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Be Whoever You Want in Life Beyond

Life Beyond is a Metaverse that takes place in a game world.

Life Beyond is a sci-fi metaverse powered by Unreal Engine, NFTs, and ERC-20 tokens, where players will have the freedom to build, and own together a new virtual society on Dolos, a mysterious alien planet.

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Over the last few weeks, Life Beyond, a metaverse game developed by Darewise, has gained much traction. The game saw unique wallets shooting up over 134% within 30 days. Currently, there are nearly 20,000 monthly unique wallets participating in Life Beyond. Powered by Polygon, this game boasts breathtaking visuals and heart-pounding gameplay.

Hello DappRadar! I’m Ben, and I’m the CEO and co-founder of Darewise. I’m 38, French, and a father of 2 great kids. I’ve worked in the games industry for over ten years, mainly on AAA Games but with a strong focus on multiplayer and social experience. I’ve had the chance to work on amazing projects such as Ghost Recon Online, TheDivision, and Assassin’s Creed Blackflag (where I was Game Director).

Being an MMO-native, I became obsessed with the Metaverse quite early. It all started in 2014 when I read Reamde from Neil Stephenson, the famous creator of the “metaverse” word in Snow Crash. This led me to start Darewise with my buddy Samuel Kahn (Lead Engineer on TheDivision).

Since late 2017, we’ve had the insane ambition to build the first metaverse that would take place in a game world. A world where you could be anyone. But all of the interactions are gameplay, whether you play as a hero or a farmer.

And to answer your question, working with the team and seeing the community grow day after day is what gets me out of bed. It’s been a long ride, but I’ve loved every minute of it.

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When I look back and see how far we’ve come, the incredible people who have joined this endeavor (including a bunch of former colleagues), the acquisition by Animoca Brands this year, and all these great milestones that bring more and more people to lay their stone to the universe we started imagining a little over four years ago; I can’t help but ask for more.

I really believe that what we are building is revolutionary: an alternate reality that will expand our own existence, providing us with opportunities to live another life, more fun but with real stakes.

What has been your first interaction with a blockchain?

I started buying a bit of Bitcoin in 2017 just to get a flavor of the experience but became quite obsessed when I discovered smart contracts and composability.

Then I bought a few NFTs to join the communities I was attracted to. I own a Bored Ape, a Torque Squad, a Phantom Galaxies planet, Doodle wearables, and more.

Today, I am heavily active in crypto and attend numerous specialized events (as a listener or speaker). So I wouldn’t call myself an expert, but I am an NFT enthusiast for sure.

What are the dapps – besides your own – that you use most?

Mostly marketplaces, Rarible, OpenSea, Magic Eden, and games (if you haven’t, you should try Phantom Galaxies!)

Out of all your NFTs, what’s your favorite one? Why, and can you link it?

Franck, our Bored Ape, is probably my favorite.

He is now a Darewise family member and will soon have his place in our fiction, as well as a specific role and purpose in the game, but I can’t say more without triggering the wrath of our Head of Marketing (Hellooooo Diane).

What’s the dapp you’re working on? Can you describe it as if we don’t understand blockchain?

Life Beyond is a Metaverse that takes place in a game world.