We highlight the people, products, and protocols shaping the future of crypto, DeFi, and web3. Your hosts, Matthew Howells-Barby and Austin Knight, will take you on a journey of decrypting the various concepts related to blockchain and web3 technology, explaining them in a language that everyone can understand.
Genopets: combining move-to-earn tokenomics with the nostalgia of 90's Tamagochi pets
If you listened to our episode on STEPN back in March, you’re probably familiar with the term “move-to-earn”. It’s a subset of play-and-earn and it’s gaining a lot of traction.
Put simply, these web3 games center around you doing physical activity in exchange for crypto-based rewards. STEPN has arguably been the category creator here and now boasts over 300,000 DAUs, but there are a lot of new projects entering the space that are building on the model.
Genopets is one of them.
It’s probably unfair to say they’re new to the space because this project has been in the works for several years, but what I love about it is how they blend together the nostalgia of a Tamagotchi game with a physical exercise game element.
If you have no idea what a Tamagotchi is, well, you obviously didn’t grow up through the 90s!
Actual gameplay to one side, the Genopets tokenomics are really interesting. They have both a completely free-to-play element that doesn’t require you to purchase an NFT initially, as well as a path that includes buying in-game assets.
I’ve been playing in the beta and have been enjoying it so far, and I believe they’re slated for a full launch in Q3 of this year. If you’ve enjoyed some of the recent episodes where we’ve been speaking with GameFi teams, this one’s going to be popular with you.
I talk with Albert Chen, the co-founder & CEO, as well as Kevin Kim, the COO, and we dig into all aspects of the gameplay, game economy, and what to expect from the future of the project.
Off-Chain 5-12-22: The monumental UST de-peg and $4bn Bitcoin short position that's melting down the market
Markets have been in turmoil this past week, triggered by rising inflation concerns and then the monumental de-pegging of the Terra stablecoin, $UST.
We dig into exactly what happened, including how someone has walked away with around $800mm in profit as a result. All this and more in this week's episode of Off Chain, your weekly roundup of the biggest stories happening in web3.
Building the communication protocol for web3 with Shane Mac from XMTP
We sit down with Shane Mac, the cofounder of XMTP, which aims to become the communication network for web3. We discuss the evolution of communication and how there's a huge gap in web3 for wallet-to-wallet communication that requires an infrastructure layer like SMTP to power it.
Off-Chain 5/5/22: The $320mm Otherside land sale, Fantom liquidation drama, and Tennessee is recognizing DAOs.
In this week's episode of Off-Chain, we dig into the biggest web3 stories of the week, including:
The $320mm Otherside land sale. Square Enix goes all-in on GameFi. The $55mm Fantom liquidation that's been causing chaos on the network. Tennessee is legally recognizing the formation of DAOs. Fort Worth is running a small Bitcoin mining experiment. Coinbase takes out the first Bitcoin-backed loan. Kraken's new NFT marketplace.
Crabada: the game responsible for over 60% of Avalanche transactions
I speak to Bumzy, one of the early contributors to the Crabada ecosystem, and now leading growth at CrabaDAO. We take a look under the shell of the play & earn game that's accounting for over 60% of the Avalanche network's transactions.
Bumzy's Twitter. Crabada website. CrabaDAO website.
Off-Chain 4/28/22: Bitcoin 401(k)s, Optimism's token launch, and Coinbase's NFT marketplace has arrived.
This is the first episode of our new weekly series, Off-Chain, that covers the biggest stories in web3 from the past week.
In this week's episode, we cover:
Stripe launching crypto payments. Fidelity offers Bitcoin as a 401(k) investment option. Optimism has announced its token launch (plus airdrop). Coinbase announces beta of NFT marketplace.
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Really enjoying this podcast. Matthew and Austin approach the topic from a place of technical and intellectual curiosity, not from investing greed, which makes it the only financially themed podcast I've ever beena able to tolerate. Thanks guys!
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Refreshing to find a podcast that is focused on quality content instead of marketing themselves. Keep it up guys.