How does Upland work?
Upland is a metaverse with a virtual game where you own the land you build on. Players’ in-game assets have real value thanks to the digital economy they’ve built on the EOS blockchain. Properties can be sold for USD through a partnership with Tilia. The creators of Upland focus on three main principles of play: play, win, connect. It recently added a community directory to the platform where like-minded gamers and new users can connect, grow, and win together.
Upland provides interesting insights into the world of virtual real estate at a time when the metaverse is heating up and land within these new virtual worlds is becoming increasingly valuable. As a user, if you want to learn more about the world of selling virtual land in a fun way, Upland provides the platform to do so. The game provides helpful guides and a simple user experience to allow players to get a quick overview of the land layout and property features.
Real estate trade and city building
Players can buy and sell color-coded properties in-game. Properties are divided into two main categories: minted and unminted. Minted properties are owned by other players and unminted properties have never had an owner. To sell a property, an Uplander can choose to list the property on the secondary market for a fixed price, both in UPX and USD.
Player: Become one of the first digital landowners in Upland’s OPEN BETA by purchasing a virtual property with a physical address. Receive special rewards by completing collections of iconic properties, participating in daily treasure hunts and participating in live events.
To earn: Join a new virtual economy where you have the opportunity to earn money in the metaverse. You can start by earning a return on your properties by collecting fees from visitors.
Connect: Socialize with other Uplanders, learn game strategies, and collaborate via Discord and Telegram.
What is UPX?
UPX is the primary in-game currency and fungible token on the EOS mainnet. UPX can be purchased from the Upland store with fiat currency through third-party vendors.
Is UPX a cryptocurrency?
UPX is a utility token used for gaming experiences and transactions in the Upland ecosystem. It is built on the EOS blockchain, which means pretty much all in-game actions are real transactions which are then transmitted and recorded by the blockchain.
All players start with a small amount of UPX to help them acquire their first properties. Each property in Upland passively generates UPX at a rate of approximately 17% of the mint base price.
You can receive 6,000 UPX for free by using this registration link.
Acquisition of NFT with UPX
Even though UPX is a utility token, NFTs are tradable in-game assets. Upland property NFTs are already fully tradable (for UPX or USD) within the Upland ecosystem and support for other types of NFT will be extended in the near future.
How to buy UPX
Players can purchase UPX from the Upland store using credit card, PayPal, or cryptocurrencies (web only) by clicking the “Get UPX” button in the upper right corner of the screen.
Players can also earn UPX by trading their properties and NFTs on the open market once they reach Uplander status. The Upland Store is the NFT online marketplace where users can buy and sell UPX.
How to use the Highlands
Buy a property: You can choose from six types of properties to buy in Upland. To buy a property, click on the property to make an offer or buy at the ask price. If there is no price listed, you can still make an offer.
Selling a property: To sell property in Upland, users need to research market conditions and understand what nearby properties are selling for. As an Uplander, the player is free to list their property on the secondary market in UPX and USD.
Complete collections: Much like collecting the same color of cards in Monopoly, Upland rewards users who collect all properties in a collection. With the complete collection, you can earn unique bonuses and increase your real estate income.
Earn USD: Upland players can list their properties in US dollars through a partnership between Upland and Tilia Pay. After listing a property, another player can purchase your property and the player will have USD deposited into your account instead of UPX.
Treasure hunts: Enjoy three types of treasure hunts in the Metaverse: Standard, Limited, and Exclusive.
Spark & property management: The Upland team encourages user-generated content in the metaverse. The ability to construct different buildings on top of a user’s property gives the user more choice in what they want to create. Spark is the currency that powers the development of any type of 3D object that lives above user ownership.
Traveling between cities: Users can travel by train, plane, bus, and Hyperloop in Upland depending on the route. For example, the flight from San Francisco to New York costs 2,580 UPX and takes about 42 minutes.
UNFT Exchange: Players can leverage their Upland NFT (UNFT) wallet to initiate 1-to-1 transactions between other players.
Vanilla mode: Players can speculate which properties might be included in collections before they are released in-game using Vanilla Mode. These NFTs for the metaverse are added to the blockchain before publishing.
In terms of customer service, a rating of 4 is appropriate for this metaverse. The Upland team has developed a loyal following of over 100,000 people on Twitter. It also has a community directory, a monitored support email address, and a Discord channel to address urgent concerns. The platform has a blog with new announcements and a roadmap of future developments.
The price is reasonably cheap for a newcomer who wants to get a taste of the game’s mechanics. There are 10 packages in terms of price, and the first starts at 5,000 UPX for $4.99, with the highest reaching 25 million UPX for $24,999.90.
The mobile app is user-friendly with an inviting interface and easy navigation. The design, layout, and visuals of the mobile app are attractive.
The game mechanics for winning in this metaverse are impressive and give the user an idea of the real applications of blockchain technology. The interface is easy to log in and the team provides helpful guides and content across the platform. The price is also inclusive in that it offers accessible properties with low barriers to entry and inexpensive properties available to new players.
In-game currency also adds a layer of value for the user. Players can accumulate UPX over time, trade properties, and participate in scavenger hunts to add more utility to the metaverse.
The sign-up experience is simple and the platform itself is easy to navigate, although the design and branding may seem dated to some. Collecting properties and evaluating market conditions is interesting, and users can come back to see how market conditions are changing in different neighborhoods. However, when first entering, the number of neighborhoods and properties to search is a bit overwhelming. Players will need to spend time doing their research.
Upland vs. Decentraland
Upland is powered by EOS while Decentraland is an Ethereum blockchain powered platform, which means the fees are higher in Decentraland. In both metaverses, users can buy and sell land. Upland layers virtual assets on top of the real world, so you can own your home in the physical world and in the virtual world. In contrast, Decentraland is an entirely creator-built world with very little visual connection or similarity to the real world. Upland offers properties and the ability to gauge market conditions in specific areas, while Upland players transact using the game’s native currency, UPX, to mint a variety of NFTs. The primary token in Decentralands is MANA, which is used to participate in events and purchase NFTs in the metaverse. It has a second LAND token for its virtual real estate.
Upland is an interesting game that allows users to get a taste of the virtual real estate market while providing entertainment. This high rating reflects the user experience, especially in the mobile app which offers easy navigation and attractive visuals. Also, the ability to buy in-game currency UPX and use it to trade assets is nice.
Vewers can learn more about Upland game features on their YouTube channel. This easy-to-follow tutorial shows viewers how to create a new account, redeem in-game tokens, and research real estate market conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you make money with Upland?
Can you make money with Upland?
Yes, but profit is not guaranteed and Metaverse land is a speculative investment. Do your own research before buying and only invest the money you can lose. All properties can be sold for USD once a player reaches Uplander status.
How do I join Upland?