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2022 has already been a busy year for Stratis. From launching our NFT marketplace, Stratisphere, in January, to collaborating with the charitable Foundation of King Oyo to launch a blockchain innovation centre in Uganda during May, we’re advancing the application of blockchain hand in hand with the Stratis community.

Stratis has a busy second half of the year in store too. Please read below for an insight into what’s next for Stratis over the coming months.

GBPT Stablecoin

Plans to launch a Great British Pound Token (GBPT) stable coin using Stratis technology are progressing with ‘Stratis Investment Group Limited’, a new entity created that will be used for the Stratis GBP stable coin. Stratis is currently working with Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) to complete FCA Registration. We also expect this partnership to continue with PwC, whereby they provide auditing services for the GBPT stablecoin implementation.

With entities like Visa increasingly willing to accept stable coin payments, there’s a huge opportunity to simplify cross-border and wholesale payments using blockchain technology. We also expect more UK equities and securities to be digitally issued in the coming months and years. This will likely drive the need for these instruments to pay out to holders using a GBP-denominated crypto stablecoin like GBPS.

Stratis NFT Ticketing System

Another exciting development to announce is that Stratis is currently developing a ticketing management system through which NFTs will be used to validate entry and store benefits and perks for specific venues and events.

NFT ticketing systems not only enable event organizers to enhance user experience; they also come with the advantage of blockchain immutability, proving the ticket’s authenticity and ownership status. The employment of NFTs for event ticketing becomes even more interesting where resale is permitted, from both a buyer and seller’s perspective, especially when there are associated perks and benefits. Stratis’ solution will be deployed onto the existing public blockchain platform, enabling the status of related perks and benefits to be easily verified in a trustless manner.

This system will initially be used at Stratis events; however, the team has kickstarted conversations with brilliant artists and several historic music venues in London about introducing NFT tickets for upcoming special events. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @stratisplatform for all the latest updates.

SDA Gaming Projects

Gamers get ready, as 2022 will also see the current gaming projects that passed their SDA votes go live on Mainnet.

These projects include Dawn of Ships, a swashbuckling RPG in which players earn tokens through looting ships and exploring the seas; Trivia Legends, a knowledge-based game developed by Kiqqi Games; and My XR Gallery, the metaverse NFT and VR gallery created by Polycarbon Games.

Also set to launch later this year is Hashbattle, a blockchain gaming catalogue powered by Stratis, including games such as Cops Clash, Zig Zag Zoom, Duck Dunk, Hurdle Hop, Stack Tower, Zombie Rage, Basketball Mania, Tunnel Trouble, Hammer Hero, and Counting Snakes.

Stratis is hugely excited to see these games launch, highlighting the power of Stratis’ Microsoft-based Blockchain Platform and the natural synergy for Unity developers.

Stratis Africa

As announced last month on our blog, Stratis has entered into a long-term partnership with the Foundation of King Oyo, the reigning monarch of the Tooro Kingdom in Uganda, to fund a blockchain innovation centre in the kingdom that will encourage the kingdom to enhance its blockchain-based knowledge and development skills.

A few weeks ago, building commenced at the innovation centre site, and there is set to be a press conference at the Ugandan government’s media HQ discussing the centre and its goals. Chris Trew, Stratis’s founder and CEO, will make a speech at this press conference outlining the impact of blockchain and how the concept and its uses can benefit Uganda as a nation. We look forward to watching this partnership evolve as the Foundation of King Oyo continues its commitment to technological development across the kingdom.

Brand Awareness and Marketing

A key to the ongoing success of Stratis and its feature product, Stratisphere, is ensuring continued growth and utilization of its technologies. Often, the term ‘marketing’ is viewed simplistically; Stratis understood there needed to be a solid strategy behind their marketing efforts and campaigns; Stratis sought to work with an industry leader in brand recognition and awareness. This mindset led to the partnership with SGK.

SGK, one of the largest global brand management agencies, has been working with Stratis to articulate the value of Stratisphere, a genuinely decentralized, sustainable and commission-less NFT Platform. The creativity and innovation that has unfolded with the growth of the Stratisphere community has been a pleasure to watch, and SGK will be working with traditional artists to create key visuals about the NFTs these artists are designing. In doing so, Stratisphere will put the artists centre stage as they share their inspiration and process.

The key visuals will focus on established artists and NFT creators, detailing the process behind their creative content, whether digital or physical artwork. A series of short videos and still shots will be utilized in a London-based out-of-home marketing campaign, with Stratisphere targeting high footprint areas within the city of London, placing our adverts alongside some of the world’s biggest brands such as Coca-Cola and American Express.

