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Balthazar Research Report: Revisiting Dogamí
- 1 9/10 – Impressive
- 2 Introduction
- 3 Background
- 4 NFT Game Assets
- 5 Tokenomics
- 6 DAO and Community
- 7 Dogamí Website
- 8 Blockchain
- 9 Team
- 10 Roadmap
- 11 Guild Facilitation
- 12 Whitepaper
- 13 Socialnomics
- 14 Speculation and Connecting the Dots
- 15 Conclusion
- 16 Other Research Reports
- 17 Register for Token Sale
- 18 Connect with our community.
9/10 – Impressive
Pre released game score
Dogamí is straight-up impressive. They’re on the way to delivering a top-quality game for their robust community. They have a huge vote of confidence from the Balthazar Alpha Team.
Background – 9
NFT Game Assets – 9
Website – 9.5
Artwork – 8
Team – 9
Whitepaper – 9.5
Socialnomics – 8.5
Read More on Explaining the Scoring.
Written by Nicholas Korsgård, Chief Gaming Officer, Kim Bjerkeli, Sigurd Thomassen, and Heidi Anette Laugsand Johansen, Game Strategists, Balthazar Alpha Team
Disclaimer: Most images in this report are taken from the DOGAMÍ whitepaper, DOGAMÍ webpage, or DOGAMÍ Discord.
In the near future, you might hear the saying, “A Doga is a man’s best friend,” or at least, that’s what we, in the Alpha team, believe DOGAMÍ has the potential to achieve.
In the following Brobdingnagian research report, our Alpha Team will introduce you to one of the most interesting and intriguing upcoming GameFi project, all built on Tezos. When you match an immensely extensive whitepaper with a solid and relevant experienced team with great ideas and ambitions, the end product becomes one to watch and pay attention to.
DOGAMI is a play-and-earn, metaverse-ready, virtual companion. It’s a cross between a game and a lifestyle app for mobile. The players can partake in several activities within what Dogamí calls the “Petaverse.” You can play, earn, compete, and socialize. Each player might have their motivations and objectives within the game. However, the overarching purpose is to conceive the finest and most irregular virtual dog, known as Dogamí.
“A Mí” means “friend” in French, so the name DOGAMÍ literally means a dog friend, which we find quite fitting. If you’ve always wanted a dog in your life, but circumstances have stopped you, this might be a great game to give you an experience of what it means to have and care for a dog.
The Dogamí will serve as the players’ avatars in the game and go through different phases throughout its life. These phases are the puppy phase, adulthood, and spirit phase. To level up your Dogamí, you need to nurture it from a puppy into adulthood. Part of nurturing involves participation in casual quests corresponding to activities a dog would perform in real life. These activities would change throughout the Dogamí’s life depending on its level of maturity (phase) or career choice.
As every Dogamí is its own NFT, all decisions you make in the Petaverse will impact the NFT directly. In addition, players will find rewards by participating in activities such as exercising, training, and quests. These activities are also key contributors to your Dogamí’s evolution.
Finally, all the time spent with your four-legged friend in the Petaverse will improve your bond. The higher the bond, the more activities, features, and consumables become available to you. In addition, players with a high bond will get higher rewards from in-game activities.
Before we dive deeper into the matter, we’ll look at Dogamí’s mission, guiding beliefs, and ways of earning rewards.
“The mission itself is simple to understand. Dogamí aims to be the first stepping stone for a wide audience to experience the power of decentralized finance (DeFi) in a gamified environment and true digital ownership of your game avatars in their very own Petaverse.”
The guiding beliefs the Petaverse is built upon are as follows:
- Building a community by creating meaningful, shared experiences.
- True digital ownership and an open metaverse.
- Attractive “play-and-earn” mechanisms.
- State-of-the-art technology as an enabler for innovative gameplay.
- An engaged and decentralized community to govern DOGAMÍ.
- Environmental, social and corporate responsibility.
- The metaverse as a generation-defining opportunity.
In Dogamí, players can earn rewards such as the $DOGA token in the following ways:
- Nurturing their Dogamí.
- Competing in quests to win leaderboard prizes.
- Breeding Dogamí and selling them on the marketplace.
- Adopting and trading rare Dogamí.
- Farming accessories and NFTs that players can sell on the secondary market.
- Participating in various activities for the benefit of the network, for example, taking part in governance.
- Dog sitting for other players.
The overall gameplay loop of DOGAMÍ (the game) revolves around adopting, raising, and bonding with your Dogamí (virtual NFT dog). Your pet will have several stages in its life, and the gameplay will change accordingly. It is easy to draw parallels to Tamagotchi and Nintendogs, which were an inspiration to DOGAMÍ. However, DOGAMÍ is bringing an entirely new aspect to the genre of pet-style games, and it is the features of GameFi.
As part of the Minimum Viable Product (MVP), which is due to release in the middle of 2022, players will be able to earn daily rewards of $DOGA by actively caring for their pets and strengthening the shared bond between them.
Life-Cycle of a Dogamí
As previously mentioned, all Dogamí’s will go through three different phases. The puppy phase, adult phase, and spirit phase. To transition from one stage to the next, the Dogamí must be leveled up by reaching certain levels in the player’s bond and achieving particular milestones.
In the puppy phase, players get to experience the puppy life. The Dogamì would need to be nurtured and cared for; this includes feeding, playing, and learning special tricks. The activities will be available in Augmented Reality (AR) and primarily rely on hyper-casual single-player actions.
The idea behind the puppy phase is to help players get used to the DOGAMÍ mechanics and get a relationship with their Dogamí through AR. Then, like with a real-life puppy, players will somewhat experience the real thing through DOGAMÍ. Of course, the better you meet your pet’s needs, the faster you progress. To elaborate on the activities above, they are paramount to the survival of your Dogamí.
- Essential activities.
|Activity||Time Constraints||Number of Daily Instances|
|Feeding (Nurturing)||4 hours||4|
|Drinking (Nurturing)||4 hours||4|
|Potty training||4 hours||4|
|Walking||Depends on bonding level||Depends on bonding level|
- Non-essential activities.
|Trick||Bonding level unlock||Finger gesture||Number of repetitions needed|
|Sit||Level 1||Swipe down from stomach||TBD|
|Lay Down||Level 2||Swipe down from head||TBD|
|Give Paw||Level 3||Swipe up from paw||TBD|
|Spin||Level 4||Swipe from left to right||TBD|
|Fetch Item||Level 5||Flick item||TBD|
Players will need to go through all the daily needs to keep the Dogamí happy and healthy. Every need has different time constraints, and some of them may have to be done multiple times in a day. The lists above show the possible needs of the Dogami and the tricks they can learn. Some tricks will be harder to teach than others, and players will gradually discover this list of tricks as the Dogamí levels up.
The picture below shows a flowchart of how actions can impact the statistics of your Dogamí NFT, which we’ll take a deeper look at in the NFT Game Assets section.
When growing up and becoming an adult, the world of opportunities opens up to the Dogamí. In this phase, fun stuff, such as breeding and competitive multiplayer games, becomes the focus.
In addition, players can enroll their Dogamí in specialized career tracks, opening up new game loops for that specific career. Real canine sports and dog professions inspire these multiplayer games and career tracks. Finally, there will be an annual DOGAMÍ Olympics where only the best performing Dogamí will be able to participate in a winner takes all event.
Some examples of career tracks are:
- Police Dogamí
- Firefighter Dogamí
- Farmer Dogamí
- Space Dogamí
- Yoga Dogamí
- Skater Dogamí
Completing a career track will award the Dogamí a special NFT badge as a completion certificate. In addition, badge holders will have special voting rights during governance events and will have their say regarding the future of their career track. By doing this, the DOGAMÍ team gives players more control over what quests are likely to be part of each career track.
The flowchart below shows that the player’s efficiency in training activities affects the “Booster.” The $DOGA reward potential is determined by combining the booster and the player’s bonding level to its Dogamí.
One interesting mechanic in the works is move-to-earn. We’ve seen this feature be prevalent in other projects such as StepN, but DOGAMÍ has, since its beginning, thought about this mechanic. Therefore the “Daily Walk” will be a part of the Adult Phase.
Here, players can connect their mobile health app with the DOGAMÍ app and complete a daily target distance as part of the essential actions of a Dogamí. Players wanting to utilize 100% of the maximum daily rewards have to take their Dogamí on regular walks.
When maturing into adulthood, Dogamí will also be able to partake in “grown-up activities.” Breeding happens in the breeding grounds, and to enter, a Dogamí would need a special badge bestowed upon it when becoming an adult.
In addition, players can put their Dogamí up for sire and check who’s a good breeding partner for their pet. We’ll dive deeper into breeding in its section following gameplay.
When a Dogamí has exhausted its breed count and completed at least one career track, it is ready for a well-deserved retirement in the spirit phase. In the spirit phase, Dogamí will unlock rights to ownership in the Petaverse and will be able to purchase land plots and host activities of their choosing within those plots. Correlatively, they will receive a percentage of the revenue generated from said activities.
Lore-wise, the Dogamí’s physical form transcends into a new spirit form. There aren’t that many details about the spirit phase yet. However, Dogamí in the spirit phase can hang around the Dogamí Dojo to watch over the training and progression of younger Dogamí.
In phase 2, DOGAMÍ plan on introducing a multiplayer mode called the DOGAMÍ Olympics. This event will be a collection of realistic canine sports in the form of quests. Players compete against each other for a chance to win rich rewards and climb the leaderboards. To participate in the Olympics, the entrants would have to pay a fee of $DOGA. In which the winner takes all.
Some examples of activities are described below.
- Agility – Dogamí must successfully cross an assembly of obstacles such as ramps, wheels, and walls as fast as possible. This challenge aims to test your Dogamí’s agility and reflexes.
- Cani-Cross – This practice involves running with your Dogamí while they’re on a leash. The purpose is to run a certain distance within a time limit with your Dogamí.
- Flyball – This activity will have your Dogamí navigate an obstacle course made of four hay bales at full speed. At the end of the course, the Dogamí must press an automatic launcher and catch a ball in mid-air before bringing it back to the player. This sport challenges the coordination, intelligence, and vitality of your Dogamí.
Breeding and Love Seasons
As with almost any project involving animals within the GameFi space, breeding plays an essential role in the game’s growth. With DOGAMÍ, this also feels very natural compared to games where you breed robots, cars, or cards. When maturing into adulthood, Dogamí will be able to participate in the breeding activities of the game.
