Fractal is a marketplace for gaming Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), which are durable assets that let you do specific things inside of a gaming universe. The mission Fractal has is to create an open platform for the free exchange of digital goods. To achieve this goal, Fractal has partnered up with the best gaming companies that are launching NFTs and are building tools with the goal of helping them reach customers at scale. The company was founded by Justin Kan and was intended to leverage the transparency and security of the digital ledger of a blockchain network and authenticate unique digital items.
The Fractal Platform is built around providing players with opportunities in gaming through play-to-earn titles, where they can shop for avatars and digital goods. Fractal focuses on building support for existing crypto games ahead of launch, but has the potential to eventually become a "Kickstarter" project for future games, which will allow users to buy exclusive non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in pre-sales, which can help fund the creation of games.
Through the utilization of Fractal, players are able to discover, buy, and sell gaming-related non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on Fractal through the primary market, which are initial drops by gaming companies, and through the secondary market, also known as peer-to-peer (P2P) trading. The goal of Fractal, in this case, is to create an infrastructure for emergent use-cases in regards to NFTs, such as lending or scholarship models in some specific play-to-earn games.
Fractal is starting with the Solana blockchain, due to its low-cost and high-speed transactions, which is a point of appeal to game creators who want to enable a high number of in-game assets.
As a token of appreciation for the huge support from the Fractal community, the project airdropped 100,000 special Fractal NFTs throughout the first four weeks of 2022. In order for community members to participate in this airdrop, they needed to be “Grape Verified” on the official Discord server.
Fractals come with benefits on the Fractal marketplace and within the community. Additionally, the project creators hope that these fractals give special powers to the user's favorite blockchain-based games. Fractal has a genuine belief that cross-game assets, such as these, should be fully in the ownership of the users and will be the future of gaming.
Each Fractal belongs to one of four factions, including:
The faction essentially dictates what shapes the Fractal is constructed from, as well as the color it ends up emitting. The Tri fraction is the largest and contains a total of 70,000 fractals, while the Hexa faction is the smallest and only contains 1,000 fractals.
Alongside the factions, each Fractal has its own specific power level, ranging from 23 to 100. The higher power fractals have a higher level of rarity associated with them, as they aren’t easy to find in nature due to their instability. Users can quickly determine the power level of a fractal by its size as well as its complexity. Each Fractal is a dynamic cluster of energy and can change over time.
Fractals have a variety of different attributes, some of which aren't visible from the image. These are their faction, power, name, purity, velocity, spin, and altitude. Games might choose to utilize these attributes in whichever way they see fit. This means that a player could unlock special powers once they collect one of each faction, or the fractals with high purity could unlock specific, secret doors within a game. The possibilities here are endless.
Fractal launched with several games through a partnership and has hundreds of inbound projects planned for the future. The following are some of the games currently available:
Genopets is what is known as a move-to-earn, massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) that essentially rewards players who have an active lifestyle. A Genopet is a generative non-fungible token (NFT) that evolves as the player exercises. The game transforms the real movements of a player into SKI tokens, which can be used in battle or for crafting valuable items and upgrading the Genopet’s style and performance.
Mini Royale: Nations (MRN) is a browser-based, first-person shooting game set on top of a land control-oriented, social strategy game that puts a specific focus on clans, alliances, and interaction mechanics. It has an open economy, specifically created to reward collaboration and community efforts, where players can build a fun and social experience within the metaverse together.
Nyan Heroes is a non-fungible token (NFT) based third-person battle royale game that is specifically built on top of the Solana Blockchain, where players can collect Nyans and their accompanying giant robots. Through doing this, they can enter the Play2Earn Metaverse in a battle against one another, and they will be saving real kitties through partnerships with various animal charities.
Panzerdogs is an online player-versus-player (PVP) tank brawler game with play-to-earn (P2E) mechanics, which was developed by Lucky Kat. Players can craft and build custom tanks through which they can battle against each other through a variety of different game modes.
Photo Finish is an authentic representation of the horse racing sport, where a team of veteran developers from EA Sports and FanDuel have collaborated to build a simulation engine that is utilized by NBC on Triple Crown Races. Players can own their horses and generate revenue through racing, selling, or breeding in a player-driven dual-token ecosystem. By getting at least one Stylish Stud NFT and one Fine Filly NFT, they can breed their own "Generation Zero" racehorse for the game.
The Sandbox is a virtual world, one in which players have the ability to build, own, and monetize their gaming experiences. The Sandbox is built on top of the Ethereum blockchain and has its own native cryptocurrency token known as SAND which is used as the main utility token within the platform.
SolChicks is a play-to-earn (P2E) game built on top of the Solana blockchain that allows players the ability to go on an adventure in a meticulously designed world with adorable companions. It is one of the first NFT-driven gaming platforms on Solana, where players can essentially craft their own story through their SolChicks by battling them with other players, collecting the rarest and most powerful items, or vanquishing the SolFox and experiencing a journey filled with adventure.
Syn City is a Mafia-themed Metaverse. Syn City lets players raid loot, run businesses, build their own syndicates and dominate through a Mafia as a DAO (MaaD) system.
Aurory is a fantasy-themed action game that implements play-to-earn mechanics and follows the gameplay style of a Japanese role-playing game. Each player can explore a rich as well as diverse universe and travel across the world of Antik and Cryptos, where they can catch and trade magical creatures known as Nefties. Each trainer from across the globe can take part in duels, ranked tournaments, or other game modes.
The Crypto Cavemen Club is an exclusive NFT-based community that is centered specifically around the CAVE game token. The Cavemen have been thawing out of the arctic due to the warming climate. In this metaverse, they can battle in a player-versus-player (PVP) arena filled with rewards, which allows them to engage in crafting, get chest boxes, and to real-estate purchases.
Portals is a web-based metaverse platform developed on top of the Solana blockchain where players can own space, build, and invite friends over with the goal of showing off their non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and exploring downtown, all through the usage of an internet browser. The goal of this project is to create a dense downtown, where all players can explore a single city block with hundreds of things to do and discover. The metaverse also features drag-and-drop build tools, DAO headquarters, escape rooms, music events, and much more.
Fractal started with a team of serial entrepreneurs.
- Justin Kan co-founded Twitch and has been investing in the crypto space since 2013, alongside being an advisor to decentralized projects such as Theta and Audius.
- Robin Chan founded as well as sold a mobile game company known as XPD Media to Zynga and was head of Zynga Asia.
- David Wurtz was the co-founder of Google Drive and an advisor at Shopify.
- Mike Angell is an e-commerce veteran with over 20 years of experience and has worked at Fast and Shopify.
Fractal's first partners also include some of the most innovative games, which have already been working on blockchain integrations, and the exclusive NFTs that they will be dropping on Fractal will be items that give players specific abilities and experiences within their upcoming games.
Fractal also puts special focus on the crypto gaming companies that are building fun and engaging games with a high level of replay value. The goal of Fractal is to enable players to own their in-game assets and be able to take them with them wherever they go, on whichever game they play, or in whichever metaverse they engage in. Players are now able to buy gaming NFTs directly from Fractal gaming partners and discover, buy and sell gaming NFTs from other players.
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