- Blockchain-powered games are using non-fungible tokens and crypto to create in-game economies with digital assets.
- Crypto’s user experience still poses a challenge for mass adoption by gamers.
- Decrypt spoke to developers from Ubisoft, Immutable, and CCP Games to get their thoughts on the future of blockchain gaming.
It was just over two years ago that Dapper Labs’ CryptoKitties exploded onto the scene, bogging down the Ethereum network while showing the potential for blockchain-driven gaming. Since then, many video games and interactive experiences have integrated crypto and blockchain, with more on the horizon.
Still, it feels like very early days for blockchain in gaming. While there are plenty of opportunities on the horizon and many interested parties working to bring those visions to life, there are also challenges and hurdles that could slow or even stifle the pace of innovation. What will be the blockchain game that breaks out into the mainstream… and will there even be one?
Decrypt interviewed a trio of game industry leaders to get their diverse takes on what’s next. We spoke with a VP from the developer of Gods Unchained, one of the biggest blockchain games to date, and the leader of blockchain initiatives at Ubisoft, one of the largest video game publishers on the planet. We also spoke to a game studio CEO who, while he’s personally immersed in the crypto space, has yet to integrate it in his flagship title, EVE Online.
This is where they see blockchain gaming going in the future.
Non-fungible tokens and the Internet of Assets
Using non-fungible tokens (NFTs), it’s possible to create unique digital assets. That means it’s possible to create in-game objects such as trading cards and digital skins with a limited real-world supply; the technology famously underpinned the aforementioned CryptoKitties.
The ability to own these unique, scarce digital assets has been one of the biggest selling points to date for blockchain games….