As DOGAMÍ and Petaverse progress over time, it will become home to over 300 different breeds of Dogamí. To begin with, we’ll only see the various pure breeds of dogs known today, but as things progress, cross-breeds like the Golden Doodle could be seen in the Petaverse down the line. Going beyond this, the team behind DOGAMÍ plans on implementing a mechanism for creative and random cross-breeding, powered by genetic algorithms and artificial intelligence.
Now back to the breeding at hand, specific rules need to be followed.
- A Dogamí can only breed during specific periods called “Love Seasons” and has to be in the adult phase.
- Your Dogamí has pre-determined sex so that a female Dogamí can breed new puppies, and a male Dogamí can sire.
- Dogamí can’t breed with any of its family members (parents, siblings, or half-siblings).
- Every Dogamí has a limited breed count, meaning they can only mate a limited number of times during their life.
- Generation Alpha Dogamí will have a larger breed count.
- For simplicity, at the early stages of the game, only Dogamí from the same breed will be able to mate. However, popular mixed breeds are in development and will be released as the game progresses.
- Owners of female Dogamí pay a breeding fee with each consecutive breed getting more expensive adding on to the base fee (added fee gets funneled back into the community pool).
- Base breeding fee is dependent on the rarity tier combination of the mating Dogamí (where two gold Dogamí would cost more to breed than two bronze).
- Owners of male Dogamí receive 50% of the base breeding fee for siring.
- Once your Dogamí has mated, the owner of the female Dogamí receives a Puppy Box containing a newborn puppy Dogamí.
- Every consecutive breed increases the cooldown for the next chance at breeding.
- Breeding partners can be found through “Love Garden” or in the “Owner’s Kennel”.
- Love Garden
- Male Dogamí can be listed against a small fee.
- Female Dogamí can request breeding with a male Dogamí listed. If compatible, breeding commences and Puppy Box is yielded to female owner.
- Male Dogamí owner receives the siring fee.
- Owner’s Kennel
- If a player owns both a male and a female Dogamí, they can breed their Dogamí with each other if compatible.
- Owner pays a reduced breeding fee to the game as siring fee is waived.
- The same Dogamí can mate together more than once.
Dogamí offspring’s characteristics will be determined by a genetic algorithm technique that crosses the parents’ DNA. The algorithm will also use mutation techniques to randomize the outcome of the pairing. We’ll get more details about the breeding and genetic algorithms as the game progresses.
Love Seasons represent the only period in which Dogamí is fertile and can breed. Love Seasons are a measure to control the population of the Petaverse, and every Love Season will have varying parameters that define breeding costs, breeding counts, and cool-down periods. The mechanism will serve as a tool for population management and implementing new or limited edition breeding recipes.
When reaching the adult phase, players that own a Dogamí can send their pet to a dedicated trainer that will take care of the Dogamí’s daily needs and train it.
This is basically the scholar model we’ve seen in many other NFT games, but it is built-in and will allow players who can’t afford a Dogamí to participate by playing and training other players’ pets.
In addition, a Dogamí trainer will get a 50% share of the play-and-earn rewards generated by the specific Dogamí. All players can become trainers as long as they’ve completed at least one career track.
Trainers benefit from this arrangement by earning $DOGA when training and taking care of other players’ Dogamí for a fixed time defined by the owner. Trainers can also get player recommendations if they do a good job. This is important as good trainers with high recommendations are “vetted” and are known to maximize daily earnings.
This mechanism will also weed out the bad trainers that don’t perform. This system will be managed through DOGAMÍ’s game system and smart contracts to maintain security compared to a peer-to-peer negotiation system.
Like the Dogamí Academy, the Dogamí Daycare is for players with little time. The Daycare is a way to make sure their puppy is cared for, and it works by delegating their Dogamí to someone else that will take care of its basic needs. The Dogamí pup will be staked in a smart contract and entrusted to the Dogamí sitter. Dogamí sitters will be awarded a share of the $DOGA rewards attributed to the owner.
NFT Game Assets
Now, there is a lot to say about the Dogamí NFTs. Each Dogamí is unique and can be identified via several visual and non-visual features. The features will broadly impact the rarity score and scarcity rank of a Dogamí. Even though all NFTs are unique, the rarity ranking table will give players insight into how rare their Dogamí’s combination of features and stats are.
Below, we’ll look at the visual and non-visual features of Dogamí.
- Rarity Tier (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond)
- Eye Color
- Fur Color
- Personality (Dominant and Recessive)
- Dogamí Stats (Vitality, Robustness, Intelligence, Friendliness, Obedience, Bonding)
- Body Attributes
- Dogamí Group
The stats of a Dogamí reflect the strengths and weaknesses of that specific individual, but some stats are stereotypical of the different breeds. In-game activities can slightly improve each stat throughout a Dogamí’s life, although this is quite limited. The stats themselves will impact the performance of a player’s Dogamí in future competitions and the number of rewards a player can win.
Players will also be able to personalize their Dogamí with NFT accessories like dog collars, hats, etc. One could also rename a Dogamí to personalize it even more. Currently, this feature costs 50 $DOGA.
To begin with, DOGAMÍ will release the Alpha Generation. These are limited to 800 Dogamí per breed and will be the foundation on which the general population builds for each specific species. All subsequent Dogamí within a breed must come as offspring from the alpha generation. The Alpha Generation will also have a higher breed count and a greater probability of winning rewards than other Dogamí.
Each Dogamí breed will have four rarity tiers. When a Dogamí NFT is minted, one of its attributes will be its rarity tier. The rarity distribution is as follows:
This rarity tier will, in part, determine the overall rarity score of a Dogamí. The score also takes fur color, eye color, personality, and generation into account. The calculation will then be based on the number of occurrences of specific traits within the entire population of Dogamí.
As with every real-life dog, Dogamís have personalities. In DOGAMÍ, there are both dominant and recessive personalities. These can be transferred through breeding and will impact the future offspring.
In total, there are 30 personalities with different rarities listed below. They all have a different effect on stats, where some may increase a stat and other decreases it. Personalities are distributed equally across all rarity tiers and come in three classes; Super Rare (5%), Rare (20%), and Common (75%).
Dogamís are split into seven major dog groups.
- Sporting – Sporting Dogamís are naturally active and alert. They are known for superior instincts in water and woodland areas, similar to Hound Dogamí; they make well-rounded companions. An example of a Sporting Dogamí is the Golden Retriever.
- Non-Sporting – This type of Dogamí comes from various backgrounds and different origins. Dogamí’s in this class no longer perform “duties” for which they were initially bred and are mostly sought after as companions. An example is the Shiba Inu.
- Toy – These rascals are their own version of Working Dogamí. They work hard at being attentive and affectionate companions. A great example of this is the Pomeranian Spitz.
- Herding – They become highly trainable due to their natural intelligence and responsiveness. A Herding Dogamí is commonly trained for police work. Example: German Shepherd.
- Working – These are regarded as blue-collar workers and were developed to assist humans in some capacity. They are known for their imposing stature, strength, and intelligence. A great example is the Husky.
- Hound – Hound Dogamí was bred to assist hunting through capture and retrieval of feathered game. They have explosive speed, powerful noses, and broad vision. The Beagle, though not yet released in DOGAMÍ, is an example of Hound Dogamí.
- Terrier – They were bred to go underground and pursue rodents or vermin. They can be playful and enthusiastic, but training can prove difficult due to their stubborn nature. An example is the Fox Terrier.
Active participation and regular progression in the game will lead to in-game rewards. The Dogamí score enables tracking the best and rarest Dogamí avatar within the Petaverse. It comprises three elements – Rarity Score, Stats Score, and Bonding Level.
Rarity Score, as we’ve seen, compares the probability of occurrence of a specific combination of a Dogamí’s traits and personality within the overall population. Next, Stats Score compares a Dogamí’s stats with the rest of the population, and finally, Bonding Level describes the player’s overall level progression and bond with the Dogamí.
These scores are neatly summed up in the overarching Dogamí Score represented by this formula.
To dive deeper, we can look at how exactly the rarity score is calculated and the details around the rarity tiers. Be warned, though; if you’re not especially interested, skip this section. It is also primarily a recap of the stat-specific page in the DOGAMÍ whitepaper.
All Dogamí are results of a combination of different unit variations put together. These are Fur Color, Eye Color, Personality, and Rarity Tier. Then it can either be male or female, which is a 50/50 chance. Then there’s the breed, which has an equal distribution in the first NFT drops.
Everything is probability-based, where each combination of random unit variations has a specific probability of appearing. Therefore, the lower the likelihood of any particular configuration, the higher the rarity score. As a result, the rarity score impacts the overall Dogamí score more than the other traits.
The rarity score calculates the probability of occurrence for a specific combination of unit variations in the overall population. It remains static and will only change with new NFT drops. Potential variations in scores reflect the changes in the number of occurrences of some traits.
NFTs sold directly through mints are Alpha Generation Dogamí. This will not affect the rarity score, to begin with, as there is be some time before the breeding is introduced after the Alpha Generation’s availability. Still, Alpha Generation Dogamí will get higher rarity over time as more Dogamí are introduced through breeding.
The really interested individuals can find the rarity formulas below.
Bonding Level and Rewards
In DOGAMÍ, the stronger the bond between player and pet, the higher the chance of winning rewards and getting higher yields on the dividends as the bond works like a multiplier for $DOGA rewards.
Players and Dogamí start with the bond at level 0, and this is the indicator that defines a Dogamí’s progression. By leveling up the bond through activities, games, feeding, walking, etc. Players will unlock new features, activities, and consumables. The stronger your bond, the larger the maximum daily rewards. Every player action will be denominated in points counting towards the bond level.
Mechanics regarding bonding will evolve from phase to phase. A player’s Dogamí will be simple and easily develop as a puppy. When completing the maximum daily actions, the Dogamí’s bonding level grows. Based on this, the game defines how much $DOGA a player can earn. The maximum daily rewards are calculated daily by taking the monthly play-and-earn pool into account and dividing it by the number of active players on the previous day.
The picture below shows the flowchart of the earnings and bond mechanics for the puppy phase.
