Remember Logan Paul and his CryptoZoo scam? We wrote about it a while ago. Well, someone decided to make him look even worse than he already does. And this someone is Christoph Zaknun, the DAOMaker founder.
He single-handedly developed an NFT game similar to Logan Paul’s abandoned Crypto Zoo in just a month to disprove Paul’s claim that the development would take years. More than 115,000 wallets have registered to join the game with pledges of over $700 million, setting new records for a crypto game.
The whole story started with an angry tweet from Chris. He was reacting to Logan Paul’s NFT project CryptoZoo, a game that Paul promised would be “really fun” but one that was never fully developed — and turned into a real mess for everyone involved. Paul blamed the developers for running off with the code, while the developers claimed Paul never paid them. Zaknun’s original tweet suggested that he wanted to build a parody version of the CryptoZoo game, purely to make a point that — regardless of the issues with the game’s developers — Paul could have managed to build it anyway.
Degen Zoo is build around a deflationary token and an NFT collection featuring 120 endangered species. The game aims to use NFTs for a noble cause, raising awareness of the devastating effects of human greed on wildlife. It simulates the impact of capitalism on animal extinction, with players motivated to "kill" their NFTs, driving the collection to extinction and raising awareness of the issue. Zaknun has pledged to donate all profits from Degen Zoo to charity, making it a socially responsible NFT game that aligns with the growing trend of impact investing and philanthropy in the blockchain industry.
Interest in Degen Zoo has soared during the course of development, aided by Zaknun’s decision to broadcast daily updates on his progress. More than 250,000 people have followed the Degen Zoo Twitter and been hooked on the project updates. After the release of the first testnet, more than 30,000 transactions were racked up by 3,000 players eager to experience the game.
Having initially begun work on the game as a joke, Christoph Zaknun is now proceeding with the mainnet release of Degen Zoo. We continue to observe.