Original Gamer Life— Telegram AMA — November 16
On Tuesday, November 16, we had the pleasure to welcome to our Telegram chat:
Brandon Sivret, CEO
We asked him questions about the development of OGLife
Some sentences have been slightly edited for readability but the meaning has been conserved.
A combination of a gaming community hub, metaverse, and marketplace, powered by blockchain and imbued with a play-to-earn model that introduces cryptocurrencies to a 3 billion strong gaming audience. OGL’S mission is to become the one-stop platform for all things blockchain gaming.
OGL bringS content, services, events, in-game NFTs, streaming, and E-sports to our OGs on the OGLife platform, creating a unique place for OriginalGamers to play their favorite AAA or crypto-gaming titles, earn $OGL, $SNE, and partner tokens, and connect with likeminded individuals.
The $OGL Token is a token native to the OGLife ecosystem. The token offers rewards and mechanics for both gamers and investors. The token plays a crucial role in the OGL multiverse and incentivizes gamers and investors to participate in various use cases available on the platform. To ensure a healthy $OGL’s ecosystem, there will be deflationary mechanisms through token burns, repurchasing of tokens, partnerships, active marketing to attract new users, and other mechanics.
As a core part of the OGLife economy, the $OGL token will enable a decentralized integration and exchange across multiple blockchains, forming a bigger marketplace for gamers and their favorite play-to-earn games! More importantly, $OGL will drive user interaction on the platform through streaming, playing games on OGL, and trading NFTs. The $OGL token is much bigger than simply economic aspects of OGLife, the token will also play a pivotal role in expanding new features on $OGL.
Q — Ayeley from GAINS: Please introduce yourself. What did you do before crypto and did you have any other previous venture in crypto?
A — Brandon from OGLife: My name is Brandon Sivret and I am the CEO of Original Gamer Life. I am a 13-year veteran of the US Air Force, having medically retired at the rank of Major where I deployed twice experiencing a variety of career fields from Security Forces (military police) to Space Operations along with Nuclear ICBMs and ending my time as an Intelligence Officer. I served as a deployed Director of Operations for an Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron and a liaison to the US Army, NATO, GCC, and the Office of then US Vice President Joe Biden.
Aside from leading OGLife, I am also serving as the VP of Operations of StrongNode.io, an infrastructure-as-a-Service tech company and innovation lab. I am an indie game developer with a Bachelors in Software Development and a Masters in Military Science — Strategic Leadership. I’m an avid gamer having built and led several communities. I serve as Executive Officer for MilitaryGamers.com and am the founder of Silver Sun Republic and the Kingdom of Hyperion, which have all been central to the Player versus Player online gaming scene for decades now. I own and operate a retail game store in El Paso, Texas selling and hosting all sorts of games like Warhammer 40K, Magic: The Gathering, and Dungeons and Dragons.
I got involved in crypto through blockchain as a technology first, well before StrongNode. It was through cryptographic tech and understanding hashing and the security aspect of everything that first got me into this space. From there I started trading cryptocurrency and learning about gas and transaction fees like the rest of us when we first discovered the amazing possibilities with crypto.
Q — Ayeley from GAINS: What is the OGLife project about in a few simple sentences?
A — Brandon from OGLife: In a nutshell, Original Gamer Life or OGLife is a Thriving-as-a-Service social impact ecosystem open to all gamers. We are a gaming and streaming community with its own marketplace aiming to deliver a healthy, fun, and rewarding way for gamers to live and thrive. We are the first incubated project launched under Tkyo Labs, the Innovation entity behind StrongNode, and more projects in our growing ecosystem.
When everyone else is building a metaverse, we’re building a Multiverse. We end up acting as the front door and a gateway to other metaverses for those who may be new or veterans in crypto. Gamers love to play games, so there’s a need to help connect them with the games they enjoy and there are a TON coming up for DeFi gaming. We can help sort out which ones are the best and legitimate for all of our gamer friends and family.
At Original Gamer Life, we are on a mission to serve communities that need the most help to thrive. We are a gaming and streaming community bringing 3 billion gamers to the crypto space and offering a trifecta of solutions: technology + game + community. We feel that making the social experience and shared community environment first is critical to our longevity. We’re aiming to bring in non-crypto gamers, the 3 billion gamers of the world, into crypto. We’re tackling the mission of bringing more users into the crypto space and by extension, everyone in our new world will benefit.
Q — Ayeley from GAINS: That’s very ambitious, bringing non-crypto gamers into crypto. How do you plan to achieve that?
A — Brandon from OGLife: Through traditional gaming (PC, console, mobile, browser, etc.) outlets where we’ll have guilds and communities where I’ve been gaming my whole life. We’ll go to different events like Dreamhack, PAX, Gamescom, etc., and recruit gamers. The idea is to make the process so frictionless and smooth that once they sign up and complete our registration process, we’ll be able to turn around and tell them: “Welcome to Crypto!”
