If you know anything about the NFT craze in the cryptosphere, you’ve likely heard of the wildly successful Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC). Expanding on this concept is the ApeCoin ecosystem, a cryptocurrency positioning itself at the forefront of Web3. ApeCoin is controlled by the ApeCoin DAO, a decentralised autonomous organisation of which all APE holders can become a part.
What is the ApeCoin ecosystem?
ApeCoin is an ERC-20 utility and governance token used within the APE ecosystem. The founding roots of ApeCoin lie in the NFT series Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), a creation by Web3 company Yuga Labs.
Enjoying viral success and arguably one of the most successful NFT collections to date, the 10,000 unique BAYC cartoon drawings earned cult status when their prices soared and big celebrities started buying them. To date, the most expensive BAYC NFT sold for a staggering $3.4 million.
ApeCoin, the fungible token, and a number of products and services make up the ApeCoin ecosystem. The coin is governed by the ApeCoin DAO, of which all token holders are eligible to become members. The ApeCoin DAO makes decisions on matters such as governance rules, partnerships, projects, Ecosystem Fund allocations, and more. The Ecosystem Fund supports community-driven initiatives and was allocated 62% of the ApeCoin supply when launched.
In April 2022, Yuga Labs started minting virtual land in their Otherside metaverse, using ApeCoin for payment. ApeCoin is used to facilitate all transactions taking place in this virtual world.
Who created ApeCoin?
ApeCoin was created by Yuga Labs, inspired by the Bored Ape Yacht Club project. Supported by the Ape Foundation, ApeCoin is governed by the ApeCoin DAO which creates a framework for permissionless governance processes. These decentralised authoritative frameworks are designed to create a fair and inclusive ecosystem in which the coin can flourish.
Within the Ape Foundation is an administrative council known as the "Board" which is responsible for implementing the decisions made by the ApeCoin DAO members. This Board is voted in by the ApeCoin DAO members on an annual basis and is not controlled by Yuga Labs.
How does ApeCoin work?
ApeCoin grants holders access to exclusive games and services within the Ape Ecosystem and can be used for transaction purposes on the Otherside metaverse. It also acts as a tool in which third-party developers can tap into the Ape Ecosystem by incorporating APE into their own projects, games, and services.
Animoca Brands, for instance, created a play-to-earn (P2E) game called Benji Bananas that utilises ApeCoin, incentivising and rewarding players with APE.
From a governance perspective, holders of APE can become members of the ApeCoin DAO which vote on decisions impacting the ecosystem's functioning and growth. This might include anything from which partnerships the ecosystem should pursue to how funds are allocated. These decisions are then implemented by the ApeCoin Foundation, the 5-member Board acting as the DAO's legal representative.
What are APE tokens?
ApeCoin (APE) is an ERC-20 token compatible with the Ethereum blockchain and any supported wallet. The coin was launched in March 2022, with all 1 billion tokens minted at once. When minted, 62% of the coins were allocated to the Ecosystem Fund which are then allocated to community-based projects based on Ape DAO decisions. 30.25% were released into circulation for the community to engage with.
How can I buy the APE token?
If you’d like to become an ApeCoin holder or incorporate APE into your portfolio you can acquire these tokens through a crypto currency exchange. Ensure you do adequate research prior to engaging with these assets, both about the coins as well as about the exchange you choose to use.
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