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(Kitco News) – Epic Games, the company behind the popular online multiplayer game Fortnite, has officially entered the world of blockchain gaming with the launch of Blanko’s Block Party on the Epic Games Store.
Blank block party is a Nonfungible Token (NFT) based online creation game developed by Mythical Games and originally launched in December 2020 as Open Beta. Since its launch, the Web3 game has accumulated more than a million users, according to Mythical Games.
The game studio first announced its plans to bring the free-to-play title to the Epic Games Store in June, and managed to beat Gala Games and its western shooter Grit for the honor of becoming the first Web3 game be launched the popular marketplace for PC games.
Blank block party was inspired by the designer/vinyl toy culture and allows users to play and collaborate in a colorful online world. NFT technology is used to represent unique in-game items such as avatar skins and accessories that users can buy and sell through the game’s marketplace.
A number of well-known brands and artist partners have already signed up to be part of Blank block party by offering limited edition drops including Burberry, Atari and musician Deadmau5. It is important for interested players to note that owning an NFT is not required to play the game.
The version of Blank block party launched on the Epic Games Store is functionally identical to the playable version on the gaming website. Both versions are currently available in an “Early Access” state ahead of the full game launch, which is scheduled for September 28th.
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In other blockchain gaming news, Square Enix is the Japanese game developer behind the globally popular final fantasy franchise, has committed to become a node validator for the blockchain gaming project Oasys.
According to Oasys’ announcement, Square Enix managed to claim the last of the project’s 21 initial validator slots. In addition to becoming a validator, the pair have teamed up to build the next generation of blockchain games on Oasys’ EVM-compatible Proof-of-Stake (PoS) blockchain.
The collaboration will focus on creating triple-A quality games with play-to-earn (P2E) integrations. Other gaming partners of Oasys are Double Jump, Bandai Namco and Ubisoft.
In January, Square Enix President and CEO Yosuke Matsuda signaled that he was interested in the idea of introducing blockchain-enabled “token economies” into games to encourage both gamers and users who generate content to power the games to add.
“With advances in the token economy, users are being offered explicit incentives, which not only leads to greater consistency in their motivation, but also creates a tangible advantage in their creative endeavors,” Matsuda wrote.
“From having fun to earning to contributing, a variety of motivations will inspire people to engage with games and connect with one another. It is blockchain-based tokens that make this possible. By incorporating viable token economies into our games, we will enable self-sustaining growth of the games.”
The company’s first foray into the NFT realm came in July with the release of tokenized character figures for $129.99 featuring characters such as Cloud Strife from final fantasy.
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