Decentraland Weekly Updates — October 17th

News and updates from the Decentraland project

It’s been a busy week for the Decentraland team and we have some exciting updates!

Progress on tools for World Builders

We’ve been working on a tool, based on the aframe-inspector, which allows you to edit an aframe-compatible scene, import 3Dmodels and textures, and upload the scene to IPFS. We’re excited to announce that we will be open sourcing this tool next week as a first step in enabling world builders to upload their 3D scenes to Decentraland.

WebVR/AR Monthly

On October 25th our very own Esteban Ordano will virtually attend the San Francisco WebVR/AR monthly Meetup to introduce Decentraland. Please feel free to join the live stream or, if you’re in the area, come down in person!

$MANA market is live on Bittrex

As of last Saturday, our MANA token is officially listed on the Bittrex exchange! MANA can now be purchased with BTC, ETH or USDT in a very liquid market.

Supporting Developers and Community Districts with 3D Assets

In an effort to help grow and support our amazing community of developers, we are in the process of onboarding a number of full-time 3D modellers. Their goal will be to turn your ideas into a library of free 3D assets that will form some of the initial building blocks of Decentraland. If you have any great ideas of what we should start building, please reach out in the Rocket Chat #development channel. We are still working on the best way to deploy this project, but we wanted to keep everybody in the loop!

Parcels: Hex or Square?

Over the past couple of months, we’ve been gathering a lot of feedback on whether parcels of land should be square or hexagonal. After talking to game designers, architects, and engineers, we have decided that the best course of action will be to stick with a plain squared grid. The main reason was technical: determining whether the vertices of 3D models are within the boundaries of a parcel is about two orders of magnitude slower when using hexagons. While hexagonal parcels looked great, we chose to prioritize performance.

Clarification on Bonus Structure and Refunds for the Genesis City Auction

We would like to clarify how the bonus structure will play out for those who stake MANA tokens to the Genesis City auction. MANA staked by the end of October grants users a 15% bonus; if staked in November, the bonus is 10%. If you don’t use your entire balance, you can get that MANA back. The amount returned to you will be calculated pro-rata according to how much you staked. For example, if you stake 2,000 MANA in October and 1,000 in November, you will participate with 3,000 + 300 (October bonus) + 100 (November bonus) = 3,400 MANA. Your effective bonus rate would be 11.75%. If you spend 2,000 of those MANA, you will get back 1,400 * 100 / (100 + 11.75), or about 1,253 MANA. If you have additional questions, feel free to reach out in Rocket Chat.

Decentraland Chat Migration

Last week we started migrating channels, users and communication from Slack to our new Rocket Chat channel. Over the course of next week all users and public channels will be migrated over to the new platform. To claim your existing Slack username and account, use the “Forgot Password” feature and enter the email you used to sign up in Slack. You will receive an email prompting you to set a new password. All remaining Slack channels will be archived over the course of next week.

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