As February comes around we hope you all have a chance to shake off those January blues and get into the roll of 2023. Or maybe there’s no need to- as this blog shows, the last month saw some significant steps forward for the Stratis Community. So, let’s talk about the updates we saw in January:
My XR Gallery SDA
Polycarbon Games has had its third SDA proposal approved for My XR Gallery!
US-based game developers, Polycarbon Games’ My XR World is an immersive metaverse experience that allows users to buy and sell NFTs. The immersive experience also allows users to socialise with other users and display their NFTs in a personalised space- giving owners a new way to engage with their NFTs.
Since their last SDA proposal, they have put the funds to good use, using them to develop the Sky Dream mall and easier uploading of NFTs to the digital space. This SDA proposal will mean My XR Gallery can continue to develop well into the future- so be sure to watch out for updates from them on Twitter (@MyXRWorld) or check it out for yourself: https://www.myxrgallery.com
Trivia Legends, the play2own collectible-style trivia game, has officially been released on the iOS and Android stores. A massive congratulations to the Kiqqi Games team for all their work on this one.
Check it out now to get winning and importing NFTs- it’s a lot of fun!
Stratis wallet saw some exciting new updates in January. The end of the month saw updates to the IOS and android apps, which included fixes for minor bugs and deep link redirection. This will offer users an improved experience, making holding and transferring STRAX an even smoother process.
We also saw the Stratis 184.108.40.206 wallet release. If you haven’t updated yet do so now- this update is necessary for wallet and staking features to be functional
Seeing people in person at our meetups in London has always been a highlight- and January was no different. The meetup saw a great turnout with a vibrant mix of people at Tower Suites in London. It was a delight to hear such interesting discussions on tech and Stratis at a stunning central London spot.
We look forward to seeing everyone again at our next meetup on the 17th of February. And if you haven’t been before- you’re missing out! Sign up for free here, and do so as soon as possible as these events can sell out.
The Blockcore team has been busy at work over the last few months building a Nostr client and cross chain atomic swaps. These swaps will allow for permissionless swap between coins – a significant addition to the wallet.
Blockcore is a group of developers working towards decentralisation, currently working on their wallet, platform and notes. For more info follow them on twitter @blockcoredev.
The end of the year may be near but, for many projects across the Stratis blockchain, the action is only just beginning.
Read on for a summary of what Team Stratis has been working on this month, including an exciting new SDA adoption alert, the launch of the Stratisphere Wallet on iOS and Android, and all the latest information on Stratis’ in-person meetups in 2023.
The Stratisphere Wallet is now available on iOS and Android
The Stratisphere Wallet has landed for iOS and Android devices! This non-custodial wallet can interact with dApps on the Stratis Platform and is now available via the App Store and Google Play.
Team Stratis has been hard at work to bring the community a sustainable and accessible wallet through which users can store, buy, and send NFTs, and the launch of the Stratisphere Wallet App marks the culmination of these efforts.
You can download the app here and here to continue building your NFT collections.
SDA Adoption Alert: DevEX
Stratis is always looking out for ways to hone and streamline our tools to create the optimal user experience. The latest proposal to pass the SDA vote, DevEX, aims to do just that for smart contracts by creating a frictionless integrated interface for developing secure smart contracts using Visual Studio. Visual Studio is accessible and frequently used by enterprise developers, making it ideal for streamlining the development of smart contracts.
Security is crucial to the future of blockchain, which is why ensuring that smart contracts remain as protected against vulnerabilities as possible is so important. The voters were clearly in agreement, with the proposal receiving 125 ‘yes’ votes with 116 required.
Congratulations to Allister Beharry (@allisterbeharry) and DevEX on the successful proposal!
Stratis Meetups: Book now for January!
A highlight of 2022 has been bringing the Stratis community together in London for a series of dynamic and insightful meetups. From learning more about projects developed on the Stratis blockchain to meeting fellow blockchain creators and enthusiasts, it has been a pleasure to watch the community come together.
The popularity of the meetups continues, with the next event on 16th December already sold out. However, tickets for the first meetup of 2023 on 20th January are available on Eventbrite, along with four other dates for H1 of 2023.
You can sign up for your chosen meetup here – we look forward to seeing you at Tower Suites in the New Year!
