Merit Circle gaming is creating engaging & rewarding opportunities

Just as the body requires blood to run through its veins, the Merit Circle DAO is intrinsically connected to the world of gaming. They love gaming: they invest in games, incubate games, have thousands of gamers in their community, and, with the development of their gaming platform, they are bringing it all together in one place.

Merit Circle is a gaming DAO that dives deep into the gaming industry and they are on a mission to make Merit Circle synonymous with Game Finance (GameFi). We take you on a tour behind the scenes of their gaming vertical.

Core of the Merit Circle DAO
What began as an organization where players applied to become gaming ‘scholars’ has grown immensely over the past year. Then, they had barely scratched of what they wanted to achieve, and now, their ambitions are both being realized stage by stage and continuing to grow. As they have grown, they have shared details of their four verticals, the pillars on which Merit Circle stands today, and there’s one common denominator: gaming.

Everything they do has gaming at its heart. It’s the air they breathe, the food they eat, and the drinks they sip. The core contributors to the DAO all grew as passionate gamers learning from in-game economies first-hand in the likes of World of Warcraft and Runescape. What seemed unimaginable back then is now slowly becoming a reality, a place where gaming and finance come together.

Incorporating the idea of long-term growth of the GameFi industry, they are aiming nearly everything that they do towards gamers. That translates into their investments, partnerships, development, publications, education, and most importantly, their community.

Playing & earning
One thing that connects gaming and cryptocurrency is their engaged communities. When you think back to the most successful games, you’re likely to remember the corresponding community where you met some amazing people along the way. Within the crypto community, things are no different. Instead of games, you meet people through common investments or products. In both cases, the community is a driving force behind the success of a project.

Recognizing the importance of this community, they’ve been determined to create a healthy and welcoming environment for all of their gamers from the very first day. Starting with just a handful, they’ve grown into a community of thousands of people across the globe. Initially, they referred to their gamers as ‘scholars’ who were granted a scholarship to play a game with the aim of earning money. However, this term doesn’t seem as fitting today.

They have witnessed the lack of sustainability in existing gaming economies that create nothing but a large influx and outflow of users in a matter of months. Lots of lessons can be learned from that but one thing has become especially clear: gamers don’t solely play to earn. Gaming should not be something that’s done for the sake of earning money, gaming should be fun. When the fun is there it can, and should, be rewarding.

Therefore, they have embraced a new approach to their gaming culture that’s focused on creating a fun and rewarding experience for all parties involved. They’re not simply trying to scale as many ‘scholars’ as possible and submerge them in the daily grind for an additional paycheck in an attempt to squeeze out more revenue for the DAO. Instead, they’re focused on improving the skills and commitment of our gamers through education and by sustaining a healthy environment while growing qualitatively.

They will always grow their community in a healthy and sustainable manner. Each day new gamers are welcomed into the Merit Circle DAO and treated considerately. With more exciting games launching in the near future, they see this community of dedicated gamers growing even bigger, which will add value to the Merit Circle DAO.

Bringing it all together
In collaboration with Dept Agency, they are building an overarching gaming platform that will house all of their gaming operations. Currently, most of their gaming operations are scattered across various platforms and communications mainly flow through Discord. The entire workflow screams for automation and optimization, and that’s what they’re creating. They won’t leave Discord anytime soon but improvements are on the way.

In a matter of months, they have laid the foundation for a robust platform that will have the ability to sustain their growth and truly foster their community. Additionally, they aim to become an industry standard for these platforms and have an open door for those wandering around the metaverse. Interested in blockchain gaming? They got you!

This platform will allow to implementation of new games rapidly and scale current operations like never before. While benefiting their community, it will also allow them to set up limited entrances for beta-testing upcoming games from their partners. This will be both enjoyable for their community and extremely beneficial for their partners.

In the not-too-distant future, they will be releasing an MVP of the platform. This ‘minimal-viable-product’ will be a big step in the right direction although also far from complete. They have worked on optimizing the onboarding process for their gamers, tracking statistics, managing gamers as a coach, and finding a place for educational content.

Nevertheless, this MVP is considered a skeleton of the final product. In the beta version, they will be testing all of the assumptions made during creation and eventually move towards a first official version where they can crowdsource the entire development process. They are building this product for their community, so they want to involve their community at every step.

Dept Agency, This is an external agency that has allowed them to move quickly and start development immediately. However, as development progresses and they move towards a final version, they need to look ahead.

In the future, they will not be reliant on agencies like Dept Agency for development tasks. Instead, they’ll have the best people working on their products, including the gaming platform, internally. Dept Agency will be a facilitator whenever have to move quickly, something they have shown they are more than capable of doing.

This also means that soon they will actively start to grow their own development team. They are, and will always be, a tech company and skilled developers are a requirement for their success. With their current expertise in-house, they can drive external teams to build something great, but it’s far from the in-house team they envision. To continue moving quickly and maintain a long-term focus, a strong development team is crucial.

Education first
We are all about empowerment, and education is a massive part of that. Like the old proverb, we live by goes: “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” As such, a fundamental part of their gaming platform will be the Merit Circle Gaming Academy. Here, they’ll give our gamers the tools to learn about everything from their gamers and cryptocurrency to managing aspects of their personal lives, such as financial guidance, as well.

Led by two experienced teachers, they have been carefully crafting educational content that will be widely available through their new platform. It will be the breeding ground for a new generation of gamers who’ll learn ‘on the job’ as they become better at playing their favorite games but also by being able to unlock their full potential. Educating gamers not only about games but about web3 and everything it has to offer will play a huge part in bridging the gap between traditional and blockchain gaming. Through education, they will enable everyone to benefit from this new technology.

Simply offering a place where gamers can earn money is not enough. Having an additional income is a responsibility that should be treated accordingly and they wish to teach people how to manage this. Recruitment for new game managers happens mainly within the community and, therefore, the educational side shows us who’s most eager to learn and ultimately most willing to contribute to the Merit Circle DAO as a whole.

They’ve seen demand continue to grow and it’s on them as an industry to make sure the supply meets that demand in a qualitative way. Along the way, their community will keep expanding organically and be ready to enter tons of interesting games in the future. With each gamer, their proposition towards games that are raising funds becomes more interesting. This unique position feels powerful and with that comes responsibility.

However, their investment vertical is just one of the beneficiaries of the success of their gaming vertical. Having a dedicated group of gamers and countless games they play will drive users to the NFT marketplace they are building. It also functions as a forum for feedback and beta-testing for any game or project they wish to publish out of the Merit Circle studios.

They are passionate about gaming and the launch of their gaming platform will help shape this industry. They will be the portal taking avid gamers into the GameFi industry and showing them exactly what web3 has to offer. 

The platform will be everything a web3 gamer needs with payouts, wallets, favorite games, testing, rewards, and competitions all bound together by our engaged and loyal community.

In time, Merit Circle will be the gaming DAO everyone will know. They will be the home of thousands of enthusiastic gamers, the key to the success of many games, and a core pillar of the entire industry. Ready? So are they!

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