Player Spotlight: KooKoo!

The rise of Axie will spawn an entirely new generation of Blockchain gaming content creators. Rather than waiting for mainstream gaming influencers to jump onboard, the Axie community has been proactive in fostering and supporting its very own group of home grown talent.

Kookoo from the Phillipines is an up and coming Axie Youtuber. He’s become a vital leader for the community and helped to onboard thousands of grateful Axie players. Let’s learn about his journey!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get involved with Axie?

I’m a serial entrepreneur traveling around Southeast Asia, mostly in the Philippines, for the business development of some FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) brands from the PH and the US.

I got involved in the Blockchain space during the ICO days of 2017 and got interested, so I started investing in it.

How did you get involved with Axie?

I saw an article from Coindesk that was posted by Peter Ing in his Facebook Group BlockchainSpace last year, Aug. 27, 2020.

I was really looking for activities to divert my focus and attention which could help me with my depression after closing our businesses and while I cope up with the stress of dealing with buyers and suppliers of our new project on global medical supplies for COVID-19 Response.

After watching some videos, two days after I decided to buy 2 Axies in the Marketplace and 2,000+ Small Love Potion on Uniswap to breed them and start my team. I started seeking advice in the Discord server from Filipino players, and fortunately, they’ve been very welcoming and helpful. I made a lot of new friends and started my own YouTube channel to easily introduce the game to anyone who wants to play and earn.

2. What does play to earn mean to you?

Play to earn is simply putting in time and effort by actively playing the game, enjoying it with your newfound friends, and getting rewarded knowing that you have true ownership of your game-assets that can possibly increase in value long-term while you participate.

3. What do you want to see more of in the Axie community?

Definitely looking forward to the land gameplay. After the Project K test, the vision was clear that this will be one of its kind digital nations that other games will follow. I can’t wait to socialize, build communities, play games within the game, and add value to the economy while generating long-term rewards.

4. Axie has taken off in the Philippines, what is the key to getting traction in a new market that might not be native english speaking fully.

Expose. Engage. Entertain. Educate.

Exposure from players doing live streams on different Social media platforms. Blogs, articles, videos sharing their stories, tips on how to get started with Axie, and the benefits of playing it.

Engagement from community members guiding new people about the how to’s and the why’s of this game. Being actively involved in the Discord server, Telegram, and Facebook page/groups like a Kuya (Big Bro) or Ate (Big Sis) helping newbies get started right.

Entertainment comes into play by participating or watching tournaments, giveaways, community-driven content, and other programs that make the game more fun and exciting. It’s not just about farming SLPs or other assets; it’s about having fun with your newfound family and friends while playing.

Education is important, most especially in the blockchain/crypto space. There are many scams out there taking advantage of the ignorance of most people who don't have a clue. The first step to getting involved is ultimately to understand what it is, the technology behind it, and how you can benefit from it. I’m hoping to see more initiatives from the community providing relevant content.

5. What are you and your community members most excited about for the future?

There’s so much to be excited about but I’m most excited to use Ronin. To breed, transact, and do a lot of things without worrying about the transaction fees and knowing that all these activities will benefit the community long term.

6. Do you see the SLP farmers holding AXS at all?

Yes, it has always been my goal to educate more people about the benefits of holding AXS. SLP is just the icing on the cake, and like most people, they will get attracted to the game because of the short-term value from farming it. But holding and staking AXS is knowing how to bake a cake and enjoy the long-term benefits. When you hold AXS, It is true ownership. We’re not just farmers, we are owners, and anyone can help shape the future of the game.

7. What is YGG and what are you trying to accomplish?

YGG or Yield Guild Games mission is to onboard millions of players from around the world into the “play-to-earn” revolution.

It’s time for players to get rewarded by playing blockchain games that they can have ownership and enjoy the benefits of blockchain technology. Turning gamers into investors.

We aim to help the rest of the world get started with playing games and earning money for their contributions to building the new Metaverse economy.

8. What is your personal vision for Axie?

My personal vision is to be a determined and useful guide to others by teaching and motivating them to make an impact and difference in their own special way that will contribute to the massive growth of Axie Infinity.

I dreamed of traveling into different parts of the world, meeting new friends, and hearing their stories of how Axie changed their lives.

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Axie's 2020: Rise Of A Nation

What a year! When the historians write the history of Axie, 2020 will stick out as a key turning point for our digital nation. People are now building businesses, working for real income, socializing with friends, all while competing and having fun in the Axie universe.

