After almost three hard years of solid work from many determined individuals building the next-generation layer 1 blockchain, the Pylons team is pleased to announce the arrival of Mainnet-1!
Our vision is to bring online ownership to regular people, on their phones, with their regular money. From art to event tickets to games, Pylons will make digital ownership make sense. That's why we built the next generation layer 1 blockchain for all: Pylons chain is the first chain with the economics to be the future of online ownership and we’re happy you’re here with us on the journey.
The chain is up and making blocks, and you can log in with your wallet and see all your items, publish art, and buy art.
On top of launching Mainnet, Pylons has officially joined the Blockchain Game Alliance, a community of individuals, developers, and platforms working to bring blockchain gaming to the billions of users that already play games on their phones. The Pylons chain was built from the ground up to natively support blockchain gaming and with the launch of mainnet, we’re bringing developers and gamers into our community to show off what Pylons can really do. If you have a game or an idea for a game you want to bring into Web3? reach out to us on Discord or Twitter and we’d be happy to talk more!
Last, if you haven’t seen already, we just launched our 2022 crowdfunding round on Republic. For the first time, our community of users, partners, and friends will have the opportunity to participate in our equity raise on one of the world's leading crowdfunding platforms. It's been complicated to raise equity in a way that is properly open to retail investors. We believe in the long run that playing by the rules is how we will win. You can read more about Pylons and become an investor over on our Republic page.
We can’t thank everyone enough for supporting us along the way and we can’t wait to show you what else we have in store!
Hello, and a very gm to you all!
I am extremely stoked to tell you all that we just launched our 2022 crowdfunding round on Republic. For the first time, our community of users, partners, and friends will have the opportunity to participate in our equity raise on one of the world's leading crowdfunding platforms.
Our investment page is LIVE! We think this is the first time a layer 1 project is raising equity in a way that is open to retail US investors. We believe in the long run that playing by the rules is how we will win.
Pylons combines the power of art and technology to make digital items accessible to anyone with a mobile phone. We’ve built the next generation layer 1 blockchain that makes mobile games, mobile music, and mobile art accessible in a permissionless way on people’s phones.
We are very excited about this, and what we will be able to build with our partners as we grow the community and release more SDKs.
We can’t thank everyone enough for supporting us and sharing the Pylons vision along the way and we can’t wait to show you what else we have in store!
Please share the link as much as possible, we want as broad an investor community as we can get!
Early Friday morning of last week, a critical exploit was discovered in the Cosmos SDK that affected the entire ecosystem. Out of an abundance of caution, and in concert with the vast majority of other Cosmos chains, Pylons put a halt on our chain and took the chain itself and apps offline so we could review internally. Afterward, we had found that there was no security issue on our networks and are working to resume activity with our validators - we expect to be fully back online by tomorrow (10/18).
Pylons is fundamentally different than every other blockchain and is built to be resistant to exactly these types of attacks. Specifically, the Pylons chain does not have a native cryptocurrency and there's nothing on chain vulnerable to theft or hacking. As such, everyone's content is entirely secure.
The downtime caused by the Dragonberry exploit gave us the perfect opportunity to perform major upgrades to the chain that were already planned for this week and we are now one step closer to mainnet as a result!
In all, this also allowed us to test our response to situations like this in the future and proved that we are well prepared to handle these issues without exposing our users to any risk of being hacked.
We appreciate your patience during this time and can't wait to show you the new features we have in store as well as talk more on our upcoming crowdfund in next weeks update.
Be sure to join our Discord to be a part of everything we're building!
Pylons was in Singapore all of last week for the prestigious Token2049 conference. We showed off our tech to developers, investors, and users, and the response was incredibly positive.
We met with artist groups, like Whale, eager to build on our gas-free platform and they were excited to get paid in fiat plus have access to the iOS and Android mobile ecosystems where their target audiences spend all their time and money.
And we met with the Blockchain Game Alliance, a community of individuals, developers, and platforms working to bring blockchain gaming to the billions of users that already play games on their phones. The Pylons chain was built from the ground up to natively support blockchain gaming and as we move to mainnet, we’ll be bringing developers and gamers into our community to show off what Pylons can do.
Pylons is the next generation Layer 1 blockchain. It uses a commission fee structure with no gas, supports direct fiat payments, and is mobile-forward supporting in-app payments and brings blockchain technology to where the users are—their phones.
We can’t wait to show off everything we have built as we grow our community, onboard artists, developers, and users, and bring web3 to the next level!
Be sure to join our Discord to be a part of everything we're building!
Good evening! Today we want to give you a little update on why we aren't planning to reset the chain again, how our mainnet and incentives thinking has evolved, and the ways you can get involve with Pylons as we start to open up to the mainstream.
In the last few weeks we've seen a lot of progress as we transitioned our systems into more of a permanent form, with real money transactions starting to flow as we enabled buying art using native in-app purchasing. We realized relatively quickly that although we had planned to reset the chain after an incentivized phase, people were attached to what they had collected, and in many cases paid fiat money for, and it would be better to maintain continuity.
