The KARMAVERSE is a metaverse containing the game worlds of all the games we have produced so far and includes toolboxes for the community to build similar games on our platform. Players - known as Karmanauts - can use NFTs to transfer assets between games or sell them to other players.
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Karmaverse is a GameFi platform and a gaming multiverse containing multiple game worlds interconnected via blockchain. Currently, Karmaverse has launched Karmaverse Zombie, aiming to produce various games and, eventually, tools for players to create their own in the ecosystem. The game titles will be available on mobile as the studio is a veteran in mobile game production before producing blockchain games.
The currently available game in Karmaverse is Karmaverse Zombie. It is an SLG (simulation game) based in a zombie apocalypse setting. Players build shelters as their bases and assemble teams of fighters (NFTs or non-NFTs) to battle zombies and complete quests.
The game is available for IOS and Android. It is free to play to earn. To earn, you will need to buy NFTs. The blockchain assets (tokens and NFTs) reside on the Polygon network.
Karmaverse Zombie combines an SLG game with a match-3 battle mechanic. You start with a tutorial; when complete, the tutorial will take you to the shelter where you can start building your base, known as a shelter.
You start by constructing buildings that generate the resources required to start battles and level up your fighters, avatars used in combat. When you have built up the resources, you continue with your ventures where you fight the undead in numerous encounters on the world map.
Before each battle, you can preview the enemies you will fight. This way, you can alter your party to prepare for the fight with the undead.
Playing the game, you will gain experience and level-ups, which open up more features. Such as alliances that will allow you to team up with other players. Or PVP mode that can earn you resources via stealing another player’s resources.
The basic gameplay mode is a match-3 game where your party fights off enemies by swapping through the tiles. Also, enemies have their own elements, which might be strong or weak against attacks. You need to think about assembling the right party for different encounters.
The game characters are Polygon NFT assets and come in different rarity. Level-ups are paid for by essential resources. You can also apply rarer food resources to grant your fighters more extraordinary powers on the level-ups if paired with the right resources.
In addition to level-ups, a breeding system is also in place, which is discussed in the whitepaper. We suggest interested players check it out as there is certain complexity involved in the breeding mechanics.
Key members of the team are:
Scott Cheung, the CEO
Adam Markiewicz Marketing Specialist
Jesse Slater, lead development engineer
Kartik Garg Bussiness Developer
Greg Young, Creative Director
Scott Cheung, a.k.a. Zhang ZhiWei, is a multimedia artist and one of the pioneers in the Chinese NFT Art scene before launching Karmaverse. His connections in the Chinese tech industry have equipped the team with the expertise needed to venture into the Web3 space.
Another notable member of the team is Kartik Garg, an entrepreneur with diverse experience in multiple businesses and a shareholder in Animoca Brands. He heads the business development in Karmaverse and will leverage his network to expand the project’s outreach.
It is also worth mentioning that the development team brings experience. The team previously built top SLG (simulation game) titles such as King of Avalon and Guns of Glory, which have millions of monthly active users. The project says they will prioritize delivering fun and engaging games before integrating blockchain elements. This stays true to the ethos that a functional product on Day 1 goes a long way along with a sustainable ecosystem.
Karmaverse closed a $6 million private round in Feb 2022 led by A&T Capital to expand its teams and offers. This investment round also included Foresight Ventures, Polygon Studios, OKX Blockdream Ventures, and more. While the investors are not top-tier 1 venture capitalists, they have a lot of presence in Asia. They are expected to appeal to the gaming communities, especially Southeast Asia.
An earlier seed round was closed involving Metaverse guild Yield Guild Games SEA, Infinity Ventures Crypto, TPS Capital, and Panony Group.
In terms of growing player communities, Metaverse guilds such as PathDAO have been very involved in establishing a foothold in Karmaverse since its beta tests. A partnership was announced earlier in March, and we can see in the leaderboards and alliances that PathDAO players have a presence in the ecosystem!
KNOT is the utility token in Karmaverse, with a total supply of 210,000,000.
The token has undergone two seed and private sales rounds earlier, and 40.95 million tokens were sold. However, the private and seed price has not been disclosed.
For token distribution, we can refer to the following infographic. Notably, the public sale distribution is relatively low and circulating float compared to the investors’ tokens allocation.
For the IDO, KNOT appeared on multiple launchpads to gather funds. It appeared on Gate.io, Trustswallet, PAID network, and a few others from Feb to March 2022.
In the whitepaper, several essential utilities are outlined for KNOT. These include:
Minting of NFTs in each game world
As the primary trading token in the Karma Marketplace
As the governance token for voting and raising proposals.
As the P2E reward token.
Potential DeFi usage in the ecosystem. Borrow and lend are hinted at by the Karmaverse team.
As a blockchain GameFi ecosystem, Karmaverse adopts a dual token system in which KNOT is the governance token, and individual games will have their own tokens. For Karmaverse Zombie, the in-game token is SERUM.
Regarding SERUM, the whitepaper does not have clear-cut tokenomics but based on its utility, it is the play-to-earn token. It is used as a consumable in-game to pay for some in-game mechanics in KarmaZombies.
The primary utility is as a currency for the in-game NFT minting mechanic, i.e., curing zombies into NFT fighters.
Karmaverse is available on mobile. To start, a player needs a Metamask wallet to be able to interact with the dApp and the blockchain assets.Karmaverse KNOT is on the Polygon blockchain, so players will need some MATIC for gas. Both KNOT and SERUM are listed on Quick swap.
Players can download the mobile game app on IOS or Android app store to get started. Remember, the game can be free to play but has limited earning potential unless players deploy a certain number of NFT fighters in their lineup.
For NFTs, these are tradable on the Karmaverse marketplace and require KNOT as the transaction currency. Players can purchase a set to begin with, or sell their fighters on the secondary marketplace to cash out their rewards.
For getting into the game, other than our quick intro on the gameplay, the official Karmaverse Medium also has a lot of guides for new players to check out. Especially for people who are new to the match-3 genre of games, this can be very helpful!
Upon trying out the game, we have to say Karmaverse Zombie is quite engaging. Because the match-3 gameplay is so popular (thanks to Candy Crush), it’s easy to pick it up. Also, we liked that the project Medium pages have very detailed tutorials that help beginners. In the future, we look forward to seeing the other games planned in Karmaverse to come online and hope these will be bangers too!