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Star Atlas — Telegram AMA — September 22

On Wednesday, September 22, we had the pleasure to welcome to our Telegram chat:

Santiago Accomo, Lead Community Manager

We asked them questions about the development of Star Atlas.

Some sentences have been slightly edited for readability but the meaning has been conserved.

Summary

Star Atlas is an open-world, space exploration, grand strategy MMORPG set in a galactic universe, with play-and-earn mechanics and player ownership. Players pilot ships and engage in trade, commerce, and battle with other players over scarce resources.

Star Atlas plans to build a AAA game on the Solana blockchain , a layer 1 blockchain protocol that can handle 50,000+ transactions per second . This will be key to handling the massive amounts of transactions made in-game, where players mine and explore, pay taxes, and trade assets — all powered by Solana and settled on Serum, a decentralized exchange.

In its grandest vision, the game aims to be:
• A space-fantasy RPG with a real-money economy and NFT assets.

• A grand strategy game with politics, trade routes, and economically productive territories.

• A 24/7 virtual economy where players can come together in real-time to trade, form contracts, and engage in battle.

• A fully immersive 3D world with film quality graphics powered by Unreal Engine’s Nanite that you can experience in VR. Star Atlas has been capitalizing on the incredibly hot funding market for blockchain gaming. In the last two weeks, they’ve named Animoca Brands, a newly minted gaming unicorn, as one of their stakeholders, held town halls, and released a blockbuster trailer. This lines up with the first round of their non-fungible token (NFT) pre-sale and their Galactic Asset Offering

In addition, a big part of Star Atlas’s appeal is the chance for players to have ownership in a video game, and to monetize their skills, passion, and time. Star Atlas is tantalizing to many players who dream of being able to make a living inside an immersive video game world. For example, players can earn by tracking down traders and plundering their ships before reselling them on the marketplace for $ATLAS (Star Atlas’ token), and then trading that $ATLAS into fiat to also enter the Star Atlas space.

Introduction

Q — Ayeley from GAINS: Please introduce yourself. What did you do before crypto and did you have any other previous venture in crypto?

A — Santi from Star Atlas: Greetings community. My name is Santi, I’m Head Community Lead at Star Atlas. I have been in crypto full time since 2019 and managing communities since 2017. Star Atlas for me has been a mind-blowing experience, every single thing I read, share, and communicate with the community gets me excited and makes me want to do more. Thus, I left college and started working full-time!

Santiago Accomo, Lead Community Manager

Q — Twitter user @truongtran0305: Can you tell us about your team members? Are they qualified and professional in their fields? What are the recruiting qualifications for team members for your extraordinary project?

A — Santi from Star Atlas:Absolutely, we have a team of +125 people. Here are some titles where our developers worked on.

This includes our own devs + sperasoft (a company of game development we are working with) Games: Star Citizen, Destiny 2, Dreadnought, Horizon Zero Dawn, COD blops 3/4, Halo Remastered, Dead Island 2, Spec Ops — The Line, Earth & Beyond, The Sims Online-2–3–4, Ultima Online, Warhammer Online, Lord of the Rings, Assasin’s Creed Valhalla, Halo Infinite, Rainbow Six Siege, Saints Row: The Third Remaster,

F1 2020, Mortal Kombat, COD BO4, Overkill’s the Walking Dead, Star Wars Battlefront, League of Legends, The Elder Scrolls online, Star Wars: The Old Republic, The Outer Worlds, Diablo 2, FIFA World Cup-12–13–14–15-Street, Assassins Creed Odyssey, Mass Effect Andromeda, SimCity, Star Wars Battlefront. Cinema: Love, Death + Robots:

The helping hand, Watchmen, Terminator: Dark Fate, Captain Marvel, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Superman Returns, Spider-Man: FFH.

About

Q — Ayeley from GAINS: What is the Star Atlas project about in a few simple sentences? For you to leave college for this, it must really be a game-changer. Tell us more

A — Santi from Star Atlas: I’ve been working with the Star Atlas family since its beginnings when we are just a few. Now we are a family of over 100 people from different parts of the world! ​​Star Atlas is a virtual gaming metaverse emerging from the confluence of state-of-the-art blockchain, real-time graphics, multiplayer video games, and decentralized financial technologies.