2020 set us up for massive expansion with major breakthroughs across all aspects of the ecosystem. It’s mind blowing to think back on the days when all we could do was look at our Axies and chat with each other on Discord. This has truly been the adventure of a lifetime.

Growth

2020 taught us that steady, compounding growth eventually goes exponential. Community building is like chemistry. There is a certain critical mass (or activation energy for the chemists) that’s needed for an explosion to happen. When you start building, you may not know where exactly that number is. Many give up on good products, believing that slow, steady growth will always remain slow. This space however, is all about network effects. This means that each user adds value to the network and that the value added to the network actually increases with each subsequent entrant.

NFTs are still a very small market. However, it’s now become undeniable that this technology is helping people in new and profound ways. The future will be about making Axie more fun, more accessible so our vision finds the next generation.

Let’s dive into the data that defined 2020:

  • Axie holders jumped 743% from 3,284 to 27,716. It was a joy to watch this go exponential with the rise of play to earn and positive media attention around Axie.

  • Monthly active on-chain users, skyrocketed 3063% from 594 to 18,790. This also demonstrates that the percentage of active Axie holders improved dramatically.

  • The number of weekly active Alpha testers rose 4,340% from 523 to 23,224. We know that this is being significantly held back by the lack of a free to try option, so this growth foreshadows massive potential.

  • Yearly marketplace volume shot up 608% from 2,944 ETH to 20,850 ETH.

New Allies

2020 ushered in a new era of collaboration between Axie and some very critical allies. We were proud to welcome Ubisoft, Binance, Nonfungibles.com, Animoca Brands, and Sparq as validators for Ronin, our Ethereum Sidechain.

We also launched special NFT quests with Kyber Network and Aave, two of the leading DeFi protocols. One of our missions is to educate you about Blockchain, decentralized finance (DeFi) has the potential to change our relationship with money for the better, forever by reducing the role of financial middlemen (banks) and centralized decision makers (typically governments).

Chainlink joined the Axie cause as well, after we integrated their decentralized price feeds for our marketplace.

We also announced a successful strategic sale for AXS, our native token. Through this, we garnered new Allies that have already started working hard on our behalf.

Axie Infinity Shards: AXS

In the famous novel and now film, Ready Player One, players embark on a quest to win The Oasis. In 2020, we took steps to create our own quest to earn the Axie universe. However, we’ve broken up ownership into 270 Million parts or “Shards” and will release these to you, our player-base over the next five years. Rather than bequeathing the game to one person, winner takes all, we will broaden access through diverse distribution to competitive players, farmers, land holders, and content creators.

At Sky Mavis we would rather own a reasonable slice of a huge ecosystem than a huge slice of something that cannot scale due to misaligned incentives.

We were proud to craft the token with our friends at Delphi Digital and team up with the largest international Crypto exchange Binance for the launch!

AXS White Paper

Product Advancements

Land/Project K

2020 saw development resources and attention ramp up on Axie land gameplay. This progress culminated with a 7 day demo, Project K, which wrapped up earlier this month. It was a joy to see you interact with your land plots for the first time and come up with truly outstanding plot designs.

Through the demo you could:

  • Populate your land plots with your favorite Axies

  • Gather resources to craft tools and furniture

  • Place your land items on plots for decoration

  • Battle Chimera for resources

Missed the fun? Checkout this great overview from Cagyjan, a blockchain gaming Youtuber that exploded on the scene this year!

Battles V2

We’re always looking to iterate and advance our battle system. Just as most franchises modernize and update their battle systems over time, we are taking a similar approach.

Axie battles have come a long way since the auto-battle days of 2018 and 2019. However, we believe that crafting a fun game is crucial to the health and growth of the ecosystem. With this in mind we are revamping the battle system to be more skill based, faster paced, and to allow for a greater diversity of Axie and team compositions.

The revamped battle system is currently going through internal testing. The first step will be to make it available to some of our top players for further feedback before a public release.

Ronin

Our players are currently competing for gas with sophisticated traders, financial organizations, and arbitrage bots. This is causing tens of thousands of dollar a month in deadweight loss that could be retained within the ecosystem. In essence, the Axie community is overpaying for security by competing with an increasingly large number of sophisticated financial transactions for block space. The majority of Axie related transactions would be better off on a sidechain. This is why we’ve built Ronin, our customized scaling solution for Axie Infinity.

