Blockchain is steadily gaining popularity in the gaming industry. Its main advantages – decentralization and anonymity – can significantly change the gaming market. Thanks to the blockchain, users can own and freely share in-game assets without intermediaries, including between different games. Developers are also profitable – they can earn extra by selling game tokens and items. Of course, the launch of AAA games on the blockchain is still a long way off, and we will not play World of Tanks on Ethereum anytime soon. But the market is already full of blockchain games: they can play and earn the first tokens now. In this article, we will talk about 5 games that integrated this technology.
SkyWeaver is a free card game based on the super-popular online card game Hearthstone from Blizzard Entertainment, which is played by more than 100 million people. SkyWeaver players must collect decks of unique cards and fight other players. In Hearthstone, users are not free to share, sell, or donate them. Because of this, gamers often complained about censorship by the publisher. Blockchain will allow players to do with cards anything. The rules do not prohibit anything.
The starting set of cards is free, and the right cards can be bought or exchanged from other players at a specified price or from a fixed publisher. 350 cards will be available at the start.
Horizon is both a development company and a platform that distributes blockchain games. While working on SkyWeaver, this publisher developed an Arcade gaming platform that other publishers can use. It’s a well-trodden path in the gaming world – for example, the main source of revenue for Epic Games – licensing its Unreal Engine engine. Alexis Ohanian, co-founder, and CEO of Reddit, along with Coinbase Ventures, Polychain Capital, and Inovia Capital, has invested $3.5 million in SkyWeaver.
Keno is a lottery-like gambling game that is offered by numerous casinos. Players generally wager by choosing numbers from 1 to 80 and in recent years it has become a very popular activity. Some people try to calculate a Keno strategy that is accurate in order to maximize their winnings but it is a very difficult job.
Keno has also integrated blockchain technology and Bitcoin Keno is a thing that attracts a lot of gamers. Even though it is still very far to completely adopt blockchain technology in it, the prospects are really promising.
The Sandbox appeared back in 2012 and was available on Microsoft Windows, iOS, and Android, and since 2015 on PC. The game has been downloaded more than 40 million times, it has 1 million active users.
Players are free to create whatever they want in sandbox mode (with a non-linear plot), analogous to classic Minecraft and Roblox. The user takes on the role of “apprentice deity” and creates his own universe using different elements and resources. The tasks are interesting: for example, to create dirt from water and earth or heating, with the preliminary invention of electricity. Players can save the worlds they’ve created, share their items with each other using NFS tokens or with users from other games, upload them to a public gallery, buy/sell/donate on the terms and price they choose.
The new version of the game will be released in 3D and built on Ethereum. With blockchain, users will be able not only to show their worlds to others but also to earn on it. On December 5, 2019, the pre-sale of virtual land in the game began – it was sold out in 4 hours.
The developers hope that the blockchain version of The Sandbox will become the new standard of the industry. The ultimate goal is to build a whole decentralized ecosystem that is managed by the gaming community and allows developers to create, publish, and monetize their projects.
Unland is an EOS blockchain-based game that offers to trade virtual real estate in real cities (such as San Francisco or Paris). On a map stylized as Google Maps, players can highlight real buildings and other properties, buy and trade them on the EOS platform. Upland is similar to Pokemon Go, but instead of Pokemon players accumulate buildings and attractions. Players can collect entire “collections” of buildings, such as type or location, assign unique properties to their objects that their real prototypes don’t have, and make a profit and put them in fiat (about like monopoly).
Blankos Block Party
Blankos Block Party is a small LittleBigPlanet analog from Sony but on the EOS platform. It’s a mix of platformer-to-designer, allowing players to create unique Blankos – vinyl fun and naughty toys resembling Lego figurines. Blankos Block Party takes place in a casual multiplayer world, stylized as a giant party. Players can meet, go hunting for bonuses, perform daily tasks, take part in global online mini-games, and explore other players’ parties. You can also create your own gameplay modes – a game inside the game. You can make a rough idea of how it will look, you can make a teaser trailer.
Characters can be pumped, customized, collected, exchanged, or sold. Some of them will be unique – it opens up the space for collecting, which is why blockchain is needed.
Blankos Block Party offers a whole world of possibilities not only for gamers but also for content creators and professional artists or brands to experiment with their unique designs, skins, and characteristics. They can play, collect, and even share or trade their custom Blanko design in the game.
The game’s publisher, Mythical Games, has launched its own standard of NFT ownership which is also compatible with Microsoft’s Azure Blockchain. Among the developers are veterans of the gaming industry from Activision, Oculus, and EA. The project team has already collected $35 million in funding, through which developers hope to demonstrate the huge value of blockchain for the gaming industry.