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Fortnite developer Epic Games just released Blankos Block Party, the first non-fungible token (NFT) blockchain-based game on its game store.
More than a year before the release, Mythical Games, the team behind the game, successfully raised $150 million in a Series C funding round at a $1.25 billion valuation.
Blankos Block Party is a free-to-play open-world multiplayer game just like Roblox and Minecraft that is centered around unique collectible digital vinyl toys called Blankos—the games’ NFTs that can be bought, upgraded, and sold within it.
According to the developers, the Early Access Soft Launch of Blankos Block Party was released on June 14, 2021. (Read more: Blankos Block Party Philippines Beginners Guide)
The version of the game launched on the Epic Games Store is functionally parallel to the version playable on the game’s own website. Currently, both are still in the “early access” state; the full game launch will be on September 28 with additional content in line.
In 2021, Epic Games Store, with over 194 million total users, took a different approach and welcomed Web3 gaming after its rival, Valve, banned all blockchain games that feature NFT or cryptocurrencies on its video game digital distribution service, Steam.
“Epic Games Store will welcome games that make use of blockchain tech provided they follow the relevant laws, disclose their terms, and are age-rated by an appropriate group. Though Epic’s not using crypto in our games, we welcome innovation in the areas of technology and finance,” Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney tweeted.
Moreover, last July, after Minecraft banned blockchain technologies and NFT on their platform, Sweeney reiterated his views about the metaverse.
“NFTs are not inclusive of all our communities and create a scenario of the haves and the have-nots…. The speculative pricing and investment mentality around NFTs takes the focus away from playing the game and encourages profiteering, which we think is inconsistent with the long-term joy and success of our players,” he stated.
Sweeney also added that in regards to banning NFT games, “developers should be free to decide how to build their games, and you are free to decide whether to play them.”
“I believe stores and operating system makers shouldn’t interfere by forcing their views onto others. We definitely won’t,” he concluded.
On the other hand, game developer Ubisoft is currently stepping back from NFTs and blockchain tech and stated that they are now in “research mode.”
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