Stratisphere Wallet Releases
The team at Stratis continue to further develop and integrate new features for their NFT Marketplace. Recent developments have seen full IPFS support, with IPFS now the default storage location for minted NFTs. For those unfamiliar with IPFS, it stands for InterPlantary File System and is a form of distributed storage. It enables files to be replicated worldwide and removes control from the creator. This enables NFTs to be stored indefinitely and not at risk of a storage owner deleting or changing the file.
It doesn’t stop at IPFS; there have been lots of new features added with the latest release with some of the highlights below:
Like your favourite NFTs
Enhanced Profile Descriptions
In addition to the IPFS support being introduced within the existing desktop wallets, support has also been added to the new Stratipshere Mobile Wallet offerings, now available on the respective App Stores. Just search for Stratisphere Wallet!
Corgi Dash launches timeline and website
Another SDA alum, Corgi Dash, continues to make strides with the launch of its website and the reveal of a Stratis blockchain integration timeline.
The timeline suggests that Corgi Dash, a P2E game that sees players dash and dodge their way through six levels of obstacle-filled routes, will submit contracts to the Cirrus Mainnet, deploy the server, and ready the game for launch in January 2023.
You can find the newly launched Corgi Dash website here for a glimpse into the upcoming game. Get ready to earn coins and beat all six levels when the game drops in the new year.
The year may be drawing to a close, but activity at Stratis HQ certainly isn’t drawing to a halt. The past month has been action-packed, from events such as Stratis Meet-Ups and MetaBeat Conference, to updates across platforms including Opdex and CoinVault.
Read on for an overview of this month’s most exciting developments for Team Stratis and our community of blockchain aficionados.
Stratis: Technical Service Provider for Open banking
In October, Stratis announced that the platform is now a Technical Service Provider (TSP) for the Open banking technology platform.
With over 6 million active users in the UK alone, Open banking is responsible for building bridges between banks, third parties, and tech providers to facilitate simple and secure data exchanges. Now that Stratis is a TSP for Open banking, Stratis can start to leverage a worldwide banking standard for our stable coin solution, which is currently issued on the Cirrus Blockchain.
You can read more about Stratis, stable coins, and Open banking in this blog post.
Stratis x Blue Orchid 2023 Meet-Ups
Bringing the Stratis community together in person has been a hugely rewarding development over the past few months as Stratis launched a series of events at Tower Suites in London in partnership with Blue Orchid Group Hotels.
We were delighted to welcome several creators who have used Stratis to create work across the gaming, art, and music landscapes to present on their unique projects, with the variety of projects a testament to the creativity and innovation that the Stratis platform enables.
Having seen the success of recent meet-ups, this month we were pleased to announce the dates for upcoming meet-ups in 2023:
Friday 20th January 2023, 18:00-22:00
Friday 17th February 2023, 18:00-22:00
Friday 24th March 2023, 18:00-22:00
Friday 21st April 2023, 18:00-22:00
Friday 19th May 2023, 18:00-22:00
You can find the full details in this recent blog post and can register your interest in the events here.
Stratisphere NFT Art at Saatchi Gallery
As part of Stratisphere’s upcoming marketing campaign, one of the content creators we have worked with closely is British artist Hannah Nijsten. Hannah has collaborated with Stratisphere to create NFT’s of her physical art inspired by Stratis brand colours. We were thrilled to see this physical and digital art featured alongside other incredible works by Hannah at a recent exhibition at Saatchi Gallery! As the digital dimension of art continues to develop and evolve, it is an exciting time to be working with artists that apply their creativity and vision to the rich world of NFTs.
Polycarbon Blockchain Attended Metabeats
It was great to see Polycarbon Blockchain, the minds behind My XR Gallery and Sky Dream Mall, take to the floor at MetaBeat in San Francisco last month, an event designed to bring together thought leaders in the metaverse to discuss and demonstrate how technology and innovation will bring industry and commerce into the metaverse.
With MetaBeat estimating that the metaverse market will reach $800 billion by 2024, the landscape is ambitious and rapidly growing, and Stratis were delighted to support Polycarbon Blockchain as they presented their own role within the metaverse when it comes to the intersection of art, VR, and more.
To learn more about Polycarbon Blockchain, why not check out their YouTube channel here?
