AMA with Taunt Battleworld

On the 25th of February, 2022 at 16:00 UTC, Decentralized Club had the honor of hosting Baba Taunt from Taunt Battleworld for an Ask-Me-Anything session on their Telegram page with a community of over 70,000 people. It was hosted by DC Admin, Alvíss.

The session was divided into three segments. Introductions were made in Segment 1, questions from the Twitter community were answered in Segment 2 and live questions from the community members in attendance were answered in Segment 3.

If you missed this event and would like to know what Taunt Battleworld is all about, you can find a recap of the interview here. Information here should be researched and should not be taken as investment or financial advice. Also note that slight edits have been made for clarity, and links in this recap lead to images, documents, or other media.

Segment 1 - Introduction

[Alvíss]
Hello Everyone. Today we have a guest from Taunt Battleworld for an informative AMA session with us.

Greetings. Welcome to the Decentralized Club. We're happy to have you.

[Baba Taunt]
Thanks Alviss! It's an absolute pleasure to be here!

[Alvíss]
How are you doing? Hope you're doing okay?

[Baba Taunt]
I am excited to be here! We have been looking forward to it.

[Alvíss]
All right. Without further ado let's kick off with the introductory segment

[Baba Taunt]
Let's do it!!

[Alvíss]
Can you tell us about Taunt Battleworld and the inspiration that got it started?

[Baba Taunt]
Taunt Battleworld is an NFT fighting game simulator set in an apocalyptic world where the old Gods have turned Earth into their own personal playground called Battleworld. Players will be able to buy an NFT that can be used to fight in tournaments and compete for in-game currency.
Our team is composed of veterans from the top game companies in the world like EA, Amazon, Unity, and Virtually Human. Taunt Battleworld’s story originally starts when both co-founders launched Amazon Esports pioneering the world of mobile gaming. The team produced mobile eSports tournaments that were aired on CBS Sports and ESPN 2 before getting introduced to cryptocurrency in 2017. Throughout the years of exploring different protocols and blockchains, both founders were really keen on defi going into 2020 before really settling on play to earn and the NFT space. The light bulb moment was when the team stumbled upon Zed-Run. An NFT that had utility beyond art where collectors can compete for prizes.

[Baba Taunt]
TAUNT BATTLEWORLD Socials:
https://linktr.ee/playtaunt

Oh, and please be sure to hope in our socials! Wanted to note that before we continued further. DONE

[Alvíss]
That's a very interesting background and staff you have here. 😊

Moving on, what innovative solution is Taunt Battleworld bringing to topple its competitors with similar offerings in the GameFi sector?

[Baba Taunt]
Taunt Battleworld utilizes a new way to play called “engage-to-earn”. By combining watch-to-earn and predict-to-earn mechanics via patented interactive technology, players will be rewarded in real-time through each step of gameplay.

PLAY-TO-EARN (Monetization)
Players fight using their NFTs; the most skilled players have a higher chance of winning

WATCH-TO-EARN (User Acquisition)
Viewers earn tokens for watching fight streams and being a part of the community

PREDICT-TO-EARN ( Retention)
Spectators can predict the outcome of a brawl to win tokens for free.

Play-to-Earn space is the barrier to entry. Any quality NFT costs hundreds of dollars to mint initially. With our “Engage to Earn'' model just by watching our fights players can earn something of value immediately. This allows them to get into the ecosystem and community faster and ultimately an opportunity to purchase one of our NFTs faster.

Not only did we create this term we also have the technology patented!

[Alvíss]
Awesome! Incredibly innovative. 👏🏾

What is the gameplay of Taunt Battleworld?

[Baba Taunt]
Taunt Battleworld is an NFT fighting game simulator set in an apocalyptic world where the old Gods have turned Earth into their own personal playground called Battleworld. Thousands of the best fighters in the universe have been placed on earth to battle humans in a never-ending war of supremacy. Taunt Battleworld utilizes a new way to play called “engage-to-earn”. By combining watch-to-earn and predict-to-earn mechanics via patented interactive technology, players will be rewarded in real-time through each step of gameplay.

As mentioned, gameplay would involve entering your fighter in brawls or tournaments where you can compete for in-game currency. Select boosts, weapons, skins, and other wearables for your fighter based on the rules of engagement of the brawl/tournament. We will also have breeding features called quickening down the line!

[Alvíss]
Great 😃

A moment for the community to read through

Haha. Figured

Moving to the next question now.

Can you tell us about your native token and its utilities?

[Baba Taunt]
The cool thing about our project is we are really emphasizing multiple revenue streams and utility for our in-game currency. We look at our entire ecosystem as a flywheel. In our world, utility focuses on activating in-game items and competition. For example, NFT warriors, skins, weapons, boost bundles that include the ability to get into tournaments.
In addition, our focus on live entertainment and experiences for viewers gives us the ability to give more utility through our engagement to earn a strategy. Just by viewing our matches (rumbles) and doing live prediction contests for free, users will be able to earn our in-game currency. It will attract thousands of users into our ecosystem. Then our strategy is to help incentivize those users to be long-term advocates and customers of Taunt by offering a robust loyalty strategy to support the ecosystem long term. For example holding NFTs, in-game currency, skins, etc… all get you the ability for exclusive items and experiences you cannot purchase.
We also have a significant plan through unique revenue streams to invest back into our ecosystem directly. Through real-world monetization and partnerships with companies like Esports Technologies, we have the opportunity to get more eyeballs on the product and create 2nd screen experiences that will provide monetization opportunities outside the blockchain. Think things like Free to play versions of the game, Fantasy Sports, legalized wagering. We can then use this additional revenue to drive our loyalty initiatives, burning, and buyback strategy.

