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Upland: Transforming Just1Dood to UplandDood

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It's been a long while since I wrote my last article. The Covid 19 pandemic has forced many to think of alternate ways to earn an income. The issue is not how big or small this income is but where and how to start. This will be the challenge moving forward and a trend is beginning to emerge. Rather, the writing is on the wall.

Trend? What trend? The push for an online presence.

We have seen that businesses with physical locations that rely on the mass volume of customers to survive are the hardest hit. This is especially true for businesses that rent the locations. Ownerships help but you're still at the mercy of your customer's mobility.

It's during this period that I was introduced to a platform. The word platform sounds more authoritative but in reality, it's a game. It's not just any game. It's a game called Upland. In a few months' time of playing and learning, I've experienced enough to take the plunge. A solid game, complete with loyal players and a selflessly helpful committed community. I'm sold! This led me to this article - I am being digitalized and a transformation from 'real-life' to 'Upland life' is happening. This is a platform that presents me with a business model that makes sense.

Please allow me to proceed with the question - What Is Upland?

Introduction

"Welcome to Upland: a parallel multiverse revolving around commerce, entertainment and personal connections. When entering Upland, you are transferred to an alternate reality where the geography and even the street addresses around you may be the same - but everything else is up to you.

Buy, sell, trade and collect properties, develop them, build structures, create real businesses that provide products or services. Eventually, only the sky's the limit (literally)."

The above two paragraphs from the official Upland site's Introduction page sums it all up. It is a game. It can be a business. It can be a game and a business. It is precisely this that had gotten me so invested in the game.

Those of us who grew up playing Monopoly would relate to this. Since Monopoly uses in-game paper money, many of us would have daydreamed about selling for example, the Liverpool St Station for real money. In the Upland property trading game, you can. In fact, you can do more than that. It's designed to be a self-sustainable economy driven by in-game market forces.

Upland is a game that offers its players:

  1. Real-life economy

  2. True ownership

  3. Free Trade

  4. Liquid-able assets

A Brief History of Upland

The Upland game and the company behind it, Uplandme, Inc are relatively young. However, in a short 2 years, it has garnered a loyal following of players and an active Upland community.

Uplandme, Inc was incorporated in July 2018 and the Upland game development on the back of the EOS Blockchain was started in September 2018. By June 2019, the game was tested in closed beta by a small group of players. The genesis city was San Francisco. Using the in-game currency called UPX, these players were able to purchase, sell, and trade these San Francisco properties. The game has been in open beta for the web, Android, and IOS platforms since January 2020. The most recent milestone was the launch of the 'Property-to-USD' closed beta program where 30 lucky players were selected to participate. (Side note: to date, some big sales included 3 properties that were sold for $500 each!)

A High-Level View of the game mechanics

Image source: Upland Game Whitepaper

On a high level, the game plays like the Monopoly board game, except that the board has been replaced by a real city map (at the time of writing, 3 cities are active - San Francisco, New York & Fresno). You don't need to roll two dice to make a move, the traditional Monopoly token replaced by an Upland Block Explorer. Like Monopoly, you can still get thrown into jail (Alcatraz) for violating terms of service (reads - cheating) and there are collections to complete in order to maximize your earnings from properties. Part of the fun and challenge is completing these collections, some of which are already sold-out and the only way to acquire them is Upland's secondary market (i.e. purchasing from or trading with another player). Currently, New York City has no collections as it was not announced yet. The fun is in guessing what these will be and accumulating properties that you think will end up being in collections.

Upland is a free-to-play-game. Players start as visitors to the Upland Metaverse with a requirement to renew their visa every 7 days. If their visa lapses, any accumulated properties, and all UPX will be recycled back to the game. Once visitors increased their net worth to 10,000 UPX (total properties plus UPX value), they advance to become Uplanders. As Uplanders, visa renewal is no longer required.

Image source: Upland Game Whitepaper

Game Objectives

When all is said and done, Upland like Monopoly is a game where you build net-worth. In Upland, you do that by accumulating properties and the in-game currency, UPX. In the future, you will be presented with the opportunity to build a business around what you own, create, and with who you collaborate with, much like the real world.

Possibilities - Current & Future

As can be seen, a current possibility is the 'Property-to-USD' capability, albeit it's only opened to 30 beta testers at the moment. Many players are anticipating this to be released game-wide sometime in 2021.

