Inspiration

GameFi Business Motivation: Accelerated by the 2020 pandemic and stay-at-home orders, the video game industry generated more than $155B in revenue with $54B of this was spent on additional in-game assets like NFTs. Currently over 3.1 billion people worldwide play video games. Coupled with the Defi markets at $100 billion in total locked value, play-to-earn games like Axie Infinity with record market caps in the $10 billion dollar range, the business demand for blockchain games in the metaverse will only go up.

Social Good Play to Earn Motivation: Research from the World Bank sets international poverty rates to be at $1.90/day accelerated by the Covid19 stay-at-home restrictions, and the resulting recession. In places like the Vietnam or Phillipines, people playing Axis Infinity were able to earn a few hundred dollars in a month, which is multiple times the minimum wage. This can help alleviate poverty and hunger. Censorship in developing nations can lead to capital controls, poor governance, and corruption costing the global economy $3.6 trillion dollars every year. This creates a high barrier to entry for the public. Especially in places like Africa, Asia, or South America where women have more difficulty opening bank accounts, loan applications, and insurance. Some people do not have access to a banks, do not like using banks, or pass credit checks from KYC regulations.

Bridge the gap between technology and the real world with PikaPlace. Welcome to the dark metaverse. Our play-to-earn model allow Pokemon trainers to collect real-life cryptocurrency and NFTs that can be sold on an NFT marketplace.In our metaverse, gamers experience a generative simulations game with a fully open decentralized convergence of virtually and physical reality. Despite centralized gamers spending 1000s of hours for a purple dragons in WOW or transferring real money for virtual skins on Fortnite, they have no extrinsic real world value. PikaPlace solves this problem where players can buy in-game assets for Pokemon as NFTs or win lucky assets by placing verifiably random bets in Pokemons battles providing real-world value to anyone interested in social gaming. Monopolys like Facebook, Nintendo, or Blizzard hold a lot of influence - own, manage, and control game data in the metaverse. Why should gamers give up their freedom to control what they earned and paid for?

What it does

Game StoryLine: "At the beginning of time and space, there was nothing but a genesis egg that evolves with anti-matter. Humans & Pokemons roamed Planet PikaPlace but the Kalos War broke out... Pokemons turned against the scientists. Professor Oak created a wormhole in the path of an incoming meteorite generating mutant anti-matter Pokemons trained on a dataset of 800 Pokemons. Genesis Pokemons created by A.I. with a DC GAN model will be minted as NFTs. Only 10,000 of these will ever be minted through staking during our Pikaplace Genesis Event creating scarcity. a.i. genesis. A new generation of pokemons were born."

How it works PikaPlace rewards gamers in the form of staking, farming $PIKA currency, or generating tradeable NFT items. By playing the game regularly, each player can earn more items or tokens to sell and generate an income. To cash out, trainers will need to deposit NFTs or crypto to an NFT marketplace or exchange like ETH/BSC/HECO. This allows any player to turn a profit with gamechanging blockchain technology.

Trainers start with a one-of-a-kind pokemon created by an unsupervised learning DC GAN model. This creates scarcity creating endless possibilities of Pokemon-like characters (compared to the 753 in centralized Pokemon). PikaPlace's crypto collectible NFTs each has different traits that makes them non duplicatable.

Blockchain was used to connect the A.I. generated game agents and data to verifiable smart contracts. Game enables players to improve weapons, attack and defense skills, enhance power, and exchange characters and weapons on a marketplace. The history of every in-game asset can be stored on a ledger as player levels up their Pokemon.

Gives gamers a sense of control to resell their pokemons as NFTs creating an in-game digital economy with $PIKA. PikaPlace allows players to have complete ownership over their NFTs. Users may search for characters and items listed by other players on the platforms’ marketplace promoting trade.

How we built it

Connect non-custodial MetaMask wallet to Dapp. Add custom in-game token $PIKA. Users must hold a min of 1 $PIKA in account to play. Use wallet address to buy PikaPlace NFT with VRF randomized skills for $20. (Pokemons will live in your wallet as NFT tokens). Login to PokeDEX with metamask to sync Pokemon to wallet. Start playing storyline or fighting mode to level up and earn $PIKA wth Chainlink Oracles and VRFs for verifiable randomness.

High gas fees and carbon footprints for gaming on Ethereum caused by large demands for transaction bandwidth is high, while the supply remains constant. Therefore PikaPlace uses alternatives like Binance Smart Chain, UFO, or Huobi's HECO (HECO/gETH ~= 150%) with trading on DEX, Yield Farming, Staking, borrow, lending, earning, and many more. Crypto collectibles for Heco with higher asset security, low gas fees (5% cheaper than ETH), and higher performance with HT, HRC-20, and HRC-721 and addresses generated on HECO chain.

Uses a two token system with 100,000,000 BSC game tokens ($PIKA) in circulation and PokeDEX exchange. $PIKA will be the game governance token. Gamers must hold a minimum of 1 $PIKA in their account to participate in PikaPlace by adding the custom in-game currency $PIKA. Buy in-game maps, skins, or land for gyms. Holders of $PIKA tokens may also bet or gamble their $PIKA to increase their earnings. $UFO will serve as the 2nd token in PikaPlace's two token system. Gamers need to convert fiat dollars (USD) to pay for gas. They withdraw $PIKA to $BSC, $ETH, or $UFO address through a DEX exchange. This allows players to make real money rewarding players for completing game tasks and incentivizing gameplay.

Moralis Backend Game secured by Moralis from hackers, exploits, and counterparty fraud.which loggs (x,y) game states and uses a consensus mechanism to track modifications. Anyone can examine the ledger to see names of all the trainers who ever trained a Pokemon and what battles they won as Pokemons get passed down from trainer to trainer. Zero-knowledge proofs can verify a gamer's pseudo gamertag and their personal identities. Ex: "I was the Rank #1 leader of the most successful Pokemon gym in Pikeplace."

Challenges we ran into

Working on the DEX swap with the two game tokens - $UFO will serve as the 2nd token in PikaPlace's two token system. Gamers need to convert fiat dollars (USD) to pay for gas. They withdraw $PIKA to $BSC, $ETH, or $UFO address through a DEX exchange. This allows players to make real money rewarding players for completing game tasks and incentivizing gameplay.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

PikaPlace rewards gamers in the form of staking, farming $PIKA currency, or generating tradeable NFT items. By playing the game regularly, each player can earn more items or tokens to sell and generate an income. To cash out, trainers will need to deposit NFTs or crypto to an NFT marketplace or exchange like ETH/BSC/HECO. This allows any player to turn a profit with gamechanging blockchain technology.

Blockchain game assets are stored on Moralis, Filecoin, and IPFS protocols for storing and sharing data in the distributed web with data representation formats (IPLD) and network communication protocols (libp2p) like https://bafybeiefeiqf6zy36z3rgi7d7lzjobi7sxv76ruodkuuk25nthugkwfa7a.ipfs.dweb.link/

What we learned

  • GameFi Market exploding with play-to-earn games like Axie Infinity with record market caps in the $10 billion dollar range
  • Using Chainlink VRFs for holders of $PIKA tokens may also bet or gamble their $PIKA to increase their earnings.

What's next for PikaPlace PokeDex

  • Release Early Access Beta MVP
  • Breeding & Trainer Ratings Features
  • In-Game Quests & Tournaments Features
  • Cross-chain BSC/UFO Integration
  • Release Whitepaper
  • Deploy PikePlace to MainNet

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