[Alvíss]
A minute to read through once again.

Looks like the community is done with that.

Now for the final question of this segment.

Please give us a summary of your 2021 highlights and what major news should we look forward to from Taunt Battleworld in 2022?

[Baba Taunt]
We have a few partnerships we are extremely proud of that were started in 2021!

As highlighted our team is composed of several veterans from the largest game companies in the world including Unity, EA, Virtually Human, and Amazon. Because of this, we were able to secure top-tier funding and partnerships from VCs like GenBlock Capital, Shima Capital, AU21, and Polygon Studios.

First would be our data licensing partnership with publicly-traded company Esports Technologies (traded on the NASDAQ $EBET). Taunt Battleword will combine live in-game data and events with the power of Esports Technologies' unique predictive gaming platform to create new gaming products and 2nd screen experiences for players around the world.

In addition, we have signed Floyd Mayweather and Cris Cyborg to be playable NFT characters in the game. Floyd and Cris are just the first of many real-world fighters from boxing, MMA, and professional wrestling who will appear in the game.

Our first NFT drop is the first week of March which will be our Genesis Skull Pass. The Genesis Skull Pass will give you rights to a Taunt Battleworld Genesis Acolyte Warrior and many other perks. Only 2,500 Genesis Skull Passes will ever exist and they will generate the most long-term value of any Skull Pass ever created. Shortly thereafter in March, we have our in-game currency launching and our V1 Beta of our game releases.

As you can see our team is hitting the ground running and this project has been in deep development for months.

Please take a look at the roadmap below and be sure to stay in tune with our socials (Twitter, Discord, and Telegram) for more information.

[Alvíss]
Floyd Mayweather? 😃🤩

[Baba Taunt]
The GOAT!

[Alvíss]
Wow. This is lovely.

[Baba Taunt]
as well as Cris Cyborg and a few other combat fighters in the pipeline.

[Alvíss]
Thank you for a beautiful and detailed introduction to Taunt Battlegrounds.

Below are some links to get to know more about Taunt Battlegrounds.

TAUNT BATTLEWORLD Socials:
https://linktr.ee/playtaunt

Now let's move over to the Twitter segment. Shall we?

[Baba Taunt]
LET'S DO IT!!

[Alvíss]
Here's the first question for this new segment.

Segment 2 - Twitter Questions

[Alvíss]
As a blockchain gaming firm, what solutions have you come up with to problems that gaming firms not in the crypto space are currently facing?

Twitter Username: @AnthonyUdem

[Baba Taunt]
One of the most innovative solutions we have created is our Engage to Earn platform. We truly believe this is going to be a trojan horse for driving users into our Ecosystem.

Users right now can not afford to play to earn games and enter into any of these ecosystems. With this model, we are going to be able to provide an experience for whales as well as entry-level P2E players.

[Alvíss]
👏🏾

A lot of GameFi have been springing up lately in the blockchain, even some with similar concepts to taunt, what assurance can taunt give that the make-up and plot of the story is unique and exclusive?

Twitter Username: @idmann_ub

[Baba Taunt]
Our licensed IP fighters like Floyd Mayweather and Cris Cyborg allow us to reach millions of people in the world. We plan to offer a steady cadence of these fighters in our NFT drops. In addition, our engagement to earn model allows anyone to start participating in our game without any monetary investment. This is the only play-to-earn game in the world that will allow you to do that.

[Alvíss]
👏🏾

Taunt is definitely one to watch out for, but how can other users handle the anonymity of fellow users on the platform, to prevent scams and fraud?

Twitter Username: @escobar_defi

[Baba Taunt]
Our beta version which is already nearing its launch will be prioritizing security, scalability, and accessibility for all. That will be incentivized thoroughly throughout the entire beta version and we are dedicating plenty of resources to it.

We will be using web3 authentication but we are also exploring web2 authentication for users looking to be connected with the user base.

[Alvíss]
👏🏾

How are game token rewards converted into cash? Does taunt in-game token have multiple use cases?

Twitter Username: @trixiesfirst

[Baba Taunt]
Yes, we will have numerous liquidity pool options and our goal is to be completely cross-chain in the coming year. As mentioned there will be numerous use cases for our in-game currency that will not be limited to playing and earning, watching and earning, predicting and earning, boosts, in-game weapons, arenas, skins, wearables, and so much more.

Currently, our in-game currency will be launching on BEP-20 with a bridge to the eth side immediately near launch.

[Alvíss]
A convincing response. ✨

Taking the last question now.

What is Taunt Battleworld's plan in securing a reliable platform that will be bigger and better than its competitors right now?

