ONE37pm: Why is Guild of Guardians building on Immutable X?

Lau: Our goal is to build a quality, mainstream mobile game. This means having the best technology that can scale to millions of players. The most obvious blockchain choice was Ethereum, as it’s the second biggest blockchain and has enormous network effects. Using a sidechain or a different blockchain would be taking a big gamble that ultimately Ethereum will fail – and we don’t want to bet against Ethereum!

Immutable X is an Ethereum layer 2 scaling solution, meaning it retains the decentralized security of Ethereum while allowing for instant transactions and no fees. We’re also excited by the plethora of other projects building on Immutable X – as it means the overall ecosystem and marketplace will be much more vibrant!

Immutable

ONE37pm: What did GOG’s share-to-earn referral campaign entail?

Lau: The Guild of Guardians share-to-earn referral campaign was pretty simple. We created a simple landing page where players could pre-register via a clear call to action. Upon entering their email, that player would receive 10 ‘points’. They’d also receive a unique referral link that was shareable with one click. They were awarded points for every person who then subsequently pre-registered using their link. 

They could also gain points by liking and following the various Guild of Guardians social media pages. The more points they got, the higher rarity of NFT they earned. This spectrum started with a common summon and was reward-tiered all the way up to the rarest Legendary NFT summon. This created a viral loop that saw us blow up almost overnight, as we caught the attention of a swathe of Crypto Telegram and Discord groups – which then seeped out onto social media, and some news outlets.

ONE37pm: Are there any other blockchain games that have caught your attention besides the ones Immutable is associated with?

Lau: There are many interesting projects out there. Personally, I’m interested in other projects being built on Immutable X, such as the MCH+ games and Illuvium. Will be great to see how they use the platform. Outside of Immutable X, there is Axie Infinity, one of the ‘OG’ games who have done a great job at building their community, Ember Sword which has been in the works for ages, Sorare who just raised $50m, and Lost Relics, which I understand has mostly been built by one person! Apologies for the many games I missed – overall, it’s an exciting time for blockchain games and we’re excited to try to take it to the next level.

ONE37pm: What other projects have committed to building on the Immutable X platform?

Lau: Immutable X has had a bumper few weeks of partnership announcements. They are making some serious noise in the space, and we feel they have every chance to become the premier L2 NFT scaling solution globally. 

Other projects building on Immutable X, and using it as their primary trading platform include: 

God’s Unchained 

Brave Frontier Heroes 

My Crypto Heroes 

My Crypto Saga 

– RTFKT (sneakers) 

Illuvium 

– Highrise’s Pocket Worlds 

War Riders 

They’ve also just announced a partnership with OpenSea, the world’s largest NFT marketplace, which will be supporting trading on Immutable X. That is enormous.

Immutable

ONE37pm: What are some of the things that excite you about the future potential of blockchain gaming?

Lau: Where do we start? 

The primary one is probably the ability for our players to have full ownership of their in-game assets. For too long, greedy game developers have hamstrung their player bases. Every dollar you spend in games like Fortnite, Call of Duty, and other AAA titles are literally nothing but sunken costs. Those items are entirely trade-locked, and the player actually has zero ownership of the ‘things’ that they purchase. The in-game purchase ‘industry’ was valued at $88 billion in 2019. That’s more than the movie and music industries combined. We will flip this model on its head, employing an industry-altering ‘play-and-earn’ model, which allows players to exchange, trade, and sell their in-game items. 

We’re also immeasurably excited for the player-driven economies that Guild of Guardians, and the secondary marketplace that we are building on, will facilitate. There is a revolution in mobile gaming coming, and we’re excited to take things to the next level.

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NFT Crossovers Matter: Check Out the Blockchain Heroes x Upland Collab

Mashups should produce something that’s greater than the sum of its parts. The Justice League Snyder Cut didn’t just give us short scenes of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. It gave us a four-hour epic that, despite its bladder-squeezing length, was watched by 1.8 million households in its opening weekend on HBO Max alone. The formula behind the new Warner Brothers movie “Godzilla Vs. Kong” is at least as old as Universal’s “Frankenstein meets the Wolf Man.” That movie, with Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney, came out in 1943. The meeting worked so well that, five years later, moviemakers introduced Frankenstein to Abbott and Costello. (The comedy pair had such a good time, they went on to meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Invisible Man, and the Mummy.)

Since then, Alien has fought Predator, Freddie Krueger has gone toe-to-toe with the hockey-masked Jason Voorhees, and Jesse James has met Frankenstein’s daughter. (They didn’t hit it off.)

What all of these mashups try to do is capitalize on the chemistry of at least two charismatic personalities to produce something entirely new. 

When it works, the result can be more than double the fun. And when it doesn’t work… the result can still be a lot of fun.

