POA Network would like to introduce to the community its latest initiative. The POA Games Fund, a $50,000 Dai fund which will be distributed to various games and DApps that meet our criteria.
When we launched POA Core mainnet in December 2017, we launched an irresistible scalability solution for Ethereum DApps and developers with 5 second block times, 60 transactions per seconds and a fixed gas price of 1 Gwei.
POA tokens are liquid and available on various exchanges and marketplaces, including Binance, and as such there exists no barriers of entry from a crypto user point of view.
All of this was to solve Ethereum 1.0’s scalability issues and allow DApp and games built on Ethereum technology to run as its creators have intended. Since we launched POA Core, we have had various great DApps utilize the speed and transactions of the network. These include Bancor’s project in Kenya and the addictive and great DopeRaider.
With POA Games Fund, we are sharing our high performance blockchain with our community, and providing funding, grants and a platform to build DApps and games on. Developers would appreciate our high transaction speed, low development fee, and user-friendly interface. In return, this would also boost our POA ecosystem.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for high performance games or DApps that are ready to utilize POA Core. Bonus points for beautiful UX and unique gameplay and concept.
We have provided a short and simple google form that you can use to submit your game. We will look through all entries and judge them internally before reaching out to each submission. The fund will run through for the next three months.
Send your entry below! We can’t wait to see what you submit!
We have officially funded the first game on the POA Game Fund!
Eggforce, the upcoming game by @SnailKing, has officially been granted $5,000 Dai from the POA Game Fund. Funding is distributed through a grant administered by our development partner Gitcoin. Grant details are available here.
@SnailKing has written an extensive post on his project, explaining why he is passionate about it, and most importantly, why he chose to deploy on POA Network.
POA offers reliable block times, stable gas fees with no hidden costs, an even-playing field for users, and allows developers to move away from additional complexity.
For games that don’t need sub-second responsiveness, it’s arguably the best option.
The full post and feature can be read below:
What is next for the POA Game Fund?
We have evaluated all of the current applicants for the POA Game Fund and will announce the next award recipient soon. With $45,000 left in the fund, we will select a project we feel will use the grant appropriately to take their game to the next level while showcasing the strengths of the POA Core network. With many great applicants for the fund, we are carefully deliberating which projects will receive our contribution.
Stay tuned for that announcement and go and support Eggforce!
We have officially funded the second game on the POA Game Fund!
Geon, the mobile game by Geon Network, has officially been granted $25,000 Dai from the POA Game Fund. Funding is distributed through a grant administered by our development partner Gitcoin. Grant details are available here.
Here is the announcement post from Geon
We have evaluated all of the current applicants for the POA Game Fund and will announce the next award recipient soon. With $20,000 left in the fund, we will select a project we feel will use the grant appropriately to take their game to the next level while showcasing the strengths of the POA Core network. With many great applicants for the fund, we are carefully deliberating which projects will receive our contribution.
Stay tuned for that announcement and go and support Geon on the way to the moon on State of Dapps!
We are happy to announce the third recipient of the POA Game Fund, a project by none other than the incredible Austin Griffith himself!
Austin’s latest project, DAOG , is an “open ended decentralized governance game” that combines gaming with one of blockchains more innovative use-cases: DAOs (Decentralized Autonomous Organizations). Using an open-ended format, the game mechanics “empower a group of players to employ governance tactics to work together or compete to accomplish a goal.”
POA Network is granting $10,000 Dai to DAOG to support its development and to bring Austin’s vision to life! The $10,000 Dai is the first of a two part grant, the second part of which will be distributed to Austin at a later time. In the link below Austin explains DOAG in more detail and includes a sample of how gameplay may work (its still in the formulation stage). He also encourages any comments from the community, so please feel free to add your thoughts and participate in the process.
The POA Game Fund has already contributed $40,000 to projects and games that leverage POA technology, helping boost and support games like Geon App to Number 1 in the State of the DApps games chart. As more DApps using POA technology are released, we will continue our support to take them to the next level.
For the full grant details, facilitated by Gitcoin, check out the details in the link below.
We have officially selected the fourth and final game to be funded with the initial POA Game Fund. Congratulations to…… Clovers Network! The game will receive a $10,000 Dai grant from the POA Game Fund.
What is Clovers Network? In simple terms, Clovers is a scavenger hunt game where players search for certain types of clovers. When rare symmetrical clovers are discovered, a reward is paid in an ERC-20 token called Clover Coin. Players can search slowly in a garden for rare clovers, or use a “Clover Pig” to sniff out rare clovers more efficiently.
In addition to searching for rare tokens, players may also find tokens with unique, fun or interesting shapes. These tokens have subjective value, and can be traded and shared in the marketplace with other clover collectors. Clovers are created using an algorithm which simulates the Othello board game to create each unique token. Each simulation results in a different outcome, creating a unique, artistic signature for each clover.
In technical terms, Clovers is a proof-of-work game where the hashing algorithm is replaced by generative images. In this context, it is called “proof-of-search”. Images created from the algorithm are swapped for a matching NFT (ERC-721 token), and the block reward for finding a rare image is paid in a bonding-curve ERC-20 token.
Clovers has been deployed and working on Ethereum mainnet since August of this year. However, Ethereum mainnet’s slow speed and expensive transactions have impacted the user experience for players. Clovers Network will be deployed on the POA Core network, showcasing the fast and cheap transactions POA Network is known for. As part of the deployment, Clovers will be the first project to make use of POA’s revolutionary Arbitrary Message Bridge to transport rare tokens created on POA to the Ethereum mainnet!
“Clovers has been an exercise in reducing gas costs and improving the user experience for decentralized apps. We’ve implemented improvements on the level of code efficiencies, using Oracles in multiple ways, counterfactual verification as well as signed messages. Now we’re excited to utilize POA Core as a side chain to offload some of the computational expenses which are at an all time high on Ethereum. Furthermore we’re excited to implement meta transactions and a burnerwallet-like architecture to add support for users who have never owned crypto or used a wallet before. The Arbitrary Message Bridge is an essential element in this user flow as Ethereum is still the primary location for NFT activity. We plan to take advantage of the ability to tightly integrate our code on both chains.” Billy Rennekamp, founder and lead developer of the Clovers Network.
With this final grant, we have distributed a total $50,000 and are closing the first POA Game Fund. We are gearing up for round two, and will begin taking applications for the second POA Game Fund shortly! Stay tuned for more updates on Clovers Network, and for POA Games Fund #2!