Launch Announcement

DeFi Alliance Launches Web 3 Gaming Accelerator

August 31, 2021

We're super excited to announce the launch of the our very first Gaming Accelerator (click here for more detail)!

Over the past year, our DeFi Accelerator has accelerated more than 80 early stage DeFi startups, helping them source liquidity and other support from the industry's largest professional industry network, the DeFi Alliance Network (D.A.N.). Now we're expanding to accelerate early stage (early product or post-product) Web 3 game startups.

We'll help game startups with game design, community building, tokenomics and liquidity. And we'll be supported by the D.A.N. and an incredible founding cast of mentors including Gabby Dizon, Co-founder of Yield Guild Games, the premier play-to-earn gaming guild; Jeff "Jihoz" Zirlin, Co-founder and Growth Lead at Axie Infinity, Web 3's most popular game; Roham Gharegozlou, CEO and Co-founder of Dapper Labs, the team behind CryptoKitties and NBA Top Shot; Austin Griffith, Gitcoin’s Director of Research and Co-Founder of Moonshot Collective, building tools for public coordination; Colleen Sullivan, Co-founder and CEO of CMT Digital, a digital asset firm focused on trading, regulations, and investing (with investments into companies such as Dapper Labs, Sky Mavis, and Blockchain Horizon Games); and Gubsheep, Co-founder of Dark Forest, the world's first decentralized real-time, zero-knowledge strategy game.

Why gaming?

We launched the DeFi Alliance in 2020 with a mission to grow DeFi to one billion users by 2025. In under two years, we are closer to this goal than we ever imagined. This past year alone has seen a meteoric rise in DeFi, laying the plumbing for an open, community owned financial system. While significant adoption of DeFi has already been made, we always believed mass adoption would require user-friendly front ends and applications — enter gaming! Web 3 games offer the best of both worlds: the benefits of user-friendly experiences combined with the innovation of community owned assets and tokenized governance all powered by a decentralized financial system. Our expansion into gaming only strengthens our mission and pushes us closer to becoming the leading community first Web 3 accelerator.

Program details

The genesis cohort of our Gaming Accelerator will be a 3-week program geared towards early stage (early product or post-product) Web 3 game startups. Curriculum is focused on game design, community building, tokenomics and liquidity. See here for more details.

When does the cohort begin?

Genesis cohort begins early Oct. 2021.

I'm a Web 3 game startup, how do I apply?

Apply here — but hurry, applications close Sept. 19, 2021.

Can I join as an industry partner?

If you're a game studio or other industry entity and wish to join the DeFi Alliance Network or otherwise partner on our Gaming Accelerator, please fill out our membership application form here.

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