About XAYA

By 2013, team members were programming for Namecoin while also actively coding up the world’s first blockchain game, Chronokings. Limited to a small alpha release, the scope was reduced and the world’s first full release hit the internet as the Huntercoin experiment.

Huntercoin was low-key with no marketing, but met with instant success in the crypto community. Understanding just how creative and innovative Huntercoin was, F2Pool began merged mining Scrypt and SHA-256d (Huntercoin pioneered multi-algo cryptos) and shortly after Poloniex listed HUC.

With players pulling in thousands of USD equivalent daily, Huntercoin successfully proved the Human Mining model of provably fair games running autonomously on a blockchain. Even now, over 4 years later, people are taking home handsome amounts from a game originally meant to only last 1 year.

Today, with lessons learned in Namecoin and Huntercoin and new technologies invented, the team is enabling developers with peer-reviewed and proven technologies to put games up to 100% on the blockchain. There, these game can run serverless, unstoppable, provably fair, and even profitable for gamers with the play-to-earn model of Human Mining.

Game channels. Ephemeral timestamps. Atomic trades. And more.

These technologies allow games to scale near infinitely on the XAYA platform, prevent cheating, and eliminate any possibility of fraud when trading.

Now, the experience, history, and proven technologies of the XAYA team are manifest in the XAYA Blockchain Gaming Platform.

The XAYA platform is fully open source and maintained by Autonomous Worlds Ltd (which is owned by Holding company Typhon Ltd) and other contributors (the public, bitcoin core and namecoin developers).

Welcome to true blockchain gaming.

Welcome to XAYA.

 

Andrew Colosimo

Andrew Colosimo

CEO - Co-Founder

has over 20 years of experience in IT, computing, and computer gaming. He was one of the earliest pioneers to capitalise upon the sale of virtual items in massively multiplayer online (MMO) games. He was instrumental in the success of Namecoin, supporting the cryptocurrency at a time when development had stalled. Andrew has run a successful IT and computing business and provided advanced ‘dialler systems’ development and consultancy to small and medium enterprises (SME) and moderately sized companies. He is the founder of the Huntercoin experiment which led the World in demonstrating the art of the possible with blockchain technology, achieving the World’s first game built on the blockchain, the World’s first server-less / decentralised MMO game, the World’s first ‘human mineable’ cryptocurrency, and the World’s first provably fair MMO game. Andrew is a self-taught entrepreneur who has successfully capitalised on a number of technology trends but is now focused on bringing whole new game universes and their trading systems to life and the mass market. He goes by the name snailbrain on the crypto forums.

Daniel Kraft

Daniel Kraft

CTO - Co-Founder
Daniel Kraft studied mathematics and physics at the University of Graz, Austria, where he obtained two Master's degrees in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. He then wrote his PhD thesis about shape optimisation with the level-set method, and obtained his degree with distinction in the IGDK 1754 doctoral program (collaboration between the University of Graz and the Technical University of Munich). Daniel has published eight scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals so far in various fields, from geometric measure theory to blockchain technology. He has been involved in cryptocurrency development since 2013, and has been the lead blockchain developer for the revolutionary Namecoin and Huntercoin projects since 2014. He has also contributed to free software from Firefox, GCC and GNU Octave to Bitcoin Core. After leaving his senior developer role at Google Zurich to work full time on the XAYA project, Daniel wishes to further develop and innovate in blockchain technology.
Konstantin Gorskov

Konstantin Gorskov

Lead Game, Web Developer - Co-Founder
has 10 years of experience in IT and game development. He has worked as a freelance game developer for several years on various projects and gained a road set of skills. Konstantin follows the development cycles of all major game engines and game development software in order to help him manage technical  solutions of various magnitudes. He is valued for his deep knowledge on game production, pipelines, and his versatility. As an indie developer, Konstantin  released his own RPG game, which was Greenlit on Steam in 2015. Konstantin is adept in various programming languages, including C++, C#, PHP, and
Java, and has deep knowledge and experience with the Unreal and Unity game engines.
Bas de Gruiter

Bas de Gruiter

Business Development, Branding - Co Founder
has over 17 years of experience in business development, marketing and design. Bas’ entrepreneurship has journeyed through a variety of markets, ranging  from gaming and software to the retail market, and pioneering in the industrial field of hydrogen gas and thermoelectric applications in the durable energy sector. His interest in cryptocurrencies began in 2012. Since then he has been involved in the development of exchange, gaming, and other software projects. Bas now brings his broad experience in business, design and cryptocurrency development to the XAYA team.
Ryan Smyth

