The launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule was broadcast live on Decentraland.
Decentraland is a decentralized virtual reality platform based on the Ethereum blockchain, along with its MANA token.
The platform is owned by users, and not controlled by any central organization, and allows users to create and publish content and applications generating profits.
Since this platform allows creating and publishing anything, it is also possible to use it for live music shows, casinos, e-commerce and so on.
And so, as announced on Twitter, the recent launch of the SpaceX capsule that brought two Americans to the Space Station was also broadcast live, taking off for the first time in many years from American soil.
Decentraland users were able to watch the event in the virtual auditorium of the environment.
This is not the first time that live broadcasts of major events have been broadcast on Decentraland.
For example, in March the platform hosted the annual Coinfest Conference, considering that due to the coronavirus pandemic it was not possible to organize it live.
This new way of managing an online platform populated by User Generated Content (UGC) is very different from the traditional platform owned by a single entity, which is actually responsible for managing them.
In fact, Decentraland is technically a DAO, a decentralized autonomous organization, and owns the smart contracts that make up the platform:
- the LAND contract,
- the property contract,
- the wearable devices,
- the content servers,
- the marketplace.
It also has a MANA token wallet that allows it to subsidize various operations and initiatives.
What’s more, through the DAO, users who create and play in this virtual space have control over the policies that determine the behaviour of the space itself, such as what types of wearable objects are allowed or not allowed, content moderation, LAND policy, auctions and more.
Indeed, it is the community that makes the decisions, voting on policy updates, LAND auction futures, the whitelist of NFT contracts to be authorized and whatever the community deems relevant. Voting takes place on the DAO’s governance interface, provided by Aragon.