The Degeniverse is the shared universe of the Degenerate Ape Academy (DAA), Degenerate Trash Pandas (DTP), and Degenerate Drop Bears (DDB). Each collection has its own history to tell, but their collective success pushed the Solana space to expand beyond web3 and into the real world.
DAA is the first collection in the Degeniverse, which allowed Solana to build its reputation after helping the project succeed in its minting event. The launching of DTP followed a few months after DAA’s success. It used the Fair Launch Protocol that prevented bots from minting, while participants got to choose the NFT price.
Both DAA and DTP have undoubtedly shared significant contributions to the Degeniverse, and it has never stopped since. We’ll see the space expand further through DDB, the newest collection. Will it break the Internet like its predecessors? We’ll have to wait longer and see.
Although the three NFT collections vary, the communities behind them formed as one, creating a family called the Degen DAOO, a decentralized organization that helps regulate various components of the Degeniverse, expanding the brand’s reach across Solana and beyond.
If you’re highly interested in becoming a part of the Degeniverse, there’s only one thing to do: buy a DAA, DTP, or DDB. You can check the listings on the Degen Marketplace and other secondary platforms, such as Magic Eden, Solanart, etc.
The Degeniverse is full of surprises, one of which is the working classes of DAA, DTP, and DDB; called McDegens. They proudly wear their fast food-themed traits anywhere they go, as they serve you with Large Ape Meal with Extra Large Banana Fries.
McManager started the Degen Service community by gathering his fellow Apes. Soon enough, his team had additional members: the Trash Pandas and the Drop Bears.
Currently, the Degen Service community also sells McMerch in its McDegen shop, with all profits going to the McDAO Treasury.
What is Degen DAOO?
The Degen Decentralized Autonomous Organization Organization (DAOO) is a community of DAA, DTP, and DDB holders working together to create a meaningful impact on the Degeniverse brand and Solana. It has the right to collectively make decisions, support chosen initiatives, and manage funds.
What makes Degen DAOO more exciting is its freedom to do all activities and contributions without asking permission from the rightful project owners; a culture shift. However, it doesn’t mean that the two groups are working in siloes. Degen DAOO focuses on community engagement while the dev team continuously builds.
Additionally, the Degen DAOO has grown with thousands of active members hanging out and learning together. However, there’s more to that; they achieved a few milestones, including setting up the Degen Infrastructure Core Services (DICS), introducing Degeniverse through marketing efforts, providing whitelist access, and more.
Every organization needs skillful leaders prepared to take responsibility and perform duties in order to accomplish objectives; the same applies to the Degen DAOO. Its Student Council embodies the members of the community, and its function makes it fit to be the Heart of the Degeniverse.
The Degen DAOO has the power to elect the Student Council members, but the seat is only open to DAA, DTP, or DDB holders and those who can prove themselves worthy of the position.
All running candidates have a profile where they can show their answers to questions, experiences, skill sets, and plans during their term. It’s one of the ways voters gather insights, which can help make up their minds on who to elect.
Every voting session includes a snapshot of results with all information given to the public: vote ID, timestamp, and held assets. The process ensures transparency, allowing trust to build and grow among members.
The elected Student Council carries the will of the Degen DAOO with goals revolving around: being engaged and active, community-focused, point of contact, and collaborations.
Degen Infrastructure Core Services (DICS)
One of Degen DAOO’s biggest efforts in supporting its community and the Solana blockchain is through the Degen Infrastructure Core Services (DICS). This validator node helps operate and secure the network. Every member who takes part in this initiative can yield SOL, but there’s more to it than individual rewards.
DAA, DTP, and DDB holders are eligible to stake their SOL, allowing them to assign their voting rights to validators. The D.I.C.S., as a validator, uses them to allow or reject a transaction in passing through Solana. This process helps operate and keep the blockchain secure.
Members are also free to stake any SOL amount using their Solana wallets (e.g., Phantom, Solflare, etc.). Alternatively, they can unstake whenever they want, but the crypto is locked in and will only be claimable after an epoch (2.5 to 3 days or longer).
Furthermore, stakers can earn SOL as a reward for contributing to Solana. However, D.I.C.S. will take a 7% commission that will go to the Degen DAOO. The community can use the collected funds to launch merch, host giveaways, and other events every member will have fun doing.
There are no boring times in Degeniverse; most especially, it’s filled with new games to explore. What else is here? You’ll get to meet other Degens and discover other worlds. But wait; don’t forget to bring out your competitive self, as some top communities are here too.
Degen Royal brings you to a fun-filled island where you can rumble and battle using your PFP character. It’s the first play-to-socialize game that welcomes Solana and Ethereum communities in one space.
However, regardless of the community, there’ll be no mercy here, as it’s a shooting game. Gather up your OG Banana Blasters, Drop Bozookas, and other NFT weapons you can get; Ready, aim, and pew pew.
The minting event for the NFT weapons already happened in October 2022 and has a 10,000 supply. However, you can still play the game by purchasing a digital asset on Hyperspace.
The Degeniverse community and West Coast Customs (WCC) introduced the Degeniverse Racers event, where participants minted a vehicle collection with varying supplies: DAA and DTP have 1,200 units each, while Degen eggs have 400.
The minting event may be over, but the WCC team will have an upcoming Season 2 Metawhips collection. All holders who redeemed a diecast are eligible to receive a WL token next month.
The surprises aren’t over yet, as there’ll be another airdrop of a special edition WCC degen race car, which the players can use in the MetaRacers Racing Game in 2023.
Buckle up, and let your Apes, Pandas, and MetaWhips race against one another and see your rankings on leaderboards.
What Makes Degeniverse a Strong Brand?
Branding is always about how others perceive a project, which should be as unique as possible because it’ll serve as a universal identity.
Degeniverse has its core focus on building, which starts with educating its members by providing them with valuable resources to read and watch. It is also one of the primary projects that are die-hard Solana loyalists, as proven by its DICS initiative, as well as its promise to never leave the chain when things get tough.
The developers and Degen DAOO are known for their smooth big brains. They don’t simply settle on doing normal things. It’s what makes learning in Degeniverse more fun. As members become educated, they never forget to give back. It’s the reason they had numerous initiatives that benefitted communities and the Solana space.
However, as the Degeniverse expands, only time will tell if it can continue to deliver value amidst the global financial turmoil. Despite that, it’s undoubtedly a strong brand since the beginning, given its historical contributions, top-of-the-line 3D art, and growing community.
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