The table below shows an example of how the bonding level affects potential $DOGA rewards. These numbers are just an example and are subject to change.
|Bonding Level||Potential Reward ($DOGA)|
Like the puppy phase, the bonding system remains the same in the adult phase, except for one new addition, the “Booster.” The booster acts as another multiplier for the $DOGA earnings. To get the most out of the booster, players will have to maintain a good relationship with their Dogamí.
To acquire and keep high standing with their Dogamí, players need to fulfill their pet’s expectations regularly and swiftly. The faster a pet’s needs are attended to, the greater the satisfaction and the larger the booster. If a player is slow to attend to their Dogamí’s needs, the booster will be less impactful. Training efficiency will also impact the booster.
In the table above, we’ll look into how the booster could affect the daily earnings. By default, the booster is one and will fluctuate between 0.5 and 2.5 depending on the bond and response time.
|Bonding Level||Daily Playing Rewards ($DOGA)||Booster||Potential Final Reward ($DOGA)|
|Level 1||5||1||5 * 1 = 5|
|Level 2||10||0.75||10 * 0.75 = 7.5|
|Level 5||25||2||25 * 2 = 50|
|Level 10||50||2.5||50 * 2.5 = 125|
Finally, we’ll look into loyalty rewards, which are extra rewards given to loyal and consistent players. For example, if a player takes care of their Dogamí every day without interruptions, a progressive achievement system rewards them for the engagement. This mechanism can be seen in many other games, rewarding daily active users for their continuous devotion to the game. A few examples of what these achievements might look like in DOGAMÍ are listed below.
- First encounter with your Dogamí.
- Take care of your Dogamí several days in a row (3, 5, 10, 50, etc.).
From what we’ve learned, we can see that paying attention to a Dogamí’s needs, attending to them quickly, and daily returning to the game will reward players handsomely.
Additionally, maxing out the booster factor will significantly improve daily rewards. An example of this could be a neglected Dogamí with a booster as low as 0.5 at level 10. This Dogamí would net 25 $DOGA for a given day. Whereas having maxed out the booster at 2.5, this same Dogamí would yield 125 $DOGA. This difference is significant, and it is something to be very aware of for potential players.
Dogamí Stats and Allocation Mechanism
A Dogamí has, in total, 140 points split over five different attributes or stats. Puppies only have a fraction of the adult Dogamí points, and the attributes need to be developed over their lifecycle.
An example of this distribution is as follows:
- Vitality (35)
- Robustness (30)
- Intelligence (20)
- Friendliness (20)
- Obedience (35)
Stats can exceed the maximum inherent 140 points through accessories and body attributes. We’ll come back to these later.
This next part will go into some formulas, so bear with us.
When a Dogamí is minted, a set of formulas will decide its initial stats. We’ll go through the different parameters and see the formula behind it before exploring how it’ll look in practice.
- Stats Number parameter (SNparam) = This is the number of stats of a Dogamí.
- Stats Value parameter (SVparam) = This is the average value of a Dogamí’s stats.
- Stats Points Max (SPmax) is shown in the formula below.
- Factor parameter (Fparam) = This stat depends on the Dogamí’s breed. A weight will be defined for each stat, determining the possible number of points.
- Expected value (Ev) = The fundamental value generated for each stat without a random factor. See the formula below.
- Spead (SD) = This is defined for each stat and used to randomize the final value. See formula.
- Sample value (Sv) = The intermediate value for each randomized stat between the (Ev) and (SD). See formula.
- Final value (Fv) = Is the final value calculated. See formula.
Puppy Phase Stats
For the puppy phase, we won’t see the final value of the stats. This is because the puppy stats is a fraction of the final value of an adult Dogamí.
- Puppy stat (Pstat) is an integer.
- Pstat is the stat displayed for the puppy phase and will only be a fraction of the final value.
- Stats will be randomized between X and Y.
The table above shows how a Dogamí’s stats could be distributed.
|Factor parameter (Fparam)||0.85||0.80||0.85||1.30||1.20|
|Expected value (Ev)||23.8||22.4||23.8||36.4||33.6|
|Final value (Fv)||22.0||22.0||22.0||40.0||34.0|
In the upcoming MVP version of DOGAMÍ, the progression in stats for Dogamí pups will be very slow. This is because a puppy may only reach 40% of what it can achieve as an adult.
The starting stats of a Dogamí pup will be between 10-30% of the adult’s potential. However, at full potential, when grown up, the maximum stat could be 60, whereas the minimum could be 7. Because we know this, we can calculate the minimum and maximum spread a Dogamí can achieve during the puppy and adult phases. In the table below, we’ll look some more into this.
|Feature||Puppy stats beginning||Adult maximum potential|
The reason the DOGAMÍ team has done it this way is so that they can dynamically calculate the progression of each Dogamí’s stats to reach 40% of their full potential as the players progress. The bigger the spread, the faster the Dogamí can earn points.
In short, because the Dogamí pup’s initial stats are somewhere between 10% and 30% of their grown-up potential, we get the spread. Hence, in the MVP version of DOGAMÍ, where we’ll only get the puppy phase, some Dogamí may progress faster than others due to their built-in stats and spread.
However, when the adult phase becomes available down the line, a Dogamí should be able to reach a maximum of 140 points (total) on its inherent stats. However, some accessories and body attributes might impact this further.
The graph below shows what a high potential versus a low potential Dogamí might expect from stats in the bond level progression.
When a Dogamí goes from the puppy phase to the adult phase, they are assigned five new body attributes. These attributes are randomly assigned from a list of nine different characteristics. The attribute category granted will be influenced by the Dogamí’s dog group (Sporting, Herding, etc.). The reason for this is that Toy Dogs, for example, have a higher chance of drawing fashion traits instead of hunting ones. For each body attribute, there are four rarity tiers.
|Rarity Tier||Stat Boost||Ability|
|Common||+1 Stat point||No additional ability|
|Rare||+1 Stat point||Additional ability|
|Epic||+1 Stat point||A boosted Rare ability|
|Legendary||+1 Stat point||A boosted Epic ability|
A Dogamí with a high rarity score will have a higher chance of drawing rare body attributes. Once the body attributes are assigned to a Dogamí, nobody can change them. During breeding, body attributes are passed on to offspring. However, mutations are in the mix and might yield something entirely different.
As mentioned earlier, accessories and body attributes can affect the stats of a Dogamí outside of the inherent 140 points. The body attributes specifically give special abilities and, therefore, work as a booster on a specific stat for a particular type of activity. For example, a Dogamí can have a booster of 10% on their “Vitality” for all “Hunting” activities.
There is still little information regarding the different types of body attributes and their abilities. However, more details are scheduled to be released as the game development progresses. The ability of a body attribute is drawn randomly out of three possible options. In opposition to the body attribute itself, the ability of a body attribute will be subject to exchange with one of the two remaining abilities at a certain point in the Dogamí’s life.
The table above shows the chance of drawing different body attributes based on rarity.
|Dogamí Rarity Tier||Common Attribute||Rare Attribute||Epic Attribute||Legendary Attribute|
Consumables, Accessories, and Collectibles
As we’ve briefly mentioned in the earlier sections, accessories can impact a Dogamí’s stats. They can also influence a Dogamí’s performance in upcoming quests. This section will look into the three different types of accessories, how one can come by them, and how they impact a player’s Dogamí. The three accessory types are:
- Consumables (Food, Treats, Meds, etc.).
- Wearables (Clothing Items).
- Collectibles and Badges (Rewards offered during quests or upon reaching a particular stage in the game).
Consumables are the type of accessory that players will regularly use throughout the game and is an essential gameplay feature. Players use consumables to feed, train, play, and teach tricks to their Dogamí. Unfortunately, consumables do not last forever, and players will have to get their hands on new ones when they deplete. However, they can be awarded for free or purchased in the market. Below you’ll see a list of parameters the consumables will have:
- Item Name: Name of the consumable.
- Class: Determines the item’s class. DOGAMÍ distinguishes three categories of consumables: Basic, Premium, and Deluxe.
- Activity Associated: Activity that the consumable will be associated with (used for), for example, feeding, playing, cleaning, etc.
- Nurturing Efficiency: This is the factor by which the consumable reduces the number of times required for an action.
- Number of Uses: Defines the number of uses an item has.
- Price: This is the price of the consumable fixed in $DOGA.
We’ll see below what some nurturing consumables may look like regarding the parameters above.
|Item Name||Activity Associated||Item Class||Nurturing Efficiency||Price|
|Raw Beef||Nurturing||Premium||1.25||BasePrice * 1.25|
|Raw Chicken||Nurturing||Premium||1.25||BasePrice * 1.25|
|Cooked Beed||Nurturing||Deluxe||1.5||BasePrice * 1.5|
|Cooked Chicken||Nurturing||Deluxe||1.5||BasePrice * 1.5|
|Balanced Cooked Food||Nurturing||Deluxe||2||BasePrice * 2|
We see that the basic consumables are free, but their efficiency in the activity will be less impactful than the other classes. By acquiring premium and deluxe consumables, players will spare themselves some time by having to do fewer activities per day to reach the required quota.
For example, if an action needs to be done twice per day, using a consumable with nurturing efficiency of 2 will reduce the number of instances required to 1. This mechanism allows for a level playing field in the game, where everyone can reach the goals, but one doesn’t have to pay for better consumables if one doesn’t want to. The only benefit of doing so is to save some time.
Wearables allow for the personalization of a player’s Dogamí. In addition, equipping a wearable can influence both rarity and stats. Every wearable item will be associated with a physical slot on the Dogamí, much like armor and equipment slots in various MMOs. Dogamí can wear only one thing at a time for every slot available. There is still no information on how many slots a Dogamí has, but this is also one of the things we’ll get to see down the line as the game development progresses.
Wearables will have the following parameters:
- Class: Determines the item’s class. DOGAMÍ distinguishes four categories of wearables: Common, Rare, Epic, and Legendary.
- Slot: This is the body section the wearable may be equipped on. For example, glasses will be associated with the “eye” slot.
- Effect: A wearable may or may not affect the Dogamí’s stats.
- Price: This is the price of the wearable fixed in $DOGA.
We’ll see below what some wearables may look like regarding the parameters above.
|Item Name||Dogamí Slot||Item Class||Effect|
|Warm Dog Jacket||Body||Rare||+1 Vitality Stats|
|Fashionista Hat||Head||Epic||Bonus effect on fashion activity|
|Water Cannon||Back||Legendary||Bonus effect on firefighter activity|
Collectibles and Badges
Collectibles and badges will be awarded to players when reaching certain milestones in the game or during competitions. Some of these accessories will act as trophies and help display a player’s achievements, whereas others will allow access to specific areas in the Petaverse. For example, players that reach the adult phase will be awarded a badge granting access to the breeding grounds. Again, as the game development progresses, we’ll get more information.