Star Atlas uses blockchain technology through the Solana protocol that establishes a largely serverless and secured game experience; Unreal Engine 5’s Nanite allows cinematic quality video game visuals, and Non-fungible tokens obtained and traded within Star Atlas to create an economy that replicates the tangibility of real-world assets and ownership. All these cutting-edge technologies used to build Star Atlas create an active online ecosystem and play-to-earn economy never seen so far by gaming and crypto enthusiasts

Q — Telegram user Dhoom: What kind of NFT’s will be there on the Star Atlas platform? How will these NFT’s be used ?

A — Santi from Star Atlas: Nearly everything inside the Star Atlas metaverse will be an NFT, from crew members to planets! Star Atlas will be using NFTs for the following: — Reflecting item’s ownership — Recording item’s specifics, like weapon hit-points, armor class, skill boosts, special bonuses, etc. — Recording items rarity, i.e., its value is based on the statistical probability of item drop or value of components used to craft the item.

Token

Q — Ayeley from GAINS: Can you tell us about your tokens, $ATLAS, and $POLIS. What roles do they play in the Star Atlas ecosystem?

A — Santi from Star Atlas: POLIS is the governance token used at each level of governance, representing financial stake in the game, voting power in the DAOs where it is staked, and control of the Treasury. It has a fixed supply that will not grow (unless a decision to the contrary will be made by governance down the line)

ATLAS is the payment token used as a medium of exchange. It is inflationary, aiming to match the growth of the in-game economy and provide a solid monetary base for in-game economic interactions and onramps to enter the game. As an asset, POLIS is a low-velocity, long-term store-of-value that incentivizes governance of the ATLAS economy for its long-run production. The POLIS DAO is tasked with the minting, distribution, and redistribution of ATLAS within the ATLAS treasury, and earning portions of the returns in ATLAS to the developments they vote to fund. With a long-term perspective, DAO governors will ultimately be able to drive the direction of Metaverse development.

Even to the extent that the founding Star Atlas development team could be voted out as the primary vendor for game assets and game design. Other areas of more immediate focus include economic revisions, feature releases, asset release schedules, and optionality to incorporate player-created content. The total supply of POLIS is permanently fixed and does not increase.

The total supply of the POLIS token is 360,000,000, POLIS can be acquired in the following ways:
Primary Issuance: The Star Atlas team may directly sell POLIS tokens to potential governors
Secondary Markets: Can be bought and sold on secondary markets, but come with a finite variety of lockup/vesting schedules In-game Rewards: Completing certain missions in-game Metagame Rewards:

a. Actively attracting new users that stay for some amount of time or generate some amount of value

b. Organize existing users into guilds/factions and more, based on what these guilds/factions produce

c. Guilds/Alliances will be rewarded with an amount of POLIS based on how long they have actively participated in the universe. The reward structure will be calibrated to disincentivize churn Governance Participation:

Staking in the DAO and being active Meta-economics Rewards: Liquidity provision on AMMs and other DeFi entities I strongly recommend you to read our tokenomics and in-game economy whitepaper where you can find all the details on how the Star Atlas economy will work! Staratlas.com

Q — Telegram user J. Marin: Why does Star Atlas use two tokens for the game, instead of one?

A — Santi from Star Atlas: Short answer, one for governance and the other as the in-game currency. Kinda like Axie SLP and AXS, but with a lot more functionalities. Read our tokenomics whitepaper for more info.

Partnerships

Q — Telegram user 🌿Salto Angel🌿: I could see that you got a partnership with Unicly because it has innovative NFT features, but you are really only interested in the fractional NFT feature in Star Atlas, aren’t you? If so, how important are these fractional NFTs in the Star Atlas Metaverse?

A — Santi from Star Atlas: Yes. We are interested in fractionalized NFTs! We need to be clear that this won’t have any in-game advantage because the fractionalized NFTs are only the ReBirth posters, but it will allow different people to own a piece of the history of this metaverse!