Public Release of CoinVault Extension Wallet
CoinVault, a non-custodial wallet that enables the management of NFTs as well as funds on the Stratis and Cirrus blockchains, recently launched the public release of its browser extension wallet to five star reviews.
CoinVault is quick and simple to set-up and use, enabling users to track and manage their assets with ease.
Stratisphere NFT Desktop Wallet Update
In November, the Stratisphere NFT desktop wallet launched version 220.127.116.11, complete with optimizations and added support for network changes to ensure seamless use for wallet holders.
Opdex Desktop also added some new updates to its backlog this month. Opdex protocols are designed to offer trustless token swaps and allow for actions such as liquidity providing, mining, and staking to be conducted in a non-custodial and gas-efficient manner.
The updates to Opdex Desktop included feature improvements for version checks and update notifications, additional wallet position details, and performance improvements to ensure the platform functions optimally for all users.
September saw team Stratis enjoy new proposals and exciting events, and although summer is over, autumn is already shaping up to be just as interesting a season for all the community.
Keep reading for an overview of what’s new in the Stratis community.
Corgi Dash passed its second SDA proposal
Congratulations to the Corgi Dash team for passing their second SDA proposal!
The proposal requested 135,000 CRS ($70,000 USD) to complete game development and integrate smart contracts, NFTs and the SDK platform into the game.
Corgi Dash is a fun, play-to-earn game in which players dash over and under various obstacles to reach the Corgi House over six fast-paced and increasingly difficult levels. Each Dash costs 500 Corgi coins to enter, which are then redistributed into the Game Rewards wallets. There are 10,000 coins available across each Dash. If a player completes all six levels, their collected coins are added to their Stratis Wallet and can be traded on OPDEX.
To hear all the latest news about SDA projects and proposals, be sure to join our Discord page here.
Stratis enjoyed its first London meet-up
It was wonderful to see some new and familiar faces at the first Stratis meet-up at Tower Suites in London this month.
The meet-up included some incredible presentations from creators that have worked with Stratis to bring their projects to life, from the creator of The Astroverse and Dawn of Ships to developers from Kiqqi Games.
If you are interested in attending the next meet-up to discuss all things Stratis, blockchain, and NFTs, then join us at Tower Suites for our second event on 21st October. You can sign up for tickets here.
$STRAX is now listed on Bitpanda
This month, Stratis’ native $STRAX token was added to Bitpanda, one of Europe’s fastest-growing fintechs which allows users to trade and invest in stocks, cryptocurrencies, and more on its platform.
Recent Stratis Hackathon winner, Allister Beharry recently presented his Formal Verification of C# Smart Contracts at the event. Stratis is grateful to have great minds such as Allister interested in their platform, providing solutions such as Silver.
Stratis collaborated with Binance to offer an AMA with Stratis CEO, Chris Trew. As expected, the AMA events always raise great questions and provide a fantastic opportunity to share information about Stratis to a wide audience.
The full AMA can be viewed below:
Question 1: Who is currently building on Stratis?
We have a wide range of companies building on the platform, ranging from established indie gaming studios developing gaming-focused NFT solutions to a fully decentralized exchange that enables users on the platform to trade in a completely decentralized manner. We have a really cool project currently building a metaverse, which reminds me of the Habbo Hotel. In this virtual chat room, you create your own avatar and interact with people all over the country and world. Check them out here: https://myxrgallery.com/.
Question 2. What are your thoughts on NFTs?
NFTs present a fantastic vehicle for a wide variety of use cases beyond art, from actual ownership of in-game items to NFTs being utilized as tickets or memberships for venues and events. We are also really focusing on working with traditional artists, offering workshops highlighting the benefits that NFTs can bring and how they can be created with ease.
My belief in NFTs has seen Stratis develop the first genuinely sustainable and commission-less NFT Platform, “Stratisphere”. You can check out NFTs that have already been listed and experience how easy it is to “Top-up” to purchase your favorite NFT!
We’re currently gearing up to make Stratisphere a known brand in the UK and within the NFT space. A huge brand awareness campaign will launch in London later this year, so keep your eyes peeled!
Question 3. Where can we meet Stratis team members?