There is not much information regarding the Petaverse land plots, but to acquire one, players will need a Dogamí that has reached the spirit phase, and this feature will take its time if we consider the roadmap. However, we know there’s a partnership between DOGAMÍ and The Sandbox. And in that case, there might be a slot there for the Petaverse.
In this section, we’ll look at the $DOGA token, the distribution of the token, and the earning mechanisms built into the system.
$DOGA Token – Utility and Token Flow
$DOGA is more than the Petaverse’s native currency. $DOGA represents the energy generated through the relationship between pet and owner. Players have to spend $DOGA on their Dogamí to generate more energy in the form of $DOGA and, in doing so, increase the player-pet bond.
By having $DOGA, you also have an entry ticket to the Petaverse. Therefore players need to have a minimum amount of $DOGA to access and participate in some activities within the Petaverse.
$DOGA is a scarce and practical resource. There is a limited supply of 1,000,000,000 $DOGA, the only currency in this game economy. It is built using the Tezos FA1.2 token standard. The token itself serves three purposes.
- Digital Voucher: The $DOGA token will be the currency token or digital voucher within the DOGAMÍ ecosystem to purchase virtual Dogamí, NFTs, accessories, consumables, and other in-game features. In-game items will have prices in fiat currency, and the system will calculate the corresponding amount in $DOGA in real-time.
- Governance Features: $DOGA tokens allow holders to propose and vote during DAO governance events. This voting is to encourage community-oriented decentralized governance. Holders might vote upon new features, upgrades, and new parameters to the ecosystem. The system will calculate voting weight in proportion to the number of tokens held. Voting rights are limited to features within the Petaverse. $DOGA holders won’t affect the operations and management of the company itself. Neither does $DOGA constitute any equity in the company.
- Staking Features: The ecosystem aims to reward active contributors. Hence, users that stake $DOGA or provide liquidity on other decentralized platforms will receive rewards in the form of $DOGA or other NFT assets with utility in the Petaverse.
The $DOGA token is not intended to be used outside of the ecosystem. $DOGA tokens are non-refundable, and the sole purpose of the issuer (Dogami Sàrl, Switzerland) is to accept $DOGA tokens in exchange for in-game goods and services. To access the ecosystem, you must have $DOGA tokens, and players must possess a fixed minimum amount of $DOGA to register an account and participate.
The chart below shows the utility of the $DOGA token.
The flow of the $DOGA economy is circular. There is a limited amount of $DOGA, and it has to be recycled into the economy after it is spent. This is why in-game items and features are priced in fiat but paid in $DOGA. The image below shows the general flow of the economy.
Every month, following the token release, a pre-determined amount of $DOGA rewards will be distributed. This is guaranteed by the initial allocation of 1 billion $DOGA, of which 40% are reserved for play-and-earn and staking rewards. We’ll look at the token distribution in detail in the following section.
To incentivize players to be active, the DOGAMÍ team will re-inject 30% of the $DOGA revenues into different reward pools following a 50:50 split, especially in the beginning. The revenues come from $DOGA tokens used for in-game purchases such as buying consumables or wearables. The distribution of this re-injection might change over time as the player base’s behavior progresses.
To avoid spikes in the token reward supply every given month, DOGAMÍ has built a stable distribution mechanism. $DOGA will be re-injected uniformly over the four months following the revenue entry date. Doing it like this ensures that reward pools never run out. For example, 100 $DOGA is spent in-game in January 2022. Then, 30 $DOGA will be re-injected into the system over four months (February to May). The re-injected amount will be distributed into the two reward pools following a 50:50 split. Hence, each pool will receive 15 $DOGA over four months, which will be 3.75 $DOGA for each month from February through May. See the formula below.
Token Allocation and Unlock Schedule
$DOGA will be vested over 72+ months starting from the Token Generation Event (TGE) in March 2022. The token will be distributed fairly among active players while keeping a reserve for the future development of the ecosystem.
The token distribution itself is displayed in the table above.
|Category||% of Total Supply||Tokens (in millions)||Cliff||Unlock at TGE||Unlocks over Months||Token Supply Unlocking per Month||Usage of Funds|
|Private Sale||15||150||0||5.56%||18||0.833%||Initial development / MVP of the game.|
|Strategic Investors||4.5||45||12||0%||18||0.250%||Initial funding.|
|Founders||10.6||106||12||0%||18||0.589%||Team and founders incentivization.|
|Advisors and Partners||3.4||34||6||0%||12||0.283%||Marketing, partnerships, tokenomics and consulting.|
|Staking Rewards||16||160||1||0%||120||0.133%||Reserve for staking rewards.|
|Play-and-earn||24||240||3||0%||72||0.333%||Reserve for in-game rewards.|
|Ecosystem, Liquidity, and Development Reserve||19.5||195||0||5%||60||0.325%||Ecosystem and partnership incentivisation, liquidity pools, CEX/DEX onboarding.|
|Airdrop and Promotion||7||70||0||7.14%||48||0.146%||Minimum 20% of reward pool for existing community and incentives for acquiring new community members (e.g., marketing push via CEX).|
Regarding the Airdrop and Promotion pool, we’ve already seen some airdrops to the community. In addition, 7% of the total supply will be distributed over the next 48 months (from the TGE) to incentivize existing community members and grow the community further. DOGAMÍ will airdrop the $DOGA tokens to holders, stakers, and participants in different promotions and activations. The DOGAMÍ team decides the number of monthly tokens distributed, but it will sync with the product launch, events, and marketing.
Finally, we’ll look into the earning mechanisms of participants in the DOGAMÍ ecosystem.
Players can earn by:
- Competing in quests to win leaderboard prizes.
- Breeding Dogamí and selling them on the marketplace.
- Adopting and trading rare Dogamí.
- Farming for accessories and NFTs that they can sell on the secondary market.
- Participating in various activities for the benefit of the network, for example, participating in governance.
The following concepts govern the play-and-earn mechanism:
- Bonding Level: The more time spent nurturing their Dogamí, teaching it tricks, and playing with it, the faster the Bonding progression and the larger the daily $DOGA reward.
- Booster: The better the Dogamí is attended to, the greater its satisfaction and the bigger the player’s booster will be.
- DOGAMÍ Olympics: The better the performance in the DOGAMÍ Olympics and other competitions, the higher the chances are for a player to win large $DOGA rewards.
- Dogamí Score: The highest-ranking Dogamí will receive a special prize every quarter.
- Dogamí Jobs Quests: Having a job is a responsibility. Hence hardworking Dogamí will be rewarded accordingly.
- Loyalty Rewards: Loyal owners will be rewarded for every new achievement unlocked.
To summarize the play-and-earn mechanism, players can perform a large part of the necessary actions for free. Still, players can purchase premium and deluxe consumables using $DOGA to make life easier.
Non-essential activities such as teaching a Dogamí new tricks could require paid accessories. Due to the cost of some of these items, this will also improve a player’s income and give a slight advantage over other players when participating in contests.
Competitions reward players based on their final ranking. Hence, the higher a player’s ranking, the more $DOGA to be won.
Getting a job in the Petaverse is a real investment. There will be a lot of effort, and the road may be long, but the rewards are undoubtedly worth it. To acquire a job, players need to complete specialized quest chains that help the community to grow.
Achievements can only be unlocked once and will grant players a unique reward.
As discussed in the Gameplay section, DOGAMÍ will have a move-to-earn aspect. Players that connect their mobile health app to the DOGAMÍ app and complete a daily target distance (as part of the essential actions for a Dogamí)lo will be eligible for a 100% maximum yield on their daily reward.
Staking is a way for DOGAMÍ to reward their community for locking up their $DOGA tokens and contributing actively to the ecosystem. Through the staking of $DOGA, participants can earn $DOGA rewards and other accessories or consumables when locking up their tokens through the staking dashboard. Staking rewards will vary depending on the amount staked and how long it is staked. There are some conditions and rules to staking $DOGA listed below.
- A minimum staking amount.
- A minimum staking period (7 days).
- A staking rewards period (30 days).
- The initial sum staked and any accrued interest not claimed at the end of the period are automatically re-staked in the next period’s pool.
- Any unused supply from the staking rewards at period n will be re-injected into the supply of the period (n+1).
- A staking score will be calculated for every player, determining their share of the period’s staking pool. See formula.
There will be a limit to the rewards obtainable through staking per participant if the number of stakers is low. The objective is to safeguard the model’s sustainability and ensure that the token supply is not depleted quickly.
Alpha Team’s Thoughts on the DOGAMÍ Economy
DOGAMÍ has chosen to go for a single token economy for its whole ecosystem that encompasses both the currency and governing aspects. This type of economy is not often seen in GameFi projects. However, we think it is wise to go down this road, as most other P2E games we’ve researched with a dual token economy have apparent flaws.
Usually, a “governance token” is limited and supposed to govern the DAO behind the game. Then there’s the uncapped “currency token,” which is subjected to extreme inflation. Through our research, all games we’ve looked at with a dual token model have an inflation problem. Some of the projects might have clever solutions to deal with it, but as we see it, a token with unlimited supply will have a hard time holding its value. With most P2E games, hordes of players enter the game to extract as much value as possible, and nobody is putting any substantial value into it to counter the extraction. Hence, we get ourselves an unsustainable game economy, often with the latest players becoming the exit liquidity for the early investors.
We can discuss the flaws of the dual token economy in GameFi projects at length, but let’s get back to DOGAMÍ’s $DOGA economy. By going for a single capped token, which will continuously be re-injected into the game, DOGAMÍ aims to keep the game with an unending $DOGA supply while increasing the token’s value as more players enter the game, increasing demand for the only currency required.
When researching p2e games, we usually look for robust “burn mechanisms” in the game economies. In games with inherent inflation, this is extremely important. DOGAMÍ doesn’t burn the tokens per se, but because of its high utility and being the only medium of exchange in the ecosystem, it is both the desired asset and the energy that fuels the game. To breed new Dogamí or buy one second-hand, $DOGA has to be spent.
