Most game companies, Blizzard, EA, Activision, etc., where founded by gamers who wanted to make the kinds of games they wanted to play. And they were great at it – pushing the envelope of gameplay and visual presentation beyond anything we could have imagined 15 or even 10 years ago.
But success brings its own problems. Those companies are no longer run by the gamers who founded them; they are run by businesspeople who seek to maximize the bottom line and have no vision of pushing game boundaries beyond the blurb they put in their advertisements. Rather, they clone their gameplay in cookie cutter fashion. They create gaming environments where the rules can change, where super-powerful players can ruin the gameplay of newcomers, and where you don’t really own the gameplay items you worked so hard to stockpile.
Fair.Game is a new blockchain-based project determined to tackle some of the challenges of game development and play. This project is setting itself up to revolutionize the gaming market in a number of ways:
Open, Fair, and Just Games:
Sometimes, whether playing online poker or a RPG, players may start to get the feeling that the game is rigged. The other players may be too powerful, never giving them a chance; the rules of the game may be randomly changed on them; or they may even be playing against an AI instead of another human player!
Fair.Game plans to change all that by anchoring the games in the Ethereum blockchain. The rules will be set from the start, executed as smart contracts, and fully audit-able. Any cheating or stacking of the deck will be much more difficult and easily discoverable. Players may still lose, but they will know that win or lose, it will be on an even playing field.
Further, since many events in games, particularly games of chance like slots or poker, are determined by random number generators. These have always been a little wonky, and when kept inside a company’s black box, there is no way for players to know if they are being treated fairly or not. Fair.Game is making its random number generators fully open by linking up with Oraclize.
Currently, Fair.Game has slots ready to play on the Ethereum testnet and Texas Hold’em can be played on Android devices. These games are for fun, though. No real-money gambling. Fair.Game will not make gambling options available until regulatory requirements have been met in particular locales.
In the near future, Fair.Game will be rolling out a number of different types of games, including versions of chess, monopoly, etc. A city-building game, Fair City, the first simulation game running on blockchain, will be launched in April 2018.
In order to play, gamers will need to pay either with the native FAIR token or with Ether (more cryptocurrency payment options pending). This means that the only registration you need to complete is with a crypto-address – so the gamers will never have to worry about their privacy.
Though Fair.Game is in the process of developing a number of games internally, it is their intention to throw open the development market by make a Fair SDK (software development kit) available. Any gamer with a cool idea and a bit of coding skill will be able to use this kit to build their dream game and make it available on the Fair.Game platform.
The games will be monetized by players who pay either the Fair.Game native token FAIR or Ether. Other cryptocurrencies are planned to be added as payment options in the future.
Currently, the only way to play any of the game is on the Fair.Game site, but they are also in the process of developing Android and IOS apps which will make gameplay widely available.
Another exciting element of the Fair.Game blockchain integration is that items will be owned on the blockchain and cannot be taken by the game company, though they still can be taken by the rules of game play. This means the player can hold, trade, or sell any of their items at their own discretion through the Fair Game Assets Marketplace.
The Game Token:
Fair.Game completed its ICO last December, raising nearly 29,000 ETH. The FAIR tokens distributed will be used to incentivize use of the platform and development, and is currently trading at a value of .23 USD.
In addition to using the tokens to play on the platform, token holders will be able to vote on developments within the platform.
One additional interesting use of the coins is that holders will have opportunity to be a ’24-Hour Partner’ in a blind selection process. 24-Hour Partners will receive a percentage of the 24-hour profit from the entire platform.
In reading about projects with native tokens, many readers will wonder when the pitch to buy is coming. Fair.Game completed its ICO and is currently in the process of buying back some of the tokens. Further, unlike many of the questionable ICOs that have given the fundraising method a black eye in the press of late, they are actively rolling out their products and building out their platform.
Like the founders of those once-great gaming companies, the people at Fair.Game are in it to help create the best gaming experience they can. Check them out.
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