It’s not just movies and television that have benefitted from mashups though. They’ve long been a mainstay of comics. Novels have taken characters from classic fiction and moved them into new landscapes. And the music world, of course, has long brought together artists from different generations and different genres to introduce their works to new audiences. Bing Crosby and David Bowie singing The Little Drummer Boy is as much as crossover as Superman teaming up with Batman.

In video games, Minecraft has used skins based on characters from Halo and Gears of War. Sonic the Hedgehog has raced against characters from Monkey Ball. Yoda has battled in the world of SoulCalibur.

One place that has struggled with crossovers though has been the world of NFTs. Tokens traded on one blockchain are difficult to move to a different blockchain. It’s like Superman turning up in the Avengers.

That’s why when I had the opportunity to bring Blockchain Heroes into Upland, I jumped at it. Blockchain Heroes are a set of digital collectible cards inspired by blockchain and crypto personalities, as well as concepts and trends from the space. Upland is a kind of virtual Monopoly that allows users to buy and sell digital property. I’ve been a fan of Upland since it started, and I loved the idea of players being able to bring the heroes they’ve collected in their wallets and use them as game explorers in Upland. Needless to say, I’m excited about the launch of Upland Collectibles: The Blockchain Heroes edition

Like any good crossover, the result is greater than the sum of its parts. Blockchain Heroes collectors get to do more than admire their collections; they can play with the characters they’ve collected too. Upland players get to enhance their experience by extending their use of game explorers. Upland also plans to allow players of F1 Delta to bring over their race cars.

Mashup aren’t just greater than the sum of their parts. The demand for them is now greater than the gaps between competing blockchains.

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RTFKT’s “Space Drip” Takes Meme Culture to the Next Level

RTFKT has been innovating in the NFT space in a huge way. The next gen studio / crypto brand recently pulled off a massively successful collaboration with FEWOCiOUS and now they’re back at it again, this time bringing together a whopping 18 artists for the next project.

The collaborative project from RTFKT and Loopify, titled “Space Drip,” was born out of the Among Drip meme that RTFKT inadvertently created and then blew up thanks to the guy who runs the Among Drip twitter account. They’ll be giving the runner 20k out of the drop for his help. “Space Drip” has given a ton of artists of different mediums opportunities to create their own Among Us-style skins. Many of the original skin renderings were 2D, and then the minds behind RTFKT have worked tirelessly to convert them into 3D animations.

Their test launch of the project on Friday, which featured a “failed” rocket take off, revealed that the true release would take place today, March 29th at 12pm PT on their website. Each of the 100 capsules available today will cost .5 ETH.

One of the most unique things about this drop is how it’s releasing mechanically. Loosely modeled after the CS: GO loot box functionality, each capsule will be available to purchase without knowing which skin is inside. Then the buyer will have the option to resell the mysterious capsule, or open it up to find out what’s inside. Another cool aspect of the drop is how the artists will be paid: a rev share is shared equally between all participating creators, regardless of their popularity / market price. Here’s a list of all the artists involved:

There are so many absolutely mind-boggling skins to browse through, take a look at the full collection below. Whether you want to open the capsule to get your eyes on your prize or hold on/resell, it’s an unbelievable opportunity to get involved and support some amazing artists.

ArnoKiss / RTFKT

Cory Van Lew / RTFKT

ClegFX / RTFKT

Loopify / RTFKT

Zaid Kirdsey / RTFKT

Zwist / RTFKT

MGXS / RTFKT

Sean Williams / RTFKT

Odious / RTFKT

Petio / RTFKT

VIII / RTFKT

eric.lefaure / RTFKT

Jaiden / RTFKT

Equinoz / RTFKT

DelaDeso / RTFKT

Ben Mauro / RTFKT

Jonathan Wolfe / RTFKT

Defaced / RTFKT

Everything about this drop is a game-changer. From the rev share model to the loot box mechanic to the “failed” test launch, RTFKT is demonstrating time and time again that they are innovators in the NFT art space. This first launch will feature 100 capsules, but there will eventually be 1,000 total, following in batches after this launch. I, for one, can’t wait to see what happens next.

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What is Enjin? What to Know About the Blockchain-Based Gaming Platform

Picture Ready Player One. A virtual world where game items can be collected, traded, and sold between peers. 

Imagine taking a powerful item like the Holy Hand Grenade from one game into another freely. 

This is the premise and power of NFTs in the Enjin ecosystem. 

What is Enjin?

Enjin is a blockchain based gaming platform that focuses on making player-owned digital items like “NFTs” (non-fungible tokens). They offer ways to create tokens that can be used across multiple video games, and can also be used across various platforms from PC to mobile. Enjin NFTs allow players to have true item ownership of their in-game items, and trade them with others inside and outside of the game. 

Enjin has had a herculean impact on the NFT space over the past several years—in fact their CTO Witek Radomski coded one of the first NFTs back in 2017! 

