As blockchain technology weaves golden threads into exciting new use cases, promising solutions like cryptocurrencies, NFTs, and DeFi are continuously gaining more attention, cementing themselves as significant contributors to overall ecosystem growth. Amidst this growing marketplace, blockchain gaming is another promising sector that has proven its potential.
Because blockchain games facilitate the play-to-earn (P2E) model, there has been a surge in demand for such games, partly driven by the economic crises due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Per data from the BGA Blockchain Game Report, more than 840,000 unique users joined at least one of the available play-to-earn games, growing the aggregate usage by 121% in terms of unique and active wallets between June and July 2021.
The Early Days
The early successes of blockchain games like Huntercoin, Crypto Kitties, and Axie Infinity, among others, brought a paradigm shift in how in-game asset ownerships work via NFTs, native tokens, and virtual asset marketplaces, paving the way for a fully decentralized global gaming economy.
For instance, one of the oldest companies in the blockchain gaming scene, XAYA, has been involved in blockchain development since 2013. The company is credited with launching the world’s first blockchain game, Huntercoin, in February 2014. By design, Huntercoin was a fully decentralized Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) game running on its own blockchain. It was originally introduced as a live experimental test to see how blockchain technology could handle fully functional game worlds.
Following this experience, the team behind XAYA spent several years doing research and development to come up with a scalable and permissionless blockchain that can run multiple game worlds like Taurion. Fast forward, and XAYA has teamed up with GeekyAnts to bring Soccer Manager Elite, the premier sports management game, into the blockchain ecosystem. From inaugurating the world’s first blockchain game to creating an ecosystem of products and services that facilitate blockchain games, XAYA is setting the foundation for the upcoming wave of play-to-earn and NFT games.
XAYA co-founder Andrew Colosimo holds an optimistic view of the blockchain gaming industry, noting, “I think in 2022 we will start to see the emergence of more complex blockchain games. We are currently limited to games that are not necessarily fun but more focused on staking and with trivial game mechanics. I believe we are going to see the blockchain industry matching the standards of traditional games in terms of playability while integrating blockchain on various levels, for example, by utilizing NFTs or by the games themselves being fully decentralized.”
Peering Into The Present
By leveraging blockchain technology and the concept of tokenization, the current generation of blockchain games empowers the global gamer community with several income generation opportunities. Take Splinterlands, for instance, a blockchain-based trading card game that has shattered every record, establishing itself as one of the fastest-growing blockchain-based digital card games of 2021 after expanding its user base by almost 55.46% between September and October 2021.
Unlike other trading games, Splinterlands has created its digital cards using NFT technology, which grants it real value, even outside the game. These cards are tradeable on secondary marketplaces, and depending on the rarity and demand, each card can fetch its owner significant sums. Not only is the game free to play, but it also creates lucrative products for revenue streams and generates earnings opportunities for the players.
Remarking on the future of blockchain gaming, Dr. Jesse “Aggroed” Reich, Splinterlands co-founder and CEO, stating, “what feels like a craze now is really just the start of a tidal wave of change in the industry. This is a one-way valve where players that have experienced asset ownership and appreciation won’t go back to free to play. It’s a new era and has barely started.”
A Peek Into The Future Of Blockchain Gaming
Given explosive year-on-year growth from 2020 to 2021, there is no denying that next-generation blockchain technology will open up the next significant chapter in blockchain gaming, delivering not only a computing revolution but also a monetary revolution.
According to a report by InvestGame, a total of 489 deals involving gaming companies have been closed and announced within the first six months of 2021, four times the total deal flow in the first half of 2020. The total estimated value of these deals reached $50.2 billion, raised via public offerings, acquisitions, and investments.
Moreover, the NFT craze isn’t going to fade anytime soon. Accordingly, the future of blockchain gaming is promising, and we will see more P2E games going live, new metaverses and collectibles, thousands of new users, and the emergence of platforms that facilitate blockchain games and dApps.
Bluzelle is one such platform that is fully prepared to tackle the wave of new blockchain games by allowing dApp developers to store their sensitive data on its decentralized data delivery network (DDN). The team behind Bluzelle has developed an enterprise-grade database network from scratch that includes both a database and data caching services.
