Blockchain in the gaming industry is one of the most popular topics in 2019. This year attracted the interest of young independent developers and large companies. Conferences and hackathons are regularly held around the world for developers to look for new ideas to integrate the blockchain into the game.
The main advantage of blockchain is decentralization and open-source nature, which can significantly change the gaming market. This technology takes trust between developers and players to a new level, and users can now own and freely exchange in-game assets without intermediaries and even between different games.
This is also beneficial for game publishers, because they can earn extra income by selling tokens and game items. Of course, launching the AAA title game using blockchain is still far away, and gamers will not be playing World of Warcraft or Counter Strike on Ethereum in the near future, but blockchain games that allow gamers to get more tokens are also an interesting way to spend one’s time .
Tokens cannot be exchanged
Of course, the increased interest in games using blockchain cannot be separated from the development of the blockchain itself, or rather the appearance of various types of tokens. Almost all games like that are used unlimited tokens, which records the unique features of in-game items in the token metadata and allows transfer of items from one game to another.
Currently, one of the most popular tokens is the standard ERC-1155 multi token, which was developed by the Enjin project. It can be simultaneously issued and sent in large quantities. Its popularity is explained by the BlockPegnio team, game developer for The Six Dragons:
“We have built all our tools on the Ethereum network, using the ERC-1155 standard and tools from the Engineering Platform. Our decision was driven by the security of the Ethereum ecosystem, the simplicity of Enjin’s blockchain tool and Enjin’s extraordinary blockchain wallet, which can be easily used not only by crypto-experienced users but also newcomers. “
In addition, NFT and the games that use it are supported by large investors. The Winklevoss twins in November 2019 was obtained Nifty platform, positioning itself as the first centralized US dollar-based NFT exchange. This platform allows users from the United States to withdraw fiat and plans to implement a withdrawal of funds for international users soon.
What must be played in 2020
Since 2019, interest in blockchain-based games has increased, helping projects such as Gods Unchained generate significant revenue. This year promises to be more attractive to the industry. The biggest change will likely be seen mainly in the development of various game genres, which were confirmed by the BlockPegnio team:
“In terms of popularity, we have to admit that last year Gods Unchained was the most popular title. […] We hope that game developers begin to focus on creating a real play experience that can reach people outside the niche blockchain market. That means, to move from hardened concepts (such as CryptoKitties, Axie Infinity, and Trading card Games) to real 3D experiences such as fantasy RPGs, first-person shooters, and the like. “
In addition to the largest existing projects such as Sandbox, Decentraland, and Gods Unchained, the market will see a number of new entrants in 2020 who claim to change the state of the game itself, and these projects are not just card games.
The card game is still leading the package
The card game genre is booming. SkyWeaver, a free Etherchain blockchain based card game similar to Hearthstone which is very popular on Blizzard, is one of the favorites.
SkyWeaver players collect stacks of unique cards and fight with other players. At Hearthstone, users cannot exchange cards freely, nor can they sell or give away their cards. Instead, the blockchain allows players a number of options: buy, sell, give to friends or even destroy cards.
This project is handled by Horizon Blockchain Games, a development company that is also a platform for distributing blockchain games. On March 21st, Horizon was announced the start of SkyWeaver 0 season, which will run until the launch of the open beta version of SkyWeaver later this year. This game is in private beta now and is available on mobile and PC. The head of Horizon’s storyteller, Michael Sanders, explained to Cointelegraph how players can receive in-game tokens:
“We also wrote ERC-1155 multi-standard tokens. The SkyWeaver card is an ERC-1155 card. We will also have a crypto-token called Weave (ERC-1155), which players can win by ranking high on the SkyWeaver leaderboard. Weave can be used to make rare Gold cards (ERC-1155) on SkyWeaver. And, there will be a ERC-20 stable for players to use to buy and trade cards in the market. “
Another interesting project to emerge soon is Emergents. In March 2020, co-founder of Tezos (XTZ) Kathleen Breitman was announced potential new game launches built in based on the Tezos blockchain. This game will use NFT, where the player has full ownership. The company will also act as a buyer and seller for NFT.
This game is similar to Hearthstone Blizzard, but will use a variety of blockchain-based features. Although the development company behind the game, Coase, will sell and handle cards, players will be able to exchange cards without any restrictions.
Coase will also provide an “memory” card for Emergents, which means that each card’s activity will be recorded on the blockchain. For example, data on Emergents cards used to win tournament matches will be recorded on the chain, thereby increasing its value.
