[Axie Infinity] Funding Secured!

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It’s finally official! We’ve closed a fundraising round of $1,465,000 for Sky Mavis, the parent company of Axie Infinity. The round was led by Animoca Brands with participation from Hashed, Pangea Blockchain Fund, ConsenSys, and 500 Startups.

Axie Infinity is a digital pet universe where players battle, raise and trade cute creatures called Axies. It’s one of the highest grossing blockchain games of all time according to DappRadar.com and Dapp.com.

The funds will be used to accelerate the development of the Axie Infinity universe. We will also be building the technology needed to create fun and practical blockchain-based applications for users in the real world.

A special thanks to our community

Since our humble beginnings in early 2018 we’ve witnessed an incredible group of artists, developers, and die-hard fans come together to form the well known Axie Infinity community.

The community has been an essential piece in discovering Axie’s true potential. As one of our players eloquently put it:

The brilliance of Axie Infinity is that the platform is providing a canvas that incentivizes users to build and add value to the game world through crypto-economic incentives. There is is no technical knowledge or electricity/hardware costs for anyone looking to earn a reward for their contributions to this network.

These are some of our major accomplishments to date:

  • Released two games in the Axie universe (Breeding and Idle Battles)

  • One of the most used ERC721 contracts ever.

  • $1,100,000 worth of game assets sold, and $1,800,000 in trading volume between players.

  • World record for ETH raised by a blockchain game in one day (1,200 ETH).

  • Partnered with Samsung, Klaytn — the blockchain project of Kakao, MakerDAO, Loom Network, HTC, & other strong projects

  • Featured in Yahoo Finance, Naver, CoinDesk Korea, Dagens Næringsliv, and Decenter Korea.

Why does this matter?

  • We now have more resources to expand the team and deliver new features at an expedited rate.

  • We are getting advice, feedback and support from some amazing new allies which will help us take Axie Infinity to the next level.

  • More funding will open up many new doors for the Axie universe such as more attention from the press/influencers & the ability to attract new members to the Axie community and team.

What’s coming next?

Our current priority is launching an amazing mobile application in the first half of 2020. The application will introduce “play to earn” to a new wave of blockchain users through beautiful, competitive, and immersive gameplay.

Make sure to join our Discord where we can build the Axie universe together!

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So who are our investors?

We are incredibly excited to share some more information about our all-star cast of investors. We’re grateful that they’ve joined our community in recognizing the strength of the Sky Mavis team and the potential of Axie Infinity at an early stage.

Animoca Brands

Animoca Brands (ASX: AB1) leverages gamification, blockchain, and artificial intelligence technologies to develop and publish a broad portfolio of mobile products. The company is based in Hong Kong, Canada, Finland, and Argentina

“We are very pleased and honoured to invest in and work with Sky Mavis, who has built up Axie Infinity into one of the most successful and popular blockchain games on the market. We look forward to a fruitful relationship.”

Yat Siu, Chairman of Animoca Brands

Hashed

Hashed is a global, early-stage venture fund focused on backing founders who are pioneering the future of blockchain and cryptocurrency.

It has given me much pleasure to work with the Sky Mavis team who truly appreciates the value of community engagement. Building on top of its strong fan base from the beginning, the team implemented impressive strategies to evolve the blockchain gaming industry to the next level. I personally look forward to what new heights it can set to usher in the age of virtual world we believe in.

Kyuntae Ethan Kim, Managing Partner of Hashed

Pangea Blockchain Fund

Pangea is focused on commercial and industrial applications for blockchain technology.

We are proud to be a part of the strong community that is growing around Axie Infinity. The Sky Mavis team has built an exceptional platform that fundamentally changes the way developers and gamers interact with the virtual world. I feel great excitement and anticipation as we await what is to come for Axie!

Stephen Duplessie, Co-Founder of Pangea Blockchain Fund

ConsenSys

ConsenSys is a global blockchain technology company building the infrastructure, applications, and practices that enable a decentralized world. The investment was made through Coven, a software platform used by ConsenSys employees to collaboratively source, diligence, and make venture investment decisions for ConsenSys.

We have been following the journey of the Axie Infinity team for over a year as they’ve created a world which has amassed a large community of dedicated players and developers. They continue to innovate using NFTs and we look forward to supporting them as they onboard a new wave of mainstream gamers into the blockchain space.

Chris Gonsalves, ConsenSys

500 Startups

500 Startups is a venture capital firm on a mission to discover and back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, help them create successful companies at scale, and build thriving global ecosystems.

“I have observed Axie Infinity and the Sky Mavis teamfor over a year, and it has been a real pleasure to see everyone come together, from a hodgepodge of international & diverse talent to an integrated team, one with a real shot at shifting paradigms not “only” in gaming but perhaps even in blockchain adoption more broadly.”

Eddie Thai, Partner of 500 Startups Vietnam

Sky Mavis

“I’m so proud of our team and community. This is what Blockchain development is all about, a small team from Vietnam being able to attract funding from some of the top investors in the space. We now have the resources to take the Axie vision to people in the real world. We’re fully focused and locked in on the mobile app launch right now — we can’t wait to show it to everyone.”

