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Intro to NFT Worlds

NFT Worlds is a fully decentralized, multiplayer metaverse project comprised of 10,000 unique 3D voxel worlds which players can own, stake, and rent out to others.

June 6, 2022

3 min read
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Feature Detail
Network Ethereum
Opened October 2021
Access Windows, OSX, Linux, Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo Switch, smartphone and tablet (Android/iOS)
Currency $WRLD
Worlds 10,000 unique, self-contained worlds, NOT parcels of land

Introduction

When it launched towards the end of 2021, NFT Worlds made an immediate impact thanks to its unique model of participation and Minecraft integration. The fully decentralized, massively multiplayer metaverse project comprises 10,000 unique 3D voxel worlds, which players can own, stake, and rent out to others, and build whatever they can imagine.


Worlds

NFT Worlds is comprised of 10,000 unique 3D voxel worlds – not land – that are 16 million x 16 million blocks (~500km2) in size. To put that in context, you could fit roughly 20 Decentralands in a single NFT World. Worlds are characterized by Geography (e.g., land and water areas, rainfall), Resources (e.g., oil, coal, metals), and Features (e.g., ore-rich, multi-climate, sunken ship) which determine their rarity, spanning Common to Extremely Rare.

Utility & Features

People talk a lot about utility and features being important to the success of NFTs and virtual worlds. With NFT Worlds, they are integral. Certainly, you can hold your world and monitor the floor price – but the way NFT Worlds has been structured, if you simply sat and watched the virtual grass grow, you’d be missing out on an amazing array of opportunities:

Access: Just as players earn $WRLD for gameplay, land owners earn the NFT Worlds in-game currency for delivering specific experiences and/or access to their world.

Building: To deliver experiences, you’ll need to build or you can hire experienced teams to do this for you. There is a dedicated Discord server where you can connect and hire verified builders.

Playing: Players can earn $WRLD by participating in games, which they can then spend on items, titles, and event access. They can also use $WRLD to trade with other players.

Staking: Land owners who don't want to build can stake their World and rent it out to others. The devs have simplified the rental process, which can be conducted through a ‘World Manager’ decentralized app. Owners have control over the monthly rental rate (in $WRLD) and rental duration. And all of this is handled by a smart contract that mirrors a commercial lease agreement.

Subdivision: It’s also possible to divide up your NFT World into smaller parcels and sell them off. When you consider how large each world is, this route has the potential to accommodate a lot of builders/players.

Behind the scenes

A desire to get involved in the metaverse gaming movement, combined with close to a decade’s worth of experience with Minecraft, convinced the founding team to side-step a lengthy development period and bootstrap NFT Worlds with the wildly popular open-source gaming ecosystem. It also meant exposing the project to over 100 million dedicated Minecraft players, cross-platform support, a simple-to-use building system, and more. This decision put the project miles ahead of other metaverse gaming projects striving to develop P2E experiences.

The road ahead

In April 2022, the NFT Worlds team released Version 2.0 of its roadmap. The document covered a number of updates and additions, including:

  • Revised tokenomics
  • WRLD name service
  • Rental marketplace
  • Overhauled graphics and UI
  • Live video and audio streaming support

Further reading

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