This year’s work on Ronin culminated with the launch of a public Testnet. The Testnet will run until all bugs are squashed and we are confident in a successful rollout. Ronin deployment will also be an opportunity for upgrades to our genetics and breeding system which should allow for better opportunities for our players.

There’s currently a bug bounty with 15,000 AXS in rewards. If you’re a community developer looking to prove your talents, this is a perfect opportunity!

Ronin Bug Bounty

The Themes of 2020

2020 saw the rise of a few crucial narratives that will help push Axie into the spotlight for years to come.

Play to Earn

We see our players as citizens and owners of Axie, not just customers or players. In 2020, we saw the rise of play to earn in Axie as a liquid market around Small Love Potion, developed. The only source of these potions is by playing Axie, we do not own any. This means that Axie breeders and collectors must either play the game or buy the potions from other players. This player-owned market has created a healthy market around these potions which caught major media attention.

In August, an article around players in the Phillipines emerged which opened the eyes of many to the incredible potential of this new model. We expect play to earn to drive massive growth of Blockchain games, especially through systems where players can earn pieces of the games they are playing. The way we’ve structured AXS sets up play to earn for a massive experiment in the years to come.

Game Items as an Asset Class

It wasn’t just potion farmers that have been empowered this year. Some of our long time supporters and collectors saw the value of their rare and supply-capped Axies skyrocket as word of the Axie revolution spread like wildfire. We even saw institutions start to acquire Axies.

In an increasingly digital world, who cares if you have a nice watch or car? Increasingly, showing off your rare game items will be the way to show off and network.

What Are Mystic Axies?

A Digital Nation

Axie is more than a game. It used to be hard for many to see this. It’s becoming more obvious by the day. We now have the building blocks in place for the genesis of a new digital nation complete with property rights, sports (competitive play), land, and a system of government.

Axie is place for friendship, fun, and economic opportunity. You are not players, you are owners and citizens of this nation. Community led initiatives such as Axie.zone, AxieWorld, and Axiechat and so many more, are proving that you are taking this responsibility seriously.

Looking Ahead

The focus of 2021 will be product launches that further increase the growth potential of our budding ecosystem. These product launches will make Axie more fun, more rewarding, and increasingly accessible to the 7+ billion people that have no idea what an Axie is.

In 2021, let’s stay hungry. We cannot grow complacent in our success. The larger our nation becomes, the greater the stakes and the potential. Please remember that as a member of the Axie community, anything you do reflects upon the rest of us. We must stand strong, united, and remember that the pursuit of wealth is not a worthy goal. We are here to provide a new model for games and society while bringing blockchain to all corners of the Earth.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year,

The Axie Infinity Team

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Ronin Public Testnet Release!

Validators Announcement, Bug Bounty

  • Ronin’s public Testnet is live! Ronin is a scaling solution built specifically for Axie Infinity.

  • We’ve launched a bug bounty program with AXS rewards for our Community Developers to help ensure Ronin is ready for Mainnet launch!

  • We’re excited to announce our initial validator set! Validators are the guardians of Ronin, making sure that all data is preserved accurately.

Today’s a day that we’ve been looking forward to for months now. It’s with great joy that we announce the launch of Ronin’s public Testnet!

This deployment follows a successful private Testnet phase and means that our full launch of Ronin Mainnet is getting closer!

What’s Ronin?

We’re here to introduce the world to Blockchain through fun experiences with concrete benefits. The rise of Axie has been an incredible journey so far; we’ve grown alongside our stalwart community to become the most played game on Ethereum.

One issue that’s acted as a thorn in our side has been network congestion. In order for Axie to go truly viral and reach the friends and family of our friends and family, Axie needs a long term scaling solution that broadens access to our revolution.

That’s why we’ve built Ronin — an Ethereum sidechain made specifically for Axie Infinity. A Ronin was a samurai without a master in feudal Japan; Ronin represents our desire to take the destiny of our product into our own hands.

Like a restaurant that produces its own furniture and silverware, we prefer to hand craft the user experience for our players ourselves.

Ronin will make playing Axie fast, seamless, and more fun.

Ronin Key Facts

  • Ronin is an Ethereum sidechain built specifically for Axie Infinity. Each Axie is an ERC721 token represented as a unique digital creature that can be used in a variety of games. So far, there are Axie battles and a kingdom-building game centered around ownership of land plots (Project K). Land and items (artifacts) are also ERC 721 tokens. Small Love Potions (SLP) and Axie Infinity Shards (AXS) are ERC 20 tokens native to the Axie ecosystem.