How Does Enjin Work?

Enjin’s system is built off the back of the Enjin coin. This coin is a powerful divisible cryptocurrency that makes the spice from Dune look like cinnamon. Enjin Coin’s core utility is to forge blockchain assets like NFTs.

Every token minted on the platform is infused with ENJ, which is locked in the items and removed from circulation. The amount of ENJ in each asset can vary, from a fraction of a token (0.01 ENJ) to millions. Check this link to track the Enjin price.

Enjin / Swolesome

Why should I care about NFTs having Enjin in them? Two words my friends.

Guaranteed Scarcity

As the NFT market grows, influencers, companies, hobbyists and even some pro athletes are competing for the attention and money of the same pool of collectors. As the total number of NFTs scale over time, the supply will greatly exceed demand. 

ENJ is a finite resource with a supply immutably set at 1 billion. No more can be made. Backing NFTs with ENJ guarantees the value and scarcity of your items. 

As ENJ value increases, the scarcity of NFTs minted with a significant amount of ENJ becomes clear and tangible.

We can see in Enjin’s Binance Hoodie, a good example of an item that’s usable across several Enjin games. This is an NFT that has liquidity and utility due to it not being tethered to a single game.

Minecraft / Swolesome

This is but a taste of the utility provided to an Enjin NFT. Not only is it different indie games, but this item is also usable in the largest game in the world: Minecraft.

Where do you store your Enjin NFTs?

With over 1.8 million downloads, the Enjin Wallet has more features and use cases than you can shake a digital sword at. 

Besides being able to store both cryptocurrencies and NFTs, it also has an in-wallet exchange, a Dapp browser, a next-gen QR code system for receiving NFTs (“Beam”), and advanced blockchain gaming functionalities. 

The Enjin platform itself also enables development teams of all sizes to easily mint, trade, distribute, and integrate NFTs into their games, apps, and projects without any blockchain coding experience.

Speaking of seamless integration, Enjin boasts a wide array of partners that are actively utilizing their technology, including Samsung, Microsoft and even BMW. 

Scaling a mountain of fees

As the NFT market has exploded in trading volume, so has the cost of sending items. 

Gas – the cost to move NFTs between wallets – has inflated to nearly 17 times the cost of what it was back in March of 2020. 

An NFT that might only be sold for $3 may cost $30 in Gas to move. This gap in costs can cause stagnation in the free movement of items across the trading market. In that case, the player would have to wait for the transaction to process, which can take up to several days. 

Enjin is innovating the way players use NFTs – down to the gas they spend on transactions. 

“Today’s gas fees are not just a tax on the user, but they are also a tax on our environment. There is incredible urgency to enable creators to build sustainable businesses on the blockchain. This is a mission that we take very seriously and we are developing two scaling solutions to attack this problem. JumpNet will enable gas-free transactions and Efinity will allow tokens to move across chains. This fundamentally transforms the way we can do business on-chain.”

– Enjin’s VP of Developer Success, Simon Kertonegoro

Jumpnet

With this solution, Enjin users will be able to mint and trade their own items without having to spend gas to use the Enjin system. 

Just like in the movie Ready Player One, you are going to be able to accomplish things thought possible only in fiction. The world of video games as we know it has been irreversibly changed thank to Enjin. Their cutting edge NFT technology is shaping how players view their gaming experience and the value of their time. No longer will society consider gaming a waste of time. It’ll be akin to the next generation of investing through players’ skill and grit.

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Lost Relics: An RPG Where You Play to Earn NFTs

NFTs & crypto art have captured the thoughts and minds of the art community worldwide. Art aficionados have elbowed each other out of the way to buy the next digital Pandemic Picasso for millions of dollars. It looks like an industry that was not ready to be disrupted. Now, for everyone else who has to check their bank account before they get their car worked on, art isn’t at the front of their minds. NFTs have been revolutionizing another industry for years now—although not in the space you may be thinking of.

Before Banksy creating art NFTs, gaming was at the forefront of development and utilization of this groundbreaking technology. This is not the case of people getting rich quick like in crypto art. The gaming experience has been much more of people discovering the value of their effort and time grinding for loot and rare items. The avenues and opportunities this presents to both players and indie game developers has changed the face of the community. One of the best examples of how NFTs have affected gaming is the Diablo-style dungeon crawler, Lost Relics, a game where you can earn NFTs through gameplay. 

At first glance it looks like any other RPG game. Your character fights monsters, collects loot, sells loot for in game currency, and uses that currency to buy better loot to hunt stronger mobs of enemies. A further look into this game reveals that it is not like the others that came before it. Lost Relics has been using NFTs for nearly two years. Formerly known as Forgotten Artifacts, Lost Relics burst onto the NFT gaming scene with thousands of monthly players all wielding some variation of the independence and innovation NFTs provide. This juggernaut has been helmed by a single developer, showcasing that NFTs can be used by development teams of any size—big or small. 

