An Epic Combination!
According to CNBC, video game sales are soaring. They stated:
Sales of the latest video games have smashed records as millions are stuck at home after governments around the world locked down entire cities and pushed for social distancing measures to stop the coronavirus from spreading.
One example cited was Activision Blizzard’s free-to-play, Call of Duty: Warzone, which launched on 10 March. Within just 10 days it had attracted 30 million players.
It certainly makes sense that more and more good global citizens would be entertaining themselves through online gaming, as they abide by their coronavirus lockdown regulations. What however, if we could take it one step further…
What if we could earn tradable cryptocurrencies as we play?
This idea is certainly not new. In Ernest Cline‘s novel and Steven Spielberg blockbuster film ‘Ready Player One’, the citizens of Earth spend most of their days gaming within a virtual utopia known as the Oasis. Within the Oasis participants were able to earn Oasis Credits, which also serve the function of a reliable and stable real-world currency.
In previous Goldsmith Money posts we discussed the evolution of blockchain technology and the advancements in functionality that were being made. One part of this evolution is the integration of games onto blockchains.
By integrating games onto blockchain, developers are able to allow their customers to communicate, trade and transact both within a game and with other games, via a secure, trustless and decentralised gaming ecosystem. And in light of the coronavirus lockdown, the environment and timing for such an ecosystem, may be perfect.
When it comes to technology, nothing seems to happen in a hurry. Regardless, progress in the blockchain gaming industry is slowly being made.
A little known game called Angry Warlord, is now available on Google Play. This Android App Game is actually built upon the Telos blockchain – Telos being a decentralised, 3rd generation EOSIO blockchain.
Having been described as a casual and fun, platform style game, Angry Warlord, from developer Gems Lab, is merging blockchain and gaming and taking it to a massive worldwide mobile audience.
A possible attraction for this game is the ability for players to earn Gems, the game’s native cryptocurrency. These Gems are then able to be traded on the Telos blockchain for other cryptocurrencies and potentially local fiat currencies.
Angry Warlord is just the beginning though.
The team behind the popular Soccer Manager games are looking to take Soccer Manager to the blockchain with their new game ‘Soccer Manager Elite‘ (SME).
To be built upon the specialist XAYA gaming blockchain, SME will seek to take the popular sports management gaming genre to a whole new level, as it attempts to monetise an entire virtual soccer competition.
SME beta testing is to commence soon – the team at Goldsmith Money are quietly hoping to be part of this.
To also be built upon the XAYA blockchain and now in the final stages of development testing is Taurion.
Taurion purports to be a fully-decentralised, massive multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG), equipped for communication, trade and human cryptocurrency mining.
Set on it’s own virtual planet, with a backstory spanning multiple galaxies – Taurion includes everything from warring resource hungry factions to all manner exploration and mining, craft and trade, diplomacy and combat, heroes, ancient artifacts, buildings and vehicles, taxes and even in-game advertising billboards (just like the Oasis).
Taurion surely has the potential to keep gamers the world over, working feverishly for many years, to build, conquer and maintain their epic virtual empires.
These are but a few of what is likely to be a huge new trend of decentralised, blockchain based games promising to both entertain and financially reward users.
So coronavirus lockdown or otherwise, the time has never been better to feel like a kid once more – and get gaming!
Soccer Manager Elite