In our Trading Card Game (TCG) Parallel research, we were impressed by their $PRIME token economy. The Echelon ecosystem and the Parallel TCG also used just one token for their entire economy. There were a lot of “sinks” in place which recycled some of the tokens back into the game, much like DOGAMÍ’s re-injection mechanism. The $PRIME token was also capped and wouldn’t be subject to the kind of inflation we see in dual token economies. It remains to be seen how single token economies will stand the test of time in GameFi, but we’re optimistic about these projects’ economies. Also, having in-game assets pegged to real-world fiat value makes it easy to price the value in the respective tokens.
One of the challenges that the DOGAMÍ economy can face, like every other GameFi project, is that the $DOGA holders and users don’t grow in sync with the token vesting schedule. This in itself won’t be a problem for people sold on the project and intend on playing the game, but it might lead to short-term volatility in the token price. However, all markets have been affected lately, and $DOGA has held quite well relative to other projects, both within GameFi and crypto. When the token eventually reaches full dilution, and if this project gets mainstream adoption in time, the scarcity of the $DOGA token will most likely appreciate.
DAO and Community
DOGAMÍ aims to define open design and development standards so that independent creators and developers can participate in creating the Petaverse. In the mid-run, the DOGAMÍ team wants to shift their focus from a Petaverse developer to a Petaverse orchestrator handling the following responsibilities:
- Operate the technical platform.
- Develop the Petaverse and manage its partnerships.
- Set common technological standards.
By holding $DOGA tokens, participants will be granted voting rights to help the DOGAMÍ team gradually transition the Petaverse into a community-driven DAO. This process will occur as $DOGA tokens are distributed among players and participants of the community, with the overall holdings of the DOGAMÍ decreasing over time.
Through community events, leaderboards, and town hall gatherings (governance events), DOGAMÍ aims to build a community of like-minded individuals to keep developing and governing the Petaverse.
The DOGAMÍ team will initially manage the Ecosystem Fund to grow the community and fund the development of the Petaverse. In addition, the team will release statements depicting a high-level overview of the expenses incurred by the fund and its future development plans yearly.
The core objectives of the fund are to grow the DOGAMÍ community, support community-driven initiatives, and create a DAO structure within the DOGAMÍ ecosystem. When eventually, the DOGAMÍ universe moves into a Decentralized Autonomous Organization, $DOGA holders will be able to vote and decide on the projects to fund.
The DOGAMÍ experience is more than a game. The team plans to release comic books, movie clips, and merchandise (such as t-shirts, accessories, stuffed animals, etc.).
Neville Brody, Creative Director, and Typographer at MoMa, is an advisor to the DOGAMÍ team and has this to say about the project:
“DOGAMÍ will change forever the way we see and embrace the interconnected worlds of gaming, NFTs, and storytelling.”
He also said:
“What we see is the incredible opening up of the opportunity to immerse the game user, crypto investor, and media spectator in the play itself, in doing so, handing over direct ownership of the content and assets. In this way, blockchain allows the digital ‘fourth wall’ to be broken. DOGAMÍ’s blockchain-enabled ‘Petaverse’ creates a dynamic living space beyond conventional boundaries.”
We, in the Alpha Team, couldn’t agree more.
We compared Dogamí’s desktop version of the website to its mobile site to see how it measures up and if there were any changes that Dogamí could make to the site to improve it. Follow along to see our verdict. In this testing, we used a Samsung Galaxy S10+.
The website had a violet theme with some minor effects such as movement, light, and an added video which fit beautifully into the website. Attached to the website, before scrolling, the user could find the options to visit the marketplace, Twitter, Discord. There is a button, ‘Adopt A Dogami,’ which links to the marketplace for adopting a Dogamí.
The website had a scroll function, where the user scrolls down to see the different aspects of the game. When scrolling, the top menu follows the user until the end of the website. The user-friendliness of this website was high and straightforward on the desktop version. Wherever the user would need to do something, it was nicely symbolized to the user by, for instance, the “play” symbol for the video.
Screenshot borrowed from https://dogami.com/ computer site.
Dogamí also shows off its advisors and founders. The webpage briefly described each contributor with titles and links to their LinkedIn profiles. Twitter and Wikipedia links were also added where fitting. When the mouse hovered over the pictures, a sudden light effect illuminated the headshot. The investors and partners were nicely shown off, and the logo was a nice size that fit the website theme and the layout of the computer screen. The user could also read through the FAQ to get answers to any questions that might not have been answered from reading the text available on the website.
Although the website had both a roadmap and the whitepaper attached, we think it would be nice with some more information on the site. For example, the “Adopt Dogamí NFTs” briefly explained that the user could adopt an NFT to discover the secrets of the Petaverse.
In addition, the creators have added different ranks and mentioned unique traits without going further into what that means or entails. However, we could argue that the in-depth, high-quality whitepaper makes up for it.
Since this game is, to a higher degree, marketed to John & Jane Doe, who arguably don’t know too much about blockchain and crypto in general and might not even know what a whitepaper is. In this aspect, we could argue that the designers’ priority was to catch the mainstream players’ attention and make them interested before introducing them to the nitty-gritty details.
Screenshot borrowed from https://dogami.com/ computer site.
We could speculate whether or not the whitepaper could have been more prominent on the website or if the video, perhaps, would be a better fit in the first section. In our eyes, the video quality was excellent, the sound was clear and intriguing, and the artwork for this video was mesmerizing and impressive. The video told a story of what a Dogamí is and how it came to be. This format of storytelling surpasses the text on the website, in our opinion. Therefore, it should be the centerpiece of the web page the way we see it.
We would also like to add how well made the marketplace is. Several filters were available, and any user who might own a Dogamí could keep an extra eye on their NFTs in the “My puppies” and “Staking” sections. In the Alpha Team, we appreciated this aspect and thought it was a great add-on that had been well structured.
The layout of the Dogamí mobile site had, like most of the other websites we’ve tested, a cropped background customized for portrait orientation. However, we’re not entirely sure if the positioning of the cropped images was the best choice. In addition, key elements of certain pictures get lost due to the nature of portrait mode, where you don’t get everything into the picture. But some pictures could be more zoomed out to fit more of the “content,” as we feel some details were left out.
The Twitter and Discord logos were not present on the first section like they were on the desktop. While scrolling down, the creators managed to create a fitting layout for the NFT aspect, where the glittery effects added a lovely touch. The part of the website that has information about the app was really nice looking on the mobile screen, and the permanent heading that follows the user while scrolling perfects the look.
Unfortunately, what we believe is the page’s centerpiece, the video, was not optimized for mobile viewing when scrolling through in portrait orientation. Turning the phone over to landscape mode made the whole picture fit width-wise, but the sticky header and descriptional text obscured large parts of the video. We would think that they would have perfected the viewing experience of the video when it is of such quality. Our recommendation is to “unstick” the header when this section is in focus, so the video gets all the real estate it deserves, and then fade the text when playing the video.
Apart from the obstructions in video-watching, the web page feels highly optimized for mobile, even though some background pictures have to be cropped due to the mobile portrait view.
The section with advisors and founders had a side-scrolling feature, where a user would have to swipe left or right to see more. When touching the pictures, they lit up. Finally, the social links and call to action for subscribing to the newsletter were at the bottom of the page.
Screenshot borrowed from https://dogami.com/ mobile site, portrait layout, video.
Screenshot borrowed from https://dogami.com/ mobile site, landscape layout, video.
In our eyes, this mobile site has some minor touch-ups that need to be done before calling it a day. This mainly revolves around the video and how they can improve the viewing experience on mobile. The information on the webpage is also relatively scarce. However, a few more lines of information giving some more details of what this game is about would have been nice.
Overall, the website feels well thought through, and it’s a pleasant experience visiting. However, as with everything, there are tradeoffs when building something, and we can see there Dogamí team has prioritized call to action and piquing newcomer’s interest when building the website. We hope they take a second look at the page and evaluate some of our concerns, especially regarding the video.
Dogamí uses the Tezos blockchain for both its NFTs and $DOGA token.
Tezos is an open-source blockchain that is community-governed. It can run complex smart contracts for asset settlement and decentralized applications that benefit from censorship resistance, decentralization, and user control. In addition, its transaction costs are negligible, and its carbon footprint is about two million times less than Ethereum.
Self-Amendment and Upgradeability
Tezos is unique in a few ways, but arguably the most prominent feature of Tezos is the self-amendment and upgradability feature. This feature allows Tezos to upgrade itself through an in-protocol amendment process without hard forking the blockchain. Upgrading the blockchain like this accelerates innovation, reduces the likelihood of contentious splits, and coordinates stakeholders within the ecosystem over a long time.
For those building on Tezos, the upgradeability offers a firm assurance that the blockchain protocol will operate smoothly long into the future. The 10th upgrade to Tezos’ core protocol is being explored at the time of writing. The proposal is called “Jakarta” and contains major updates to the Tezos economic protocol and some minor improvements.
One of the key points of this upgrade proposal is Transaction Optimistic Rollups. This is the first step of several in the Tezos developer community’s scaling strategy for the blockchain. As you might start to see, Tezos was built to stand the test of time. And in the community, you can often hear the slogan “Tezos is the last blockchain.”
Proof-of-Stake (PoS) has become very popular in the past few years, and it is something we see in most blockchains today. In general, PoS is a class of algorithms used to reach a consensus on a blockchain. PoS prevents what is called Sybil-attacks, which is where a single malicious participant can act as others.
PoS prevents this because a participant in a PoS system has votes directly tied to the number of coins they have. Therefore, someone who has only 100 coins can not pretend to be 1000 different people with 100 coins each. However, it could pretend to be 100 different people with one coin each, but because voting power is proportional to the number of coins, this scheme would not work.
Tezos uses what is called a Liquid Proof-of-Stake, which, in essence, allows token holders to transfer or delegate validation rights to other token holders without transferring ownership. It is not the same as Delegated Proof-of-Stake, which many confuse with, specific to blockchains like EOS. In Delegated PoS, there is a fixed set of block producers, and these need to be elected to reach network consensus. In Tezos, delegation is optional, and Liquid PoS aims to maintain a dynamic validator set that facilitates token holder coordination and accountable governance.
In a blockchain, participants must produce new blocks and add them to the chain for it to progress. This production is done by block producers, which on Tezos is called “Bakers.” Within PoS, there are two overarching classes of algorithms. These are Nakamoto-style PoS, which randomly selects a validator for each time slot to create a block that builds on the longest chain.