Q — Ayeley from GAINS: Would you develop new games specifically for this, or would you use the games they already know, but add a crypto feel to it?
A — Brandon from OGLife: It’s a combination. There are some titles that I think would do VERY well with crypto like EVE Online, which I’m amazed isn’t a crypto game yet with their PLEX currency system. Then there are open source projects like Perpetuum Online (very EVE Online feel/look with mechs) that are just waiting for someone to come along and develop it that way. We’re also talking full-on AAA game titles that are coming into the space from traditional studios like Ubisoft presenting us opportunities to appeal to mainstream gamers. For these games, we reach out to the developers/publishers, or we create guilds and communities around them in order to recruit.
Building communities is something I’ve done in the gaming space for well over 20 years.
For OGLife itself, we will have an arcade area where we’ll rapidly develop our own side scrollers or platform games with a crypto feel altogether.
Q — Twitter user @Nguyenhuybach12: Being a gaming platform what are the games OGL is currently supporting? What type of games are you planning to add in the future? How do you plan to expand to non-crypto users as there are many gamers with zero blockchain knowledge? Also please explain marketing strategies.
A — Brandon from OGLife: The short answer is that we’ll support whatever games the community wants. What makes us unique is that we bridge traditional or conventional non-crypto gaming and DeFi games. For the games that we will be hosting on OGLife, we’ll soon be playing games like ARK, ATLAS, Arma3, and many more with our own mods and content creators. We’ll also have the Minecraft server for the community to build and create on. As I just mentioned, we are also already in Call of Duty: Mobile.
Part of the Governance staking feature will allow our community to vote on and recommend our next set of games and guilds. Do we partner with others? Do we build our own guild? How does our alliance operate in games like New World, Age of Conan, Myth of Empires, etc.? All of these strategic/sandbox PVP games allow for us to add more depth to our governance and is a perfect fit for a DAO construct.
As for marketing strategies, we’ve brought on some really smart and wonderful people in the marketing space. Evan Kubes, our VP of Marketing has built an amazing company that deals with 700 of the biggest influencers in gaming. Kim Salzer worked with EA to launch The Sims Online and helped Activision Blizzard take Call of Duty from a WWII-focused series to the modern smash hit that we all know today. We also have all the marketing resources of StrongNode to lean on and utilize for some amazing collaborations.
We are going to have more AMAs in the coming weeks because this is the opportunity for us to connect with the users and with the community and we get to talk about OGLife. We will pursue strategic partnerships and of course, collaborative efforts with gamers and content creators in helping our project to grow and the community to thrive.
Q — Twitter user @Godpelpa: OGLife will cater to underserved communities such as the elderly, disabled, and stress groups but could you explain to me what the motivation is for wanting to help these communities and how the gaming world could serve to alleviate the daily stress these people may suffer from?
A — Brandon from OGLife: Wonderful question and one that is very important to me and the team at OGLife. The first thing that comes to mind is how I ended up here as the CEO of OGLife. I’m a veteran. I was medically retired, so that means I was no longer medically qualified to continue serving. I have no issues talking about or sharing my personal story and the constant struggles dealing with the disabilities and setbacks I have to manage daily. Others who I served with have it much, much worse than I do and a lot of people don’t understand that; unfortunately, a lot do, which means they’re dealing with their own issues.
Original Gamer Life is a way for people to directly and openly deal with their stress or difficulties however they choose. Some will immediately embrace and use the services. Some will gain exposure to the solutions over time and we call this “proximity care” because some people don’t want to admit to having a problem or don’t realize something is wrong. I personally went for quite a while believing everything was fine until someone started pointing things out to me and that’s when I realized I needed to figure it out.
Everyone has a personal story or journey that they’re taking in life and sometimes that leads to difficulties, stress, or significant trauma. OGLife is here to help provide a community of positive experiences and get people connected to resources for them to pursue further or do with it what they will. Games allow us to tell stories, provide context to our own lives, and give us hope the same way that books or movies do, but in the case of most games, YOU get to be the hero and explore your own story, which is where the power of games comes into being.
Games also help keep people active and connected to a community. OGLife is a social impact community just as much as it is a token or a platform for games.
Q — Telegram user Gutierrez04: Could you explain in more detail what the Play To Thrive game models are about? is this totally innovative and very different from the other well-known game modes like F2P and P2E? or is it a combination of both?
A — Brandon from OGLife: It’s a combination of different experiences and features that we’ve pulled from the F2P and P2E models combined with a real-life health and wellness benefit. We take the idea of daily tasks, quests, or lists from the F2P model including Star Wars: The Old Republic, World of Warcraft, or many mobile games, and combine that with the P2E of rewarding users with tokens. You’ll get rewarded for completing a daily workout, maybe it’s a care plan from your healthcare provider, it could be a reminder to take your medications or something like reading a health article or watching a video to learn more about healthy habits. From there we’ll also have a gamified system like a factory where you can see your tokens going through the various farming and staking mechanics to see how everything works in a visual way. We’re also building a curated community of gamers with a lean-on positive experience. We work with our community to create an environment centered around the ideals of teamwork and working together. I’ve been building gaming guilds and communities that way my whole life, so I’ve dealt with the difficulties and benefited from the positive aspects of setting everything up this way.