Instead, we will be handling issues between now and our official mainnet point with upgrade handlers, the first of which will be cleaning up the revenue distribution and payment tokens to reflect how we want them to look in reality (test tokens will be deleted, and only tokens purchased with real money will remain). This means that items purchased since our last chain reset will persist through mainnet.
It also means that our incentive programs don't need to end when we reach mainnet. We've had a few incentivized drops, and there will be more, but in the next few weeks we will open up a bug bounty, as well as an art challenge for creators. We will also have developer challenges when our SDK is polished enough to make our CEO smile. [I am very frowny about code I don't like]
If you want to get ready for the bug bounty, or just check in on our progress towards our next chain upgrade, you can look at our mainnet milestone breakdown here. If you want to participate in the art creation challenge, start minting on Easel on Android or iOS and sharing art with your community. We are also excited to be able to share more about our crowdfunding very soon!
In the meantime, have a great week, everyone.
Pylonians, Greetings & Salutations!
I am Jordan Keeling, marketing guru here at Pylons. If you’ve been following us recently, you’ve most likely seen our Community Feedback Survey that went out not too long ago. The replies we received were amazing and we would like to once again say thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts with us.
Our team has been hard at work behind the scenes not only preparing all systems for launch but also adding some of our most requested features, such as: GIF Support (which you can see below), Transaction History, Sale Notifications, Purchase Flow Optimizations, Additional Languages - the list goes on! Seriously, there’s a lot in our newest version rolling out to the app stores. It’s truly a major moment for us and gets us another step closer to mainnet, which is shaping up to be something epic! We (most likely) have one more weekly update left before kickoff!
It’s been truly phenomenal to watch the growth of Pylons through these updates and this is just the beginning! Remember, we’re actively seeking your feedback and suggestions to make Pylons the best it can be! We have some more treats up our sleeves for the future, so join us on Discord (discord.gg/pylons) or follow us on Twitter (@pylonstech) to be a part of what we’re building.
Until next time, over and out!
Mainnet is almost here.
A restful day to all workers, American and otherwise! We'll be back next week with some news about mobile blockchain gaming.
We are so stoked to release a new incentivized drop, our first using In-App Purchasing, with the amazingly talented artist, Andy Needham. Andy is a digital artist, educator and freelance senior motion designer based in London and puts his heart and soul into the art he creates. His latest piece is now live on Pylons! We’re proud to have worked with Andy to bring you this piece. By participating in this drop, you will earn incentive points toward mainnet and will get to own one really stellar piece of art - there's only 750 of them!
Lux Floralis is priced in Pylons Points, which are acquired in the Pylons App using In-App Purchasing. They are not themselves a cryptocurrency, they are a token you can spend on art and games on the Pylons network. Once you spend them, though, the item you purchased is secured by the key in your app and not subject to anyone's control. This is how it works:
As always, please keep reporting bugs and issues to the support channel on Discord or to the GitHub Issues page as you use the applications and build with the SDK; that's also one critical way to participate in the incentivized testnet.
This is a first in the world of blockchain art. A mobile app that can buy a digital item using in-app purchasing and self-custody that item with a key held on your phone has never been done before. We will have a few more firsts coming your way in the next few months.
Oh yeah, by the way: Mainnet soon.
Hello, hello! It's been a pretty heads-down week at Pylons fixing bugs and finalizing mainnet launch plans. We also have an internal release of our first game bulid with our games SDK. It's currently console-only, but look for a mobile app soon. We are very excited to deliver that. We can't wait to see what people will build with the games SDK. Gacha games and crafting games are the most obvious applications, but there will be some super creative uses we haven't thought of. The SDK and demo app are open source and you can find them on our GitHub if you want a look at the early work or want to help!
We will also have something pretty cool coming out this week on the content front, so stay tuned for that, could be an announcement as soon as tomorrow. Follow us on Twitter and join our Discord, and get ready to build!
Rejoice, clan Pylons! Free mobile art publishing is live. Last week Easel was approved on the iOS App Store, it's now available on both Android and iOS mobile devices. You can use it to upload images, videos, 3D models, and more from your device to IPFS, get a permalink to them, and with the Pylons app you can put your content up for sale.
With this release, we have a product that's unique in blockchain. You can sell on-chain art from your mobile phone, for no upfront cost, without ever needing to buy or accept cryptocurrency if you don't want to.
Because Pylons chain is still a testnet, this is not a way for artists to generate revenue - yet. There are two currencies users can buy with: Stripe USD, which is in test mode and requires users to use card "4242 4242 4242 4242" and Pylons Points, which can be purchased through In-App Purchasing. Because we are still a testnet, we don't have a redemption policy for creators yet. We will have one, though. Pylons Points acquired by creators will be redeemable for USD through a process to be unveiled after mainnet.
Give it a shot, and get warmed up. Mainnet soon.