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About Decentraland (MANA)
Ethereum-based virtual reality (VR) platform Decentraland is a 3D realm where inhabitants buy and sell a finite amount of digital LAND. The coin of this realm, part of what’s being called the metaverse, is MANA.
Just as the supply of Decentraland LAND is limited so too is MANA, a fungible ERC-20 token used on the platform to buy the one-of-a-kind parcels that come in the form of non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
LAND owners choose how their property gets digitally developed, whether it’s something interactive or more static/pedestrian, according to.
The Australian Open made headlines in mid-January, partnering with Decentraland on a virtual fan experience. Barbados, meanwhile, is planning a digital embassy in Decentraland. The Caribbean island’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade inked what could be the first diplomatic deal done in the metaverse.
Virtual spaces have become more common over the past two years with the trend accelerated by the pandemic and punctuated this past fall with the news that Facebook was changing its name to Meta. Add in the growing popularity of play-to-earn projects, such as Axie Infinity, and the explosion of NFTs, and it becomes at least partly clear why MANA spent the better part of November of 2021 surging to record highs.
Decentraland views itself as more than just an online social gaming platform, as, highlighting the platform's decentralized autonomous organizational structure (DAO) for governance decisions.
In addition to LAND NFTs, MANA can also be used to make in-world purchases of digital goods and services.
A mash-up between Minecraft and an NFT hub, Decentraland traces its beginnings to a 2015 experiment to emphasize the potential of a bottom-up-run digital domain. "Unlike other virtual worlds and social networks, Decentraland is not controlled by a centralized organization," said the project'sfirst published in March of 2017. "There is no single agent with the power to modify the rules of the software, contents of land, economics of the currency, or prevent others from accessing the world."
The first sale of MANA took place in the summer of 2017. Its initial coin offering (ICO) generated $24 million. Two years later came the beta launch of a boundaries-pushing yet mostly off-limits virtual world. Gates were open to the public in February 2020. LAND use projects since then have included interactive games and 3D-scenery creations.
Decentraland was developed by a pair of Argentineans, Estaban Ordano and Ari Meilich who founded a non-profit, The Decentraland Foundation, the. Ordano, a blockchain engineer, had previously co-founded Streamium, the first app that implemented technology for scaling blockchain payments. He was also a former software engineer at BitPay where he helped create the Bitcore library, considered a key piece of Bitcoin infrastructure.
Meilich’s background included stints in venture capital and data analytics.
Both have since retired from the project but remain involved as consultants.
Shared virtual worlds have been the subject of popular books and movies. In terms of actual innovations, the industry is still considered an early-days-proposition. However, its nascence has not prevented the metaverse from attracting a deluge of venture capital funding, according to the.
MANA is attractive to speculators but also to users seeking to have an almighty hand shaping the metaverse; Decentraland’s DAO structure allows MANA holders to vote on in-game and organizational policies.
While MANA caught on among NFT enthusiasts early in 2021, it really took off following the headline-grabbing rebranding of Facebook to Meta, in late October. Assaid, “Decentraland entered a new reality.”
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