The focus is not only on out-of-home; starting this summer, a considerable effort will be concentrated on bringing awareness to Stratisphere and Stratis Blockchain Technologies. This will be achieved through employing several agencies, including paid media, and targeted outreach on social media platforms such as TikTok, Twitter, Facebook and Reddit.

This collaboration with SGK will also see the emergence of high street partnerships as Stratis launches a digital campaign to raise awareness about the functionality of Stratisphere. Keep an eye out around London once this project goes live!

 Monthly Meet-Ups

The Stratis community is often discussed, and while there is abundant value in its online presence, we look forward to Stratis launching a series of monthly meet-ups and events across London for community members to meet in person. There are also planned events targeted at developers and NFT creators, so if you are within travelling distance of London, do come along to a meet-up with your fellow members of the Stratis community.

Additionally, members of the Stratis team are attending various meetups across the city on a weekly basis, if there are any specific events you would like to see members of the Stratis team attend, be sure to let them know in their Discord channels.

SDA Update #3

The past few months have seen several SDA projects continue to evolve and harness Stratis blockchain technologies to push the boundaries of gaming, smart contracts, and more. With so many developments to share and many more to come over the course of 2022, this blog will shine a light on some of the most recent project updates that are taking place with the support of the SDA and the wider Stratis community.

CoinVault

In a recent update from the CoinVault team, it was revealed that their explorer has undergone some exciting extensions: not only does it now support both the Stratis and Cirrus Testnets; it can also display an in-depth and detailed summary of smart contract data.

In terms of NFT, DAO, and StandardToken smart contracts, users will be able to access detailed information regarding relevant smart contracts on the explorer, while developers will gain access to API endpoints. The list of smart contracts that this information is available for is only set to expand as time goes on, and we’re excited to see these developments put in place to ensure the utmost transparency across smart contracts usage.

Our recent SDA update also touched on CoinVault, a non-custodial and browser-based wallet that passed its proposal back in October 2021. CoinVault supports multiple Stratis wallets and several accounts simultaneously, enabling users to manage their assets with autonomy. When integrated with Opdex, the first decentralised exchange on the Stratis Platform, CoinVault will allow users to transfer and swap STRAX and CIRRUS tokens. CoinVault also now supports users in sending and receiving assets on both the Stratis and Cirrus Mainnets and Testnets. The wallet is currently in private alpha testing, and you can be part of the test group by requesting to join on the Stratis Discord channel.

You can also follow Stratis and CoinVault on Twitter, @stratisplatform and @coinvault_io respectively, to stay up to date with all relevant news around the launch.

https://coinvault.blockcore.net/

Dawn of Ships

The Astroverse community announced two exciting new mechanics – Plunder and Ambush – to the pirate-inspired Dawn of Ships game earlier this month.

In the game, players can ‘Plunder’ other players as they set sail across the sea. As an essential activity within the game, Plundering requires players to build three units known as SHIPS, which they can then assign a CREW to if they so wish. Players can Plunder three times, with each turn taking 4 hours to complete, although Club Pass holders will be able to increase the number of plundering missions they undertake. Plundering allows players to gain GOLD and OVIA tokens for each mission, although these gains are not without their challenge, as each plundering will cost a player one reduced durability point, impacting the overall SHIP durability.

The players that choose to assign a CREW to their SHIPS may find themselves at an advantage when it comes to winning a Yield Bonus, which are awarded as a result of assigning CREW members or through being a Club Pass Holder. If a player wins Plundering Points (PP) over the course of gameplay, they can also win a Speed Bonus, which reduces the time of a Plundering mission by 30 minutes.

The ‘Ambush’ mechanic, on the other hand, allows players to steal resources from other players whilst they are carrying out Plundering missions. Ambush also requires the player to have three SHIPS with the option to assign 1 CREW to each. An Ambush is shorter than a Plundering mission, however, and takes between 1 to 2.5 hours, depending on whether the opposing player sends back-up. Ambushing offers players the opportunity to gain additional $OVIA and GOLD for successful attacks. As with Plundering, each Ambush reduces the $SHIP durability by 1.

The Ambush Window has a default time of 1.5 hours, although Plundering players can reduce this time if they hold the previously mentioned Speed Bonus. To add to their attack and defence forces, both the Plundering and Ambushing players can send up to 2 additional $SHIP and $CREW as reinforcements.

If Dawn of Ships and its game of swashbuckling strategy sounds interesting, do join The Astroverse Club Discord Channel for all the latest updates.

FileProtected

As explored in our very first SDA update, FileProtected harnesses blockchain technologies, digital fingerprints, and timestamps to make copyright ownership completely indisputable. And since becoming part of our SDA programme, the FileProtected team has been investigating how to implement these capabilities across other companies in the community.