Q — Telegram user Fajr: Do you also build NFT?
A — Brandon from OGLife: Very straightforward and to the point. I like it. Yes, we will have NFTs on the platform, which is also another way that we connect to the StrongNode ecosystem and our interactive economies between the projects. Very soon the world will witness the announcement of our other projects that have been in development for several years in stealth. One will involve pets. Using NFTs between platforms is our vision. On OGLife you’ll be able to use these NFTs to wear a T-Shirt on your avatar or profile. You could also use a Pet NFT from our project about pets to have a pet follow you around OGLife or display on your profile your character. As we add more projects and games, the opportunities for NFTs grow and we get to that magic feature behind NFTs that aren’t being fully realized yet: Their utility and their ability to add functionality beyond just the art.
Q — Ayeley from GAINS: What role will the $OGL token play in the OGLife ecosystem?
A — Brandon from OGLife: As for our $OGL token utility, we focus around our marketplace and rewards for involvement in the community. One of the more interesting aspects of our vesting schedule is that the team is locked up for 4 years like any other professional organization would, for example, Apple or Google. The team is in it for the long term and our tokenomics reflect that.
There will be staking for governance as part of our Council of Gamers to act as a DAO. There will be a tiered system for DAOs for each game or guild that is hosted by OGLife. Think of our marketplace and overall design as Steam meets Twitch. We want to add depth to the social and interaction layers that most players are familiar with in any other game. Our business model very closely matches most free-to-play MMORPGs or mobile games on the market today. We just replaced the premium currency system with crypto. This is part of the frictionless and seamless experience that I mentioned previously.
Q — Telegram user Patrick: OGL is powered by the StrongNode team so can you tell me about this strategic alliance and what benefits StrongNode brings to a gaming platform like OGLife?
A — Brandon from OGLife: There are a ton of benefits from being part of the StrongNode family. First of all, it’s the team. Daniel Saito, the CEO of StrongNode has such an amazing background. He led to the $1B exit of MySQL and then turn around and created MariaDB with Colin Charles. These two technologies are so widely used by just about every industry out there today that has anything to do with databases including games. I’ve used MariaDB several times as I was modding various games and MySQL was so central to my life growing up as a web developer. The amazing tech being StrongNode will be present with OGLife.
Not only that, but it will run underneath OGLife meaning that while you’re playing or using the OGLife app, you’ll be running StrongNode and earning their tokens as well. It really is an ecosystem where the technology of StrongNode directly integrates and works with the community of OGLife. That is our user acquisition and adoption strategy to help add more nodes to the StrongNode network.
Q — Ayeley from GAINS: Did you raise funds so far? If so, how did you handle them? Are you planning to do any future raises?
A — Brandon from OGLife: We’ve raised funds through Seed and Private, which we are closing out very shortly. We’ve assembled a wonderful slate of partners and investors which we’ll be updating on our website and sharing with everyone soon. We were lucky and fortunate enough to work with a lot of partners from StrongNode, so that gave us an immediate advantage, which is the strength of our overall ecosystem.
Our public sale will be available coming up in the near future, before the end of the year. We’re finalizing our Launchpad arrangements and creating a strategy for them around Solana and what is best for the future. I’ve been able to talk about the project with some very big names and it’s wonderful to see what they are all doing to make this process smoother and easier for everyone involved. More info on that in the upcoming weeks.
Q — Ayeley from GAINS: With respect to your roadmap, what should we expect in the next weeks and months?
A — Brandon from OGLife: The OGLife roadmap is available on the website but Q4 is all about getting our project started. We’ll have an updated website that will list out all the games we’re playing and streamers we’ve teamed up with. More game servers will be coming up shortly including our participation in the ATLAS MMO Roleplaying community called DarksideRP, one of my favorite mods and communities. We’ll be building our naval fleet there, so anyone with a sense of adventure is welcome onboard!
The Whitepaper is also in the final review, but it is a living document that will be constantly updated as we refine more of the requirements. The social platform/world is already taking shape on our Git server, but expect that beta in late 2022. The community itself is already gaming, so that is ready now; hop on Call of Duty Mobile with our mods and members through Telegram. Discord will be our main focus and we’ll be hosting some games already starting this weekend.
Brandon, thanks for coming into our community, and taking the time to answer our questions. — Ayeley Commodore-Mensah from GAINS
It was my pleasure. Thank you very much for having me in your wonderful community. OGLife is a community of OGs (Original Gamers) enjoying a rich, full, healthy life through gaming. We bridge generations through gaming. We play-to-thrive!