By rewarding people with digital tokens, a variety of move-to-earn apps have looked to make fitness more attractive and rewarding.
Keeping fit is, without a doubt, one of the best ways to improve health and happiness. It’s unusual then, that so many people struggle to maintain their physical activity.
The move-to-earn paradigm recently emerged as a potential solution to the problem. By rewarding people with digital tokens, a variety of move-to-earn apps have looked to make fitness more attractive and rewarding.
But until now, none have managed to garner a mainstream audience or sustain its growth long-term. Sweat Economy is looking to change this, by making move-to-earn more accessible, intuitive, and most importantly, sustainable.
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What Is Sweat Economy?
Sweat Economy is a Web3 extension to the currently existing Web2 Sweatcoin platform — which is currently the most downloaded Health & Fitness app globally, according to the project.
Launched in 2015, Sweatcoin is arguably the first example of a move-to-earn application and has secured its place as the number 1 app in more than 60 counties. The project records that there are well over 110 million downloads across 165 countries.
Sweat Economy looks to change the face of fitness by refining the move-to-earn industry and making it available to a mainstream audience. The platform introduces a range of measures to control growth in the token supply while still providing attractive incentives for users.
In Q1 2022, Sweatcoin provided more than $70 million in goods and services to its users in exchange for keeping fit.
To learn more about move-to-earn, see our glossary entry.
The next phase of its roadmap is well underway, and the Sweat Economy is now ready to launch, the project notes.
How Does Sweat Economy Work?
Sweat Economy works in combination with the Sweatcoin app. Through the app, users earn digital rewards points by engaging in physical activity. These rewards can be accumulated, spent in-app or converted to on-chain SWEAT tokens and stored in the non-custodial Sweat Wallet app.
Once minted on-chain and available in the Sweat Wallet app, users will have free reign over what they do with their tokens — whether that be playing games, unlocking perks, or exchanging for other assets.
Within the Sweat Wallet app, users can stake their SWEAT tokens to begin earning a yield and unlock access to further rewards — which can include event tickets, gift cards and NFT from its partners.
Users can either buy SWEAT tokens from a support exchange, or they can earn them by participating in its move-to-earn economy via the original Sweatcoin app. The platform uses a range of data points, including information from the GPS and movement sensors (accelerometer and gyroscope) to determine how much the user has moved — awarding Sweatcoins in return.
The platform makes use of movement validators to verify the validity of movement on the blockchain. The raw data received from the user's device is passed through an algorithm to detect fraudulent behavior and record only genuine activity on the blockchain.
Right now, SweatCo Ltd maintains the only validator, but this is set to be decentralized in the future, allowing third parties like activity trackers, insurers and healthcare providers to maintain their own validators. These providers will need to stake SWEAT tokens to become Movement Validators and will be rewarded a small percentage of the fees included in the transactions they process in return for their services.
Users have a daily limit to the amount of SWEAT they can earn, which helps to prevent abuse and ensure the platform remains sustainable, the project notes. This limit is currently capped at give5 SWEAT per day, but users will be able to increase this limit by staking their SWEAT using the grow feature.
The platform is certified carbon neutral: Sweat Economy is the first move-to-earn application built on the platform.
What Makes Sweat Economy Unique?
As the first mover in the move-to-earn space, Sweat Economy and the associated Sweatcoin app have been around as a Web2 product since 2015. Now, the app is moving into cryptocurrency rewards with its new extension.
Some of its unique features can be summarized as follows:
Who Created Sweat Economy?
Sweat Economy was created by the same minds behind the original Web2 Sweatcoin platform. The platform has four co-founders:
- Oleg Fomenko: Sweatcoin CPO and Sweat Economy CEO. Fomenko has held prominent roles at major brands like Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Visa. Oleg is an entrepreneur with heavy expertise in delivering refined products.
- Anton Derlyatka: Sweatcoin CEO and Sweat Economy co-founder. Anton is a managing partner at a fitness-oriented VC fund and holds an MBA from London Business School. He was a former board member at several prominent recruitment firms.
- Egor Khmelev: Sweatcoin CTO and a heavily experienced software developer and multi-time entrepreneur. Khmelev has a long track record of building and refining ambitious products.
- Henry Child: Formerly a commercial analyst at Deliveroo and equity analyst at a London-based hedge fund, Henry has worked in crypto for more than three years, including experience as Head of Tokens at Bitfinex.
Besides the co-founders, Sweat Economy is supported by an international team that includes engineers, growth hackers, community engagement professionals and design specialists.
SWEAT Token Utility and Tokenomics
The SWEAT token forms an integral part of the Sweat Economy as both a reward token for users as well as the sole unit of exchange in the app.
The SWEAT token plays a variety of roles in the Sweat Economy ecosystem. As the primary reward token, it can be used to unlock a variety of benefits, such as vouchers and discounts for blue-chip brands like Amazon and Adidas, tickets to popular sporting events and stablecoin prizes.
SWEAT can also be staked using the grow option to access premium features, such as an increased daily minting limit. The APY users receive by staking increases with the amount of SWEAT staked.
Sweat Economy is also building a competitive NFT-enabled game within the Sweat Wallet app. Users will be able to stake their SWEAT tokens as they compete with other players. Each head-to-head match will result in the burning of SWEAT, helping to shrink the circulating supply over time.
The platform has several mechanisms in place to drive demand for the SWEAT token, including requiring NFT providers and external projects to pay a fee in SWEAT tokens to market their products to the 110 million user Sweat community. Users will also be able to pay a fee in SWEAT to access premium features.
To prevent SWEAT from falling victim to the challenges faced by other M2E coins, the team behind the project notes that it finely tuned its tokenomics to maximize long-term sustainability.
Does Move-to-Earn Have a Future?
Almost all current-generation move-to-earn platforms suffer from at least one of two common challenges.
- They use circular economics: requiring users to stake tokens or buy an NFT to unlock the ability to earn more tokens. This often leads to a boom and bust cycle, where an initial burst of demand eventually leads to a collapsing token price as supply eventually exceeds demand.
- They fail to reach a mainstream audience: current projects generally target a crypto-native audience and frequently fail to maintain a loyal community — often losing a chunk of their users as newer, potentially more profitable competitors appear.
According to the project, Sweat Economy looks to tackle both of these challenges simultaneously by underpinning its economy with multiple revenue streams, as well as by making crypto an opt-in feature while keeping the bulk of the technology in the background.
Sweat Economy is currently in phase one of its roadmap. The non-custodial wallet app is now available, and the SWEAT token generation event and staking feature launch are set to occur in September 2022.
In later stages of its roadmap, Sweat Economy plans to introduce dynamic NFTs, a fiat on-ramp, inactivity fees, the SWEAT DAO and an NFT marketplace.
According to the project, Sweat Economy plans long-term to onboard 1 billion people into the move-to-earn space, helping to make fitness more rewarding for everyone.