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Hi, my name is Bilal Khan. I am the CEO and Founder of Vrtuhub Ltd, a UK-based startup which means it’s incorporated. I have invested considerable effort in developing the web 2 aspect of our platform, with a fully functional responsive website and a team dashboard for event organization, team management, and content publication.
You can explore our fully responsive website at https://www.vrtuhub.com.
I’ve designed it to be responsive on mobile and desktops with an easy-to-use, welcoming UX and a clean user experience that focuses on the content and delivery.
Conflux wallet: cfx:aapgejf90ry7n21nceumrfng44jajkpu5yhck822cv
I am the sole contributor to the project thus far, the team is just me. I will be hiring contractors for the live streaming and eSports commentators. This is to minimising overhead costs and allows me to focus on development and planning. I am committing all of my time and skills to building this platform and taking it to the top!
This section describes the team of the project, their skills and roles. Please include the following information for all team members:
Role and Responsibilities: CEO & Founder - Leading on Sveltekit, managing business inquiries, partnerships, and overall company operations.
Social Media: Find me on Twitter @ItIsNeverMyTime or use our contact form.
Relevant Experience: While I may lack extensive experience, I bring a fresh perspective to crypto and Web 3, aiming to reshape how communities and projects interact and expand. I don’t like the current system and the way things are done so I’m building this platform to make an impression and lasting impact going forward.
TOTAL BUDGET AND FUNDING TIER
- Grant Tier: Tier 1
- Grant Size: $3000
- Justification: $2000 for venue hire and broadcasting two tournaments, including commentator fees and a live stream director. A small proportion of this will be set aside for the prize fund.
- The remaining $1000 will fund the tech review initiative, incentivising project ambassadors to improve content quality through SEO-optimized articles or video reviews. In the long term, I expect projects to support this initiative because of the quality improvements and publicity tech reviews could bring to their project and team.
Vrtuhub is an All-In-One Esports, tech, and marketing HUB, fostering community potential through team management, player scouting, and engaging tournaments.
Teams set up team profiles that they can manage with their core team and players, ambassadors & reviewers etc.
Team players can sign up and represent teams by showcasing the team banner on their profile and having opportunities to enter tournaments to win prize money and build their reputation/following.
They can write tech reviews for a unique approach to marketing and building brand credibility whilst giving ambassadors tech makeovers to increase quality and professionalism.
Players create social gaming profiles, think of it as a LinkedIn for esports which allows teams to easily scout talent and skill to bring into their ranks.
They can enter open for all tournaments or apply to enter closed tournaments
Targeting gamers, crypto community members, and tech enthusiasts, Vrtuhub aims to leverage existing communities for events, gradually expanding its user base through conventional Web 2 games that generate a buzz. As we grow, we expect streamers and influencers to take notice of us and the partnerships and prize pool on offer would elevate the platform and build our credibility.
Our website currently has 10 users but we expect this to grow quickly once the word gets out there about the upcoming eSport tournaments players could enter.
Unlike predecessors, Vrtuhub avoids excessive investment and a large executive team. This closed-loop ecosystem they create capsizes and eventually finishes them off.
Vrtuhub is focused on organic growth, strategic partnerships, and a sustainable business model. This makes it harder to get started, to get moving but these sacrifices will do well in the long term and I’m resourceful to grow this out and build it and ultimately put the community and
The emphasis on Web 2 games ensures a broader user base, enhancing the platform’s credibility. Web 3 gaming is fun but few play them, It is mostly just investors and traders holding the tokens when gaming is supposed to be about fun and engagement.
There is untapped potential in the existing communities of projects, providing tools for software to make it easier for projects to organise events is a a necessity. There shouldn’t be a service fee for this, my kids organise tournaments with friends or in Discord servers. We are making it more accessible by extending its reach., it is something team members could enjoy and this will become an effective marketing tool.
Prioritizing user experience, we’ve focused on Web 2 functionality for initial growth. For that, I’ve built the platform on Sveltekit and the backend is on Appwrite. It works well, the UX is very responsive and I’ve designed it using Tailwind CSS how I like it so it has an original look.
The plans for Web 3 are to set up a DAO for handling prize pool distribution, similar to the governing body in football or racing. We are planning a user-centric token so I focused on growing the platform first and foremost before launching any tokens.
