$100K in Early Prizes Looks to Lure the NFT-Curious to Decentraland
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Please consider using a different web browser for better experience. Please enable JavaScript in your browser for a better site experience. $100K in Early Prizes Looks to Lure the NFT-Curious to Decentraland Feb 20, 2020 at 17:11 UTC Updated Feb 20, 2020 at 17:17 UTC A look at Decentraland's Vegas Plaza. (Courtesy image) Brady Dale $100K in Early Prizes Looks to Lure the NFT-Curious to Decentraland Decentraland opened for gameplay on Thursday and anyone who thinks they might like it is better off playing now rather than later, because free stuff. For regular gamers, Decentraland may be a new kind of experience, what they call a "metaverse" where different game properties can meet in a shared virtual world. There's a potential that it could evolve into a new platform for games and social experiences. And since it’s on the ethereum blockchain, the “stuff” in that world is transferable (and sellable) beyond it. Either way, there's an estimated $100,000 worth of digital goods to be found for early explorers. There will be 15 intro games set up in the virtual world to introduce players to Decentraland's mechanics. Players going through these games can get prizes and treasures from playing. These non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are tradeable for other kinds of crypto. As was seen most famously with the game CryptoKitties, those tokens can go up in value. "It's the first virtual world that's based on blockchain technology," Federico Molina, the head of marketing at the company told CoinDesk. "I think you will be able to make a profit by playing. It's something new in that regard." Decentraland's Fede Molina (left) and Dapper Labs' Kim Cope speak at Consesus 2019. (Photo via CoinDesk archives) Earning free crypto or items for playing will probably persist on Decentraland, but as in so many other things in this space: the early incentives are very likely to be the most generous. Among the items on offer, a bunch of MANA (Decentraland's money), NFTs from a bunch of projects, such as CryptoKitties and Axie Infinity, items specific to Decentraland, 25 parcels of actual real estate within the game (more on that later) and even and HTC Exodus phone. Decentraland has the resources for profligacy. It is one of that fortunate category of initial coin offering (ICO) startups that ran its token sale before the 2017 bull run really got going. (Of note: one of Decentraland's most enthusiastic investors is CoinDesk's parent company, Digital Currency Group .) It raised $25 million selling 40 percent of the total supply of its MANA ERC-20 token, according to Molina, during a part of the year when ETH ranged from about $200 to $400. Not long after, ETH would be trading at over $1,000, giving the company a great deal of budgeting latitude. Olive Allen is a grassroots entrepreneur in NFTs, and she's both hopeful about Decentraland and frustrated about how much money it grabbed to launch. The least expensive parcel for sale as of this writing costs over $600 in MANA, making owning any chunk of the space prohibitive for regular people and creative types who might make the most use of it. "I think Decentraland has a bright gambling future – Vegas in VR – but due to barriers of entry the company created while chasing profits it closed its doors to culture and creativity," Allen told CoinDesk via text message. She compared Decentraland to San Francisco, a place that used to be great but got too expensive and drove all the cool people away, she wrote, an "attractive cultural center turned into a run-down soulless town." What is Decentraland? Decentraland is a 3D world that people can navigate like they do popular video games, such as Fortnite or Call of Duty, except players both explore and build the world, like Minecraft but with money on the line. "I think it's something really shiny. Something really new that hasn't happened before," Molina said. Theoretically, players will be able to do it with virtual reality equipment, too, but because demand for that medium has not been as high as many hoped, Decentraland is not prioritizing these features. Unlike other games, the 3D space represented into Decentraland doesn't have one coherent narrative over all of it. There are districts that people can go to in order to have certain kinds of experiences (such as looking at art, playing fighting games or gambling). The theory here is that people who have other digital experiences could build additional experiences in Decentraland. Obviously, there's nothing stopping teams from creating their own digital worlds, but if they build it in Decentraland, that presents an opportunity for discovery. Decentraland players might find your property in the game and become big fans. Some 24,000 people have had access to the beta up to now, Molina told CoinDesk. There are also themed districts set up in the game-world organized around specific kinds of themes. It being crypto, one whole district is devoted to gaming, and Decentraland has already announced a mega-casi...