Most recently, FileProtected has been updating its UX/UI branding to ensure the most efficient and easy-to-use customer experience possible. The team has enhanced storage services by introducing One Drive to the mix and allowing several One Drive accounts to connect to FileProtected and instantly register all uploaded files. Another exciting addition is AI-assisted image, and video tagging, which allows our system to recognize and auto-tag registered content, enabling users to search and discover quicker than ever.

Amongst many other new features, upcoming additions to the FileProtected system include:

  • The ability to instantly register any file or IP
  • Automatic Instagram registration
  • Integrated Google search capabilities
  • QR code watermark protects and links offline work to sales

Do check out FileProtected for further details and keep watch for new content across their Discord.

Hashbattle

Hashbattle is making its way towards a public beta launch, with a targeted release in the first week of May. With final testing ongoing, the first beta version will feature 10 games with an entry fee of 0 Cirrus, 0.3 Cirrus, 0.5 Cirrus and 1 Cirrus. The titles include Cops Clash, Zig Zag Zoom, Duck Dunk, Hurdle Hop, Stack Tower, Zombie Rage, Basketball Mania, Tunnel Trouble, Hammer Hero, and Counting Snakes.

The first phase of the Hashbattle NFT drop, which includes 10K Dead Warriors NFTs, will debut in late May. NFT owners will gain access to a unique feature called Photobooth, which enables them to pose their NFT characters in different environments with different camera angles to create print shots for use across various platforms. All the 10K NFTs will be accessible in Hashbattle games, which will have character usage and provide access to upcoming exclusive Hashbattle Metaverse available only for NFT owners. The first phase of Hashbattle Metaverse is planned to for launch in late June.

Kiqqi Games

Trivia Legends by Kiqqi Games is set to be released in alpha version to the general public in the near future, with testers and fans able to test their knowledge and unlock NFT characters as they progress through the game designed on Cirrus Testnet Blockchain.

To celebrate the release of Trivia Legends, we will also launch a Discord group for the gaming community as well as an Origin NFT collection, so watch this space for updates.

Opdex

Opdex launched on Cirrus more than a month ago, bringing DeFi and ODX governance tokens capabilities to Stratis. ODX tokens have commenced distribution through liquidity mining in USDT, WBTC, WETH, and SHIB pools with a high participation rate amongst liquidity providers. Roughly 12.5 million ODX tokens have been distributed, with about four million being staked, a million being provided, and the remainder either held or available for collection. The protocol has about $600,000 in locked liquidity, with 95% of it locked within liquidity pools that have activated ODX mining. Nearly 100% of that eligible liquidity is actively participating, showing strong support for the project. Overall, users have traded just over $300,000 in organic volume in a 100% decentralized and non-custodial fashion, and that number will only continue to go up with time.

Polycarbon Game

Polycarbon Game is incredibly close to releasing the demo of its XR Gallery featuring a  Stratisphere gallery, to reflect the talent and artistry of the Stratis community with a sense of physicality. The website for XR Gallery is currently in development, although users will soon be able to access existing metaverse galleries, design their own custom galleries, invite friends and followers to view their artwork, and converse with them directly using Photon Technology.

Polycarbon Game is also working with Andy Rosen and the FileProtected team to develop a use case example of how a store front will operate in the XR Gallery metaverse. Andy Rosen is generously contributing minted NFTs featuring his award-winning punk rock photography for users to enjoy.

The UI/UX updates will continue to unfold as Polycarbon Game receives community feedback, and we look forward to seeing users enjoy their own accessible and adaptable galleries.

 

Stratis Monthly – March

March has seen many interesting new developments for the Stratis community. From the launch of the Astroverse NFT Club Pass to the conclusion of Stratis’ third hackathon, it’s been a month full of exciting NFT and blockchain news, and we look forward to sharing a snapshot of this month’s highlights as well as an insight into what is yet to come.

 

Stratis Build Hackathon – prize winners announced!

This month, Stratis announced the prize winners for the Stratis Build Hackathon, the third hackathon in Stratis’ history. Over 500 participants took part in creating some truly innovative solutions using blockchain technology, and we expect to see some of the winning entries develop further into exciting new projects in the future.

The Grand Prize Winner is Silver, described by its creator Allister Beharry as a static analyzer and formal verifier for Stratis smart contracts. Silver works at the source code level and the bytecode level to offer security-focused insights into smart contracts, and the Stratis team were deeply impressed by Silver’s proposed contribution to the smart contract ecosystem. Congratulations once again to Allister and this hackathon’s prize winners.

The Astroverse NFT Club Pass has launched

For just 300 CRS, you can now purchase one of 1,500 available Astroverse Club passes over on the Stratisphere Marketplace. The pass will unlock exciting possibilities within the Astroverse ecosystem, including 5 NFTs (1 NFT per Astroverse season), early access to upcoming games, exclusive access to a Club Pass Member discord channel, and more.