Even though there are other property trading games out there, blockchain-based or otherwise, Upland is the ONLY one that I know of that's based on real-world addresses. Humans are emotional creatures. We gravitate towards the familiar. This familiarity is a big boost in promoting the game. This is a reason why I'm so bullish on this game. There will be a sentimental attachment to the properties that we buy and build. Imagine for a second that the property where you currently live is available in the Upland Metaverse. What if you own it and build a different building on that plot of land? What if you start a delivery business delivering to real addresses in that neighborhood?

Some of the possibilities mentioned in the Upland Whitepaper for players in the future are:

Banking/Finance: “Banker” qualifies as a financial institution in Upland, opens a bank on her property, and offers services such as loaning UPX to other Uplanders
Artists: “Designer” creates custom, limited-edition block explorers (as NFT’s) such as unique looking fantasy cars and sells these to other Uplanders on his “car dealership” property

The business potentials are endless as the game leverages on technologies in future upgrades (think Virtual & Augmented Reality).

The Covid 19 pandemic has pushed many businesses online. Data from Adobe Analytics showed that online spending increased by nearly 22% to a record $9 billion during this year's Black Friday weekend shopping frenzy. I leave it to your creativity on how you can capitalize on this trend in this platform in the near future.

Do understand that despite the potential, it is still a game. Do your own research as this is not financial advice.

If Upland sounds like a game you'd like to try out, do use this referral link. You'll get rewarded with 4500 UPX (this amount changes as different promotions come into play) to start with and 50% additional UPX on your first top-up. Without a referral link, you start without the mentioned benefits. Trust me, these additional rewards go a long way.

If you do sign-up, let me know. I'll assist with your on-boarding. You can reach me here.

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It sounds like a fun and interesting game, but I am a little confused about how one makes money. I am assuming the UPX can be converted to other coins at some point?

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2 months ago

Apologies for the late reply. Have finally worked my way to this point in clearing my notifications.

If you are familiar with the Monopoly board game, it is similar in concept. You make money by owning properties. And if you own designated collections, the earning is multiplied.

After a certain period of playing for new players (I think it's 6 months), then he or she can list and sell their properties in USD which can then be withdrawn. UPX will remain an in-game 'currency' and not a cryptocurrency in order to not run afoul of any country's regulatory body.

One can start for free but in order to progress faster, putting in money is an option. If you are interested to start for free, do consider using my referral. I believe you by using this link that if you do decide to purchase the in-game UPX, both you and I will get an additional 50% more. This is my link --->https://discover.upland.me/UplandDood. If you do, let me know and ask me any questions here or at this noise.cash channel --->https://noise.cash/c/upland-game-x935tq367

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2 months ago

Ayt, checking it now :D

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4 months ago

Wonderful! Do some research on your own. Just my journey. Not financial advice. :-)

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4 months ago

sure, dood. thanks alot!

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4 months ago

Do feel free to ask away if you have any questions. If you need to DM, do so in TG. You'll be able to find me in the noiser****rism channel.

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4 months ago

will definitely do that :)

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4 months ago

Nice article. I liked seeing the history of the company behind the game. (And thanks for the helpful comments on noise.cash. I'm still not quite Uplander, but i have close to 20 visits now!)

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4 months ago

Hi! Thanks for visiting and wow! You're getting visits. Well done.

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4 months ago

just reminded me to accept your offer LOL.. great article my friend!

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5 months ago

Lol. Took me a while to figure out what you are talking about! Lol.

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5 months ago

hahahaha there's still a pending offer in updland that i just accepted after reading this. LOL

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5 months ago

it's good to hear from you...been too long!

great article my friend! upland is an interesting platform, and i see it has the potential to grow a lot!

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1 year ago

Yes. Glad to be back. Upland has big potential. It's still in open beta and earlier players will have first movers advantage. It is the top EOS block chain based game. Quite a feat for a relatively new game. If you decide to check it out, do use my referral link as you'll be rewarded. Currently, I'm building a site - https://uplandhub.com to serve the growing player base.

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1 year ago

Hi friend. Yes,glad to be back. I believe Upland will take off. It's still on open beta and already it's the top ranked EOS based game. If you ever decide to check it out, do consider using my referral link and let me know too. I'll walk you through it. Currently, I'm building a site - https://uplandhub.com to serve the growing players.

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