Star Atlas: The Future of Blockchain Gaming
An unrivalled contender in blockchain gaming
The global gaming industry is colossal, with over 2.7 billion worldwide users generating over 300 billion in annual revenue. By 2025, this has been projected to grow by another 13%. It is therefore unsurprising that futurists and blockchain enthusiasts are seeking to marry cryptocurrency, DeFi and NFTs into a lucrative blockchain gaming industry.
Many games on the blockchain are designed with simplistic (yet sometimes extremely fun and robust) in-game tokenomics and gameplay. However, no one has created a fully scalable, advanced gaming experience with high-quality graphics built on the blockchain.
Star Atlas disrupt this market, creating a next-gen gaming metaverse with “state of the art blockchain” technology, advanced DeFi and mining capabilities and featuring beautiful NFTs that act both as collectables and as items with in-game utility. Star Atlas is truly incomparable in the field of blockchain gaming, both in terms of its ambition and potential.
Through creating an autonomous metaverse, Star Atlas may even inform economists and futurists alike as a case study of how fully decentralised autonomous corporations could optimally function in society.
Why Star Atlas shines brightest in the galaxy
In the race to establish a thriving metaverse, Star Atlas faces several competitors. These can roughly be separated into two groups: those harnessing blockchain technology and those without it.
The latter group feature some incredible gaming experiences with excellent quality graphics and large, open-worlds to explore: titles such as “No Man’s Sky” or “EVE Online” may sound familiar. Competitors on the blockchain include the likes of “MoonCryptopolis” and “Dissolution”. Without detracting from the gaming experiences they offer, they operate on a much smaller scale than Star Atlas, and lack some of its key features. Moreover, both are built on Ethereum, which in its current form has much more limited capacity to scale and process transactions quickly when compared to Star Atlas’ Solana base.
Aside from this, the integration of a marketplace for NFTs, advanced mining and staking protocols set Star Atlas apart, along with its eventual move towards a DAO structure, mostly governed by its userbase.
Star Atlas has combined the best features of each of its competitors, then taken each of them a step further. They have applied real ingenuity in their application of blockchain technology to fully integrate traditional aspects of gaming.
An impressive economy, built on Solana
Solana can currently process transactions at a rate of roughly 50,000 per second. As the first “web-scale blockchain” it has the capacity to host applications with bandwidth comparable to high-speed internet. Working in parallel with Solana, Serum will facilitate a marketplace exchange for lightning-fast transactions at negligible cost. Building on Solana will enable Star Atlas to not only facilitate cinema-quality visuals but leaves infinite potential to expand the Star Atlas universe and its use cases. Furthermore, players will have full autonomy over their NFT digital assets.
Hyper-realistic visuals and engaging gameplay
For anyone serious about developing next-generation expansive gaming worlds, Unreal Engine 5 is the apex technology. Star Atlas harness Unreal Engine 5 to deliver cinema-quality models, realistic lighting and physics, as well as high-level shading language (HlSL) to deliver a contemporary, attractive gaming aesthetic.
With many NFTs traditionally holding value primarily for the virtue of their collectability and therefore visual appeal, this allows Star Atlas to create some highly aesthetic pieces of artwork with in-game compatibility; their hugely anticipated and successful MetaPoster series is already a testament to this.
DeFi metaverse integration
Star Atlas features a DeFi financial system facilitating three primary utilities: lending, AMM and yield farming. As the metaverse grows, the developers envision self-governed decentralized financial centres rising to prominence, with creators benefiting through establishing their own trading fees.
The Economics of Star Atlas: $ATLAS and $POLIS
Star Atlas has two fungible tokens fuelling all operations: ATLAS and POLIS. ATLAS is the primary in-game payment token, is inflationary and aims to match the growth of the in-game economy over time; new $ATLAS tokens are created through in-game rewards. $POLIS is the governance token for Star Atlas. It has a fixed supply and holders have a financial stake in the game, voting power under a DAO structure and control of the treasury. Visionaries with strong ideas for the future direction of Star Atlas will be empowered to purchase $POLIS and shape the metaverse.
Star Atlas’s ATLAS token has a self-reported market cap of $281,077,013 so far with a circulating supply of 2,160,000,000 ATLAS out of a total supply of 36,000,000,000. 5% of tokens will be allocated to the team, a further 22.5% through private sale, 5% in the public pre-sale, 2% in the public sale and 4% in liquidity pools. A linear vesting period over 104 weeks for private/pre-sale/team provides stability to the token economy.
The remaining 65% will be allocated based on rewards or emission from participating in the game, providing real-world incentives to in-game tasks.
The $POLIS token currently has a self-reported market cap of $219,209,497 with a reported supply of 21,600,000 $POLIS. The total supply of the POLIS token is 360,000,000. Allocation of $POLIS is almost identical to $ATLAS, except for a slight reduction in tokens released via rewards (40%) and a greater percentage allocated to the team (30%). This seems sensible: as the governance token, greater allocation to the team will allow them to continue setting the direction for Star Atlas as it moves out of its debut.
The emission pool of both $ATLAS and $POLIS will occur over eight years, and the rate at which this happens is determined bi-annually.
Aforementioned, NFTs form a central part of the Star Atlas economy. Every item in the game is an NFT that can be purchased either with $ATLAS or on Solana compatible secondary marketplaces. NFTs will have functionality threefold: ownership, the attributes of any in-game item and an items scarcity/rarity.
A Team of Intergalactic Magnitude
Star Atlas boasts an impressively well qualified, large team, tasked with bringing their vision of the metaverse to life. Their team is currently 55 strong, with three additional open positions for anyone lucky (and skilful) enough to grab them. The CEO and founder of the project is none other than the exceptional Michael Wagner, who sits on several top-tier advisory boards and has a more than successful track record; he previously founded two crypto venture capital firms and is a qualified financial analyst. With dedicated teams of experts for each aspect of the game and its development, Star Atlas presents itself as professional and equipped to tackle anything in its way.
To realise their dream, the team at Star Atlas have partnered directly with the Solana blockchain, Serum (a leader in DEXs built on Solana) and FTX cryptocurrency exchange (giants of DeFi).
They have also formed strategic partnerships with several exclusive, carefully selected investors, namely: Sino Global Capital, Republic Crypto, Animoca Brands, LD Capital, Yield Guild Group, Mechanism Capital, Spark Digital Capital and of course, GD10 Ventures.
All of these companies affiliate themselves with only top-tier projects and have a proven track record. Their collective interest in Star Atlas is a testament to its speculated potential.
A Metaverse of Magnificent Proportions with Interstellar Potential
Star Atlas’ mission is to create an intergalactic metaverse of unrivalled proportions. They envision an entirely ground-breaking concept: a virtual, grand strategy game of space exploration that is essentially a microcosm for our own reality, and perhaps what it could be. Players can become traders, landowners, collectors, political figures, creators, fighters, or anything else that they so desire.
A strong economy based on the $ATLAS token provides intrinsic value and real weight to every decision, token lost or won. $POLIS places this metaverse into the hands of the people, encouraging self-governance and autonomous rule. Building this entire metaverse on the Solana blockchain creates a platform for expansion and ensures that Star Atlas can develop without boundaries and remain contemporary, whatever direction it takes. Tying everything together,
Star Atlas has gone to painstaking lengths to create a beautiful NFT gaming experience built with next-generation graphics and seamless gameplay. Dubbing itself as “The Future of Reality”, Star Atlas will transform our understanding of blockchain gaming.
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