We have a globally dispersed team of developers working on the platform; however, we pride ourselves on being a leading London-based blockchain platform. You will find Stratis’ team members attending many events in London weekly.
To further cement our position as a leading London-based blockchain platform, we will hold monthly events at an iconic venue overlooking the Tower of London. It’s a free event, so we encourage you to register and come along to meet the team, hear the speakers and enjoy some drinks/canapes!
Question 4. Which development at Stratis most excites you?
There have been lots of projects that have excited me over the years building in the space. Currently, though, I am genuinely most excited to watch our progress in our stablecoin (GBPT) offering. As recently announced, we are working alongside PwC to ensure regulatory compliance for our required registrations. The solution works with the existing OpenBanking standards ensuring compliance and simplified integration into any of the UK clearing banks we engage with. Additionally, PwC has committed to providing auditing services for the solution upon its deployment.
We could issue a stablecoin with our current technology. Still, we understand the importance of regulation. We know that this is required for any significant engagement relating to a digital banking currency.
Question 5. Can you stake or mine STRAX?
Absolutely, several options are available to those seeking passive income through staking or operating a Masternode. We have cold-staking options available for the more security-conscious token holders; additionally, we also provide token holders with the opportunity to operate a Masternode. According to stakingrewards.com, operating a Masternode currently offers a 35.56% return.
Masternodes produce blocks on our Smart Contract Sidechain and also play a role in voting for projects to receive funding to build on the platform. We take pride in knowing that our platform is secured by a genuinely distributed pool of masternodes. This ensures decentralized execution of contracts and enhanced security thanks to the trustless registration methods.
There is an active and supportive community surrounding Stratis and the projects building upon it. It truly is great to see.
Binance Community Questions
Question 1: When BSC interoperability? and how that affect current masternodes?
We will be rolling out BSC support for our interoperability platform soon, as part of this roll out we will be adding official support for Linux when hosting a masternode.
Question 2: STRAX Anonymous Team or Totally Public Team?
We are totally public and have been since day 1
Question 3: How long does the commission fee of 0% is going to stay?
The 0% fee will stay forever, we may however offer a more feature packed offering in future that is not 0%.
Question 4: Are you a BTC person or ETH person?
Both, I mined ETH when it was just a few dollars
Question 5: Do you have an estimated date for the release of the GBPT stable coin on Stratis blockchain?
Unfortunately, we cannot, but it will likely not be in 2022
Question 6: Currently NFT is developing and becoming a new innovation in the Blockchain world. However, many users still don’t understand about NFT. Do you have plans to educate about NFT to users outside of non-Crypto? What are the measures to increase awareness of your project in non-crypto space?
Great question, we see education as a critical part of raising the awareness of NFT’s and Stratis. Not only educating the end user but also businesses/artists/developers etc.
Question 7: What is the SDA?
Stratis Decentralised Accelerator. This is our decentralised fund that provides funding for innovative projects building on Stratis. A decentralised vote by the Stratis Masternodes is required to receive the funding
The start of summer has been full of highly anticipated developments for Stratis, from announcements relating to Stratis’s upcoming GBPT stable coin to a new approved SDA project in the form of Corgi Dash from Mild Beast Games.
Read to find out more about the latest updates from team Stratis, as well as insights into developments that are to come across the NFT and play-to-earn landscapes.
Cointelegraph shares that Stratis gained 200%+ with Sky Dream Mall metaverse and stablecoin
The Stratis team recently revealed that its plans to launch a Great British Pound Token (GBPT) stable coin are continuing to progress with the unveiling of ‘Stratis Investment Group Limited’, an entity that will be used for this new stable coin.
Blockchain technology holds incredible potential to simplify payments, and now is an exciting moment for Stratis to be at the heart of developments with organisations more willing than ever to accept stable coin payments.
Our friends at Cointelegraph took note of this news as well as the hype surrounding the upcoming launch of Sky Dream Mall, a metaverse developed by Polycarbon Games on the Stratis blockchain, and positioned these developments, along with Stratis’s outreach in Uganda, as factors behind STRAX prices rallying 200% according to data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and Trading View.
Stratis extends its thanks to Cointelegraph for this recognition, and we look forward to continuing to advocate for innovative projects such as the GBPT stable coin and Sky Dream Mall metaverse in the coming months.