Trung Nguyen, CEO and Co-Founder of Sky Mavis

Our community members are always quick to ask: How can I help?

We always appreciate whenever our community and friends help us by:

Want to get in touch with us? Send an email to aleksander@axieinfinity.com

[Axie Infinity] The Lunacian Issue #11

Samsung Partnership, Loom Validator Launch, Development Update, Land Market Heating Up

Welcome to the 11th issue of The Lunacian, a periodical covering the latest news & developments from the Axie universe!

If you haven’t already, make sure to join our Discord to meet the rest of our happy, healthy, and energetic community!

Join Axie Discord

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Development Update

We’re getting closer to the launch of our mobile application every day. There have been calls for an updated roadmap lately and we understand and appreciate the desire for clarity! We will be releasing an updated roadmap with our white paper, which we expect to make public this quarter.

  • Our engineers, art team, and product designers have moved on to PVE chimera battles. This is a crucial step in working towards land gameplay which we know you all are so excited for!

  • Most of the work remaining around PVP battles centers around balancing and reward system design.

  • We have set an internal deadline for the soft launch of the mobile application.

Samsung Partnership!

We’re thrilled to announce that we've partnered with THE Samsung!

As a first step, they’ve integrated Axie into the Samsung Blockchain Wallet!

Full Announcement

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Axie Infinity Loom Validator is Live!

We’ve launched our Loom validator!

That means you can now stake your LOOM tokens with us.

In just over a week we’ve hit over 11 M LOOM staked inside our validator. That’s around 250,000 USD worth of LOOM!

Stake LOOM with Axie

The validator rewards will be used for play-to-earn in-game prizes! Get the full scoop here.

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Breeding System Upgrade

In 1 month, we will be making a healthy adjustment to the breeding system.

Axies, other than MEO and Origin Axies, will only be able to breed 1 time before requiring an ingredient called “Love Potion” ( name not finalized)  + the standard EXP to produce a child.

This ingredient will be distributed as a reward for battling.

We are making this announcement in advance to give you all time to prepare for this adjustment.

This change is necessary to preserve the play to earn elements of our ecosystem.

We have always said it will get progressively harder to breed Axies and this is another step towards fulfilling that promise.

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Savannah Land Floor Hits .097 ETH!

The Axie land market is heating up with the cheapest Savannah plot now listed at .097 ETH.

Prices were .05 (with items included) during the sale, .04 with full discounts on the first day!

We also saw a triple mystic sell for 12 ETH as well!

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That’s it for now!

The Axie Infinity Team

Axie Infinity Discord — Want to start playing but not sure where to start? Join our Discord, our community will answer any questions you have!

Axie Infinity Twitter— Our DM’s are always open :)

AxieWorld.com— A community-run site that aggregates the top Axie tools, guides, and mini-games.





[Axie Infinity] The Lunacian Issue #10

Development Update, Application Testing, Hackathon Axie Asia Tour

Welcome to the 10th issue of The Lunacian, a periodical covering the latest news & developments from the Axie universe!

If you haven’t already, make sure to join our Discord to meet the rest of our happy, healthy, and energetic community!

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Development Update

We’re so excited for what’s in store for the Axie universe. Early this summer, we decided to allocate more time and resources towards the mobile application and we believe it was a great decision. The real-time battle system needs to be great as we believe it’s what will greatly expand the number of people that will fall in love with the Axie universe. It’s also key to enabling an amazing land gameplay system through real-time chimera battles so we wanted to polish it with care.

  • We’ve deployed 14 patches for the application.

  • All effects are now working, and we are working on balancing at the moment.

  • Our testers are loving it so far!

  • With just balancing left, our product team is moving on to Chimera battles and the reward system for the mobile application.

  • We will be adding additional testers within the next week.

  • We’ve finished a draft of the LUNA white paper and have sent it our advisors for review.

  • We now have 21 members on the team, we started 2019 with 9!

Quotes from the Alpha

“My first thought: this should be really easy for someone with basic knowledge to pickup."

“The most fun aspect is definitely the new dimension of strategic thinking and playing this enables.”

“First impression: This is great, I want to buy more Axies.”

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Axie Japan and Korea Tour

Aleksander, our COO and Jihoz, our Growth Lead, just finished up a trip to Japan and Korea!

The Axie brand is spreading and we made a bunch of new friends and allies on the trip!

Most notably, Aleksander gave a talk at Korea Blockchain week, alongside figures such as Vitalik Buterin.

Jihoz even made an appearance on CNBC Crypto trader!

Check out some photos from the trip below!

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Matic X Axie X MakerDAO Hackathon!

This past weekend, we co-hosted a hackathon with Matic Network and MakerDAO in Bangalore, India.

We learned a bunch about our dev tooling and look forward to hosting more of these in the future. These are crucial experiments as we start gearing up to work on an easy-to-use SDK for building on top of Axie!

Congrats to the winning teams, Blockleague and Axiebet!

That’s it for now!