  • Ronin is currently a Byzantine Fault Tolerant proof of authority(POA) network operated by validators. Validators are appointed by Sky Mavis, the core developers of Axie Infinity.

  • Asset transfers require approval from 2/3 of Validators in order to be approved. Over time, Ronin will be upgraded to incorporate proof of stake elements as well as new layer 2 solutions such as ZK Sync and rollups. These are not production ready for NFTS yet.

  • Validators are responsible for authoring and validating blocks, updating price oracles, and approving deposits and transfers of assets (ETH, ERC20, and ERC721) to and from Ronin. Validators also control the addition and removal of other validators.

Bug Bounty

To kick off the Testnet release, we’re holding a bug bounty program with AXS rewards for our Community Developers to help ensure Ronin has no major bugs. This will run until Mainnet is deployed or the amount of AXS reserved for the program (15,000) is hit. Join the bounty program through the button below!

Ronin Bug Bounty Program

* Please note that the bounties are the for the Ronin smart contracts only.

Ronin Launch Validators

We’re delighted to announce the initial validators for Ronin!

Validators ensure the security of the chain by verifying transactions; they’re the bedrock which we’ll build castles on. Validators are also important partners for growing our community and ecosystem. They’re far more than just the guardians of Ronin!

The Ronin launch validators have the opportunity to support and observe novel experiments that fuse gaming with finance.

Without further ado, here are our launch validators:

Ubisoft

Gaming company Ubisoft was the inaugural validator and have been assisting us with Ronin since we joined the Entrepreneurs Labs Program. Their advice and feedback has been critical to get us to this point, and we are grateful for their continued support.

Binance

After working closely with Binance for the Axie Infinity IEO we are happy to announce that Binance will be joining as one of the first validators on Ronin. Their reputation in the blockchain space is stellar, and we are happy to call them one of our closest allies.

Nonfungible.com

Nonfungible.com is a bulwark of the NFT space. Since inception, they have been the only data provider focused solely on NFTs. Nonfunigble.com has shown they have the ability to make tough decisions to protect the integrity of this budding space. We’re ecstatic to have them throw their weight and technical talent behind Ronin!

Animoca Brands

In addition to being the lead investor in our seed round last year, Animoca Brands (AB1) have signed on as an early validator. Their expertise in the space and continued support means a lot to us. 

SPARQ

Sparq has experience running validators for a variety of high profile networks. Sparq was also a key participant in our AXS strategic sale and has helped us build out our Phillipines community.

What’s Next?

Upon a successful Testnet period, which we anticipate running for a few months, we will deploy Ronin to Mainnet and then move Land and Land Items from Loom Network to Ronin. Next Axies will be moved over and relevant smart contracts will be deployed on Ronin.

If you’re interested in learning more about Ronin, send us a message here: hello@axieinfinity.com.

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Merry AXmaS!

Play to earn AXS tokens this Holiday Season

Merry AXmaS! To celebrate our best year yet, we’re rewarding 10,000 AXS across the top 200 players on the leaderboard! AXmaS season comes with a patch so update from your Mavis Hub, Testflight (IOS,) or through the Axie Discord channel linked below (Android)!

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AXS Rewards

This is a paradigm shift in the way games work. For the first time ever, you can earn a piece of the game you’re playing through PVP competition. The stakes are higher than ever!

This is only the beginning of play to earn in Axie. Due to the success of the AXS token, the year 1 play to earn budget is over 10 million dollars!

Please note that each human is eligible for 1 leaderboard reward. Any attempts to abuse the system will result in swift bans from Sky Mavis* products.

Balancing Update

We’ve implemented a variety of balancing changes. You can review them through the graphic below!

Additionally, the Class Bonus is now 10%, down from 15%. We believe this will help open up the possibilities for team composition and Axie selection!

We fixed a bug where secret classes were not getting a 7.5% shield bonus when playing cards from their affiliated classes.


Matchmaking Rating Change

Starting now, we will no longer freeze matchmaking rating in the offseason. This was creating some skewed incentives. If you need help climbing the leaderboard, make sure to visit Axie.zone, an amazing community-built site for PVP tips and data.

SLP Claim Period

From now on, SLP can be claimed once every 14 days. This is to prevent sophisticated potion forming operations from hurting our economy.

