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Decentraland is the latest to help fund Blender development

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Decentraland joins a long list of companies and individuals helping to fund Blender, the excellent free and open source 3D creation suite that just recently released the big 3.0 version. Becoming a Patron member for at least two years, Decentraland will be providing at least €120,000 to Blender per year along side NVIDIA, Epic Games, AWS, Facebook, Unity and AMD.

So what exactly is Decentraland? It's a "a decentralized virtual reality platform powered by the Ethereum blockchain. Within the Decentraland platform, users can create, experience, and monetize their content and applications". It pretty much sounds like a Second Life for crypto fans.

The fight for an open metaverse will define the 2020s and Blender is one of the most important open source projects in the 3D creator ecosystem. “A rising tide lifts all boats.”

Jin, founding Decentraland member

The idea behind funding Blender was originally made by a member of the Decentraland community, which quickly gained "unanimous" support across it, with the original creator of the idea connecting Decentraland's DAO Committee with the Blender Foundation to finalize the agreement.

See the official announcements from Blender and Decentraland.

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dpanter 7 Dec, 2021
At what point is money no longer simply money?
Being associated with crypto-whatever is apparently okay in the eyes of the Blender Foundation, so one has to wonder where the line gets drawn. I'm not judging either party but crypto is a divisive subject.
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Quoting: dpanterAt what point is money no longer simply money?
Being associated with crypto-whatever is apparently okay in the eyes of the Blender Foundation, so one has to wonder where the line gets drawn. I'm not judging either party but crypto is a divisive subject.
If Facebook's money is good enough...
Nezchan 7 Dec, 2021
I can see a lot more of this coming for projects like Blender, since the crypto bunch are desperate to make good on the current "Web3" fantasy they're pushing, and the reflected legitimacy of being attached to projects doing actual work.

This is only the start of a wave of similar funding, that's easy to see.
Purple Library Guy 7 Dec, 2021
Quoting: dpanterAt what point is money no longer simply money?
Being associated with crypto-whatever is apparently okay in the eyes of the Blender Foundation, so one has to wonder where the line gets drawn. I'm not judging either party but crypto is a divisive subject.
I don't really see the problem. I think crypto is mainly a vehicle for speculation and people who think it's the future of money are deluded. But that doesn't make it evil, certainly not as evil as lots of stuff that isn't controversial at all. What makes it worse than taking the money of any other rich person who made a bundle on speculation?
There's the massive power use . . . but I believe that depends on the specific bitcoin and how their thing works, and I believe Ethereum doesn't do that.
denyasis 8 Dec, 2021
I remember reading an article about this game some time ago. I think the "crypto" part is what backs the in game currency, which people spend real money on.

But yeah, the description I remember reminded me of the Sims and second life. It even mention people putting ridiculous sums of money into it (atleast by my life standards).

The whole metaverse game thing isn't my bag... But if you're into it, I'm glad you found something you like.
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