In Bitcoin, this method chooses a validator based on who solves a cryptographic puzzle first. In PoS blockchains, this method’s block producers are selected based on the likelihood of being picked and weighted according to how many coins they have locked up in their “stake.”
The other class is Byzantine Fault Tolerant (BFT) -style Proof-of-Stake. Compared to the Nakamoto-style PoS, BFT-style PoS introduces “proposing” and “accepting”. Like the Nakamoto-style, a selected validator, which could be selected randomly and weighed by stake, is chosen to propose a block to the other validators. Then all validators must communicate and come to a consensus before accepting the block to the blockchain.
Tezos have had several changes to the consensus algorithm via the on-chain amendment process, and up until recently, Tezos used a Nakamoto-style PoS algorithm called Emmy+. However, on April 1st, 2022, Tezos successfully executed its most ambitious protocol upgrade. This upgrade took Tezos from the Emmy+ consensus algorithm to Tenderbake, a BFT-style algorithm.
The most impressive feat was that this upgrade hot-swapped the entire blockchain consensus algorithm to an entirely different one on a live network without a hard fork in just 1815 seconds. Nobody in the crypto and blockchain space has done this before.
What made this consensus upgrade a thing, to begin with, is Tenderbake’s deterministic finality, which Emmy+ didn’t have. Deterministic finality is when a block that has just been added to the chain is final once it has two additional blocks on top of it. In pure numbers, this meant that one could expect to wait less than one minute for a block to be considered final, whereas, in Emmy+, it was expected to wait at least six minutes.
In March 2022, Tarides, one of the core developer teams on Tezos, made strides in improving storage I/O performance. With the release of the Tezos validator tool Octez v13, they managed to increase the TPS of the blockchain five-fold over the previous version. Hence, pushing Tezos to 1000TPS.
So far, we’ve been through some recent upgrades, and all made possible due to the self-amendment and upgradeability function built into the Tezos blockchain. For example, if you compared Tezos to Ethereum, Tezos would be at version 9, closing in on version 10, whereas we’re still waiting for Ethereum version 2 (Ethereum2.0). This pace in upgrades speaks volumes.
At the end of March 2022, Nomadic Labs, one of the core developer teams on Tezos, posted this announcement. Here they lay out a roadmap for a series of Tezos protocol proposals for 2022, which will focus on paving the way for further adoption, high-throughput use cases, and expanded smart contract functionality. What this means is that 2022 is the year of scaling for Tezos.
With the Tenderbake consensus algorithm, Tezos users got lower block times, improving latency and finality, meaning faster transactions and smoother running Dapps. Even though Tenderbake is a nice upgrade, it doesn’t significantly impact TPS or throughput. However, this is where optimistic rollups come in.
Optimistic rollups are a layer-2 solution that will be a part of the following upgrades to fulfill short-term scaling needs on Tezos. Optimistic rollups are expected to offer a 10-100x increase in throughput initially and, with further upgrades already in the making, take this to a whole new level regarding scaling. For the 10th protocol upgrade, “Jakarta,” which is just around the corner, we’ll see the first iteration of optimistic rollups called Transaction Optimistic Rollups (TORUs). These allow for the exchange of assets but not the execution of smart contracts, as they are the first and experimental implementation of optimistic rollups.
With scaling, there are generally two types—vertical and horizontal scaling. As with everything, there are pros and cons to these two solutions. Vertical scaling allows powerful computers to process and store more transactions, generally requiring powerful hardware to participate on the main chain and is a straightforward solution. However, fewer people can participate due to hardware requirements, costs, etc. Horizontal scaling allows splitting the workload across more computers and is known as sharding. It preservers decentralization, but it adds complexity and latency due to interaction between said computers.
Optimistic rollups take the best of both worlds and apply it where it makes sense. For example, large batches of transactions can be moved off the main chain to rollup-specific nodes, a form of sharding, to be processed using powerful hardware, utilizing vertical scaling. In order to maintain security, the main chain acts as a backstop if somebody tries to do something malicious.
In short, a rollup is an entity on the main chain with its own address that compactly represents off-chain transaction execution and state updates. For example, assets can be deposited to a rollup and be withdrawn by accounts, smart contracts, and other rollups. Transactions that utilize a rollup are still sent to an inbox on the main chain but left unprocessed by the main chain nodes for specialized rollup operators to do the job.
The rollup operators store and maintain the rollup state, process the transactions, and update the state to reflect the changes—all off-chain. The operator only posts a receipt back to the main chain, summarizing the new state as a cryptographic hash (commitment). Main chain nodes store incoming rollup transaction data and commitments. In this way, main chain nodes are relieved of the computationally expensive tasks of validating transactions, which lets them produce and validate main chain blocks at a higher rate.
It is called optimistic because a commitment is treated as being correct unless someone disputes it. If there’s no dispute within a given time, assets can be withdrawn back to the main chain. In order to keep rollup operators honest, there are economic penalties for posting incorrect commitments. If a dispute happens, the main chain serves as the court. Therefore, inaccurate commitments aren’t just costly for the operator but will ultimately be neutralized as long as a single honest node checks commitments and the main chain is censorship-resistant.
As with the general Tezos approach, optimistic rollups will gradually evolve through several Tezos upgrades. For example, we’ll already see transaction rollups in the “Jakarta” update as TORUs and likely see smart contract rollups in the following updates.
These will not just be smart contracts but actual protocol upgrades, allowing for more gas- and storage-efficient implementations. In addition, we will likely see support for the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) for the smart contract rollups as they are designed with a generic structure that can be adapted to several environments, not just the Tezos ecosystem. EVM compatibility will likely bring a whole new wave of projects to the Tezos ecosystem, as porting over projects from other EVM compatible chains will be significantly easier once this is in place.
In the Tezos community, one might hear about “enshrined rollups.” These are the same as optimistic rollups, which we’ve already been through. However, it isn’t just the name for optimistic rollups in the Tezos ecosystem, as they are not just optimistic rollups in smart contracts but on the actual protocol level, hence making them “enshrined.”
Another newfound innovation on Tezos is something called a ticket. Tickets are tokens that you can actually keep in your wallet. Of course, most tokens you know are just an abstraction. As the dev team, Marigold explains, they are “not something ‘in your wallet,’ because they are whatever the contract says they are.”
Most “tokens” we talk about are just usual contract standards, a row in the ledger of a specific contract with standardized entry points. Tokens are only owned because the particular contract has the owner on record in the ledger. So the “token” is not in the owner’s wallet, but the wallet asks for the token contract, which the owner has.
Now back to the tickets. Tickets are tokens that an owner has in their wallet. It needs to be created by a contract and needs dApps to have any function, but a ticket can be stored outside the contract that made it. It can also be attached to any account and be exchanged reliably, almost like the Tezos native token $XTZ.
Where do tickets fit in in all of this? Generally, on layer-2 solutions for different blockchains, users can find themselves stuck by having to bridge main chain tokens to several layer-2 tokens. Furthermore, passing assets between layer-2s can be even worse. Therefore, on Tezos’ layer-2 solutions, tickets will provide a lot of simplicity and sidestep many useless fees for locking and unlocking in the main chain. In addition, it’ll allow all layer-2s to be “token agnostic” and use tickets regardless of their origin. Some examples of how to think about tickets are listed below. In addition, the Marigold blog post on tickets is worth the read.
- An unforgeable and traceable piece of data.
- Cash. It is in your pocket but not forgeable.
- Keys to unlock functionalities.
- A way for the blockchain to natively support any custom tokens.
- Tokens, working as intended.
- A synchronization artifact to deal with concurrency.
- A tool to write data in the global ledger: the place it’s stored doesn’t change the meaning or value of the ticket.
- Data that can be reasoned on at the level of the whole chain, not merely at the contract level.
- A generic smart contract data type with very strong invariants.
Data Availability Sharding
If the plans above don’t get you excited, let’s get to the juicy stuff. Optimistic rollups are a good scaling solution for Tezos, but there are limits to how much data can be stored in each block. This is a problem because all transaction data for the rollup inbox must be included in blocks on the main chain.
Sharding the main chain functionality itself is not an approach currently being pursued in the Tezos developer community. Still, some sharding can be applied to increase the size of the rollup inbox. This approach is called data-availability sharding and can further increase rollup throughput as more bakers (validators) join the network. In addition, this would provide scaling as data will be spread among the network nodes and among bakers in proportion to their stake, making bakers the data providers for rollup nodes.
The result of this will increase the total bandwidth and capacity, hence improving throughput for rollups considerably. When rollups alone can offer a 10-100x increase in throughput, data-availability sharding can increase it by 1’000-10’000x when combined with optimistic rollups.
Our Thoughts On The Chain?
As detailed above, Tezos, as a blockchain, has a lot of things going on right now and have a clear path ahead regarding scaling and the features for the next few upgrades. On the ecosystem part, Tezos seem to grow stronger and stronger.
Tezos has a strong community within the art scene, and with the recent Art Basel Hong-Kong, it appears that the current big thing on Tezos is generative art featured on fx(hash). The ecosystem also has a rich selection of other marketplaces for art and NFTs, such as Rarible, Objkt, OneOf, and Versum.
Within the DeFi scene, there are about 20 different projects ranging from decentralized Tezos-Ethereum bridges to decentralized exchanges. Go check out the official Tezos page to find them all, but we’d like to mention a few prominent ones, such as Smartlink, CTez, SpicySwap, and WRAP.
On the tool side, there are several developer tools available and there is the Beacon wallet solution, which makes it easy to connect dApps to multiple wallets in the Tezos ecosystem.
There’s also a handful of stablecoins on Tezos, both USD and EURO pegged. Some, if not all of these, are hard-backed with a full collateral reserve providing a solvent and scalable source of liquidity. Here we’ll mention Lugh and USDtz.
It seems like Tezos is ready for large-scale adoption. With a proven track record of reliably upgrading in a decentralized fashion, continuously improving the blockchain makes an excellent case for a durable blockchain solution proven to stand the test of time.
Large gaming organizations have also shown interest in the Tezos ecosystem. In December 2021, Ubisoft announced that they would launch their NFT platform Ubisoft Quartz on Tezos. In January 2022, Team Vitality announced that Tezos would be their main technical partner and calling it the world’s most advanced blockchain. Shortly after, Misfits Gaming Group did the same by announcing Tezos as their official blockchain partner.
