Over the years with the advancement of technology the gaming industry has evolved extensively. Combination of blockchain technology and gaming has become quite popular among gamers over the past few years.
On the other hand, many gamers are yet to explore blockchain gaming. So here is the easy understanding of what is blockchain gaming? Blockchain gaming is a kind of video game that relies on blockchain technology for a decentralised experience. But many of you must be wondering what exactly is blockchain technology? Blockchain technology is the growing list of records popularly known as blocks, which are connected using cryptography. It was initially introduced as the Bitcoin crypto-currency, these revolutionary decentralized records with multiple nodes encrypted information are uploaded in each block which only allows secret data sharing among the authorized individuals.
Breaking the myth of cryptocurrency and blockchain gaming, many consider that the blockchain gaming dealt with online rummy, poker or kind of casino gambling game but the truth is that blockchain game can be of any sort. It can be in the form of poker even or it can be in the form of Farmville or most popular game like Candycrush where you play games and may earn bitcoins.
Today, blockchain is most overhyped technology which is being handled by the Internet of Things (IoT) vendors to not only secure data but also to increase the speed of data processing to make the internet of everything. This is where the blockchain technology entered into the gaming industry.
Many blockchain enthusiasts and gaming developers are collaborating and trying to improve their business processes, businesses need, blockchain advancement in gaming to get into the bigger picture of blockchain and crypto-currencies. This is where the hustle of the blockchain technology in the online gaming or gaming industry has been exhibiting a steady interest in utilising the technology.
Benefits of combining gaming and blockchain
Considering the popularity of blockchain technology and both government, as well as the independent gaming companies, are attempting to attain customers’ trust in their own ways. Blockchain technology has become the medium which helps to improves transparency between the participants and the gaming companies with the support of high-end encryption of data. Not only that it enables direct connectivity between the player and the gaming brand, which helps to develop trust, which again falls as a challenge to maintain it. On the other hand, this trust can be instilled across multiple systems in order to reap the most benefits which include earning of cryptocurrency or bitcoins.
Considering the improvised process, security, transparency, more gamers are getting attracted to blockchain games. And therefore more game developer is coming in front to develop blockchain gaming.
Recently at the Block Chain Game Summit Lyon France, leading brands in the gaming and blockchain space have come together to form the Blockchain Game Alliance, a coalition that will promote blockchain development within the gaming industry. The Blockchain Game Alliance is made up of influential companies such as Alto, Gimli, Fig, Ubisoft, Ultra, B2Expand, ConsenSys, EverdreamSoft and Enjin.
The public attention into blockchain gaming came close to crashing the Ethereum network in December 2017 with the launch of blockchain game Crypto Kitties. It was a platform to breed your own unique virtual cat. It’s the blockchain equivalent of the old-school Tamagochi or Beanie Baby crazes. And it drew the ire of the ethereum community. So thinking of the demand in the blockchain game we are listing down some of the new blockchain games of 2018 which are transforming traditional gaming and revolutionizing blockchain gaming.
Glitch Goons : It is the new mobile fighting game by a well-known blockchain game developer Ether Dale. The main feature of the game is the fights between cybernetic animal-humanoid characters in a futuristic post-apocalyptic world. Glitch Goons is one of the very few games on the market, supporting a whole range of cryptocurrencies, which makes it multi-blockchain. Its pre-sales has started on 22 October and will run for 3 weeks. It is a free-to-play game with premium tournaments and a substantial prize pool. The core mechanics are automatic player vs. player combat system with no manual control over the fight, and an advanced character management system to modify fighter’s stats and abilities.
There are 5 unique sets (out of 30) distributed between the chests – cosmic, fusion, crimson, shining, and ancient. Having only two items of the set already gives the player a generous bonus to his fighting skills so we can only imagine what gives the full set if obtained. The cost for the item chests varies from 0,5 ETH to 10 ETH. These items will not be duplicated or sold in the in-game shop ever again.
Eth Town : Eth Town is the first ever crypto game where you can get your very own custom-designed character. You can amend the appearance of your characters to look like yourself, your family, or your friends. Considering that a lot of Eth.Town is based on your heroes, it’s your minions who trade for you, fight for you, and merge for you! The heroes are an ERC-721 ethereum token (this code stays for non-fungible tokens, that is each hero is unique, your ownership and the properties of the hero are recorded on the blockchain, and you can transfer and trade it on platforms that support the standard). Just like in real life, the heroes merge and create offsprings, which are better than the originals. It takes a boy-hero and a girl-hero hero to make a new baby-hero, and the new one will have a mix of the parents’ genes, stats, and looks. The parents retire right after merging and leave the town. You start with level-0 heroes and can reach levels up to level-15 (you get a Super Hero).
Spells of Genesis : Spells of Genesis is a mobile game that is a mix of a trading card game (TCG) like monopoly, bringing in deck collection and strategy, along with arcade-style gaming aspects. The game is based on blockchain technology, which is also the main source of inspiration for the storyline. The game revolves around in collection, trading and combining orbs to build the strongest decks, and put them to the test against various opponents while exploring the fantasy realm of Askian. This game can be played with multiple players where you can collect cards, trade or exchange them with other players and collectors. Combine them to build your team then test their abilities and your strategic skills in battles.
0x Universe and 0x battleship:
0x Universe is the game which is powered by the ethereum blockchain. In its first part, released at the end of June 2018, players are encouraged to be a space explorer, colonizing planets in a 3D-rendered galaxy. They can explore planets or buy them using blockchain technology. In the second half, OxGames launched the second part as 0xBattleships which comes with a new challenge. This time, players have to protect inhabitants of the virtual galaxy from a new threat — a mysterious cult of the Void God, famous for its villainy. The resistance to the enemy requires the players to construct their own powerful battleship with various modules that are stored on the blockchain. The modules, which are non-fungible tokens, are the most important part of the game. Players can own lasers, force shields, physical armour, energy generators, engines, and so on — selling them or buying from other players in an auction. The discoverers will extract resources and carry out research that allows them to conquer the remotest corners of the galaxy. In addition, players can jointly contribute to the story and unravel the mystery of the universe. Each planet has a digital collectable with a unique design and resources. Discover the four kinds: common, rare, epic and legendary planets. The latter will amaze you with their fantastic presentation and special stories.
World of Blockchain: World of Blockchain is a web-based business simulation game, which mirrors the blockchain industry in the real world and helps you to know more about the blockchain startups. Different from other crypto games, it adds new features and is expected to take the lead. Previously, it was released in the version of the closed beta test. Except for the market, other gameplay in the official release is similar to the closed beta test. Through this game, the outsiders see the truth behind the stories that blockchain startups try to sell, and the insiders take inspiration from playing. The game’s philosophy is to let people make their own decisions and having fun out of craving out business opportunities.
Considering the indulgence of the gamers in blockchain gaming, the variation of block chain games so far and the Block Chain Alliance it is expected that more game developers will come up with more unique blockchain games in near future