Building continues at the Stratis Blockchain Innovation Centre in Uganda
In last month’s blog, we revealed that building had begun for the new blockchain innovation centre in the Tooro Kingdom of southwestern Uganda, and June has only seen this progress continue.
You can head over to our Twitter to watch building in action as we grow closer to watching the collaboration between the Charitable Foundation of King Oyo and Stratis turn into reality in the form of a centre that will facilitate the development of blockchain skills and innovations across the kingdom.
Corgi Dash from Mild Beast Games is approved by SDA Masternodes
Corgi Dash, the latest game from Mild Beast Games, the creators behind games such as At Sundown: Shots in the Dark, has passed the SDA vote with 112 votes for the proposal, which requested 72,500 CRS in funding.
You can follow @corgi_dash on Twitter for updates on this play-to-earn game as it comes to life on the Stratis blockchain.
Trivia Legends drops ‘Origins’ NFTs on Stratisphere
Another SDA alumnus, Trivia Legends, also shared an exciting update this month by dropping the first 250 hand-drawn ‘Origins’ NFTs on the Stratisphere marketplace.
These 250 NFTs form what will be 2000 in total from the ‘Origins’ collection, all of which have manually selected ‘EPIC’ and ‘LEGENDARY’ characters. These characters come out of 9 existing classes, which will expand to 30 classes with a mainnet release.
These NFTs are exclusive to the collection and will not be available to win, buy, or claim through the game.
It was great to see Satya Karki, C# Blockchain Developer for Stratis, represent Stratis Platform at the BCrypt Conference hosted by the GL Bajaj Institute of Technology and Management in Dehli, India.
Satya delivered sessions discussing myriad topics from SDA projects to the background of Stratis Blockchain development, as well as getting involved in hands-on student labs at the institute.
BCrypt is one of the largest blockchain, crypto, NFTs and Web 3.0 conferences to take place in 2022, and it was a privilege for Stratis to be amongst the esteemed speakers at the event.
Cirrus Core 18.104.22.168 Release
Finally, last month also saw the release of Cirrus Core 22.214.171.124, an updated version of the Cirrus wallet designed to introduce dynamic InterFlux Fees. These InterFlux Fees ensure tht those who wish to engage with InterFlux are able to do so at a lower cost. This version also has a new added feature that allows users to rewind their node.
Welcome to another monthly update here at Stratis! Today we’ll discuss several new updates that range from eagerly-awaited gaming news to the expansion of Stratis overseas with an exciting new partnership with the Tooro Kingdom in Uganda.
It is excellent to see the variety of use cases that Stratis blockchain technologies can apply, and we look forward to seeing these updates develop further in the coming months.
This week, Stratis announced its partnership with the Foundation of King Oyo, a charity led by the monarch of the Tooro Kingdom in the South West of Uganda. With this long-term partnership, the global expansion of Stratis has begun with the launch of Stratis Africa.
King Oyo (Rukirabasaija Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV) is the world’s youngest reigning monarch. The king was crowned at 3 and a half, and his reign thus far has been marked by a keen interest in technology and a dedication to developing the digital offerings of this kingdom of approximately one million.
As such, this partnership will see Stratis fund the creation of a blockchain innovation centre based in the Tooro Kingdom that will develop the local community’s blockchain-based skills and learning.
In addition to this, Stratis and the Tooro Kingdom will develop blockchain use cases that will positively benefit the kingdom’s population, such as the introduction of blockchain technologies that can be used to manage the Tooro Kingdom’s abundant agricultural resources.
We look forward to watching this collaboration grow and thrive as Stratis continues to expand its ecosystem across Africa.
Opdex Liquidity Mining & Token Swap
New tutorials have launched on YouTube for how to take full advantage of features available on the Opdex platform, such as liquidity providing and mining, staking, and token swaps.
Opdex itself is a series of DeFi and governance smart contracts that enable users to trade, swap, earn, and govern assets through the use of Stratis and Cirrus blockchains.
With low gas fees and rigorous testing processes to ensure platform security, Opdex allows users to enjoy its abundance of features in a non-custodial, gas-efficient, and trustless manner.
Trivia Legends – a competitive knowledge-based game that allows players to win different avatars in the form of blockchain NFTs – was officially launched on the Stratis Blockchain TestNet this month and is currently undergoing review from a team of dedicated alpha testers.
