The Matic Network is partnering up with Decentraland to financially support developers that want to make mini-games for inside the virtual world. A total of 100 thousand dollars worth in MATIC or MANA will be made available, and each creator could get a grant of 6 thousand dollars maximum. In addition there are prizes based on player interaction.
The Decentraland X Matic Mini-Games Creators Program is especially aimed at multiplayer or competitive experiences. Developers should finish these creations within two months. They could for example be a first person shooter, an escape room, tower defense or sports game. Of course developers need to implement the Matic Network in some way.
Those who join the competition will own the IP, but the game mechanics behind their creations could be made available open-source. The Decentraland Foundation wants to provide out-of-the-box tools to allow content creators to make experiences.
The prizes for the game creators are based on for example most active users. In addition the grant offers prizes for games with a high retention rate, the number of hosted events, MANA transacted and a community reward. Read more about the Mini-Games Creators Program here.
What is Decentraland?
Decentraland is a virtual world build on the Ethereum blockchain. Consumers can buy land within this world, and build anything. Currently ownership over virtual land is highly speculative, and the value of these lands increased significantly over the past year. Decentraland launched in February, and can now be visited by anybody using a web browser on a desktop or laptop.
Within Decentraland people can build all kinds of businesses, including shops for in-game items, art galleries and games. Decentral Games and Metazone are some of the companies that create games and run a business within Decentraland. For example, Metazone is selling complete game installations as non-fungible tokens. Landowners can install these on their land parcel and earn money from those creations, while game creators earn a share of the revenue.
Robert Hoogendoorn is a gamer and blockchain enthusiast. He got in touch with crypto in 2014, but the fire really lit in 2017. Professionally he’s a content optimization expert and worked for press agencies and video production companies, always with a focus on the video games & tech industry. He’s a content manager and creator at heart, working on Play to Earn and for a variety of third party magazines and websites.