CardSphere is an innovative peer-to-peer trading network for Magic: the Gathering players to trade cards backed by real money (USD).
We’re excited that CardSphere joined us for an interview! ElspethFTW of our sister site Life Successfully conducted the interview over at Gaming Successfully.
Here's a highlight from that interview:
ElspethFTW: ... First off, what inspired you to create Cardsphere? What sets it apart from other MtG marketplace websites?
CS: We had been users of legacy trading platforms, but none of them provided us with the complete experience we wanted. There was always something getting in the way of the actual trading, and that’s supposed to be the point, right? Anyway, as disgruntled users of other sites, we met on Reddit, and decided we could solve these problems.
We had been users of legacy trading platforms, but none of them provided us with the complete experience we wanted. There was always something getting in the way of trades:
We came together on Reddit and decided the time was right to launch a platform that solved all these problems. It was pretty easy to establish our core principles.
First, we knew we wanted everything that happened on the site to be backed by the US dollar. That way, if you couldn't get the cards you wanted, you could simply withdraw your money and leave. Early on it became clear that people were concerned that there could be a “run on the bank”, so we established that we would never touch our users’ funds. We can cash out every user in full at all times. We’ve cashed out over $40,000.00 so far.
Second, we wanted it to be the least expensive place for people who wanted to just swap cards, but also have fees that are competitive if you decided you just want to buy and sell. Our market is unique and can accommodate people trading, buying and selling equally well.
Third, we wanted Cardsphere to be lean, fast loading and created with a mobile-first design philosophy. Everything we know about traders tells us people want data and convenient access to it rather than a flashy experience, so that’s what we provide.
Fourth and most importantly to us, we wanted to be very engaged with the users, and let their involvement really shape what Cardsphere became. After all, we ourselves were proof enough that if you aren’t building something for your users, they’ll move on.
So far it's been one heck of a ride.
Read the rest of the Gaming Successfully interview here.
To check out CardSphere and see what it’s all about, check it out at www.cardsphere.com .
You can also find CardSphere on Twitter @realCardSphere and on Facebook, Reddit, and Discord.
** Disclaimer: Write W.A.V.E. Media was not compensated in any form for this interview. It was done purely for the good of the Magic the Gathering community.
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