Ryan Smyth

Copywriter and Community Management
is an award winning software author, entrepreneur, marketer, trader, and recipient of the Australian Governor-General’s Bravery Medal. His audio software for musicians has received multiple awards, but the bulk of his software has been custom utilities, such as n-ary Cartesian product software for mobile AI corpus creation. Ryan’s clients have included Fortune 100 companies, mobile phone manufacturers, as well as many online game studios; he has 12 years of experience working on different genres of online games. Ryan first heard of Bitcoin when the Satoshi paper was first released, and finally bought his first Bitcoins in 2013.
Patrique Burgersdijk

Patrique Burgersdijk

Project Management
has over 10 years of experience in IT, ranging from ICT and systems management to systems administration and project management. Patrique has helped companies reduce operational costs significantly through greater efficiency and improved technical specifications. Beyond his senior roles in IT, Patrique’s passion lies in personal and business development. His unique blend of technical expertise, project management, and human relations management makes Patrique ideally suited to guide XAYA and the XAYA Team.
Ayalies Korenberg

Ayalies Korenberg

Marketing Manager
is an experienced marketer with a history of success in both the B2C and B2B sectors. Skilled in digital strategy, e-commerce, social media, and generally connecting people, she is now venturing into the crypto and gaming community. After a short modelling career, Ayalies pursued a degree in Graphic Design, and then went on to earn a Master’s degree in Media Psychology, which she graduated with honours. Growing up with two gamer-brothers, she’s been around games her whole life. Combined with a strong affinity for IT and a feminine perspective, Ayalies is a perfect addition to the team
Kyle Serbov

Kyle Serbov

Community Management

Is currently studying Computer Science at the University of Queensland in Australia. He has been involved in the cryptocurrency community since 2014 and started making cryptocurrency tutorial videos in 2015 for his YouTube channel. Kyle hopes to pursue a career in either game development or blockchain technology. Preferably both.

Andrew Gore

Andrew Gore

is the CEO and Co-Founder of Soccer ManagerTM which has over 20 million downloads. He is highly knowledgeable in the gaming and development scene, having been a professional game developer for over 15 years. He is an avid football (soccer) fan and runs a game development studio in the UK that specializes in football manager games for Android, iOS and browsers. Andrew’s wealth of knowledge and experience is highly welcomed by the XAYA team.
Mike Handverger

Mike Handverger

has 20 years of experience as a software engineer and manager. Mike has had his hands on many large-scale projects both in the gaming world and outside. He is currently president of Tricky Fast Studios, a game studio that helps companies build amazing games through their team of industry experts. At Tricky Fast, he’s worked on AAA Mobile Games in big IPs like Star Trek TM, The Walking Dead TM, Transformers TM, and Wheel of Fortune TM. He’s also contributed heavily to other games, including Grim Dawn,Fieldrunners: Attack, and Poptropica Worlds. Outside of gaming, Mike was one of the first employees at Etsy.com, and during his time there, he led the development team to scale the site up to 1 billion monthly page-views. Some of his other projects include a cryptocurrency algorithmic trading application, Multiverse 3D (a type of decentralised MMORPG platform), and various Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, and Machine Learning applications.
Jonathan Soucy

Jonathan Soucy

is a game designer and manager who has been in the games industry for 15 years. He started his career in game design under the tutelage of Louis Castle, the mind behind Westwood Studios and the father of the RTS genre, at Electronic Arts in Los Angeles. After working on titles such as Medal of Honor: European Assault TM, Battle for Middle Earth II TM and Command and Conquer III: Tiberium Wars TM , Jonathan moved on to work at 38 Studios as a lead designer on the AAA MMORPG, Kingdoms of Amalur. Outside of games, Jonathan works in the local music scene in Los Angeles as an engineer, producer, songwriter and performer. When time allows, he crushes deity mode in Civilization 6 TM, just for kicks.
Roy Crombleholme

Roy Crombleholme

studied Physics with Space Science and Technology at the University of Leicester in the UK. Upon completing his degree, Roy moved swiftly into the world of IT where he has gained over 15 years of experience in systems administration, engineering and architecture. Roy brings his vast experience of running distributed systems at scale to the XAYA team including a deep knowledge of the ever changing security landscape.
Scott Raisbeck