You can get access to an Astroverse NFT Club Pass here.

New NFT collections announced

It wouldn’t be a month at Stratis without new NFT collections, launches, and giveaways to reveal. The Opdex NFT collection will launch on Stratisphere next week as a limited-edition collection formed by 250 NFTs. While counting down the days to the Opdex NFT launch, why not check out some of the other excellent NFTs available on Stratisphere, from the traditional History Collection and the Ober collection to the colourful Tortillaz and Dogs Army NFTs. With such range available, now is the perfect time to hone your NFT gallery.

You can follow us over at @StratisphereNFT to stay up-to-date with the latest NFT drops and giveaways.

Stratisphere NFT desktop version 1.1 Wallet Release

The Stratisphere NFT Wallet version 1.1 is now available on desktop, meaning that you can mint, store, send, and receive NFTs more effectively than ever. This updated version of the wallet features additions and improvements as requested by the Stratisphere community. From category support when minting to increased performance through reduced GFX Load, this version of the Stratisphere NFT wallet has some unmissable additions for any NFT collector.

You can find out more about the update here.

STRAX, Meet Simplex

We are delighted to announce that STRAX is now officially available on Simplex, which will allow users to purchase STRAX by debit card, credit card. Simplex enables its users to access the widest range of payment measures possible, making it simpler than ever to purchase STRAX through whichever medium suits you best.

My XR Gallery

One interesting and creative proposal approved by Stratis Masternode operators last year was ‘My XR Gallery’, an offering from Polycarbon Games that allows users to create their own galleries through which they can interact, view, and trade NFTs in the marketplace. This month, Polycarbon Games announced some exciting developments to My XR Gallery, with the platform now able to display 2D and 3D NFTs from IPFS, making it more accessible and easy-to-use.

With a new website set to launch soon, My XR Gallery is on its way to being a hub of creative NFT activity, and we look forward to watching it develop.

TikTok

Finally, Stratisphere has hopped onto a new platform this month: TikTok. With the Stratisphere community constantly growing and evolving, TikTok is a fun and fast-paced way to keep in contact in the social media sphere.

Follow us @stratispherenft on TikTok for the latest NFT-related content!

InterFlux v2 Launch

The latest InterFlux instalment is now live, offering the ability to swap ERC20 Tokens for SRC20 Tokens within the Stratis ecosystem. Like Stratis’ recently released Stratisphere NFT Platform, the InterFlux bridge does not introduce any service fees and operates in a commission-less manner. With full Metamask support, the swap process is handled effortlessly by the InterFlux bridge, accessible via the following URL:

https://interflux.stratisplatform.com

In addition to the updated InterFlux bridge, Cirrus Core has also been updated to support bi-directional transfers of ERC20 Tokens. Now, within the Token Management pane, you can utilize InterFlux to swap back to ERC20 with only a few clicks.

Cirrus Core 1.9.0 can now be downloaded and installed from the Wallets page:

https://www.stratisplatform.com/wallets

As Stratis’ previous blog mentioned, InterFlux brings many benefits to the Stratis ecosystem, particularly for projects introducing DeFi protocols, such as Opdex. It’s an exciting time for those within Stratis’ community and even more so for the projects building out their solutions utilizing Stratis’ Blockchain Technologies.

InterFlux – ERC20 Support

InterFlux is an important development for Stratis, bridging the gap between Stratis Blockchain Technologies and other popular Blockchain platforms, such as Ethereum. This functionality was first introduced last year when the wSTRAX (Wrapped STRAX) contract was created on Ethereum, enabling the seamless exchange of STRAX to a ‘wrapped’ ERC20 equivalent; this development enabled STRAX holders to utilize Ethereum-based DeFi protocols, such as UniSwap.

Further development of InterFlux has enabled bi-directional transfers of ERC20 Tokens to SRC20 Tokens. This is crucial in providing a genuine scaling solution for Ethereum and creating a more diverse ecosystem within Stratis through the ability to leverage well-established and liquid tokens, such as USDT and wBTC (Wrapped Bitcoin).

The availability of additional tokens that offer rich liquidity is also a benefit to Opdex, the first platform that delivers decentralized exchange protocols in the Stratis ecosystem. Users of the Opdex protocols will leverage these tokens in liquidity pools, enabling efficient, trustless and decentralized swaps of the Cirrus Token to popular tokens on Ethereum. This provides additional utility for the Cirrus Token and an attractive alternative to popular DeFi protocols such as Uniswap, thanks to the significant reduction in gas costs when transacting on Opdex and within the Stratis ecosystem. Additionally, the Stratis ecosystem is well-known for its high levels of decentralization, paired with a genuinely reduced carbon footprint, thanks to the employment of the energy-efficient Proof-of-Authority consensus algorithm.

