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Inaugural COPA Festival Winners Make History

Crowning of COEXIST as the guild champion caps a celebratory full day of events.

Across the galaxy and across the ages, June 16, 2022 will go down as a historic day, a moment when the three great factions of Oni, Ustur and Mud set tensions aside and came together to participate in the first ever Council of Peace Assembly (COPA).

It was a thrilling, entertaining, and at times raucous, virtual festival that included everything from guild presentations and Star Atlas product announcements to GIF storms set off by DJ sets and special guest appearances, including Twitch co-founder Justin Kan and King Perez from festival sponsor iBUYPOWER.

As a testament to the high level of entertainment value of the event, the number of assembly attendees remained relatively constant at 450 to 550 people throughout the entire seven hour festival, with additional numbers watching via guild channel livestreams on Twitch and Youtube.

Pitch Competition

The first ever COPA Guild Pitch Competition saw 15 finalist guilds presenting a wide variety of compelling presentations, making the final decision for the judges difficult. In the end, they awarded first prize to the COEXIST guild. Founded in May of 2021, the only guild in the competition based in the ancient Earth territory of Turkey won the prize of $5k USDC worth of spaceships.

Second prize and $2.5k USDC worth of spaceships was awarded to Dark Matter guild. Third place and $1k USDC worth of spaceships went to The Club.

A field that started with 39 entries had previously been whittled down to 15 finalists. Each of the guilds had ten minutes to present a vision for their future within the Star Atlas ecosystem and five minutes to answer questions from a very special panel of judges.

Revered representatives of the Ustur, Oni and Mud factions teleported across time and space to attend as judges at the event.

The judges graded the guild presentations on three criteria:

Ecosystem Integration: Lore, community, inclusiveness, Guild culture, and Guild values

Product Development: Strategic outlook, business model, competitive advantages, gaming expansion, product build, community initiatives, etc.

Growth: Guild’s plan to expand in users, resources, and assets

Congratulations to all of the winners and to all guilds who participated.

iBUYPOWER Gaming PC Winner

The audience award from festival sponsor iBUYPOWER — a top of the line, commemorative, Star Atlas-themed gaming PC tricked out with, among other things, a Nvidia RTX 3090 graphics card — went to Khelmeth | Kerenia#8522.

In addition, King Perez of iBUYPOWER, a Star Atlas fleet owner himself, announced on the Main Stage a surprise additional giveaway of five eclipse HG10 wireless headsets with Bluetooth and a 30 hour battery life, the ultimate gift for the ears of any serious gamer.

Headset winners were:

Exfil #1345sadeWun#5368Quimera CiprianChis#1822Wox#4695[COEX] dHaKaN06#2628

The Star Atlas community thanks iBUYPOWER for their generosity in offering all of the prizes and for making this special day possible.

A New Kind of Festival

This virtual COPA festival was held entirely over Discord with the help of community moderators around the world.

Main Stage host and community fave Ash held court throughout the day while Brew masters Santi and José held Q&A sessions in a virtual Brew Tent on a separate channel. Festival DJ Darwin kept the positive energy and great vibes going all day long.

Star Atlas Co-founder and CEO Michael Wagner kicked off the proceedings with an inspiring keynote that reminded everyone of the long term goals of Star Atlas as a game, a metaverse and a community. He pointed out that, unlike others in the space, when parent company ATMTA Inc. considers the future of Star Atlas, it thinks in terms of decades and even centuries.

Michael also mentioned that the Star Atlas team sees COPA as only the first of many community-driven events — including future hackathons — which will aim to stimulate creativity and innovation.

Special guest DJ BassJackers arrived around midday and got the virtual crowd going absolutely berzerk with an epic dance jam. The avalanche of dancing GIFs sent by the community quickly blew the top off the Main Stage Chat channel which had difficulty keeping up with the intense level of traffic.

At a midday break, Vivian Rosenthal from Frequency Mind led a recuperative and consciousness-raising breathwork session that helped rejuvenate attendees for the second half of the festival.

The Guests

A number of guests stopped by the Main Stage throughout the day. Matt Sorg, who leads tech and product development at the Solana Foundation, stopped by to say that his team at Solana is watching and admiring Star Atlas from afar.

Star Atlas Co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer Pablo Quiroga led a thoughtful interview with Justin Kan, co-founder of Twitch and founder of Fractal.io.

Star Atlas team members also made guest appearances, including Estefan Ramirez, Head of Growth. Estefan talked about some of the current partnerships, including with The Sandbox, Kudelski Security and MoonPay, along with future partnerships that are in the works with a wide range of brands, artists and culture leaders. “If you think of Star Wars coming together with Disney, that’s Star Atlas.”

Other Star Atlas team members spoke about coming launches listed below.

In a “Mini Town Hall” conducted at the conclusion of the day’s events, Michael Wagner joked that his catchphrase for releases of “4–6 weeks” is back on the table. He went on to list a slew of major releases that the team will be announcing in the next 4–6 weeks.

The Show Room — A UE5 social experience and tech demo from Volant Studios that can be entered in 1st or 3rd person and used to inspect and buy ship assets, hang out with friends, etc.

Graphic Novel — A comic book prequel to the current (2620) setting of the Star Atlas game that will first be released in a digital form every couple weeks. NFTs can be redeemed for physical copies. Hint: Look for Easter eggs in the Showroom.

POLIS DAO — This feature coming out in July will give players the ability to stake POLIS, view your balances, voting weight, and eventually allow you to participate in governance within the Star Atlas ecosystem.

Marketplace 2.0 — This superior, game-worthy update to the current marketplace will simplify the process of purchasing and selling ships, among numerous other benefits.

Referral Program — At an earlier guest appearance, Anthony Mason, Head of Marketing Intelligence at Star Atlas, shared that a referral program will be launching in the coming weeks. In conjunction with the new Marketplace, it will allow current players to be rewarded for bringing new players into the ecosystem.

New Careers page — A new Careers page will describe open positions, many of which actually have multiple roles available.

SCREAM — As Game Strategist Mo Yazdani had discussed earlier at COPA, SCREAM will be released later in the year as a grand strategy, blockchain-based game with true gameplay loops.

All in all, the coming season looks to be nothing less than a #StarAtlasSummer.

Conclusion

All in all, a fun and historic day and one that participants will remember for years to come. Again, congratulations to all winners and participants, and especially to the Star Atlas community as a whole. There were numerous expressions of gratitude in the chat channels for an emotional lift that was much needed. The excitement and anticipation for an even bigger COPA II has already begun.

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