Tezos has also found its way to mainstream sports, where The Tezos Foundation recently partnered with Manchester United, adding to the Red Bull Racing F1 partnership from 2021.
With giants like these dipping their toes in the blockchain waters and, in some cases, fully committing, it is clear to us that Tezos must have what is needed for the future of gaming. Misfits’ Blockborn initiative has three main reasons for “Why Tezos for gaming?”
- Transaction Costs
These are excellent points, but we especially believe the last point, longevity, is critical. There is no other blockchain ecosystem that we know of that has a track record like Tezos’ regarding upgrades, and decentralized community, making it the obvious solution for businesses looking for a blockchain solution for the long run. It also makes the slogan “Tezos, the last blockchain” sound feasible.
Who Is On The Team?
- Max Stöckl – Co-Founder & CEO https://www.linkedin.com/in/max-stoeckl/
- Co-Founder & CEO (2021-present) at Dogamí.
- Consultant (2019-2021) at Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
- Visiting Associate (2018) at Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
- Founder Associate & Head of Project Management (2016-2017) at Spießer + Spinner.
- Adrien Magdelaine – Co-Founder & COO https://www.linkedin.com/in/adrienmagdelaine/
- Co-Founder & COO (2021-present) at Dogamí.
- Co-Founder (2009-2021) at Wamiz (Acquired by Nestlé).
- Serial investor in over 13 companies.
- Digital Director (2006-2008) at La Vie Financière SA.
- Founder (2005-2008) at Trandigsat.com.
- Associate Director (2002-2005) at Zonebourse.
- Co-Founder & CEO (2000-2002) at Serial-Traders.com
- Bilal El Alamy – Co-Founder & CTO https://www.linkedin.com/in/bilal-el-alamy/
- Co-Founder & CTO (2021-present) at Dogamí.
- Co-Founder & Executive Chairman (2021-present) at PyratzLabs.
- Chief DeFi Architect (2021-present) at Smartlink.
- Co-Founder & Chairman (2019-present) at Equisafe.
- Blockchain & Smart Contracts – Lecturer (2018-present) at ESCP Europe.
- Strategy – Advisor (2019-present) at KryptoSphere.
- Digital Business & Data Strategy – Analyst (2018-2019) at Accenture France.
- Kristofer Dayne Penseyres – Co-Founder & CBO https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristofer-dayne-penseyres/
- Co-Founder & CBO (2021-present) at Dogamí.
- Advisory Board Member (2022-present) at Sharing 3.0.
- Contributing Editor (2016-present) at Ocean Blue World.
- Brand Strategy & Business Development Consultant (2020-2021) at The Creativicals.
- Global Head of Brand & Strategic Partnerships and Senior Brand Manager (2017-2020) at Hadoro Paris.
- CMO and Global Brand Manager (2017-2020) at Nous Group.
- Brand Development Consultant (2018-2020) at Label Noir Design.
- Contributing Editor (2019) at Circle of Beautiful People International.
- Executive Producer Film & TV (2011-2017) at Great Dayne Entertainment.
- UK & US Sales Consultant (2016) at E-MOOVIE.
- Content Producer (2011-2014) at Sony Pictures Entertainment.
- Gregory Magadoux – Art Director https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregory-magadoux-70ba54b4/
- Art Director (2021-present) at Dogamí.
- Lead Artist (2007-present) at Owlient – Ubisoft.
- Teacher (2003-2007) at School of Modern Arts, Paris.
- Art Director & Co-Founder (1999-2007) at Exces Communication.
Other Notable Members
- Alexandre Karako – Tokenomics & NFT Advisor https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandrekarako/
- Alexandre Richetin – Head of Growth https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandre-richetin-327766152/
- Andy O’Shaughnessy – Community Manager https://www.linkedin.com/in/andy-o-shaughnessy-14271ba9/
- Anton Monjon – Executive Game Producer https://www.linkedin.com/in/antonmonjon/
- Bryan J.L. Glass – DOGAMÍ Petaverse World-Builder https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryan-j-l-glass-8089579/
- Celine Vlachos – Head of Social Media https://www.linkedin.com/in/celine-vlachos/
- Christophe Montandon – VP of Engineering https://www.linkedin.com/in/christophe-montandon-4753ba20a/
- Damien Nestelhut – Cloud System Administrator & DevSecOps https://www.linkedin.com/in/damien-nestelhut/
- Dionne Edwards – Community Manager https://www.linkedin.com/in/dionne-edwards-110851179/
- Eddy Daguenet – Senior Game Designer https://www.linkedin.com/in/eddy-daguenet-4489a927/
- Emeric Boun – UX/UI Designer https://www.linkedin.com/in/emeric-bounetudiant/
- Fabrice Zaumseil – Game Producer https://www.linkedin.com/in/fabricezaumseil/
- Gitae Park – Community Manager https://www.linkedin.com/in/gitae-park-a639841a7/
- Hugo Martinez – Discord Maker & CM https://www.linkedin.com/in/hugo-martinez-817521207/
- Jonathan Allouche – Narrative Designer https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-allouche-42159543/
- Julien Wedeux – Moderator French and Spanish https://www.linkedin.com/in/julien-wedeux-rh/
- Julie Deniel – Rigger https://www.linkedin.com/in/julie-deniel-1891b31ba/
- May Chan-Koung Malcolm The Akita – Dog Specialist & Shareholder https://www.linkedin.com/in/malcolm-the-akita/
- Mark Fielding – Web3 Content Writer https://www.linkedin.com/in/markfieldingenglish/
- Maureen ‘Ibealia’ Caudron – Concept Artist https://www.linkedin.com/in/maureen-ibealia-caudron-4591bb5b/
- Marine Cadoret – 3D Artist https://www.linkedin.com/in/marine-cadoret/
- Miguel Costa – Dogamí Discord Language Channel MOD https://www.linkedin.com/in/miguel-costa-4171b996/
- Minyoung J. – Frontend Developer https://www.linkedin.com/in/minyoungjung/
- Mélanie Schwartz – 3D Artist https://www.linkedin.com/in/mélanie-schwartz-135598109/
- Nicolas Buchet – Fron-end Enginerer https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolas-buchet-b187821b0/
- Nicolas Fruneau – Full Stack Developer https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolas-fruneau/
- Patrick Lecron – Senior Product Manager https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-lecron-92121860/
- Paul Adler – Founder Associate https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-adler-79a029b4/
- Ramy Jaiem – Web3 Developer https://www.linkedin.com/in/ramyjaiem/
- Sarah Albini – Concept Artist https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-albini/
- Victor Binétruy-Pic – Product Owner Blockchain https://www.linkedin.com/in/vbpic/
- Vincent Berthon – Node.js Developer https://www.linkedin.com/in/vincent-berthon-021b2a35/
- Wael Ismail – Data Analyst https://www.linkedin.com/in/waelismaiil/
- Yoann Gendrey – Lead Software Engineer – Backend https://www.linkedin.com/in/yoann-gendrey/
- Sebastien Borget – Co-Founder & COO at The Sandbox https://www.linkedin.com/in/borgetsebastien/
- Neville Brody – Professor of Communication at Royal College of Art https://www.linkedin.com/in/nevillebrody/
- Josef Holm – Founding Partner at Draper Goren Holm https://www.linkedin.com/in/josefholm/
- Aly Madhavji – Managing Partner at Blockchain Founders Fund https://www.linkedin.com/in/alymadhavji/
- Yat Siu – Chairman of The Board Animoca Brands https://www.linkedin.com/in/yatsiu/
Since we last wrote about DOGAMÍ, the company has acquired some more employees, and the team has only proven itself stronger. The founder team comprises a group of highly experienced industry experts with a long history of individual entrepreneurial ventures. We’ll mention the CTO Bilal El Alamy, who, besides being Co-Founder and CTO of Dogamí, is involved in central positions at several other Web3 companies. Most of them with relations to the Tezos blockchain.
On the advisory side, the project has a handful of solid advisors. The names you find here are people widely known in the Web3 space, such as Sebastien Borget, COO and Co-Founder of The Sandbox, and Yat Siu, Chairman of Animoca Brands.
Apart from the founders and advisors, we count 34 other employees in different positions. There’s a strong focus on the development and artistic sides and a couple of community managers who help manage the community of well over 120’000 Dogamers.
Do They Have Relevant Experience?
Since our last report, not much has changed regarding their experience. Apart from a successful NFT launch and solidifying the project’s credibility, the DOGAMÍ team still has a list of merits and background that gives us a lot of confidence in the company and its ability to bring the Petaverse to the masses.
Moreover, they have a sober approach to taking their time and building it right through their organically growing community. Since last time, some milestones on the roadmap have been slightly pushed back, proving the point of taking their time and not rushing something unfinished.
Who Are Their Backers?
The big names on DOGAMÍ’s investor list are still:
- Tezos Foundation
- The Sandbox
- Animoca Brands
- Draper Goren Holm
- Blockchain Founders Fund
There are a couple of other notable investors as well:
- Ascensive Assets
- Ben Rameau
- Kingsway Capital
- SideDoor Ventures
- Sheesha Finance
- Shima Capital
- Tenzor Capital
Game Developers Roadmap
Alpha Teams Thoughts on the Roadmap
In the whitepaper, Dogamí has a general timeline divided into quarters of when they would want to have things done or released. We’re already deep within Q2 at the time of writing, and their second generation of Alpha Dogamí is about to drop. Staking was just launched, and we’ve information on the collaboration between Dogamí and The Sandbox.
From an updated and more detailed roadmap covering the months May-August, we should be expecting the game for early access within July. Slightly off schedule from the overarching roadmap, depending on what you count as a P2E game beta launch. There will be playtesting sessions, which we assume would be to stress test the systems with large amounts of players at once.
In August, we should get the official launch of Dogamí, starting with its Puppy Training PvE game loop. After that, we’ll get the adult and spirit phases down the line. According to the roadmap, this was to be expected in Q3, as the breeding ability follows the adult phase of a Dogamí. Still, in a recent interview with the DOGAMÍ CEO Max, he said that the adult phase was scheduled for the beginning of next year (2023), and we expect the spirit phase to follow not too long after.