A total of six ERC20 Tokens will be supported and available through the InterFlux Bridge; the list of supported tokens will continue to grow through community demand and market sentiment.

Supported Tokens at Launch

wETH
wBTC
USDC
USDT
LINK
SHIB

If you’re interested in Stratis supporting additional tokens, please head over to our Discord and discuss with the active community which tokens you want to see supported by InterFlux in the future.

The InterFlux Bridge will be updated on Wednesday, 9th March, to support the above tokens. In addition, an updated version of Cirrus Core will be unveiled, offering support for exchanging back to ERC20 for those that wish to do so. It truly is an exciting time at Stratis; with the recent success of the first commissionless NFT Platform and the further development of our interoperability solution, it’s great to see Stratis making significant advancements in the first quarter of 2022.

Stratis Build Hackathon Winners

With over 500 participants and many exciting submissions, the Stratis Build Hackathon has come to a close, and we’re ready to announce our prize winners. This hackathon, the third launched by Stratis, was full of dynamic new talent and creative uses of blockchain technology. Stratis is committed above all to uncovering new ways in which blockchain can streamline and simplify business processes as well as adding value to the broader community.

Just like previous Stratis hackathons, we expect some of our winning entries to progress into fully fledged products and projects in the future. Learn more about the winning innovations below.

Grand Prize Winner – Silver: Smart contract static analyzer and formal verifier

Allister Beharry has been awarded first prize for his excellent security-focused Smart Contract tooling. As described by Allister

Silver is a static analyzer and formal verifier for Stratis smart contracts. Silver works both at the source code level and the bytecode level to provide knowledge about smart contract code and potential vulnerabilities and provide logical guarantees about smart contract code behavior before it runs.

Rowan de Haas, Stratis’ lead Smart Contract architect, was particularly impressed with this submission and commented

Silver is a truly impressive hackathon submission. It is a powerful tool that substantially contributes to the Stratis smart contract ecosystem by improving contract safety and developer workflow.

Second Place Winner – Group Knowledge Builder

The Group Knowledge Builder demonstrated a great use of Smart Contracts and IPFS to manage the decentralized storage of data; additionally, our judges liked the tokenomics introduced through participation.

A demo of the application can be seen on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a53xk2k6u0c

Third Place Winner – RingLetBox

DeFi has been a great use case of Blockchain technology. It has driven a growth in cryptocurrency adoption and utilization in recent years, evidenced by hugely popular platforms such as Maker, Curve and Aave, to name a few. RingLetBox, as described by its creator, Mark Erwin Villariña

RingLetBox is a Token Creation, Vesting, and Locking Platform. RingLetBox aims to protects every Cryptocurrency community from rug pulls and traitorous advisors.

It’s great to see submissions relating to DeFi and protecting new users in the space.

Fourth Place Winner – Stratis Gallery

Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) have become increasingly popular in recent years, with new platforms and marketplaces available on a near-weekly basis. One area of particular interest, both internally at Stratis and within Stratis SDA-backed project, Polycarbon Games, is the use of AR and VR to provide immersive and breathtaking experiences.

Yosun Chang shared this vision and developed a virtual gallery using Stratis’ Unity SDK, enabling users to navigate within a VR World and view NFTs.

A demonstration can be seen on YouTube:
https://youtu.be/Dbz7PGhnZK8

Fifth Place Winner – NFT Exchange

Jeffrey Lewis submitted a brilliant NFT Exchange/Swapping solution, enabling NFT holders to safely and securely swap their NFTs for other popular items. The solution enables users to make offers and allows sellers to highlight what items they would want in exchange to optimize the user experience.

The ability to use the blockchain and Smart Contracts for escrow services has driven adoption by providing a sense of security, particularly when trading or exchanging large sums of value. The employment of Smart Contracts on a genuinely decentralized blockchain enables users to trust that funds held within escrow are managed in a safe, secure, and most importantly, decentralized manner.

 


 

The Stratis Build Hackathon was launched to give developers the opportunity to create new and inspired solutions on the Stratis Platform. With more and more creators building smart contracts on the Cirrus Sidechain, we look forward to seeing the grand prize winner, Silver, contribute to the well considered development of Stratis smart contracts.

With last month marking the launch of Stratis’ commisionless NFT marketplace, Stratisphere, it was also great to see two of the winning entries focused on delivering new NFT capabilities for the Stratis community, including both a gallery and an NFT swapping solution.

We thank all the participants for taking the time to develop some truly innovative solutions for the Stratis Build Hackathon and, of course, we extend our congratulations to the prize winners!

