CoinMarketCap former CTO joins Aavegotchi as Technical Advisor

3 min readJul 28, 2021


Another galaxy brain joins the Aavegotchi development team

Frens, we’re thrilled to confirm that Mauvis Ledford, former CTO at CoinMarketCap (CMC), has joined Aavegotchi’s Pixelcraft Studios as Technical Advisor. Mauvis will play a lead role in scaling The Gotchiverse Realm so that tens of thousands of players can simultaneously enjoy the exciting virtual world when it goes live later this year.

Mauvis is one of the world’s foremost experts at scaling platforms for maximum capacity. During CoinMarketCap’s critical growth years, Mauvis was instrumental in improving internal systems so that the crypto data-aggregator could grow to be one of the most visited websites in the world, consistently ranking as a top 100 global site. The CoinMarketCap Pro API system, which integrates data from over 300 exchanges in real-time worldwide, was also designed, built, and scaled by Mauvis. This track record is enhanced by the fact that he is crypto native, working continually with the ever-evolving assortment of blockchains and standards.

Can you tell we’re thrilled to have Mauvis in the Pixelcraft Studio’s brain trust? As Technical Advisor, he joins an incredible list of core advisors that include Aave’s founder and CEO Stani Kulechov; Wave Financial’s co-founder and CSO Les Borsai; and Bayfront’s director Clarence Guo among others.

Mauvis recently shared his enthusiasm for joining:

“Aavegotchi is pushing the envelope of what’s possible in the intersection of NFT’s and gaming while introducing a world of new users into the crypto space. I’m beyond excited to help them build and scale the Gotchiverse Realm and what’s beyond!”

Details for The Gotchiverse Realm were first confirmed this June when Pixelcraft Studios published the game’s litepaper. The ambitious game has been described as the world’s first “DeFi RPG” offering a metaverse that weaves yield farming with deep story telling. The game is structured to roll out in phases with “The Citaadel” slated to launch in December 2021. The first presale of REALM virtual land parcels is set to be distributed via Aavegotchi’s frenly bid-to-earn auctions this September. Exact dates to be announced soon.

Concept art of the Aavegotchi Citaadel (Launching in December 2021)

Mauvis and the entire Pixelcraft Studios team will be hard at work throughout the rest of the year preparing to launch the flagship Aavegotchi experience.

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About Pixelcraft Studios

Pixelcraft Studios is the leading game development team committed to gaming with true ownership. We achieve this by leveraging blockchain technology to the benefit of the gamer.

Our flagship title is Aavegotchi, the groundbreaking DeFi x NFT crypto pets experience where participants have complete ownership of all in-game assets. While Pixelcraft builds the core game, it’s the incredible community of Aavegotchi fans that are able to directly impact the game’s development via AavegotchiDAO, our blockchain-based governance system.

Founded in 2020, Pixelcraft Studios is proud to be pioneering the future of gaming by putting the player first.

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