Blockchain In Action: Making Our Video Games Better

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Those who have been following our series know that blockchain tech can (or soon will) allow people to do some cool things. From derailing drug abuse to ending forced labor, this new technology is poised to change the world.

However, when blockchains aren’t being used to solve mankind ’s larger problems, they can also provide folks with some great ways to unwind – like battling with zombies for instance.

Zombie Battleground

One company is using the chain to create a digital card game called Zombie Battleground. When complete, it will be the first collectible card game to run on the blockchain. The organization behind this project is Loom Network.  Loom Network is working to build scalable blockchains for large-scale online games and social apps.

The Zombie-based card game is getting funding by Kickstarter donations. At press time, it has already received over $270,000 in funding, from over a 1,000 backers.

Loom Network co-founder James Martin Duffy explains,

“The game was so good, that we realized it had the potential to be much more than simply another niche “blockchain game” —it had the potential to compete with major mainstream game titles. So we decided to go all in, double down our resources on Zombie Battleground, and make this game as amazing as it can possibly be. And thus, the idea for doing a Kickstarter was born.”

Duffy also claims that Loom Network’s goal is to bring the blockchain to mainstream audiences, and using Kickstarter to fund the endeavor will allow them to introduce this new technology to a whole new audience.

The game itself entails,

“Zombie trainers unleash their hand-picked armies of 30 unique creatures (cards) against each other, in order to take down their opponent’s mighty zombie hero.”

Why using blockchain has some perks

This may sound like a relatively standard video game on the surface. But the use of blockchain tech provides Zombie Battleground with some benefits other digital card games don’t offer.

For starters, players have true ownership of their cards, and no one (not even Loom Network) can take them. Secondly, players can buy, sell, or trade their cards on the networks p2p marketplace. Moreover, all cards in circulation are transparent and can be seen by everyone – allowing users to verify the validity of “rare cards.”

The Zombie Battleground Kickstarter page sums it up nicely, stating,

“If it’s not clear yet, the guiding principle for Battleground is total, 100% unapologetic transparency.”

A fully playable version of the game is expected to be released by the end of 2018.

With help from companies like Loom Network, blockchain is even making our video games better!

Check out Loom Network’s other game – CryptoZombies – that teaches you coding through zombified fun.

By now, many people have heard of blockchain technology. However, they may not be aware of the ways this new tech can change the world around us.

In our series, Blockchain In Action, we take a look at some real-world uses for this digitized and decentralized public ledger. We discover how it can potentially help various industries become more profitable, increase efficiency, and, perhaps most importantly, make our everyday lives easier.

For more awesome articles by Jacques Martin, check ’em out here!