 

 

 

Stratis InterFlux Update

The further development of Stratis’ InterFlux protocol has been quietly simmering, focusing on incorporating Token Swaps between Ethereum and the Cirrus Blockchain, enabling popular ERC20 Tokens to find their way to the Stratis Ecosystem. The added functionality within InterFlux is a critical development for Stratis, further bridging the gap between Stratis Blockchain Technologies and Ethereum.

Active projects, such as Opdex, the first wholly decentralized exchange on Stratis, benefit significantly from this further development. Providing the availability and access to popular and established tokens on Ethereum, such as USDT (Tether), Binance USD, SHIBA INU, Wrapped Bitcoin (wBTC), and many more. Testing has already begun internally, with deployment to Testnet expected to occur in the coming days. A two week testing period will be undertaken on Testnet, with the view to promote to Mainnet after successful test criteria is met.

The further development also lays the foundation for supporting the ERC721 standard. Enabling the transfer of NFTs on Ethereum to Stratis for listing on Stratisphere.com resulting in NFT sales incurring 0% Platform Fees and significantly reduced transactional costs. You should expect to see some high-profile transfers occur once the ERC721 becomes activated in the near future! Stratisphere.com is the worlds first zero-fee decentralized NFT Marketplace, offering ultra-low transactional costs and a great user experience. Hundreds of NFTs have already been sold by various content creators using the platform, some of which are established community members with hidden talents, and some are brand new to our ever-growing community!

As always, development progress and community participation requests can be seen within our Discord Server. Be sure to join to keep track of the progress and get involved with testing the new functionality on our Testnet.

SDA Update #2

It’s been an incredibly busy few months for the SDA, with development progress from several existing SDA projects as well as notable proposals receiving a majority pass vote to receive funding through the decentralized accelerator. This blog re-caps the projects currently developing on Stratis thanks to support from Stratis’ community and the SDA to date.

 

New Web 3.0 infrastructure built on Stratis

Blockcore: CoinVault

Blockchain development company Blockcore passed the SDA vote in October with a proposal to build a user-friendly, non-custodial, browser-based wallet for Stratis users called CoinVault.

The non-custodial Web 3.0 wallet will play a role comparable to MetaMask within the Ethereum ecosystem. Currently, the team is working on the ‘Indexer’ an API that will enable the wallet to pull data from both the Stratis mainchain and Cirrus sidechain, which will then be used by the browser wallet extension. The team is also working on a block explorer so users can gain more in-depth details about transactions and addresses on the Stratis and Cirrus chains.

You will be able to use CoinVault for both STRAX and CIRRUS tokens for actions like token transfers as well as token swaps, when the wallet is integrated with Stratis decentralized exchange Opex. CoinVault is secure, easy-to-use, and designed with the user in mind: as CoinVault supports multiple Stratis wallets and accounts, users are free to manage their assets as they wish.

CoinVault has more additions and updates coming up, so be sure to follow both Stratis and CoinVault on Twitter, @stratisplatform and @coinvault_io, to be the first to hear the latest news.

https://coinvault.blockcore.net/

Opdex

Opdex is the first decentralized exchange protocol for the Stratis ecosystem. After spending a year in development, Opdex is set to increase flexibility for users by offering significantly lower fees than other operating decentralized exchanges.

Since our last update, Opdex has entered its Testnet phase in which the platform web app, API, and smart contracts have all been made available for end-to-end public testing and feedback. Once the current liquidity mining period on the Testnet has finished, Mainnet release is expected very soon. When this goes live, Opdex can be used for secure token swaps, liquidity provision, and the creation of entirely new markets based on Stratis.

You can view testnet here: https://test-app.opdex.com

You can find progress in liquidity mining here: https://test-app.opdex.com/mining-governance

For further information: https://opdex.com

https://docs.opdex.com

Opdex Discord: https://discord.gg/TnWVDTTrjf

FileProtected

We were delighted when FileProtected, an instant and automatic content registration service, passed the SDA vote earlier this year. FileProtected uses blockchain, timestamps, and digital fingerprints to solidify copyright ownership and ensure that the bond between creator and content is protected and upheld.

FileProtected and Stratis have teamed up to enhance the FileProtected platform by building smart contracts and identity solutions into the FileProtected ecosystem. The UX/UI update and broader rebranding of the platform is now well underway, and we are building up channel partners and API strategy to gain access to large user bases. Excitingly, an official release is planned for Q1 of 2022.

https://www.fileprotected.com/about/

 

Gaming & NFTs on Stratis

Red Ego Games: Dawn of Ships

Dawn of Ships is the latest project from London-based Red Ego Games. An RPG in which players captain their own ship and loot, do battle, and try out the pirate’s life, Dawn of Ships aims to take the meaning of “play to earn” to a new level by allowing players to earn NFTs that can be sold on our recently announced NFT platform, Stratisphere.

