01 Jun

Arbitrum's recent plan to distribute 225 million ARB tokens, valued at around $250 million, for its Gaming Catalyst Program (GCP), has sparked controversy within its community. Critics argue that the proposed budget is excessive.

Ryan Graham, an analyst at Messari, initially supported the proposal but changed his stance due to discrepancies in the requested funds and a lack of justification for the program's cost increasing from the initial $10 million to $25 million.

Some community members are worried about the large upfront funding. One member suggested that incremental funding could lead to better accountability and more effective fund utilization.

Another member expressed concerns about potential wastage on low-quality "click-to-earn" projects, which they see as less valuable and impactful.

However, some members of the crypto community backed the GCP proposal. Jason Hitchcock, founder and General Partner of Four Moons, argued that game development requires significant financial investment. He believes the proposed funds are reasonable to attract talented developers, support game studios, and cultivate a thriving gaming ecosystem on Arbitrum.

The proposal aims to address Arbitrum's lagging position in gaming compared to competitors like Immutable X, Ronin, or Solana. The GCP seeks to establish a team to assist game developers with technical and strategic resources.

The proposed allocation includes 160 million ARB for developers, 40 million ARB for bounties and rewards, and 25 million ARB for operating costs.

At present, over 81% of votes support the proposal, indicating it's likely to pass by June 8th.

June 2024, Cryptoniteuae

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