Twitter Username: @jones4sure

[Baba Taunt]
Our team has been really utilizing our partnerships such as polygon studios to ensure we are building an ecosystem that can scale in proportion to our targets in daily active users. Our team has been hand-picked to handle this growth including bringing experts such as our head of product from Unity (the biggest game engine creator in the world) and our head of data coming from virtual human studios (maker of zed run).
Security and optimization as mentioned above will be our main goal as we are living in the beta. We have dedicated plenty of resources to ensure a smooth launch of our v2 version.
We will be layering on our full game features over time. As time goes on we will continue to move deeper and deeper into the blockchain for transparency which is what we see in V2. All wearables, rewards, consumable items, weapons, boosts, etc. Our authentication system is powered by fire blocks which is the number one custody platform in the world. We have a few different third-party audits scheduled which will be updated on our socials!

[Alvíss]
A few seconds to digest.

That brings us to the end of the segment

Thank you for answering the community questions in detail and with dedication.

[Alvíss]
That's great too

Now it's time for the live segment

As a measure to deter bots and reward hunters, could you please pick one emoji that will be included in the questions so you can tell original questions apart?

[Baba Taunt]
⚔️🗡⚔️

[Alvíss]
All right community. Please use ⚔️🗡⚔️ in your questions.

Opening the group...

---Chat was then opened for the live community to send in their questions---

[Alvíss]
All right.

Please, you can select five questions that include ⚔️🗡⚔️

Segment 3 - Live Questions

[Queen]
⚔️🗡⚔️
When is the official launch for Taunt?

[Baba Taunt]
Our production show will be on 2/23 that will be revealing characters, story, and the lore of the Taunt Battleworld all directly live on camera in a studio in Aria Las Vegas!

Our first NFT launch will be early in March with our in-game currency and beta launching as well in March. A lot is happening in the next month.

Please be sure to follow us on socials and in particular in discord for more information/giveaways.

[Odion]
Concerning your Genesis Skull Pass (first NFT drop) will there be a
whitelisting process for that or will it be first come first serve?

⚔️🗡⚔️

[Baba Taunt]
Our team is providing numerous WL opportunities throughout our societies, in particular our discord. WL spots will get harder to come across as we get closer to launch so please be sure to stay active in our discord ASAP.

[Orina Emine]
What are you focused on currently, marketing? ⚔️🗡⚔️

[Baba Taunt]
Our team has been focusing directly on development and scaling our team. Our core team is over 20 already and as mentioned we are a lot farther than projects that have already been launched for months.

The marketing gear will really turn after the production show on 2/23.

[Alaska]
⚔️🗡⚔️

Could you give us some information about the Genesis Skull Pass for Taunt Battleworld? What are the benefits of being able to get one of these? What do these passes consist of and how can we buy them? What is the price they will have?

[Baba Taunt]
I love this question.

We have a full medium article on the Genesis Skull Pass.

https://medium.com/@tauntbattleworld/skull-pass-details-part-1-%EF%B8%8F-f15f540714b2

Benefits include

Entry into $100,000 exclusive Genesis Skull Pass Holders-only tournaments throughout 2022.
Early access to next NFT drops
Skull Pass holders will have varying opportunities for first access to every Taunt Battleworld NFT drop moving forward.
This includes drops with licensed IPs like Floyd Mayweather and more.
Exclusive Alpha given to Genesis Skull Pass holders first through our “Valhalla” (skull pass holders, only) channel on discord
Ability to test gameplay features first
Genesis Skull pass holders will get multipliers on our engage-to-earn functionality upon release. Stay tuned…
One fully minted 1st generation Acolyte Warrior
A stealth snapshot of all Genesis Skull Pass holders will be taken at an unannounced date to airdrop in-game currency and other valuable in-game items to holders

The Genesis Skull Pass will be the founder pass of Taunt Battleworld.

[Jesmin]
Can you list 1-3 killer features of this project that make it ahead of its competitors? What is the competitive advantage your project has that you feel most confident about?

[Baba Taunt]
ENGAGE TO EARN
Esports Technology Partnership
our IP integration

[Alvíss]
Have some time to answer one more?

[Baba Taunt]
let's do it!

[Alvíss]
Alright. Pick an intriguing one.

[Kubah]
According to the project's roadmap - what are your most important next priorities?

[Baba Taunt]
We are really excited about introducing the Genesis Skull Pass to our founding community. They will have so much influence in the future of the game and we will be rewarding them!

[Baba Taunt]
Thanks so much for having me!

We are having a developer show on 2/23 that will be high-end ESPN-like quality.

Please tune in to our discord for more information on WL opportunities and giveaway info!

[Alvíss]
Hear that guys? On the 23rd of February.

Please share links again for the community.

[Baba Taunt]
TAUNT BATTLEWORLD Socials:
https://linktr.ee/playtaunt

Some exclusive sneak peeks!

[Alvíss]
With this, we've come to the end of today's AMA.

Thank you for taking out time to tell us about Taunt Battleworld and answering our community's pressing questions

Also, thank you community for your questions.

[Alvíss]
The AMA with Taunt Battleworld is now over!

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