Video games demand speed, a lag-free experience, and security – all of which Bluzelle provides through its DDN. By combining decentralized technologies with edge computing, Bluzelle offers a faster and more secure internet while addressing all the pain points every dApp developer encounters, namely the choice between the high cost of blockchain data storage or the vulnerability of centralized solutions.
When asked about the future of blockchain gaming, Bluzelle CEO Pavel Bains concludes, “Games are becoming more online and global. 2021 was the year crypto game mechanics proved itself out. As a result, more talent has come in, and more games are being developed. In 2022, we’ll see more games going live for people to play and bring in more users. The security and the performance needs of those types of games, as more of them come out, are going to have to rely on decentralized technology.”
Original Article: newsbtc.com
It’s Official! Online Retail Giant Newegg Confirms That It Will Accept Shiba Inu
In a recent tweet, Newegg said, “Coming soon to Newegg…$SHIB”.
— Newegg (@Newegg) November 26, 2021
After Raising $5.3 Million, Astra Guild Ventures (AGV) Gears for Series B & Public Token Sale
Astra Guild Ventures (AGV) has successfully raised $3 million for its Series A funding round led by some notable venture capitalists such as CSP DAO Inc, Halvings Capital Ltd, Oracles Investment Group, GDA Capital and Deltahub Capital.
The raised funds will be used for marketing AGV’s public token sale, covering operational and management expenses, and for the acquisition of new nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and equities on companies that develop play-to-earn (P2E) games.
At the time of writing, AGV has raised a total of $5.3 million after its Seed and Series A funding rounds. They have a total of 2,036 Axie Infinity scholars, 50,000+ Discord community members and 75,000+ Facebook followers. Recently, AGV has invested $800K in BMG, a Florida-based gaming studio behind the play-to-earn NFT games Kart Racing League and Realms of Ethernity (ROE).
AGV Series B and public sale
AGV is set to launch its Series B, or private token sale, on its website on November 17, 2021 at 2 pm UTC, and its public token sale on December 17, 2021. AGV has been audited by Certik.
What is Astra Guild Ventures (AGV)
Astra Guild Ventures (AGV) is a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) that invests in NFTs, P2E games and other blockchain projects. The DAO aims to build a global community of investors, tech leaders, NFT and blockchain enthusiasts and P2E players.
AGV boasts itself as the first DAO and NFT gaming guild that completely discloses its real-time earnings through its earnings dashboard and has a completely verifiable and publicly available list of assets.
AGV will also be launching its DAO Governance Board where AGV holders are able to propose and vote changes on the DAO’s rules and decisions. This makes AGV one of the first NFT gaming guilds to fully launch a decentralized platform.
Transparency and growth: Driving reasons for investments in AGV
With a lot of projects launching in the blockchain and crypto space, finding the right project to invest in is difficult — this is exactly what the AGV investors realized and what made them trust AGV. The transparency features that AGV meticulously integrated into its operations as a DAO was one main turning point.
Astra Guild has its own earnings and governance dashboard integrated together to provide a one-stop platform to AGV holders where they participate and decide for the DAO and view their investment status. The rapid growth of the Astra Guild community has also been a factor, in just three months Astra Guild’s membership blew up to 51,000+ members, hailing it as one of the fastest-growing NFT gaming guilds in the world — clear evidence that the NFT and blockchain market is on the rise.
List of investors
Encrypted Investments Limited, Vespertine Capital, Three M Capital, GDA Capital, Kangaroo Capital, DEC.Ventures, CSP DAO, Connectico Capital, Halvings Capital, DeltaHub Capital, NFT Technologies, Oracles Investment Group, Mars Dao, Point3 Ventures, International Blockchain Consulting Group, Follow[the]Seed, Interstellar Ventures, CrowdCreate, Ruby Capital Singapore, Dot Finance LTD, NFT Stars Limited, GAINS Associates, Seedthrift Ventures, Almora Capital, BIP32 Ventures and Wolf of Markets. Some notable Angel Investors include Alexander Kondrashov, Moon Carl and Ronny Roehrig.
Anyone interested in joining Astra Guild Ventures’ Series B, may register here to receive instructions and announcements straight to their inbox.
AGV will be distributing 37,500,000 AGV with 10% to be released on Token Generation Event and the remaining 90% is subject to 12 months vesting.
Original Article: newsbtc.com
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