We wanted to share something with all of you that has been on our minds for a while. We have been developing GotchiMiner for almost two years now and have been part of the Aavegotchi community from the very beginning. We fell in love with the ecosystem and its potential, and we have been developing in the shadows for a long time.
Before approaching the community, we wanted to prove ourselves capable of delivering something that really adds significant value to the ecosystem. As a result, we have spent more than 2500 hours developing the current state of GotchiMiner without asking anything to the DAO, self-funding infrastructural cost and small prizes for each stress test. We focused on developing a fun multiplayer game that people could enjoy playing, something that could be a powerful onboarding tool to present to new people. At the same time, the game had to be secured, ensuring a fair fight and that allocating rewards will translate into profits for the best players’ efforts. We also worked on scalability, creating infrastructure that can easily support thousands of concurrent players, in an efficient manner.
Our efforts paid off. The GotchiMiner event showed us that the community is hungry for content and playtime, with more than 2000 hours spent during a single week, with 600+ daily active users. It was a great proof of concept for us, and we are proud of what we have achieved so far.
Now we’re at a crossroads, and it’s a difficult decision to make. If we go all-in on game development for Aavegotchi, we will be leaving behind a field in which we are considered world experts, with 100+ scientific publications and many years of experience delivering cutting-edge products worldwide. But we feel that the potential for Aavegotchi and its ecosystem is immense, and we are willing to take the leap of faith. We believe that with our experience and skills, we can make significant contributions. However, we cannot make this decision alone. We need to know if the community is going to support our effort or not.
If we go all into game development, we will start a gaming studio. To ensure that we can take on all the legal and administrative cost as well as secure our short-term future, we will need to secure funding of about $300k. If the community supports us financially, we will:
- Develop GotchiMiner to its full potential, adding additional maps, game modes, lickquidators, and more fun features.
- We will cover the infrastructure costs to run monthly events of GotchiMiner for a year, ensuring a fun way to engage the community.
- Develop an additional game MVP within a year. We would bring a couple of options to the table, and the DAO could vote on which type of game they would like to see us develop.
We want to present an honest story and be transparent with our intentions. If you think that we can contribute to the ecosystem and the gaming community by going all in, please show your support in the comments. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask. Thank you all for being part of this amazing community!