Scott Raisbeck

graduated in Computer Science from University of Huddersfield in the UK. After graduating, Scott began his professional career as a Software Engineer where he spent 7 years gaining industry experience in Software development. From here he then moved on to working as a Technical Analyst for an HR and Payroll organisation before finally becoming a Solutions Architect. Scott now brings a wealth of knowledge from his time in industry in the areas of Software Strategy and Solution application.
Richard Kastelein

Richard Kastelein

is the founder of industry publication Blockchain News, partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group, director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner), an ICO event organiser, and an award-winning publisher and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of half a dozen Blockchain startups (ICOs), has written over 1400 articles on Blockchain technology at Blockchain News, and has also published on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and VentureBeat. Richard has spoken (keynotes and panels) on Blockchain in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, Shanghai, Tel Aviv, Venice, and Zurich.
Jonathan Galea

Jonathan Galea

has considerable experience in the blockchain sector of over four years ranging from a close study on the developing regulation in the area to hands-on experience in the technical and economic aspects of cryptocurrencies. Jonathan’s LL.D. (Doctorate of Laws) thesis was titled “The Effect of Bitcoin on Money Laundering Law”, which was completed in May 2015. He has also participated as a keynote speaker in several international conferences, covering the legal, technical and economic aspects thereof. Jonathan’s expertise consists of legal advice on ICOs and regulatory matters related to blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies in general as well as technical advice on blockchains and platforms built on top of them. Jonathan is also the president of Bitmalta, the first non-profit association in Malta dedicated to advocating the blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies with particular focus on the Maltese islands.
Prof. Nick Colosimo

Prof. Nick Colosimo

has over 27 years of experience in research, development, innovation, and business development, taking ideas from the back of an envelope to their successful demonstration and the acquisition of revenues in excess of $100 million. He has successfully delivered some of the World’s most ground-breaking programmes from Surrogate Unmanned Aircraft to the World’s most advanced ‘mixed reality’ system first demonstrated in 2013. He is the inventor of over 40 published patents including a novel form of cyber resilient system architecture using a form of ‘voting cryptography’ which he devised before the existence of blockchain technology. Nick is now a business strategist and futurist providing direction and consultancy. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, a Fellow of the UK’s professional innovation body ― the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange, and he is a Chartered Engineer. He is a Visiting Professor at Cranfield University and holds graduate and post graduate qualifications in computing, applied physics and electronics, mechatronics and other subjects.
Dr. Yen Nyugen

Dr. Yen Nyugen

received her doctorate in Finance from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests cover financial development, corporate finance,  corporate governance, market microstructure, fin-tech, and cryptocurrencies. She teaches finance as an Assistant Professor at St. Francis Xavier University, Canada. She has 6 years working experience in various roles in auditing, insurance and fund management in Vietnam. Yen first became involved with the cryptocurrency community in 2013 and was one of the first Huntercoin players.
Jon NEVERDIE Jacobs

Jon NEVERDIE Jacobs

Neverdie: Inside Entropia Universe he created the iconic avatar NEVERDIE and he became the first gamer to make a million dollars inside a Virtual World. Jon’s Club NEVERDIE made the 2008 Guinness Book of World Records as the most valuable virtual item. Jon founded NEVERDIE Studios and has worked with Michael Jackson, Lemmy and Universal Studios bringing KING KONG, ZOMBIE KONG and The THING to Virtual Reality. NEVERDIE Studios developed and operates the ROCKtropia Virtual World, the first and only MMORPG to fully disrupt all existing gaming business models by providing real gamified jobs that pay any user $10 per month to play. In 2016 Jon was elected the first President of Virtual Reality with a mission to create a billion jobs in VR. In 2017 Jon launched the NEVERDIE Coin and the Teleporter Token on the Ethereum Blockchain to facilitate virtual world democracy and finance development of cross platform blockchain games and DApps including AmeVRica and Payatar to drive the growth of a decentralized trillion dollar virtual goods economy.

Rudy Koch

Rudy Koch

Rudy Koch is the senior producer for World of Warcraft, Blizzard. He is a 10 year veteran of the games industry with hands on game development experience. He has played a key role in shipping some of the most prolific games in the industry for Disney, Activision, and most recently Blizzard. His portfolio includes Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Skylanders, Club Penguin, and a handful of #1 mobile games, including Skylanders Battlecast which was awarded “Best Game of 2016” by Apple.<br><br>He prides himself on being on the forefront of innovation in the games industry, and loves to get inspired by emerging paradigms and technology that creates new ways to deliver game experiences to audiences around the world.

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