The Axie Infinity Team

Axie Infinity Discord — Want to start playing but not sure where to start? Join our Discord, our community will answer any questions you have!

Axie Infinity Twitter— Our DM’s are always open :)

AxieWorld.com— A community-run site that aggregates the top Axie tools, guides, and mini-games.

[Axie Infinity] Lunacian Issue #9

Development Update, 500 Startups Demo Day, Psycheout Korea Presentation, Community Shoutouts

Welcome to the 9th issue of The Lunacian, a periodical covering the latest news & developments from the Axie universe!

If you haven’t already, make sure to join our Discord to meet the rest of our happy, healthy, and energetic community!

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Development Update

  • We’ve rolled out a private alpha test for the mobile application to 9 fanatic community members.

  • We are deploying ~1 new patch per day.

  • The application works on both mobile & desktop.

  • We have finished an infographic describing the new battle system.

  • We have added a new abstract to the LUNA white paper.

  • We are working on a new marketplace that will combine Land, Items, & Axies.

  • The number of influencers & media connections we have has been growing at 8% weekly rate.

  • Our product meeting synced up on upcoming feature releases and priorities after the application release.

  • We will be announcing a hackathon with some heavy hitting partners soon.

  • The team will be at Blockchain week in Korea, presenting alongside top industry leaders such as Vitalik Buterin. Send a message to aleksander@axieinfinity if you’re around!

  • Andy and Jihoz got haircuts.

500 Startups Demo Day

Last week, we had the honor of presenting Axie Infinity to some of Asia’s top investors, media outlets, and influencers. People are fascinated by the Axie journey and we came out of the event with new allies. Here are some photos of the team in action!

Psycheout Presentation in Korea

Aleks, (AKA Psycheout) presented at the Hashed Lounge on our approach to NFT design. Check it out!

Community Shoutouts

Kudos to:

  • DannyCorp for helping shape the future of LUNA token.

  • Jdor for being a rock of the community and pushing us to learn about the future of money.

  • Binary Assets for his leadership in Discord.

  • Chaz for energetically welcoming new community members and always having a positive spirit.

  • What the Moose for being the most fearsome Axie trainer since Uselezz’s reign.

  • Chief for his positive energy and support of community projects such as Axie.gg.

  • Freak for being an unsung hero— his tools are still the most used of any community developer!

  • Zakke for never giving up, no matter what life throws his way. Congrats on being able to stream again!

  • Spawn for his comedic relief in Discord.

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    That’s it for now!

    The Axie Infinity Team

    Axie Infinity Discord — Want to start playing but not sure where to start? Join our Discord, our community will answer any questions you have!

    Axie Infinity Twitter— Our DM’s are always open :)

    AxieWorld.com— A community-run site that aggregates the top Axie tools, guides, and mini-games.

[Axie Infinity] Lunacian Issue #8

Development Updates, Axie.gg Launch, Player Shoutouts, Land Market Liquidity, Leek!

Welcome to the 8th issue of The Lunacian, a periodical covering the latest news & developments from the Axie universe!

If you haven’t already, make sure to join our Discord to meet the rest of our happy, healthy, and energetic community!

Join Axie Discord

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Development Update

  • We have finalized a white paper for the LUNA token. Rewarding community members for their contributions to our ecosystem is the paramount theme.

  • We have initiated partnership talks with 2 major players in the blockchain space.

  • We have started to think about hackathon frameworks that will reward our community developers, as well as attract new developers/players.

  • We are currently drawing up a meetup framework that will be crucial in our growth plan for the mobile application.

  • Today (!), we began an internal test of the mobile application. An exclusive alpha will commence soon.

  • Our Art team is entering uncharted territory.

  • We will be presenting at 500 Startups Demo Day on September 5th!

Axie.gg Launch

The much-anticipated community project, axie.gg is live!

Axie.gg helps you find great deals on battle-ready Axies.  Powerful search options based on price, power rating, and more.  Find exactly the Axies you are looking for and get the best price.

Try axie.gg

Player Shoutouts

Kudos to:

  • ExHuman and ExHTO for setting a strong example in the Dapp.com community art contest.

  • Jdor for smooth Discord deployment of his marketplace notification bot.

  • Victor Regara for his energetic contributions to the Discord chat & engagement with new players.

  • EnforcerJ & Catdicax for their lovely Axie streams and Discord engagement.

  • Bronzebeard for his informative Axie articles (like this one) & fun driving streams (are those legal?).

  • RcTech for not starting a riot while he waits for the mobile application and more official tournaments.

  • Heresy for fighting Venezuela’s slow internet to stream Axie!

Land Market Heats Up

Liquidity, liquidity, liquidity!

Some new arrivals sparked a land acquisition frenzy over the last week.

Welcome to our new Barons!

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Leak!

Here’s another leak from the new live-battle system!

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That’s it for now!

The Axie Infinity Team

Axie Infinity Discord — Want to start playing but not sure where to start? Join our Discord, our community will answer any questions you have!

Axie Infinity Twitter — Our DM’s are always open :)

AxieWorld.com — A community-run site that aggregates the top Axie tools, guides, and mini-games.

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