The eSports tournament is pending, and our tech review section is gaining traction. Notably, KingBank provided review kits, highlighting potential collaborations between tech companies and Web 3 projects. This ties in with eSports as it opens up the possibility of community-backed teams getting sponsorship from big tech companies and becoming a profitable community-run marketing platform for the projects onboard.
Crypto Projects have a vast community that we help utilise!
SEO optimisation is a big focus of mine which plays well with the tech reviews. Tech reviews can generate a lot of traffic and there is always a demand for honest reviews however most tech reviewers will not endorse or promote crypto projects. This led me to the thought of why not build a platform for ambassadors to create their honest reviews whilst being able to promote their projects.
Most often when someone wants to buy a tech product they’ll search online for reviews, either using YouTube or a search engine. The person looking to buy a portable monitor, or some new mic etc are the potential users you should engage with and reach out to? If other reviewers won’t work with you I’ve built a platform that lets project ambassadors do it themselves to generate growth and reach new audiences.
This solves a big issue I’ve been seeing where projects keep marketing to other crypto users who are already invested in other projects, simply traders or merely trying to build their networking. This initiative solves that and gives ambassadors a leading role in the growth of the project.
Stage of the Project
Pre-revenue, we’ve secured a $10,000 grant from Venus Protocol to kickstart hardware acquisition and an additional $5000 to initiate a racing tournament.
The Web 3 element, including the token, has not been launched yet.
The benefit to the Conflux Ecosystem:
Establishing a Conflux esports team on Vrtuhub enhances engagement and reaches the vast gaming community. The platform can host game nights and tournaments, promoting discoverability as other users, projects and teams can get involved in engaging and skill-based events. With the possibility of broadcasting the events with commentary, we could amplify the engagement by allowing even those not playing to watch and cheer/support their players.
Competitive skill-based gaming tournaments are also a way to eradicate bots and airdrop hunters. I see too many projects ignoring bots and even allowing them to enter campaigns as Twitter following is seen as status, projects don’t seem to mind having inflated followings and bot entries on campaigns and Twitter as props them up. I find this unfair to the end user so eSport campaigns with a governing body will address this.
As we grow our player base, we will partner with promising and fun Web 3 titles to organise and market events for those titles. Establishing ourselves in the industry will turn us into a platform for game developers to partner with to gain access to the Vrtuhub community.
Anticipating a snowball effect, our initiative is poised to create a buzz, drawing interest from other projects and communities seeking to join the platform.
We hope to use this as a showpiece, an example event to pitch to and show other projects what is possible and why they should get involved in this.
The section describes your plans and how they will be tracked and measured. Please provide the following information:
Organise two competitive gaming weekends with Conflux and Venus Protocol (or some other agreed project) with commentary and have these events broadcast onto YouTube for both communities to cheer on and support.
Do a trial run with Conflux and maybe some other projects where they could buy better microphones or some other content creation equipment from the likes of Alliexpress (they offer worldwide shipping) and have them write up a review and publish it onto our site to claim a reimbursement. Whilst writing the review they can take pictures and strategically represent their projects to build credibility and also give mentions of their project in the review.
We leverage the communities of existing projects for big events and target Web 2 gamers through popular titles by offering prize funds for the champions. Broadcasting the events on YouTube will extend our reach and increase our visibility and the marketing reach of everyone involved.
- Aiming to get 15 projects to create community-backed eSport teams and sign up with us.
- Have 1000 players signed up.
- Start broadcasting events with commentary every week.
Milestone 1 ($1000 Q1) - Establish an agreement with a project to offer a reimbursement of upto $1000 in CFX for audio recording equipment (mainly microphones as too many ambassadors on Discord/Twitter have low-quality audio that is unpleasing to the ears). Aiming to get 10 mics and boom arms out to ambassadors. They’ll agree to review it on our site and they can promote Conflux and their project alongside the review. This can be arranged with the Conflux ambassadors.
Milestone 2 ($2000 Q1) - Set a date for two live broadcasted eSports Tournament. Loads of games to choose from, Mobile, PC or PS5 titles. It’s going to be fun and it will change how other projects approach engagement.
We have a sustainable business model where projects pay an entry fee to enter tournaments. The split depends upon the organiser but roughly 70% of the entry fee goes towards the prize pool with the remainder going towards the organiser for fees such as directors, editors and commentators. This minimises the cost for everyone involved and creates a sustainable business model.
The web 2 platform is ready to go and when it kicks off development on the web 3 portal will begin.