Since passing the SDA vote, Dawn of Ships has been working on developing improved camera positioning and better pathfinding within the game for a smoother player experience that allows their pirate avatar to track down their loot and win valuable parts – including a flag with a logo that will be very familiar to anyone in the Stratis community.

https://redego.net/

Kiqqi Games: Trivial Legends

 Back in August this year, Trivial Legends became the first Stratis blockchain-based game from Kiqqi Games, an Indie developer with more than 14 million game downloads across its various existing games. Knowledge is the player’s weapon of choice in Trivial Legends, as players use their NFT avatars to win trivia battles and unlock more NFTs.

Since we last spoke to you all about Trivial Legends, Kiqqi Games has created 3 unique game-ready collections of NFTs, all with varying rarity tiers, as well as a distribution system to ensure that these characters find their way into the hands of players. The trivia itself is also getting an update, with content being built up to provide players with approximately 1000 initial questions.

Keep your eyes peeled for the Alpha release of Trivial Legends, which will launch this December for a small number of testers.

You can find out more about Trivial Legends here: http://trivialegends.com/

Hashbattle

Hashbattle Passed the SDA vote in October. The game uses Stratis technologies to introduce rewards and an in-game economy, with Hashbattle’s MVP due for launch on the 10th January 2022 it might be one of the first games you’re able to play on Stratis.

The team have made significant progress on Unity development, game features and blockchain integration. Across the 15-20 games available in the MVP, players can compete against one another to win rewards such as STRAX tokens and NFT avatars, firmly merging blockchain and gaming for an immersive experience.

https://hashbattle.com/

Polycarbongame proposal passed SDA vote

Polycarbongame is a metaverse NFT and VR gallery that allows users to interact with each other and with NFT items that they can exhibit and trade across the Stratisphere NFT marketplace.

With a landslide victory of 117 votes to 11 in its recent SDA vote, it’s safe to say that Stratis Masternodes are very positive on the potential Polycarbongame will bring to the Stratis community. The project will allow the community to display and interact with Stratis NFTs more easily and more socially, bringing value to the Stratis NFT community.

You can find out more about Polycarbon and their vision here: https://www.polycarbongames.com/metagallery

 

 

 

Stratis Monthly – December

December is here and Stratis is busier than ever as the year draws to a close. This past month has brought with it some exciting developments to share with you, including the announcement of Stratis’ first decentralized NFT platform and the inauguration of the Stratis Blockchain R&D Center at the GL Bajaj Institute of Technology & Management in India.

As 2022 fast approaches, we’re excited to see how these updates unfurl over the next year as the Stratis community continues to grow.

Stratis’ $100,000 Hackathon

After the success of the first two hackathons, Stratis launched the third edition, the Stratis Build Hackathon, on the 29th November. This hackathon aims to shine a light on new talent in the blockchain technology space by setting a criteria free from restrictions: the only requirement is that your submission utilizes Stratis Blockchain Technology.

The Hackathon Prize Pool boasts $100,000 USD, including a $30,000 USD Grand Prize and many other prizes ready to be won by participants. Stratis Build Hackathon also has several sponsors, including the APPG, CMS, and Triad Group Plc, with the latter two set to offer a bonus of $5,000 to entries that meet some of their specific requirements.

The Stratis Build Hackathon will close on the 30th January 2022 and winners will be announced on the 23rd February 2022, so join the 100+ participants in developing blockchain solutions now!

Stratisphere NFT platform announced

Let’s launch NFTs into the Stratisphere. In November 2021, Stratis announced the imminent release of their long-awaited NFT platform, Stratisphere. Stratisphere is the first decentralized NFT platform to be built on the Stratis platform, and it operates with 0% platform fees. You can follow the platform on Twitter @StratisphereNFT to participate in upcoming giveaways and to be the first in line to hear about new collections launched on the platform.

Stratis commissioned industry-first research into NFTs and blockchain

Stratis recently collaborated with the insight agency Opinium to release an industry-first piece of research into how game studios truly feel about the integration of blockchain technology into video gaming. Across 197 developers surveyed in the United States and the UK, 58% of developers are beginning to use blockchain and 47% have started to introduce non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to their titles. Two-thirds of studios expect the presence of blockchain to dominate the gaming industry within the next two years, and 56% of respondents plan to use such technology in the next 12 months. This confirms a perspective already held here amongst the Stratis community: blockchain and NFTs are an inevitable part of the future of video games.

