Building a Decentralized Social Layer: Animoca Brands and CyberConnect Partner for Mocaverse

Forj
3 min readAug 24, 2023

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In the rapidly evolving world of Web3, where digital landscapes transform into decentralized realms, an inspiring partnership has emerged, poised to redefine how individuals connect, share, and explore the metaverse. This is the tale of how CyberConnect and Animoca Brands, two groundbreaking entities, united their strengths to craft a decentralized social layer for Mocaverse, a unique NFT collection within the Animoca Brands ecosystem.

On August 2023, a resounding announcement echoed through the Web3 landscape. CyberConnect, the pioneering social network at the forefront of the decentralized movement, Animoca Brands, a trailblazer in digital property rights for gaming and the open metaverse. Together, they embarked on an extraordinary journey, envisioning a new chapter in NFTs and beyond.

At the core of this partnership was the revolutionary CyberAccount, CyberConnect’s latest creation. With its V3 upgrade, CyberAccount introduced an ERC-4337-powered smart account, scalable and battle-tested, that brought a touch of simplicity to the intricate world of crypto wallets. This breakthrough transformed the user experience into a familiar, Web2-like interaction. Animoca Brands recognized the potential in CyberAccount, using it as the cornerstone to construct a bridge between the metaverse and reality.

Beyond the Usual: A Social Graph Redefined

With CyberAccount, a new realm of possibilities opened up. Users across the Animoca Brands network gained the power to create personalized social graphs — a network of connections that effortlessly expanded across games, products, and services. Developers were handed a blank canvas to paint their masterpieces of interconnected user experiences, free from the constraints of traditional systems.

But this venture went beyond mere technology. Animoca Brands, our parent company, and CyberConnect had a grand vision — to lay the groundwork for a new industry model. This model had the potential to revolutionize the way consumer products were built, introducing a seamless transition between applications without the need to recreate social networks from scratch. The ambition was to unlock an era of innovation, an ecosystem where ideas flowed freely and users seamlessly traversed their favorite applications.

Animoca Brands’ innovation didn’t stop at abstracted accounts. They introduced a groundbreaking concept — a ‘super account’ built upon the foundation of CyberAccount. Unlike existing solutions like MetaMask, which tapped into the crypto-native user base, this ‘super account’ aimed to redefine onboarding. By integrating a social graph directly into users’ CyberAccounts, developers could craft personalized, context-aware experiences. This leap in user-friendliness was poised to reshape the Web3 landscape.

At the heart of this story lay Mocaverse — an audacious project by Animoca Brands, designed to unite their portfolio projects, subsidiaries, joint ventures, and partners through a collection of NFTs. Mocaverse boasted 8,888 Mocas, NFT profile pictures serving as a symbolic membership pass for Animoca Brands’ stakeholders. Here, in the heart of Mocaverse, the Web3 community found a space to connect, learn, exchange ideas, and shape the future.

In the coming months, Animoca Brands planned to introduce CyberAccount support across Mocaverse. This heralded a new era where users could effortlessly carry their network of friends, fans, followers, and connections across various applications. The metaverse was no longer a solitary journey — it was a vibrant ecosystem where relationships flourished.

CyberConnect’s journey had its beginnings in Silicon Valley, where a team of serial entrepreneurs breathed life into an idea that would reshape social networking in the Web3 era. Communities thrived, marketplaces blossomed, and content found its rightful place on this digital canvas. As of August 2023, CyberConnect boasted a staggering 1.2 million user profiles and had facilitated over 16.3 million transactions through 400,000 monthly active wallets. With its first native social app, Link3, welcoming 940,000 monthly active users, CyberConnect had solidified its place in the digital landscape.

The partnership between CyberConnect and Animoca Brands stands as a testament to the boundless potential of Web3. It symbolizes empowerment, innovation, and connection — core principles that are shaping the evolution of the metaverse. With CyberAccount as the conduit, a new horizon beckons — one where NFTs transcend their artistic value and become gateways to interconnected experiences that blur the lines between reality and the metaverse. The story of Mocaverse is not an ending; it’s a prologue to the collective future we’re forging together.

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