It is not a fad, or yes, but the blockchain tenology begins to be inscribed in the world of videogames, mainly attracted by the management of safe and transparent payments for users.
Animoca Brands recently acquired Pixowl, the maker of The Sandbox building game, for $4.875 million. Pixowl is now working on a blockchain version of The Sandbox.
Therefore, it is normal that companies with many years of experience as Atari and pioneering companies in development and inclusion of blockchain technology in video games like Animoca Brands join to create commercial agreements.
“This deal marks a special moment for me because I started my career working with Atari and using Atari computers,” said Yat Siu, chairman of Animoca Brands, in a statement.
RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch is a popular theme park management simulation game for iOS and Android devices. It is one of the recent installments in the video game franchise RollerCoaster Tycoon, which since 1999 has spawned several top-ranking sequels and spinoffs across multiple platforms including PC, mobile, and game consoles.
Goon Squad is a card-based, multiplayer brawler video game for iOS and Android devices, launched in 2017, in which players navigate an underworld ruled by mobsters and fast-paced card battles in order to build the ultimate criminal empire.
“The RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise is, like many of Atari’s properties, a true evergreen, having been around for two decades. Given the strategic and commercial elements of this incredibly fun simulation, it is a perfect candidate for blockchain adaptation.”
Based on the agreement, Animoca Brands will produce and publish blockchain-based versions of RollerCoaster Tycoon and Goon Squad worldwide (excluding China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau); the new titles will feature the integration of non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The NFTs use the blockchain to ensure that an item is unique and cannot be copied. They work well with collectible items.
The term of the agreement extends through to March 31, 2022. Animoca Brands expects to begin publishing the games in the latter half of 2019.
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