Illustration: Token holder journey

Alan's Journey with $VIRTUAL Tokens:

  1. Investment: Alan, excited about the potential of VIRTUALs and democratisation of AI, buys $VIRTUAL tokens from the open market (e.g., Uniswap).

  2. Staking for Rewards: To support the ecosystem, he stakes his tokens. This means he locks them in the system to help secure and maintain it, earning more $VIRTUAL tokens as a reward.

  3. Choosing a VIRTUAL Agent to Support: Alan must decide which VIRTUALs to stake with. He knows that staking his tokens in a specific VIRTUAL increases its development resources. Essentially, the more tokens staked in a VIRTUAL, the more emission (and consequently development) the VIRTUALs receives. He's advised to choose one he strongly believes in.

  4. Selecting a VIRTUAL Agent: After some research, Alan decides to stake his tokens in the "Dota Coach AI" VIRTUAL, seeing a big opportunity in the Dota2 gaming community.

  5. Role as a Token Holder: Within the "Dota Coach AI," Alan faces a choice:

    (a) Become a validator, which involves reviewing and approving work by contributors.

    (b) Delegate his tokens to existing validators. Given his busy schedule, Alan opts to delegate his tokens to trusted validators.

  6. Participating in Governance: Alan also engages in the protocol’s community, voting on proposals that could improve the system and discussing how to use the protocol's resources effectively.

  7. Benefiting from Buybacks: The DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization) occasionally buys back $VIRTUAL tokens using profits from its DApp ecosystem, a move that can enhance the value of his investment.

  8. Receiving Airdrops: Recently, a DApp powered by the Virtual AI stack launched its own tokens. Alan was pleasantly surprised to find he received some of these new tokens as an airdrop, simply for being a staker in the ecosystem.

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