Blockchain technology shaking up the gaming industry

AvatarPelé FindsonOctober 12, 2018
Blockchain tech shaking up gaming

The use of blockchain technology in a new role-playing game has captured the attention of online gaming community.

9Lives Arena by Touchhour allows players to store in-game characters as cryptocurrencies within their secure blockchain addresses. That means users can move their in-game characters and assets from game to game.

“Years after maybe the game’s been closed, servers are closed, you still own these items, well that’s what Blockchain is bringing to you,” Touchhour CEO and Game Designer Ralph Laemmche said.

Earlier this year, Touchhour announced its adoption of Enjin Coin’s (ENJ) blockchain development platform, which enabled them to mint next-generation ERC-1155 tokens for 9Lives Arena.

Designed for PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4, the company said the game’s integration of the ERC-1155 token standard would set precedence in the usability of Ethereum’s blockchain, upon which it is built.

9Lives Arena is one of the newest games to use the technology.

According to Laemmche, it gets even better.

Touchhour has launched a ‘kickstart’ campaign where early backers are rewarded with multiverse items, which can be traded or used in other games, linked by blockchain.

“All the money raised will go towards development which will enable us to create more game content and more features,” Touchhour co-founder Cindy Gomez said.

“This is just the beginning, there’ll be more games that connect to this multiverse,” Laemmche added.

Already Enjin is being tipped to be the Blockchain engine room for many more games to come. Since the launch of 9Lives Arena, seven other developers have reportedly signed on to use the platform, including games such as Age of Rust, Cats in Mechs and Forest Knight.

In the Arena, players get to go one on one with other players for a fight to the death, lose nine lives and its Game Over for your character.

“When you finally die your character becomes a large oversized statue in your personal trainings ground,” Laemche said.

This story first appeared on Coincast TV.

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