The turn of a new year is often a good time to take a step back and reflect on the previous 12 months.
This time last January, Decentraland had only just completed the first auction, with many skeptical investors uncertain whether they would ever see a return on their Bitcoin investment into digital LAND (Bitcoin was valued at five figures at the time).
However, fast forward one year to today, and you will find a very different environment. The Decentraland project is now riding on the crest of a wave, which is backed up by a thriving Decentraland community exceeding 8000 Discord members, each full of optimism, enthusiasm and hope.
So, what should we expect in 2019? In order to understand where any project is heading, it is first important to understand how it has progressed over time.
In this article, we take a look at some of the important milestones achieved by the Decentraland team throughout 2018.
Decentraland wraps up the first ever auction from December 2017.
LAND can now be viewed and transferred for the very first time.
Decentraland team already on the road, spreading the word in South Korea.
The official marketplace is launched…
We're delighted to announce the Decentraland Marketplace: a decentralized exchange for buying, selling, and managing LAND! 🚀🚀— Decentraland (@decentraland) 19 March 2018
Get started at https://t.co/Akue2obB7f
See a video tutorial here: https://t.co/ETtpKP2js2
Read the full announcement: https://t.co/0HGfCsVpW3 pic.twitter.com/BkuGk3WrEU
The Decentraland SDK is first launched, enabling LAND owners or developers to build for the first time.
Districts begin to organize their respective communities.
High profile, strategic partnerships start to become more frequent.
DCL Plazas official launch is a success. Thanks to everybody for your support.
Both Decentraland and DCL Plazas attend the inaugural NIFTY NFT conference in Hong Kong.
Applications open for the in-world Decentraland alpha access.
Community builds start to make huge strides using the SDK.
First project with the new @decentraland SDK !💻Congratz @eordano @m3mnoch @dbhvk et al. Ground Floor with @aframevr info @dcl_plazas @nonfungibles 2nd Floor #CryptoArt @PowerDada @CodexProtocol 3rd Floor #CryptoCollectables @CryptoKitties @larvalabs @CrowdConscious @DCLBlogger pic.twitter.com/MxHoeDcxze— acl_crypto (@acl_crypto) 24 July 2018
Interest in Decentraland from mainstream media is becoming a more regular occurence.
The community start to build infrastructure on their own accord, to help further support the project
Decentraland Estates feature is successfully launched for the first time.
Gaming companies start to announce their Decentraland plans.
Buying and selling LAND Estates is now possible in the marketplace…
Agora v2, the Decentraland voting dApp, is launched…
We're excited to introduce Agora v2, the newest iteration of our community voting dApp. Starting this Monday, October 29, 2018, the first series of Decentraland policy polls will be opened to the entire Decentraland community!— Decentraland (@decentraland) 24 October 2018
Learn more on our blog: https://t.co/STKRQzAHPH pic.twitter.com/qXQais8coX
…and the community vote for a second Decentraland LAND auction.
Community votes to remove inflation and introduce 1% marketplace sales fee.
The 2nd Decentraland auction takes place…
Decentraland's LAND Auction has started! As of right now, through December 23rd, the remaining unowned LAND in Genesis City is up for grabs. Get started at https://t.co/9Qcc0jbgmx, or learn more on our blog: https://t.co/FLoFq5s1d2 pic.twitter.com/0r3GQz7nEH— Decentraland (@decentraland) 10 December 2018
It is clear that Decentraland has come a long way in just a short amount of time. What will the next 12 months bring? Well, it’s crunch time for Decentraland. There can be no more delays in launching the Metaverse (originally due in Q4 2018, now delayed until Q2 2019). Everybody has their part to play in making 2019 the year that Decentraland, and the community, build on earlier progress and construct an online world outside that of which we already know.