From the roadmap for Q3 and beyond, we see EVM to Tezos cross-chain features. In the interview with Max, he goes a bit deeper here, outlining what we can expect from this as it is a solution to bridge your Dogamí from Tezos to Polygon, so that players can experience their Dogamí in The Sandbox.
We can also expect the introduction of selective cross-breeds in the adult breeding gameplay after a while. However, to begin with, the breeding gameplay will not cover interbreeding.
As we’ve covered in the Background section about the Dogamí Academy and Dogamí Daycare, these two features will enable in-game lending of Dogamí NFTs with built-in revenue share. Additionally, since this is built into the game, it makes it safer for both parties to participate in a scholar/manager/guild relationship as it’s all on-chain and maintained by smart contracts.
Link to the whitepaper: https://whitepaper.dogami.com/dogami-overview/the-dogs-of-dogami
Alpha Teams General Thoughts on the Whitepaper
In our first report on Dogamí, there was little information about the upcoming game, but now we got one of the best whitepapers we’ve seen in GameFi to feast upon. DOGAMÍ has chosen the GitBook style of a whitepaper, which we personally appreciate. It is structured and clean and contains detailed information on just about any aspect of the game.
From a research perspective, whitepapers like this are what we love to see and make it a lot easier to digest information about a game, especially when the game isn’t released. We wish more projects would go as in-depth on game details, tokenomics, and technology solutions as DOGAMÍ.
The Alpha Team Reads Between the Lines – Big Picture Talk
When we first discovered DOGAMÍ in December 2021, we immediately felt that this would become something significant. The initial thing that stood out among most others in the NFT game rush we’ve seen the past year was the gamified pet owner experience. This took us down memory lane to when we had Tamagotchi as kids in the 90s and Nintendogs in the 2000s. Only this time, it’s in AR and has NFTs.
The choice of Tezos as a blockchain solution was also a curiosity in an otherwise Polygon and Solana heavy market for GameFi. To us, it made all the reasons in the world, as we’re well aware of the Tezos ecosystem, but it certainly made a project of this caliber stand out. With what we’ve highlighted in the blockchain section of this report, DOGAMÍ’s choice of Tezos makes a lot of sense in hindsight.
Many projects are doing similar things with NFT games, where you keep imaginary monsters as pets, walk with them, train them, etc. But what struck us as the genius idea with DOGAMÍ is the fact that it’s about dogs. So whoever you are, there’s a high chance that you can relate to dogs. It is “man’s best friend.” Knowing this, one can easily see where it would fit with mainstream players, even the ones not even aware of NFTs.
Pokémon Go took the world by storm in 2016 and still has a strong following. What was unique with Pokémon Go was the geospatial AR gameplay, where players would have to get around to find Pokémon in “the real world” and participate in the game. DOGAMÍ is riding this hype several years later, with similar features planned. Therefore, we can see DOGAMÍ cater to the same kind of players, with something even more relatable than Pokémon.
The DOGAMÍ team themselves state in their whitepaper that their product plays at the intersection of three global mega-trends. These are:
- Dog Ownership
- Mobile Gaming
There are tons of opportunities within each of these trends. Combining them and meeting at the intersection can really leverage the trends and cater to three enormous communities at once, making it a viable business plan.
It is safe to say that the founders and team behind DOGAMÍ have the experience required to scale, as some of them have done nothing but bootstrap and get companies off the ground.
Moreover, with big names on the advisory team, and investors like Ubisoft, The Sandbox, Animoca Brands, and The Tezos Foundation, we believe they’ll have what they need in entrepreneurial brain-power and ecosystem help if it ever would be required.
Also, building their game on Unity for mobile gaming allows them to leverage the entire mobile market where all you would need is the native app store. Finding players for the game won’t be a problem either, as every NFT sale they’ve had has been sold out rapidly. And their organically grown community of over 115’000 Discord members will be standing in line to get to play the game, providing the initial player base.
Social Media Followers Count
DOGAMÍ has, since we noticed them in December 2021, had a really strong community. Their Discord is the primary platform for the community and boasts 115’000 members at the time of writing. When we wrote our last report on Dogamí in February 2022, they had about 81’000 Discord members. However, since then, they have also banned about 40’000 bots from their Discord, making the current numbers even more impressive.
Since our last report, the team has also continued to grow their Twitter and has been able to keep up their 2-3 posts a day quite consistently. Their followers also seem to enjoy the updates and news posted there, judging by the interactions of the posts.
The community feels very real. We’ve observed this since the early days, and one of the ways the DOGAMÍ team has managed to grow so fast and build such a strong following is because of the opportunity to get a “dogalist” spot when participating in the Discord.
Before the first NFT launch, people were “grinding” levels in the Discord, which we’re personally not fans of because it incentivizes pointless chatting and feels like a chore. The community was participating in this mainly to have a higher chance of winning a spot in the NFT pre-sale.
For the second NFT drop, which just dropped, the team did a much better job in distributing “dogalist” spots. This time around, there were many competitions that required active participation there and then and not the mindless grind. Examples of this were the doga-quiz, which happened in-chat and felt like a Kahoot. We managed almost to get top 10 there once! They also distributed dogalists to community members who were staking their $DOGA. We feel they improved upon the process this time and made the overall experience a lot better.
Some final thoughts regarding the NFT sale are that taking it all private without having the burden of a messy public sale is wise, in our opinion. Everyone can join the community and have their chance in the competitions to win, and with a community-to-NFT ratio of almost 30:1, there are no worries about the NFTs not selling out.
Speculation and Connecting the Dots
There’s a lot to say about a game like DOGAMÍ and the ecosystem it is a part of. However, since our last report, many of our questions and speculations have been answered. We predicted in our previous report that there would be more than one NFT launch before the game’s launch, which is now due in July for early access. And so far, we’ve been correct.
We also wrote about the Petaverse last time and speculated where this might be. It definitely is the Metaverse for pets, and DOGAMÍ seems to be just the beginning. Since last time, The Sandbox has entered a partnership with DOGAMÍ taking the first step of interoperability between blockchains and metaverses. So, although The Sandbox is a metaverse playground in itself, and DOGAMÍ will now be a part of it, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the DOGAMÍ Petaverse will only be a part of The Sandbox. To us, it seems that the Petaverse is something even greater and possibly more abstract.
We also wondered what the Petaverse real estate agency is, and we now know from the whitepaper that once a Dogamí enters the spirit phase, it enables access to owning land in the Petaverse. We will keep monitoring this as the game progresses, as we can’t expect this feature until 2023 or beyond.
The DOGA HOUSE, which was hinted at as an exclusive club in our last report, is indeed a club for holders of Dogamí NFTs. There are two types of members in the DOGA HOUSE. These are “Doga House Members” and “Doga Whales.” To become a member, you need to hold at least one Dogamí in your registered wallet, and to become a whale; you have to keep at least seven!
This “club” is only part of DOGAMÍ’s Discord server for now, but we hope it is something that will be a part of the in-game experience as well. It alluded to IRL experiences and community events in DOGAMÍ’s whitepaper, and this is something that probably falls in line with a membership of the DOGA HOUSE. There has already been one merch sale to holders of Dogamí; although we do not know what is in the merch pack, we’re eagerly waiting for it in the mail.
As we advance, we expect the game’s puppy phase over the summer and the adult phase early next year, and following this, we expect the spirit phase sometime towards next summer. It is not unthinkable that the DOGAMÍ team will host more Alpha Generation NFT launches of new breeds as time progresses.
We’ve already seen two drops total at 12’000 NFTs before the game is even out, and to onboard more people, there must be more NFT drops before the adult phase introduces breeding in early 2023. We’ve now got a total of 15 breeds on our plate, but from the announced goal of having 300+ breeds in the game and the “pure breeds” having alphas from which others are born, there must be more NFT drops down the line.
We also expect these to have 800 alphas in each breed. The team will probably stagger these drops and monitor the demand for playable NFTs in step with community growth. Until the breeding feature is available, it will be a nice way to manage the population.
From the 300+ breeds, there will be a lot of cross-breeding. When this gameplay feature arrives, it will offer many new opportunities in the game with exciting new combinations. To begin with, it will be the most known cross-breeds, but eventually, we might even see combinations in which AI and genetic algorithms have played a part and could produce an entirely new breed.
Time will tell what happens, but we’re excited to see what’s coming for DOGAMÍ, and it is one of the most promising NFT game projects we’ve seen so far.
Suppose you’ve reached this far; Congratulation on reading our longest research report yet!
DOGAMÍ is a game that The Alpha Team has been paying close attention to for a while that shows promising results. The idèa and practical solutions to integrate Jane & John Doe into the crypto and gaming world caught our attention.
In our last visit, there were questions unanswered, and we are delighted to see how they are now being answered and brought forward to the public through the most extensive whitepaper we’ve seen. We have, amongst others, had a deep dive into how the traits and characteristics work and the mathematical formulas which will determine, for instance, the rarity of the Dogamís. In addition, we’ve had a more specific look into the gameplay, breeding and love seasons, the Dogamí Academy and Daycare, and how it works.
Furthermore, we’ve looked at consumables and how they will practically affect the stats and relationship between the owner and Dogamí. We’ve also looked at the blockchain, which DOGAMÍ uses, Tezos, how this chain works, and its roadmap for scaling, making it an obvious blockchain solution for a game of DOGAMÍ’s caliber.
Further on, we’ve also looked at the DOGAMÍ “intro” video on the website, which blew us away with the great graphics and cinematic features and how appealing it was. It also created a visual explanation of how and why Dogamís came to be what they are today.
The team is rapidly growing as the project is taking form, and the members are skilled and have experience which would help build, grow and create a wonderful world for all Dogamí lovers – Whether the player is in it for the competition part or for the fun of raising their own virtual pet. In addition, they have proven to take popular elements and implement them in their own way, such as the “dog walking” feature. Moreover, we’ll see online shops with merch and stuffed toys and the likes in the future. So the Petaverse isn’t just in the digital world!
To round things off, DOGAMÍ is a game we’ve continuously been impressed with, and despite the challenges, everyone in the play-and-earn space is facing, DOGAMÍ seems to tackle them well. The team behind the game is quick to respond when there’s been turbulence in the community, and we can see them constantly improving and taking the communities feedback to heart. The choice of Tezos, “the last blockchain,” goes hand in hand with a GameFi project just getting started and having the goal of becoming THE Petaverse. We can’t wait to play with our pets, so, the puppy phase can’t come soon enough.
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