It’s important to note NFT use in this game is not limited to aesthetics or cool trophies. They have actual in-game utility.

Godslayer
Lost Relics

This is the Godslayer, the rarest weapon in the game, and it is also one of the strongest due to being a Transcendent tier 2 handed sword. 

(Rarity of items goes Transcendent > Mythical > Legendary > Epic > Rare > Uncommon > Common)

In the graph below you can see the damage in each weapon tier. The rarer the item, the more base damage it deals:

Lost Relics

The Godslayer was a loot drop, meaning this item was available to be found by a player that survived the dungeons.

NFTs have started a snowball effect in gaming. They have gifted Lost Relics with the ability to have an item economy that grows and evolves with the player base. Giving value to the players time and skill that they can take with them. The new applications in the NFT gaming space will be numerous. I believe we will see player controlled game item rental services, guild ran servers, and even cross platform gameplay, where a sword from this game could be used in the next generation’s version of the Battle Royale.

I’d just like to say, we have have an exciting future ahead of us.

Let The Games Begin!

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Decentraland and Cryptovoxels: An Introduction to Digital Ownership

Blockchain-based virtual worlds like Decentraland and Cryptovoxels are the next frontier. They are the future, but also the present. They are a mash-up of social networking, gaming, commerce, and creativity. They are the meeting grounds of the Metaverse. They are important for you to understand, and this article will help.

User-Owned Virtual Worlds

So, what exactly are blockchain-based virtual worlds? Good question. Both Decentraland and Cryptovoxels are user-owned platforms (worlds) built using the Ethereum blockchain. Users own pieces of the world by purchasing scarce Land NFTs. Because the in-world land is represented by an NFT, this means each parcel is unique and ownership can be easily tracked.

Decentraland

Land NFTs give their owners control over specific locations within the respective virtual world. Whether a single parcel of land in Cryptovoxels, or an estate in Decentraland, owning land allows you to build upon and monetize the three dimensional space. Just like the real world. 

Also, just like the real world, users can hang out with friends and enjoy cool experiences. These virtual worlds are home to many art galleries, nightclubs, conference areas, games and more. In fact, there are daily in-world events taking place across Decentraland and Cryptovoxels. Not to mention, these events are super easy to attend.

To access these worlds, all you need is a web browser (preferably Chrome, Brave or Firefox), and a crypto wallet like MetaMask installed. While you don’t need a wallet to jump directly into Cryptovoxels, if you wish to purchase land or wearables, you’ll need one. The wallet works like your personal account to keep your assets safe.

Cryptovoxels

Speaking of wearables, be sure to check out my article all about NFT Wearables. These are limited edition virtual clothing items for your in-world avatar. Again, just like the real world, users can dress their avatars with dope threads. Accessories like hats, sunglasses, and masks are available for added drip too.

Cryptovoxels even allows users to make their own NFT Wearable creations. These are voxelized items that fit the Minecraft-esque aesthetic of the platform. On the other hand, Decentraland has only opened up the ability to create virtual clothing to a small group of users. Currently, the ability to create Decentraland Wearables requires users to submit proposals that must be voted on and approved by the community.

In-World Cryptocurrency

Voting on proposals, changes and new developments requires users to hold Decentraland’s native cryptocurrency, MANA. MANA has several purposes and was originally issued during a 2017 ICO (initial coin offering). During the initial sale 40% of MANA was sold, 20% went to the founding team, 20% went to the community and partners, and 20% was retained by the Decentraland Foundation. According to CoinMarketcap, there is a total supply of just over 2.1 billion MANA.

Decentraland

In addition to being used to vote and manage the Decentraland platform, MANA is also used for in-world transactions. Some games may require MANA to play, and some locations may require MANA to enter. Land, Wearables and avatar Names can also be purchased on the open market with MANA.

Unlike Decentraland, though, Cryptovoxels does not have an in-world cryptocurrency. Well, not any more. Once upon a time, Cryptovoxels used the COLR token to allow users to add different colors to their builds, but that was discontinued as of June 2020. COLR is no longer needed to access any of the in-world features.

If you’re interested in buying land in either Decentraland or Cryptovoxels, you can do so on the world’s largest NFT marketplace, OpenSea. There you can see what’s for sale, what’s been sold, and what’s up for auction. You can also acquire NFT Names and Wearables on OpenSea. Decentraland has its own dedicated marketplace site as well. Either works fine for buying and selling the various NFTs.

Joining The Metaverse

At this point you should have a better understanding of these blockchain-based virtual worlds. In effect, they are a fun introduction to digital ownership and an important evolution in the way we interact, engage and transact with each other.

If you’re considering participating, go for it! The best way to get involved is to jump-in and start exploring. The NFT community is generally helpful and willing to teach those wanting to learn.