2020 will not be complete without games that are close to the real world, especially if it is possible to buy and sell “real” objects, like on Upland. This game is based on the EOS blockchain which offers virtual real estate trading in real cities like San Francisco.
The game will be available later in 2020 both on mobile and on the web, but for now it can only be played on smartphones. So far, registration is limited to the beta version of San Francisco. Other cities will gradually emerge.
Upland is similar to Pokemon Go, but instead of Pokemon, players collect local buildings and attractions. On maps similar to Google, players can buy and trade digital real estate on the EOS platform. Players can hold entire collections of buildings, for example, by type or location, assign unique properties that their original prototype does not have, make profits, and display value in fiat currencies, such as in Monopoly.
Developers promise that after launching in 2020, they will add the ability to exchange in-game tokens for real fiat money. Dirk Lueth, one of Upland’s founders, told Cointelegraph:
“We have cryptocurrency in a game called UPX. This is in game for regulatory reasons and for reasons of having a stable exchange rate against the dollar. But our players can use their crypto to buy UPX. Soon we will allow players to sell their NFT from our games to FIAT and Crypto in our market to other players. “
Six Dragons is an RPG developed by BlockPegnio Ltd. for PC. The early alpha version of the current fantasy game available and offers a large open world for players to freely explore, fight, farm, harvest and create more than 300 unique blockchain items.
Players can also open their own paths by creating unique character classes with a combination of unique abilities based on magicians, warriors, and scholars.
Even though this game is a single player, gamers can gather a group of five friends and start the search. BlockPegnio also plans to release a PvP battle, esports mode with standard equipment, and a joint game for two to four players.
As with other blockchain games, item creation will drive the internal economy of the game. Six Dragons have their own tokens (TSDT), tied 1: 1 to the Enjin coins to facilitate free transactions for various game mechanisms such as crafts.
Neon District is a cyberpunk RPG adventure and the flagship blockchain game development studio, Blockade Games. The plot is simple, taking place in a city called Unity, where there are neighborhoods of rich people and a quarter of exiles in the “Neon District.”
Rebels fight against oppressive governments. Players improve their characters, gather NFT equipment, develop strategies, fight story missions and among themselves. With increasing levels of character and equipment, players can choose new abilities and properties. All equipment can be sold or exchanged freely on the Ethereum network.
In October 2019, the developer of Neon District announced that the game would be coming soon available, but the Neon District release is postponed for six months, taking the launch date to the summer of 2020. The game studio Blockade Games cites “unexpected circumstances” and individual misfortune as the main causes of delay.
For now, players are waiting for the full version of the game to use the items they produce and join friends and complete missions together. The game will be available on Windows, Mac and mobile devices.
In recent years, the professional sports industry has shown great interest in cryptocurrency, with many teams participating. The blockchain collaboration and sports organization is primarily aimed at tokenization – a hobby that reaches back to the baseball-and-gum summer in the 20th century.
For example, in Delta F1 time, players can assemble virtual Formula One cars, choose their drivers and participate in races. Competitive racing will be a key element of Delta F1 Time.
When the racing game comes out this summer 2020, players will first get access to qualifications. This qualification consists of three laps, with the first lap being the first. The fastest lap will be used to match other players to the actual race.
Another project is the NBA Top Shot. In December 2019, Dapper Labs and NBA was announced collectible game Blockchain NBA Top Shot, in which Dapper Labs managed to get a patent for a digital collection token for the NBA in Brazil.
NBA fans can buy, sell and exchange digital units that can be collected during this season. Digital collection units can be used for games or network tournaments.
On the road to real money
Blockchain-based games are not only made for entertainment but also fulfill an important mission: To introduce blockchains to an interactive environment and attract people who are unfamiliar with the world of crypto – an important step towards the mass adoption of technology.
Although these games are in the early stages of development, in just two years, the blockchain game industry has experienced impressive diversification. The Blockchain Game Alliance president, Sebastien Borget, believes that NFT games, whatever their genre, will not only provide a unique gaming experience, but will also help players get real money:
“The main benefit of NFT is true digital ownership and fewer transfer permits, allowing users to trade and monetize their game assets primarily captured by Digital Collectibles games. […] Play-to-Earn has emerged as well and I think this is the future of the game, offering great added value for gamers and allowing deeper involvement in blockchain-based games. “
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