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April 2, 2020

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We're in the early phases of the worldwide pandemic, we go over some of the after effects of the Coronavirus. Decentraland provides an opportunity for many by providing an ability to meet in the metaverse. Coinfest is a conference that was canceled due to the virus and their hosting several venues in Decentraland and one of them is MetaZone. After releasing 4 games in Decentraland, we're in the middle of development on our fifth game called Corona Zombies! We talk about the current stage of the game and some future updates that could occur when we get the community to play. Another iteration would be an RPG version of zombies where it'll take a collective group to take down the horde! Finally, we showcase some of the new creators submitting their work into MetaZone.

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After spending the whole night before the Decentraland launch getting things ready for ourselves, MetaZone.io, and our landowners who have deployed our games to accept payments. We learned many things about how Decentraland can survive and be a viable metaverse. Listen in on how much revenue we generated just 12 hours after the launch and how we plan to grow our network of hosts.

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William and Iman collect a group of Decentraland all stars including Corv, FrankyNeedles and Lastraum to discuss our thoughts on the launch. We discuss the gear we found in many of the beta tests and how they'll increase in valuation. A Decentralized Autonomous Organization will be responsible with many of the updates and governance of the platform. Throughout this journey, many of us have asked ourselves whether it continues to make sense pouring in our time and investments in building out things in the metaverse. We also discuss some feedback for the Decentraland team which ranges from some SDK improvements to additional functionality that would open up new experiences. We also discuss what has more value between MANA and LAND. Make sure you stay tuned till the end to watch us go through some play tests. Keep in mind the final tests will have some bugs in preparation of the launch in just a few days. Finally we discuss how NFTs are supported in Decentraland such as wearables and how the community could contribute to his space.

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49

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As we prepare ourselves for the launch of Decentraland on 02/20/2020, we cover everything that's been happening in the crypto space. Bitcoin inches closer to its halvening which is contributing to this year's all time high. The Decentralized Finance community has reached a psychological milestone where $1 billion has been locked up in DeFi protocols. With RSK, Bitcoin is now interoperable with the Ethereum network enabling new functionality. Pretty soon we're going to start seeing NFTs used as collateral in a similar way a house is used as collateral. Brian Armstrong explains the similarities in maturity with messaging and crypto. Another exchanged gets hacked. Finally, we reveal our 2 new games powered by MetaZone.io!

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48

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Andrew Yang has been the figure that has motivated those of us disengaged from the political process. As the only candidate that has recognized cryptocurrency as an asset we should invest in, naturally we're inclined to invest in his candidacy. This is even without acknowledging his other rational policies that we believe to solve other systemic issues such as his freedom dividend. We also discovered Jack Mallers' Strike app that allows you to use your traditional bank account to facilitate Bitcoin Lightning transactions by scanning a QR invoices. We also evaluate the price of Bitcoin as we try to figure out whether or now we've seen the beginning of a bull cycle. Finally, we discuss adding a gaming mechanic to the world of Decentraland where players collect resources to craft more valuable items. We ask the community a question, is it more interesting to mint brand new NFT's through a proof of work mechanism or would a standard token sale suffice?

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After returning from a long trip from Mexico, we summarize some of what transpired over the last week. We discuss events occurring around the world such as the virus called Coronavirus that's infected over 6,000 people. We reflect on Kobe Bryant's death and figure out why so many people felt this loss so deeply. Andrew Yang being the only candidate with a cryptocurrency policy won an Iowa Youth Straw Poll and why it might indicate his potential to win the presidential nominee. Bitcoin has been rising since the start of 2020, could we be in a bull market right before the halvening occurs?  We're a week removed from our interview with Ben Kelly. He's one of the more knowledgable about the Axie Inifinity NFTs and we debrief on our conversation and reflect on the whole NFT ecosystem emerging. Finally, Decentraland is launching February 20, 2020. The Block Runner has 2 more games in development as we get ready for the launch.

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