We hope you and your loved ones have an amazing end of year and cozy Holiday season. Make sure to let them know about the amazing revolution that we’ve started together.

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Player Spotlight: RCTech

Axie is becoming more than a game. For many, it’s a digital nation where they’ve found friends, economic opportunities, and a fun competitive battle scene. RCTech is the embodiment of this trend. We sat down with this legendary Axie battler to learn more about what drives him forward and how he views the future of Axie!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into Axie.

I got into Axie Infinity after I watched Joshbaked’s stream back during fall of 2018. I saw the game and immediately recognized the potential. This was way back when we still had auto-battles. The battles were ( even at that time) amazing and I’d never seen a game where you had that much control of your assets. I decided a couple months later to start streaming and join my first Axie tournaments. That was a lot of fun and an amazing experience. Thats where I met a lot of players that are still my friends to this day.

2. You're big in the competitive PvP scene, what makes Axie fun and competitive for you?

Axie battles for me has to be like every other sport: challenging. I don’t have a gaming background but I do know competition; I was an amateur athlete before an injury ended my career. Competing in Axie has actually given me a new competitive outlet to fill that void.

The creator of the Axie moves is a genius for the way they fit together. The meta keeps changing and players are breeding crazy combos, which I have to solve and create effective counters for.

RCTech is a top PvP competitor in tournaments such as the Infinity Cup

3. What does play to earn mean to you?

Everything. Thats probably the number one reason I stayed with Axie and decided to make it my career. It made no sense for me all my life to play a lot of games, without being rewarded for your effort. Axie made is a fun, competitive game. But the fact that it’s actually rewarding me and helping me in real life makes it special.

4. What are you most excited about for Axie's future?

I’m excited for the endless possibilities related to Axie land. I’d love to have a Pokemon style gym on my estate. There, people would have to beat Lev0x members to get certain rewards. I’m waiting very patiently.

5. Do you have any advice for new players? How can someone become a top Axie trainer?

My first question for new players: How bad do you want it? I put in a 2 year grind to be in the position where I am in now. Back then, it was actually much riskier to dedicate your life to this. The game was not as fun and the community was tiny. It’s clear now that Axie will revolutionize gaming so the risks have been dramatically lowered.

I gave up a lot of stuff to be in the Axie discord everyday. Do not spent your time complaining in the Discord, instead try to learn from people and make it work for you.

Never forget you are your own company in Axie Infinity. This means you are responsible for every decision you make. So every Axie you buy, every land sale and every friend you make can be another opportunity.

A lot of times I see people thinking that some problems have to be solved directly by the Axie team because they say so. That’s not how its going to work, you are a guest in the Discord. A guest with a lot of privileges if you contribute to the community. Lastly: ALWAYS think about how you can improve the community with your own talents. The Axie community can’t grow if we don’t work together using our own unique skills and abilities.

6. What's your personal vision for Axie?

I hope that we can grow to a place that having 4 year Axie experience is equal to a university education. I learned a lot more about finance through Axie than in school while earning more than in my “real world” job.

7. What makes Axie special compared to a normal traditional game?

You can play your way to financial freedom. Is it a guarantee? Of course not. But the only thing that is holding you back is your courage to do things. Lot of people don’t think for themselves and just like to follow people, which isn’t a crime but don’t complain if you don’t make it. You have to be humble enough to learn and arrogant enough to create your own plan.

8. What did you know about Blockchain prior to Axie?

Not more than any other person, I heard about Bitcoin but I never got triggered to learn more about it. It all seemed very difficult. I made a couple of small investments in altcoins long time ago, but looking back I didn’t know what I was doing most of the time.

9. What are you doing now in the Axie community?

Everything I do in the crypto space is usually connected to Axie. I have my passion project RC Axie Cards, where I showcase high quality Axie Art which eventually can be used in Lunacia. I'm also co-owner of Lev0x eSports together with Dabozz, here we guide talented players to pro level and I try to compete at the highest levels myself.

My latest achievement is being an advisor/community mod for AxieTree. I really like their vision for the Axie Community. Axie needed a product like this for some time because of the insane growth the last few months. We are launching on Dec 25th, and we can’t wait to show you guys all the upcoming features.

Thanks to Jihoz and Psycheout, I had a 2 year Axie education about what it means to create a community and how to keep the high standards of AI alive in these projects. So for everybody who wants to step up in the community my advice is: Be yourself, make friends, take chances and the most important thing: Play Axie everyday!

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