Cerebral Gaming DAO - Proposal

Excellent idea!
Hoping to get in on this early :slight_smile:

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Just posted an update on reddit today! https://www.reddit.com/r/harmony_one/comments/s3fyf4/community_update_cerebral_gaming_dao_gifs_videos/

Can you provide more details on your existing 6-man team?

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Sure! I will serve as lead governor (Clayton Sonnier) with two of my closest friends John Wagner and Sebastian Jones. Sebastian and I served in the Air Force together for many years and John is a police officer. The other 3 governors are actually leaders within the Harmony gaming sphere. Mr. M, Harmony Universe, and WizzardBlizzard. You might know their names from the projects that each of them are trying to build. All 6 of these governors, I believe, will be a great fit for this project. Not only are we all responsible adults, we’re also all gamers. We will know what to look for in these investments.


Seems like a solid team. Gl with the project!

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Thanks for the submission team. Unfortunately, we’re not able to approve your application at this time. We are bullish on games on Harmony and are focused on games with on-chain transactions, ability to grow their player communities, and utilize the Harmony network and its ecosystem. We love the idea of guilds and have a good relationship with Yield Guild, Blackpool, and others. Player guilds are important and what you’re doing could be really helpful to games built on Harmony, but it makes more sense for Harmony to partner with Yield Guild, Blackpool, and other more established guilds with very large player communities.

Continuing the discussion from Cerebral Gaming DAO - Proposal:

This is incredibly disheartening, @papi . For the past two years the Harmony team has been begging people to build on this blockchain. The grants serve as a way for people to do that. I’ve seen countless grants fulfilled that have amounted to nothing being built or projects being left behind. Our project is nearly ready to launch. We’re waiting on some final artwork and counsel from our attorney. I understand the desire to bring in larger guilds but with additional funding, that could be us. Did I mention that our twitter has grown from 0 to 370 followers in a single week? Did you also know that I’ve put up $30,000 of my own money to start the fund? I envision our project in a year or two from now being just as successful as the ones you mentioned. By saying no to us now you’re disenfranchising people from wanting to build on your blockchain. I personally have been very outspoken about this blockchain and this community for two years. I’ve made YouTube videos about how down to earth and humble the Harmony team is. Grassroots marketing is what got Harmony to where it is today. Your decision to pursue “bigger fish” completely turns its back on those core principles. I hope that you’ll take a second to look at some of our links, what we’re trying to do for the Harmony ecosystem, and reconsider.
-Crypto Clay


I really hope the Harmony team will re-evaluate their decision. Not only will this be a good community builder but once up and running will provide investment capital to up and coming projects. Very disappointed to see this denied.


This is a serious project with honesty and transparency shown throughout. I fully support this project and hope that Harmony will reconsider and approve this project.


I hope you will reconsider, as I believe that this project has a lot to offer to the community and Harmony ecosystem.

For one, it is not a player guild as such, but a community-driven “index fund” for all the projects. People investing time and money into Cerebral Gaming DAO will positively influence the success of every project out there by researching, buying and playing the games.

Also @clayford has a clear vision, will and resources to execute on the plan. We’re entering governance voting process. There’s already marketing presence due to his social media exposure. That’s already more than many projects here.

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I am not really into DAOs. But seeing Clay’s passion for CGD made me join his. Really sad about Harmony refecting the grant

While I don’t speak for the Harmony team, I’d like to offer my thoughts on this:

First, the grants are an additional incentive to build - not getting one does not stop you from building on Harmony. It also doesn’t preclude you from applying again in the future, when you are bigger/have proven the model.

Second, you mentioned seeing grants approved for projects that have amounted to nothing or were left behind – to me, that is an argument in favor of more strict review and acceptance criteria of future grant proposals, not a reason to remain with the previous level of review. As such, that would also necessarily mean their review of your proposal should be tougher.

Third, DAO funding proposals are fundamentally different from other project proposals. Many funded ones are regional DAOs or Taking a look at one of the other community projects that submitted a DAO proposal which was approved, TokenJenny (ref: TokenJenny DAO - Creating DAOs for EveryONE - #15 by lij), you can see that they had already launched their project, gotten some traction, and started to decentralize it. Many projects (particularly ones with their own tokens) do not need to start off as a DAO and in fact, practically speaking, do not operate as a DAO. Decentralizing the governance to the community requires, in my opinion, that there BE an active community established. Transitioning to a DAO structure can be a gradual/progressive process.

