Epic Games is delivering on its promise to allow blockchain game developers to publish their games on the Epic Games Store. The first of these titles will be creaka Western-themed Battle Royale from blockchain game developer Gala Games.
Gala Games announced the news at Galaverse, a three-day event hosted by the company in Malta, Spain, with a prize of $8,000 (for event entry and hotel, just to be clear ). Coming creak players participating in Galaverse have also received a rare loot chest tied to a non-fungible token (NFT) that will be usable in-game at launch.
“This is when everything will start to change,” a representative from Gala Games said when sharing the news to Galaverse. “Now everyone will understand… ‘Why would you play a game where you don’t own what you buy in the game?'”
Interesting way, creak (which is created by Team Grit, a separate company from Gala Games) was set to debut on Steam Early Access earlier in 2022, until its launch was suddenly delayed. A few weeks later, Gala Games announced that it was “entering into a partnership” with creakdevelopers.
This delay would imply that creak was not built from the ground up with blockchain monetization in mind. In October 2021, Valve informed developers that blockchain games would no longer be welcome on Steam (developers were free to keep their games on Steam if they removed the blockchain components. Developers like SpacePirate Games chose to leave Steam instead than abandoning NFTs).
Later that day, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney announced that the Epic Games Store would fill the blockchain void left by Valve, “provided they comply with applicable laws, disclose their terms and are rated by age by an appropriate group”. Sweeney also clarified that Epic has no plans to use blockchain technology in its games at this time.
Sweeney also tweeted that the cryptocurrency world is “currently tangled up with an unsolvable mix of scams, interesting decentralized tech foundations, and other scams.”
Gala Games’ decentralized blockchain network doesn’t seem exempt from the environmental criticism developers and climate advocates have leveled at blockchain technology. The Gala network uses proof-of-work, proof-of-stake, and proof-of-storage algorithms to secure the value of the Gala token.
Proof-of-work algorithms are associated with higher energy consumption and CO2 output, although Gala Games claims it is “100% committed to becoming and remaining carbon negative”. It is currently attempting to do so through a partnership with tree planting organization One Tree Planted.
He also claims that the Gala Games Node ecosystem and his upcoming Gyri project are “all designed to be the most eco-friendly blockchain ecosystem on the planet”, although details on how it has intention to do so are not found on its website.
An analysis of blockchain-adjacent news organizations shows that Gala Games users have fallen victim to the rampant thefts and hacks that have plagued the NFT world. Gala Games apparently did not respond to users who asked it to return their digital property.
Will be creak find success on the Epic Games Store and convince the public of the power of in-game property? Nobody can answer that, but Gala Games is probably excited that Epic Games Store users spent a total of $840 million on the platform in 2021, a 20% increase from the previous year.
However, if we are going to talk about Battle Royale games on the Epic Games Store…creak has real fierce competition in the form of Fortnite, the Battle Royale title produced by Epic Games that still brings in millions every year. This will be a decent test of a core business perspective of blockchain games: that they can attract an audience that wouldn’t play video games without the incentive of a second-hand digital goods market.