We interviewed 'Moonwalker,' the genius behind both the IC Gallery and the 3D Moonwalker NFT Project who tells us about his plans to 'push the boundaries of the Metaverse and what is possible for NFTs.'
1- What attracted you initially to blockchain?
Like many other people in the crypto space, what attracted me initially to blockchain is Bitcoin. I had already heard about it several times, but I had not paid much attention. Then one day, when I heard about it once more, I decided it was time to do my own research and immediately fell in love. I remember precisely that day; I didn't sleep for 48 hours because I was so pumped!
2- Of all the platforms you could have chosen, why did you decide to build on the Internet Computer?
Nothing in the blockchain space compares to the Internet Computer in terms of speed, scalability, cost, and possibilities when it comes to building. For example, it would be impossible to be building the IC Gallery on chain on any other blockchain. It is the same for the 3D moonwalker NFTs; these unique NFTs cannot be built on any other blockchains due to their unique properties.
This is why we decided to build on the Internet Computer, we are fascinated by the Internet Computer, and it is the only blockchain that makes it possible. This is true for so many projects being built right now on the Internet Computer that will shape our world in the coming years as we start witnessing the paradigm shift made possible by the Internet Computer in order to affect our daily lives for the better.
3- How long has your company been established, and what is your business model based on?
We started discussing the potential of NFTs and the metaverse on the Internet Computer this summer. Then we decided to build the IC Gallery and to create the 3D moonwalker NFT collection. We are now moving really fast, and we will accelerate our execution after the 3D moonwalker NFT sale happening on Entrepot on October 22nd. We are currently exploring different business models, including auction events, exclusive rooms, and gaming experiences.
4- What makes your company marketable, and what will ensure its long-term success?
What makes our company marketable is the metaverse we are building with the IC Gallery that is already open to the public in its first version. Then we have our unique 3D NFT moonwalker collection that will play a significant role in the Internet Computer ecosystem; these 3D Moonwalkers are unique. Our long-term success will ensure our ability to have a solid and fast execution to build value for our community and reach product-market fit with a business model that allows us to grow quickly.
5- What challenges have you faced while building your company?
We have been facing technical challenges while building on the Internet Computer(limit on canister storage, for example), but we are quick to find solutions. There are also a lot of challenges to build the 3D moonwalker NFT collection. People have to understand it’s not just a jpeg, and it’s much more than that; rendering 3D can be extremely challenging even for the most talented 3D creators. Facing challenges is normal in the process; we expected that, and we do look forward to more and more considerable challenges.
6- What overall vision do you have? Do you have a roadmap? If so, what does it involve?
Our vision is to become the glue that connects metaverses. We want to be the hub and connect one way or another to all the best metaverse experiences and the best NFTs. The user will enter the IC Gallery, and then a whole new world of possibilities will be there to explore. It will be there to enjoy art and gaming, learning, events, interactions, building, and much more.
Our roadmap will be released before our NFT sale. It includes:
- Wallet integrations
- Exclusive Galleries
- Ephemeral Games/Experiences
- Exclusive 3D Moonwalker NFT rooms and experiences -
- Ethereum Integration -
- The Auction house (auction events)
- Vaults for staking NFTs
- Community Built Games.
7- What advantages do you believe you have over other competitors?
Our 3D moonwalker NFT is really on a much higher level than most NFTs on the market and will be packed with a ton of utility. We still have a lot to reveal; it will become apparent to the general public at some point that in terms of creativity and utility, what is being done on the 3D moonwalker NFTs is unique. We strongly believe our users and the market will notice this, and it will become more and more evident as we progress.
Another significant advantage we have is our team of highly talented 3D artists and game devs. We have our secret sauce to execute in the right directions and are already preparing a lot of exciting stuff behind the scenes that will push the boundaries of the metaverse and NFTs in ways that people thought would not have been possible.
8- Tell us about the team
We are lucky to have a very diverse, creative, and complementary team.
The team is composed of two experienced game devs that are fast learners, and they are learning very quickly how to build on the Internet Computer. Our current progress is getting more and more exciting, fascinating, and promising.
We have six very talented creators working full-time on the 3D moonwalker NFT collection. You heard it right, six people full time. We are delighted to be a project that can claim to have six such extraordinary creators working exclusively on 3D moonwalkers.
Behind the scenes, there is a tremendous amount of work to be done and many challenges to overcome to bring such high-quality NFTs to the Internet Computer. After the 3D moonwalker NFT sale, they will transition into building all kinds of amazing 3D experiences for the community.
We also have some close partners that we will disclose today with whom we are doing crazy experiments in the metaverse. We can’t wait to tell you more! Then there is me, a builder and entrepreneur obsessed with execution and the market/users, leading the IC Gallery and 3D moonwalker NFT collection.
9- What advice do you have for anyone working in the same space as you?
As a continuous learner, I always prefer to take advice and learn from others. There is so much to learn in this space or in life, so I’m always careful when giving advice; the skills required to deliver sound advice don’t only come from experience but also to a level of awareness to connect deeply to the other.
If I have one suggestion to share, the Internet Computer is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; if you miss it, you will regret it so get involved in one way or another right now. Another piece of advice would be to think and do things differently and build something unique and valuable.
10- What other projects building on the Internet Computer are you most excited about?
I am excited about so many projects building on the Internet Computer. If I start mentioning them, the list will be long! Let’s begin with ToniqLabs that are helping us a lot on launching the 3D moonwalker NFTs on Entrepot. Then I’m a big fan of decentralized social media being built on the Internet Computer like DSCVR, Distrikt, Openchat.
These teams have been doing an incredible job, and I’m a loyal user and strong supporter. Fleek is also obviously a project I’m watching very closely; I firmly believe they will become a cornerstone of the Internet Computer ecosystem for years to come and will grow much more than anyone can imagine.
I also love what Jesse Neumann is building with Portal, and what Canistore and Barry Hype are doing to revolutionize the music industry. WeAct, led by Raymond Laracuenta, is also a project that means a lot to me because it focuses on building a better world by offering the best tools to activists to make a positive impact.
I also love what builders like Norton Wang, Jordan Last, or Hazel are doing. This is very exciting. Let’s not forget Origyn, which is a real game-changer. Everything DEFI or NFTs makes me very excited so ICPswap, Dfinance, InfinitySwap, and many NFTs including ICPSquad NFT are going to be incredible. There are so many projects and names missing in this list; as you can see, I’m pretty hyped about the Internet Computer.
11- Do you have any plans to collaborate with other projects building on the Internet Computer?
Yes, of course, this is part of our vision. We want builders in the ecosystem to consider the IC Gallery as an open playground to experiment with all kinds of crazy ideas in the metaverse and around NFTs. Today, we will reveal a very exciting partnership that pushes the boundaries of what has been built so far with NFTs and how we will collaborate to reach a level never imagined before with the 3D moonwalker NFTs.
We are also in talks with big names in the Internet Computer ecosystem to make partnerships, including several Internet Computer communities, Internet Computer projects, and Internet Computer builders. A lot is happening behind the scenes and will probably be announced after the 3D moonwalker NFT sale.
12- Do you have any token sales planned for the future? If so, when? Can you give details?
We are doing the 3D moonwalker NFT sale on Entrepot on October 22nd. Our whitelist is open, and people can join our discord to get whitelisted. We don’t plan to make another token sale in the future.
Update: The IC Gallery team announced that the NFT sale has been postponed. It is very likely to happen Saturday, October 23rd.
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