Not only Cryptococcus: remembering games on the blockchain
The Cryptococal army has been holding the virtual world hostage for more than a week and does not cease to be the most popular application in the Ethereum blockchain . Users continue to buy, sell and grow virtual cats. At the time of writing, the volume of operations has already reached $ 4 million.
Due to the success of the Cryptokitties, we decided to recall other games on the blockchain, the release of which became a landmark event in the industry.After all, the blockchain is increasingly penetrating computer games, and this plays into the hands of gamers. According to the creator and founder of the Augmentors Michael Deon, the main feature of the games on the blockchain is that players will have real ownership of their characters and in-game currency. In other words, the developers will no longer be able to drastically reshape the ecosystem of the game - to ban someone or change the prices of goods. Thus, the blockchain gives players a certain power.
Also blockchain can oust intermediaries from the gaming industry. Currently, large gaming platforms are controlled by companies such as Steam, Apple and Google.
“If you are a game developer, then Google or Apple will charge you up to 30% of the income received from users' expenses either on the game itself or inside it. The standard waiting time for receiving your interest payment is up to 60 days , ” said Sergey Sholom , deputy head of the business development department at GameCredits.
Blockchain can create a decentralized gaming economy that will create a direct link between developers and players.
And now more about the games themselves.
In 2014, with the advent of HunterCoin , the history of games on the blockchain began.
Gameplay: the whole essence of the game is reduced to the competition of players for the number of coins naminennogo. To do this, the user must create one or several hunters who will collect HUCs appearing on the map. In order for the coin to be credited to the wallet, it must be conveyed to the respawn. On the way to the target, other hunters will attack you using the self-exploding function.
Game currency: HunterCoin.
The state of the game: the project foreshadowed a great future, but its development was stalled due to the death of the lead developer. But despite numerous problems, HunterCoin remains the only completely autonomous and decentralized game on the blockchain.
Spells of Genesis
A year later, the Spells of Genesis arcade card game came out , which for one round of crowdsale raised more than $ 200 thousand. Spells of Genesis was the first game to integrate the block chain.
Gameplay: game events take place in the fantastic world of Moonga, in which the user needs to fight the despotic ruler of the Sayosian Empire. For development, players need to build and improve mines, to collect strategic maps.
Game currency: Bitcrystals tokens created on the Counterparty platform and stored in a Bitcoin blockchain. Bitcrystals are fully player owned, can be used outside the Spells of Genesis platform.
Game status:Originally Spells of Genesis was released for Android and iOS platforms. In 2016, the Swiss game developer EverdreamSoft presented a free web version. 6,000 players are testing it, and for the last year the sale of cards has brought the company about $ 250,000.
Beyond the Void
The next breakthrough in the industry was the game Beyond the Void - the first real-time strategy (RTS) with elements of MOBA, using the Ethereum blockchain-technology. The project managed to get 515 143 Bitcrystals and 30 395 ETH with the help of crowdfunding.
Gameplay: humanity discovered a new form of matter, known as the “Cube”, which made intergalactic travels possible and accelerated the development of civilization. Unfortunately, this is a scarce product, you need to fight for it. Fighting one on one against another player, the user controls the flagship, accompanied by Roy, consisting of the most powerful warships in the universe. The main task is to build a powerful space fleet and capture the enemy's mother planet.
Game currency:The project offers its own currency - Nexium, which is the standard token of ERC20. Any player can trade Nexium tokens through the Ethereum blockchain and send in-game items to another ETH user who uses the corresponding wallet.
Game status: Beyond the Void is in early access and is currently not fully developed. During the first month of Beyond the Void activity (from October 8 to November 8) more than 6000 accounts were created.
In an interview with CMO Beyond the Void, Manon Burgell promised that the game would continue to evolve so that gamers would not lose interest in it.
“At the moment we are testing game assets that can be used in two games at once - Beyond the Void and Spells of Genesis, and this is just the beginning. We hope that in the near future, other games will begin to integrate our assets and that players will be able to use their assets from other games in Beyond the Void, ”she said.
The Augmentors game is the first gaming project with augmented reality, created on the basis of blockchain technology. Only during the first day of the placement of tokens, the project managed to collect 522 BTC (more than $ 500 thousand).
Gameplay: in the game, the user can create creatures - augmentors, - fight, share or trade them. 50 combat monsters are available, all possess original skills and have their own background. The game has characters, gods, half people, robots. Augmentors can be both good and evil.
“It was a long and exciting journey when we developed the concept of game mechanics, the design of 50 characters and their history, as well as the principle of the token, ” said the founder of the Augmentors, Michael Deon.
Game currency: DataBits tokens, used only in the game. The more DataBits you have, the more heroes, potions and skins you can buy.
Game state: the game is currently in alpha version.