Trivia Legends has also announced their plans to create a collection of high-tier characters from the game, which will be made available to anyone exclusively via Stratisphere NFT marketplace. More news on this will be coming soon!
Be sure to follow @TriviaLegends on Twitter for the latest updates, news, and giveaways!
Dawn of Ships
Speaking of exciting gaming updates in April, this past month also saw two new features be added to the game of pirates and sea adventures that is Dawn of Ships.
We took a deep dive into these new features over in our most recent SDA Update but, to summarise, these new mechanics – ‘Plunder’ and ‘Ambush’ – add a fun competitive edge to the game.
Each Plundering mission takes 4 hours to complete, and players can Plunder other ships three times, with Club Pass holders able to increase the number of Plunderings they choose to do. Plundering wins players GOLD and OVIA tokens for each mission, but it requires a delicate balance of wins and losses, as each plundering will cost a player one reduced durability point. Players can also win Yield Bonuses and Speed Bonuses, the latter of which reduces the time of a Plundering mission by 30 minutes.
The ‘Ambush’ feature enables players to steal resources from other players on Plundering missions. An Ambush takes between 1 to 2.5 hours, depending on whether the opposing player sends back-up. Players can win additional $OVIA and GOLD for a successful Ambush, although, similarly to Plundering, an Ambush also costs a durability point.
Plundering players can reduce the time that opposing players can spend on an Ambush mission if they have a Speed Bonus. To aid them in their strategies, both players can send up to 2 additional $SHIP and $CREW as reinforcements.
Spring has sprung at Stratis, and with the new season comes a host of eagerly anticipated developments. From the announcement of the Opdex launch signalling a new era in GameFi for Stratis to an exciting collaboration with UCL on the balance between NFTs and sustainability, this month has seen some long-term projects come to fruition. We look forward to seeing the Stratis community reap the benefits.
Opdex and GameFi on Stratis
March saw the launch of the Opdex platform, a decentralised exchange within the Stratis ecosystem designed to support the integration of DeFi into its GameFi ecosystem. Opdex is built using the native C# language of the Stratis blockchain, making it ideally suited to game development.
Opdex will allow users to swap Stratis native tokens on the Cirrus sidechain, provide liquidity and mine for rewards in ODX (the native token on Opdex). Opdex is compatible with tokens based on Ethereum and Hyperledger Fabric, allowing for a high level of interoperability. As part of the Stratis ecosystem, it also uses the .NET framework to enable smart contracts. These features make Opdex a useful exchange for game developers as the platform is both affordable and highly customisable.
Speaking of GameFi, three eagerly awaited mini-games – NFT Knives, NFT Rise, and NFT Road Runner – launched on Windows and Android utilising the Stratis Unity3d SDK. With each mini-game designed to showcase NFTs built on Stratis, these launches mark the start of an era in which creators can build blockchain-based games and integrate DeFi using Opdex to create a truly immersive experience. Links to download the games can be found below:
Stratis & UCL Collaborate on NFT Sustainability Manifesto
This month, Stratis teamed up with Paolo Taticchi, Professor of Strategy and Sustainability at UCL School of Management, where he is also the School Deputy Director, to develop the ‘NFT Sustainability Manifesto’. The manifesto aims to raise awareness about how companies can approach the use of NFTs from an environmentally conscious perspective.
Traditionally, consensus mechanisms such as Proof of Work (PoW) contribute to carbon emissions due to their energy consumption. This is one reason why Stratisphere and the and underlying blockchain that powers it is based on Proof-of-Authority (PoA), which is considerably more energy-efficient, thanks to an alternate approach to block production.
The manifesto is available here, and its release has been marked by the launch of a Queen Elizabeth II NFT in which the monarch dons a top with the tagline: ‘NFT – use and consume responsibly’. We would like to extend our thanks to NFT designer Michele Fabbro and artist Massimiliano Donnari for their work on this NFT, and we wish UCL and Professor Taticchi (who recently appeared on Italian television to discuss the manifesto) the best of luck as they continue to facilitate meaningful discussions surrounding technology and environmental responsibility.