Genesis NFT collection

This month, Stratis announced a Genesis NFT collection that is minted explicitly for InterFlux Decentralized Government Board members who carry out their operations through a Stratis Sidechain Masternode. At Cirrus Block 3,430,000 this December, active Stratis Sidechain Masternodes will receive a unique NFT from this new and finite collection. As not all members of the Stratis community can operate a Stratis Sidechain Masternode, Stratis will also launch an additional collection for its community, so watch this space for updates on how you can own one of the first NFTs issued on Stratis.

Cirrus tokens began trading

After recognizing that it is optimal to execute smart contracts on a sidechain rather than the Stratis mainchain, we devised the Cirrus token to avoid the mainchain congestion seen in common blockchains such as Ethereum.

On the 22nd of November, the resulting Cirrus token (CRS) began trading on DigiFinex. Cirrus tokens are required to pay for smart contract transactions conducted on the Cirrus Sidechain for DeFi, NFTs, and other uses. As Stratis extends its reach with the launch of our Stratisphere NFT platform, the demand for smart contract execution will soon surge, so we’re pleased to have the Cirrus token in place as our Stratis ecosystem continues to thrive.

You can read more about the Cirrus token here: https://www.stratisplatform.com/2021/11/19/explaining-the-cirrus-token/

Dawn of Ships update

Eagle-eyed members of the Stratis community may have noticed the Stratis flag featured on the updated cover art for the upcoming Dawn of Ships game. This latest update is a part that users will be able to buy and sell once the game goes live. Stratis is excited to be working with Dawn of Ships to develop an immersive and interactive game that allows the player to obtain and use NFTs as they play. Keep an eye out for updates on when Dawn of Ships will launch via their Twitter: @DawnofShips!

Polycarbongame proposal passed SDA vote

Stratis Masternode operators recently approved the proposal from Polycarbongame to create a gallery space that incorporates modern XR interfaces and revolutionizes the 3D gallery experience by allowing users access to interactive views of the NFT items that they can trade in the marketplace. Congratulations to Polycarbongame on a successful vote!

The Astroverse NFT giveaway

To celebrate the launch of Stratisphere, Stratis will distribute the first 2000 of the 20,000 NFTs from The Astroverse Club through giveaways on the platform’s Twitter account, @StratisphereNFT. Be sure to follow the account to be in the running to win one of them!

New Stratis Tutorials

We recently added a series of tutorials to our YouTube channel, Stratis Platform, to help our community master Cirrus and STRAX transfers. These videos are no longer than 4 minutes apiece and are quick and easy to follow. Find them here: https://www.youtube.com/c/StratisPlatform/videos

New NFT games released for community testing

Over the past two months, Stratis announced that they would be modifying the games Red Runner and NFT Knives to install new functions that can reward the player with various tokens. Red Runner, an open-source game developed by Bayat Games, was updated to include features such as a non-custodial wallet, NFT minting, and a play-as-you-earn function that rewards the player with tokens based on the distance they travel and the coins they collect in a session.

NFT Knives is an endless one-touch game in which animated knives are used to defeat obstacles and collect coins. Both of these games enjoyed exciting new updates when they were released for community testing this month, and we look forward to receiving feedback from players.

Launch of Stratis Blockchain R&D Center

Another exciting development this month was the launch of the Stratis Blockchain R&D Center in collaboration with the C# Corner and the GL Bajaj Institute of Technology & Management (GLBITM) in India. It was a privilege to visit the university this November for the launch event, and we look forward to working with GLBITM and the institution’s students in the near future.

Stratis Genesis NFT Collection

Stratis is pleased to announce a Genesis NFT collection minted explicitly for InterFlux Decentralized Governance Board members who operate and maintain a Stratis Sidechain Masternode.

At Cirrus Block 3,430,000 (approx. 21st December 2021), all active and participating Stratis Sidechain Masternodes will receive a unique NFT from the genesis collection. The amount of NFTs will be finite; the number of active IDGB members will define the amount of NFTs minted. Stratis plans to utilize these NFTs for upcoming events, incorporating their ownership as a requirement for events, special giveaways, and much more.

If you were considering operating a Stratis Sidechain Masternode, now is the time to secure your place as a recipient of a unique genesis collection NFT. The current IDGB Members have created a fantastic community, participating in Decentralized Accelerator reviews while benefiting from fantastic tokenomics, evidenced on Staking Rewards.

Additionally, Stratis feel it is essential to reward the ever-growing Stratis community, particularly those unable to operate a Stratis Sidechain Masternode. Therefore, Stratis will also release an additional collection specifically for its community. Exact requirements will be released in due course; stay tuned to ensure you perform any pre-requisite actions to own one of the first NFTs issued on Stratis!

There have been multiple announcements concerning NFTs and the Stratis Platform as of recent times. From the upcoming Astroverse NFT Collection giveaway to the announcement of ‘The Stratisphere‘, a zero fee NFT Marketplace. It truly is an exciting time for Stratis.

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