Good luck with Cerebral Gaming though!

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Way ahead of you, man. I’m funding the project startup costs myself and our community is already exponentially growing. I’ve already hired devs for the front and backend work on our website. Also, I might add that our project will be decentralized from the start. Anyone that owns tokens in our protocol will be able to write and vote on proposals. I’m already drafting a proposal for our first week of operation. Thanks for checking out our DAO!

Hey @clayford after re-evaluating your proposal, we’re happy to approve this as a launch grant. Be sure to connect with @giv @Jacksteroo for next steps. To be clear, launch grant is $50,000. I believe there’s a duplicate proposal of Cerebral with a different amount requested. In any event, lfg!

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Thank you so much for this opportunity! We’re very much looking forward to building out our ecosystem on the Harmony Protocol. We will do our best to always represent Harmony well, by selecting good projects with solid foundations. @papi you’ve made my day, man!

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Being approved for funding and actually receiving funding for meeting the requisite benchmarks are different, right?

I’m not sure there’s much benefit in being overly restrictive with approving funding when projects still must achieve the specified milestones before each corresponding tranche is paid out


So the purpose of the “guild” aspect is that the members of the DAO play the games, are in a guild together, and the DAO properties within the games are owned by the DAO/guild and used by the DAO/guild to further each member/player’s personal earnings as well as the DAO’s ROI?

I initially thought this DAO was just about investing early in games (NFTs, in-game currency/governance tokens, etc), and that was cool enough for me. But the guild part adds another layer of potential revenue that I hadn’t even considered before. I’m assuming this is not a novel concept, but it is to me haha. And I like it

Who is Mr. M?

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“So the purpose of the “guild” aspect is that the members of the DAO play the games, are in a guild together, and the DAO properties within the games are owned by the DAO/guild and used by the DAO/guild to further each member/player’s personal earnings as well as the DAO’s ROI?”


“Who is Mr. M?”

Mr. M is one of the founders of the new DEX OneFi.

This proposal fits best to the Launch grant based on the guidelines at Apply for Grants or DAO

Applications of each launch must have prototyped a feature-full product. Harmony helps incubate these founding teams with product development, fundraising, and talent recruit.
We recommend a $50K equity-free contribution each:

$10K after launching a feature-complete product on our testnet,
$10K after forming a DAO with 5-out-of-9 multisig with our DAOs,
$10K after launching on our mainnet with audit,
$10K after 1K daily active users (with launch video, full PR promotion),
$10K after 10k daily active users (with a detailed roadmap, governance process).

Moreover, we recommend a 5-out-9 multisig account on Gnosis Safe with 3 governors from the project team, 3 governors from the project community, and 3 governors from Harmony DAOs – namely, ONEcommunityDAO, ONEdeveloperDAO, ONEincubatorDAO.

In all cases, we ask for 3-month exclusive campaigns with Harmony before more porting with other chains. We also offer follow-on investments – see 50 Investments ($20M) above; but, at the moment, you must have an outside, lead investor for us to match the funding terms. All codes, development materials and production assets must be fully open, preferrably with MIT or BSD licences; weekly updates must on sent on forum; and, all server deploys or mobile apps must be easily clonable.

Can we agree to the above terms?

@giv , We made a launch proposal after this one was declined at first. That can be found here: Launches: Cerebral Gaming DAO - #6 by clayford

Our metrics for success are:

Launch of token on mainnet - $10,000 (Our distribution is going to be unique, the first of its kind on Harmony) More info here: Cerebral Gaming Partners With Kuro Shiba! | by Cerebral Gaming | Feb, 2022 | Medium

Form a DAO with 5 out of 9 multisig wallet - $10,000

Release of roadmap and first DAO proposal with at least 100 token holders - $10,000

Full PR and marketing campaign (including micro-influencers, social media, and traditional media marketing) - $10,000

Reaching 5 votes on DAO proposals/investment avenues and 1000 token holders - $10,000

Please let me know if these metrics meet the Harmony teams criteria

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