The play-to-earn model has quickly taken a once forward-thinking concept of rewarding gamers into a real opportunity. Now, platforms across the globe can earn online tokens that can be traded for money. However, these games can do more than provide income to participants.
Alongside the growing communities built around these games, many have recognized their power stems much further and, when channeled in the right way, can help support social initiatives. This may include the promotion of a charity wallet to facilitate anonymous donations or to share a portion of rewards earned in gameplay with a nonprofit. Still, others seek new models of giving back, including the release of in-game NFTs or special edition releases for participants.
Polker.game, a blockchain-based, play-to-earn poker game, has come a long way in building a community for users to buy, sell, trade and earn NFTs through the game of poker. While bridging these two worlds, the community has had success in the release of their beta version with NFT integration and upcoming launch on a centralized exchange (CEX) MEXC Exchange, with more CEX announcements being released soon. These accomplishments are said to lead to their Binance Smart Chain (BSC) Staking functionality that went live on Dec. 25, followed by their metaverse and associated virtual reality (VR).
Recognizing the power of their growing community, the Polker team has since partnered with the OI Pejeta conservatory, the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. As their own projects begin ramping up, the team has realized that their position in the market can help others – a mission they invite all gamers to join.
Giving the gift that keeps on giving
The team has selected the OI Pejeta Conservancy as the first charity to be working alongside, in part due to it being the home to the last two remaining northern white rhinos in the entire world, among other endangered animals. Typically, donations would occur from visitors’ funds.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the usual funds that could be raised through eco-friendly tourism have been greatly limited. If this wasn’t devastating enough, the area the conservancy is located in has also faced a drought, which has dramatically impacted local animals and people.
Understanding the importance of this, Polker is taking their achievements as an opportunity to give back and encouraging donations through their online community.
The team is making this process simple by creating a charity wallet that enables any contribution on Ethereum (ETH), Binance Smart Chain and Polygon (MATIC) to be sent. It will be later exchanged to the equivalent USD value before being transferred to Ol Pejeta Conservancy. These donations are set to be sent out on Jan. 1.
Although charitable donations done in cryptocurrency gives users the opportunity to remain anonymous, Polker is providing users with the option to submit their personal details as a way to give back to those giving back. By using the form on the website, users can win some of the final Polker GEN-0 NFTs. In combination with this initiative, the top donor who completes the form (with the option to still remain anonymous) will receive a custom charity special NFT for the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
A solution for worldwide disparity
In light of the upcoming holidays, a member from the team shares,
“Polker wants to celebrate this year’s success by offering support to the less fortunate in the world, and we encourage everyone to join our efforts! Play-to-Earn is already helping worldwide disparity – let’s see what we can do this Christmas!”
Their work with the conservancy is said to be just the first of a regular series of events to come. Since charity is such an essential component to the business and their staff, they are working hard to make the first one a success, setting a precedent for Polker to continue giving back to the less fortunate long into the future.
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