Funding

Q — Ayeley from GAINS: Can you tell us how you intend to handle the funds raised? Are you planning to do any future raises?

A — Santi from Star Atlas: We have had several rounds of funding, however some famous by the public are like ReBirth; the genesis of a metaverse. A collective of NFTs released over 12 weeks and the recent launches. Additionally, we will be releasing more information about our previous rounds of sales, as well as future funding opportunities in the coming months. Our team has a solid grasp on the capital requirements of developing a concept such as Star Atlas and is well-capitalized for the delivery of our near-term goals. While we aren’t openly promoting our current stakeholders at this time, I will simply state that we have some of the biggest names in the industry providing financial support. We also started the Galactic Asset Offering, where we were able to raise a significant amount of funds that will go directly into team expansion and game development!

Competitive Advantage

Q — Ayeley from GAINS: It seems to be the age of gaming and metaverse projects these days. What sets Star Atlas apart from the competition?

A — Santi from Star Atlas: We don’t think we have immediate competition for the following reasons: Looking into traditional game studios that are capable of delivering the quality and experience that we are building, none to our acknowledge have expertise through crypto, blockchain, and financial expertise that we are developing across the Star Atlas model. Additionally, across the game-fi ecosystem projects are not developing nearly to the standard that Star Atlas we are.

Star Atlas is a pioneer and leader at the intersection of top-tier gaming and blockchain integration. This doesn’t mean that there are also a lot of other great blockchain gaming projects!

Business Development

Q — Ayeley from GAINS: Is the Star Atlas game ready to be played? If not, when do you intend for it to go live? Also, are there some exciting updates we should look forward to in the coming weeks or months?

A — Santi from Star Atlas:

1) Marketplace — 4th of August

2) Release of the Game Economics document — August 17th — Tokenomics — ATLAS & POLIS, and what the utility of each of these token are — Game Economy — how players are able to monetize time spent in the game

3) Launch of new interactive website & Cinematic teaser/trailer — Aug 24th

4) Snapshot (of posters in a wallet) — August 25th

5) Token Generation Event (TGE) — Creation & initial sales of ATLAS & POLIS — FTX IEO: Aug 26th — Apollo X IDO: Aug 30th — Raydium IDO: Sept 1st

6) Galactic Asset Offering — Asset sales (kick-off) — September 7th To come yet this year hopefully:

7) Mini-game — Registration phase ( Faction Selection)

8) Mini-game — Ship configuration & Missions -

9) Mini-game — Claiming land & Mining -

10) Mini-game — Space Station configuration -

11) UE5 Showroom Module -

Q — Twitter user @tuan_iker: Currently, Covid-19 has slowed down many global economies, as a cryptocurrency business. How does it impact Star Atlas? Do you have any plan to overcome it?

A — Santi from Star Atlas: COVID has impacted super positively for us to be honest! I feel that with covid the metaverse and p2e space grew a lot because people are starting to find other ways of generating income!

Q — Telegram user Femi Oyinloye: Who are your intended audiences, are the likes of entrepreneurs, executives, cryptocurrency enthusiasts, video gamers, space travel enthusiasts, and economists & not for non-crypto users not among?

A — Santi from Star Atlas: We think Star Atlas can be interesting for a global, mainstream audience. We really believe that the metaverse has the potential to become the world’s biggest employer! Star Atlas being a triple-A quality game with a real economy can really grab the attention of a mainstream audience and not only crypto-native people

Q — Telegram user Ana Manzano: Could you give us details about the features that the Star Atlas MarketPlace will have, will it be simple enough to allow any user to use it? And also, will it only be possible to sell the NFTs of your game on your platform, or will it be possible to sell them on any other MarketPlace?

A — Santi from Star Atlas: Yes of course! Our marketplace will have more and more functionalities over time! You’ll be able to trade freely for every NFT that you have in your wallet!

Santi, it was a pleasure talking with you. Thanks for coming into our community, and taking the time to answer our questions. — Ayeley Commodore-Mensah from GAINS

Thank you for inviting me! Also, join our community on Discord and Telegram — Santi from Star Atlas

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