New tokens available through InterFlux Bridge
InterFlux has recently undergone further developments to enable bi-directional transfers of ERC20 Tokens to SRC20 Tokens. These changes are supported by updates to Cirrus Core, which can now mobilise bi-directional transfers to swap tokens back to ERC20 in a matter of clicks. This development further enhances the capabilities of InterFlux as a bridge between Stratis Blockchain technologies and platforms such as Ethereum.
From 9th March, six ERC20 Tokens will be available through the InterFlux Bridge – wETH, WBTC, USDC, USDT, LINK and SHIB – and if you are interested in seeing more tokens added to this list, please join our Discord and add your voice to the community discussion.
Stratis Community Infographic Contest
To celebrate the aforementioned Opdex launch, the Stratis Community has launched an Infographic Contest, giving participants the chance to win between both STRAX and NFTs.
To enter, you simply have to create an infographic about Opdex and share it in the comments of this post, from which Gold Members will choose a winner on the 10th April.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s been a busy start to the year here at Stratis, and we’ve hit the ground running this past month with several project updates and releases for our community to enjoy. This past month brought with it the official launch of our feeless NFT platform, Stratisphere, and we truly look forward to watching users release and trade NFTs across the platform.
Taking off into the Stratisphere was not the only thing on our agenda at Stratis this month, however, and below we will delve into a series of exciting developments that took place over January as well as some hints about what is to come for the Stratis community.
Launching into the Stratisphere
The first month of 2022 marked the launch of Stratisphere, the world’s first feeless NFT platform that promises to revolutionize the process of launching and trading NFTs.
NFTs are a thriving aspect of the blockchain community, harnessed by artists to promote and sell their artwork, crypto users investing in NFTs, and play-to-earn game developers that use NFTs for assets and avatars across various digital landscapes. Stratis is excited to support this community with the release of Stratisphere, which is integrated with the non-custodial Stratisphere Wallet to help users carry out smoother transactions and manage their NFT collections effectively.
You can find follow Stratisphere on Twitter @stratispherenft on Twitter or join our Stratis Community Discord for more news and announcements about the platform’s functions and exciting NFT giveaways available to users.
Stratis Wallet Release on iOS and Android
The Stratis Wallet, a non-custodial wallet through which users can store STRAX and CIRRUS tokens, released in iOS and Android stores this month. With the Stratis wallet, users can send and receive funds as well as update smart contracts on the Cirrus sidechain. We’re thrilled that iOS and Android users around the world can now manage personal and business wallets safely and securely with Stratis.
Stratis InterFlux Update
As outlined in a previous blog post, this past month saw the latest development within Stratis’ InterFlux protocol go live. You can now carry out Token Swaps between Ethereum and the Cirrus blockchain, an update that means that ERC20 tokens can now be integrated into the Stratis Ecosystem. The benefits of this update will have a butterfly effect of sorts across Stratis, optimizing projects such as Opdex by providing access to popular tokens.
Internal testing has begun and will extend to Testnet in the immediate future, so watch this space over in our Discord Server for future updates.
Launch of The Astroverse Club website
The Astroverse Club launched its website earlier this month, on which users can gain a glimpse into the Astroverse Club Pass, Season 1 NFTs, and the 2022 roadmap plotting the way to The Astroverse Club’s goal of building an interactive ecosystem for NFT users.
Capped at just 1500 passes costing just 300CRS, the Club Pass and the NFTs it provides are not only visual assets; they can also be used functionally within upcoming games such as The Astroverse – Space War and Dawn of Ships. You can catch a look at some of the wonderful screenshots from both games as well as further details on upcoming developments within The Astroverse on its Discord Channel.
You can read more on The Astroverse Club Pass here.
Blockcore Releases Closed Alpha
Blockcore has featured in several monthly updates as it develops CoinVault, an easy and accessible non-custodial wallet for STRAX and CRS, and the latest news is that a closed Alpha has been released, much to the excitement of the Stratis community. Functioning similarly to Ethereum’s Metamask, CoinVault enables users to manage their multiple Stratis wallets freely and safely.
Over @Polycarbongame Twitter, users can see My Meta Gallery continue to develop into a platform that is both visual and interactive, with new functionalities enabling users to connect and view each other’s galleries.
You can find out more about developing your own NFT collections and galleries with Polycarbon Games here.
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.
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.