For an industry hungry for end users, Few apples seem tastier to the blockchain world than video games. It is estimated that The global video game market will have sales of more than $ 159 billion in 2020. And at the two-day digital conference, the Blockchain Gaming Alliance made it clear that its members want to put their teeth in this apple.
It is estimated that there are more than 2.7 billion players worldwide, roughly a third of the world’s population. In terms of mass adoption, video games are equated with actions such as breathing oxygen and drinking water.
If only a fraction of those players chose blockchain technology in their lifetime … let’s just say the crypto industry has longed for such public penetration.
Fortunately, blockchain technology has a number of compelling use cases for attracting gamers to their flock, and this technology is opening up a whole new range of opportunities to the world of video games.
The Blockchain Game Alliance (BGA) was formed to be the siren song designed to bring the video game industry in general closer to the benefits of blockchain technology. The BGA advocates the introduction of decentralized games, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and even elements of decentralized funding (DeFi), and shows new ways to create, publish, play and build strong communities around video games.
Members of the BGA represent all aspects of the video game and blockchain industry, and the BGA holds presentations and workshops with some frequency. She is also committed to promoting diversity by encouraging more women to become part of the blockchain-based video game industry.
The most recent event, split in two on November 4th and 11th, was this The BGA Game Demo Day gives members the opportunity to showcase their latest developments and upcoming offers.
And so I spent the rainy, dark autumn afternoons of the last two Wednesdays on my screen, taking notes, and was impressed with the future that awaits blockchain-based video games.
But first a little warning. With a lot of games being shown in both parts of the event, I tried to focus on the games that have not yet been featured here on Cointelegraph.
This article introduces an incredibly wide range of blockchain-enabled games, including Cutting-edge virtual and augmented reality experiences, open world RPGs, classic card battles and even story-based multi-user dungeons. These games are popularly known as MUD, an almost forgotten game format that has been around since the 1990s.
Reality bites …
Have you been depressed by the slow and meaningless passing of the days? Why not trade that for the shiny new virtual reality that Somnium Space offers?
Perhaps the most visually impressive representation of the event, Somnium Space is an open and persistent 3D universe that you can create and interact with almost anything you want.
Accessible with a virtual reality headset or normal web browser, the demo features an NFT art gallery where users purchase art directly from the game universe.
Or do you prefer augmented reality? If so, Maybe Reality Clash is a bit more of your type?
Currently available in the iOS and Google Play stores. This augmented reality shooter game places your avatar on an online battlefield called “The Sim”, where your real movement is translated into in-game action.
Reality Clash is all about weapons, NFTs that you can build, modify and sell to other players. However, I doubt that even a gun with a high verifiable blockchain kill rate and high headshot ratio won’t make my clumsy little fingers a professional shooter.
Arcades for pennies
Various arcade and casual game demos were shown on the two afternoons (or mornings, depending on where you are in the world).
City star by Gala Games is a farm building simulator that you can play on your phone or through the browser. It offers weekly cash prizes contests for players who can grow and sell most of a particular crop type. The inventory also contains crypto elements that can be collected and incorporated into robots to automate certain tasks.
Mib Trek, Meanwhile, takes you on a treasure hunt through many marble-based universes to look for the “marbles of origin”. These are hidden in various Ethereum (ETH) wallets that you can unlock after deciphering the clues found in the game.
Mib Trek’s gameplay is match three. But different missions will reward you with different types of marbles. These need to be collected and melted into composite types to create the crystals that lead you to the Genesis marbles.
Another mining-inspired game, The Dalarnia mines showed a ton of new user-requested features, including a more complex token economy. In this Dig Dug-type mining game, players will have to search the mines for minerals to upgrade their equipment and gain access to more mines.
All elements of the game are represented in crypto tokens. and the mining theme felt particularly appropriate for a blockchain-based game.
Places to swap
Fans of card battles shouldn’t be disappointed as two games were shown during the event.
Dark Country combines thematic elements of the American Wild West and dark occult rituals to create a truly unique Gothic atmosphere. The skill should be used to create a formidable card game to fight with and the gameplay is familiar to anyone who has played competitive card games.
The combat mechanics of Dark Country sees different phases, as the most powerful cards can only be played in later phases. This means that a long term strategy is the key to success.
Another card game I’ve seen that I’m sure many will love was Doctor Who: Worlds apart. This fully licensed game features the cast of characters from the 57-year history of the Doctor Who saga.
Each character’s art was hand drawn and later approved by the BBC to turn the cards into real collectibles. Unfortunately we have to wait a year before we can play the game, even though tickets will go on sale in December.
MMOs to heal the pain of autumn
Massively multiplayer online role-playing games, or MMORPGs for its acronym in English, were featured at the height of this event.
Ember sword It’s an isometric world Collecting, crafting, swapping resources and improving skills leads to an advanced monster hunt.
Unlike many blockchain-based games Ember Sword is not a pay-to-play game, so adventure items are not kept in the chain. However, you can collect NFT collectibles and trade them for cosmetic items and even buy a piece of land to build on and generate income.
Enjin’s platform briefly displayed another isometric RPG Lost relics, However, this was primarily to demonstrate the ability to use certain NFTs in multiple games across the Enjin multiverse.
waves is a third party MMORPG set in a dystopian science fiction universe. However, the demo we could see was still in a very early stage of development. Open tests were not planned until the fourth quarter of 2021.
The six dragons is an open world fantasy role-playing game fully supported by blockchain technology. It has innovative accents like Allow anyone with a recipe for a rare item to offer services to create that item for other players to pay for.
It will soon be available on the Playstation and launched as the first blockchain-based version on a large console.
Highlights and curiosities
Despite the variety of these games, there were some that really stood out.
Football manager elite, In case you didn’t know, it is a decentralized management simulation of a soccer team.
Coaches can choose team tactics and lineups, and players can also buy shares in various clubs and footballers. This gives them the right to vote on decisions, e.g. B. who should be hired as a trainer and whether the clubs essentially act as small, autonomous, decentralized organizations.
Second legion presented what he described as “Rare Boards”. These are digital works of art with playable autonomous games overlaying the artwork. The first game is a dart simulator on an NFT with works of art by the famous crypto artist Alotta Money.
And finally … Water depth is an online story-based adventure game that has been active since 1997. An ERC-20 governance token called Duma was recently integrated, which users can use to vote on proposed new rules of the game.
It also has built-in bots that can read and interact with the smart contracts on the blockchain right from the game. It is really amazing to see what many would consider a relic, at least in terms of video games, to implement blockchain technology and offer new features.
view in the future
And that was all a viewer could see! Fortunately, If you’d like to see the BGA’s Game Demo Day for yourself, you can because the shows from the first and second part are available on YouTube.
With so many interesting, challenging, and unique games available now and later, blockchain-based games are gradually finding their place.
We’ll be taking a closer look at some of these games and others in the Blockhain section in the not too distant future!