The metaverse promises social connection on steroids; very effective when we are all locked in on quarantine, which hopefully never happens again. There are some projects seeking to really be on the frontlines of web3 social. One such project I discovered last week is Bit Hotel. Kareem de Vries, Head of Partnerships, is here today to talk about Bit Hotel as a new social metaverse gaming environment powered by NFTs.
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00:00 - Intro 01:32 - What is the purpose or mission of having a space like BitHotel? 02:40 - There are a lot of social spaces online that include customized 2D or 3D representations of an individual, but you integrated Bit Hotel with blockchain. How does that fit into the vision and the purpose of the BitHotel platform? 03:35 - I’m looking at the trailer at the website, Bithotel.io, it has this very retro pixel flavor to it and the isometric view to it. Not everything has to be cutting edge, state of the art graphics. 04:17 - The inspiration behind BitHotel includes the flash player games from the early days of the Internet, like the Sims, Runescape, Minecraft and more. These games were not only extremely fun to play, but also because of the social aspect, which we are enhancing via blockchain technology and digital asset ownership. 05:33 - Check out the hotel! It is currently 54 floors, which are available for purchase via NFT. 06:52 - Is there a finite supply of these plots? Eventually, you sell out of these things and there is no more. Would you expand the hotel to accommodate the interested buyers? 09:10 - Why are there different rarities for characters and how does that apply to the metaverse? 10:20 - How do players engage with the play-to-earn system you’ve built into the hotel? 12:05 - It looks like the $BTH is your token on the Binance Smart Chain. One BUSD equals 164 $BTH, so if you want to get an idea of what it takes to mint a character, the least expensive character … a few dollars? 13:25 - The game is in beta; how do you get in to play the beta game? 14:00 - Is this an ongoing launch? 15:45 - Joel is registering an account; what happens when you refer your friends with the referral code at sign-up? 16:21 - The other things that are tokenized aside from the floors and the characters; what other objects are tokenized in the game? 16:55 - Joel is touring the hotel and accidentally bombs himself. 19:05 - There is no barrier to entry; someone can sign in and play without a wallet connected and no up-front investment. 19:59 - I see a bartender; can I get a drink? 21:13 - What can you tell us about the roadmap? 24:55 - Outro
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