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Fuel Games Launches Blockchain’s First eSport

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Fuel Games has announced the pre-sale launch of their online game Gods Unchained, the world’s first blockchain-based eSport. The multiplayer strategy game showcases how blockchain technology can be used to offer gamers absolute, trust-free ownership of the items they purchase or earn in games.

‘Gamers spend tens of billions of dollars and countless hours each year acquiring in-game items. But game studios barely offer their users a licensing agreement for these items, let alone actual ownership – they’re a central bank with no oversight,’ said CEO James Ferguson, 26, who founded Fuel Games with his 21-year-old brother Robbie. The young duo were motivated by their own experiences in gaming, understanding the shortcomings that come with game developers having centralized control over in-game economies. ‘Offering players true ownership of in-game items, and the ability to trade those items freely on secondary markets, means gamers can finally be rewarded for their efforts and spending’, added Robbie. ‘As the games industry switches to asset-driven revenue models, players have a more urgent need than ever for guarantees about the value and tradability of those assets.’

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The launch of Gods Unchained follows Fuel Games’ $2.4 million seed round, which was led by investors Continue Capital and Nirvana Capital, and soon followed by Sora Ventures and Coinbase. The funding is being used to create games and build their software platform, Apollo, which will allow game studios to integrate their titles with blockchain technology at scale.

In creating Gods Unchained, Fuel Games aims to demonstrate that decentralizing in-game economies is an evolution in gaming, and they want to provide consumers with an experience that sets new expectations for game publishers.

“Offering players true ownership of in-game items, and the ability to trade those items freely on secondary markets, means gamers can finally be rewarded for their efforts and spending.” – Robbie Ferguson

‘For blockchain-based games to be successfully adopted by the mainstream market, there needs to be a seamless user experience. Gods Unchained aims to offer all the benefits of decentralization while eliminating the friction traditionally encountered when using cryptocurrencies’ said Robbie, Fuel Games COO.

In February this year, Fuel Games released Etherbots, the company’s first game utilizing the Ethereum blockchain, which offered players ownership of digital robots that could be used to battle other players. Within two weeks of the game launching, Fuel Games had sold over $1 million of in-game items, with individual items won in-game later trading for prices up to $18,000.

Although gaming will benefit from blockchain technology, the brothers feel that the blockchain industry itself stands to gain just as much. ‘Decentralized games will allow people to familiarize themselves with blockchain technology in a fun and user-friendly environment’ added Robbie. ‘I won’t be surprised if gaming ends up being blockchain’s first killer application outside the financial space. Gamers have always been early adopters, and this time will be no different.’

 

What do you think of games that utilize blockchain technology? Would you try Etherbots or Gods Unchained? Let us know in the comments!

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HyperX Sponsors FACEIT Global Summit: PUBG Classic

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HyperX announced its sponsorship of the FACEIT Global Summit: PUBG Classic, the first public global PUBG esports event of the 2019 season. HyperX is the official sponsor of mice, mouse pads, DRAM, and SSD products at the global summit and finals. The FACEIT Global Summit: PUBG Classic has a prize pool of $400K and will culminate with the crowning of the first champion of the PUBG Classic series at the ExCeL London.

The HyperX sponsorship includes branding and ad placements in the tournament stream, in-arena branding, and dedicated social media posts. HyperX will be providing memory and SSDs for the systems being used in the FACEIT Global Summit: PUBG Classic tournament.

“HyperX recognizes the significance of FACEIT’s inaugural Global Summit: PUBG Classic and what it means for global competitive battle royale esports,” said Stephanie Winkler, strategic marketing, HyperX. “Through the tournament HyperX looks forward to showcasing how professional-grade peripherals and internals give PUBG gamers the competitive edge; whether in a casual squad at home or on a massive international stage such as ExCeL London.”

ExCeL London will host 24 teams from North America (NPL), Europe (PEL), Korea (PKL), China, Japan (PJS), Chinese Taipei/Hong Kong/Macao, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Oceania. The teams will compete in an epic multi-stage tournament that marks the end of Phase 1 for PUBG esports. The Summit will also include a show match featuring six community teams who qualified via the FACEIT PUBG Showdown.

“We’re thrilled to partner with HyperX once again on the FACEIT Global Summit. We have a strong history of working together on some of our biggest events such as the FACEIT London Major in 2018, and now on ECS for the entirety of 2019,” said Michele Attisani, Co-Founder & CBO of FACEIT. “We continue to be delighted with the quality of the products they provide and the value they bring to our events, and we look forward to working together on our prestigious global tournament in London this Spring.”

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Event Series “Day One” to Celebrate New Game Titles

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Allied Esports today announced the creation of an original event series called “Day One” that will celebrate the launch of new game titles on the day they are released to the public. The series will kick off with the debut of Tom Clancy’s The Division® 2 on Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time at HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas.

Each “Day One” event will bring the title’s community together with prominent influencers and fans playing the game for the first time in front of a streaming audience at the very moment it is made available. FaZe Clan’s Apex, Teeqo, and GwidT will headline the influencer lineup for the debut of the series on Thursday.

“There is nothing like the anticipation around the launch of a new game and ‘Day One’ will take that excitement and deliver an experience, both in-person in Las Vegas and in our stream, that unifies the community in a significant and authentic way,” said Frank Ng, co-CEO of Ourgame Holdings International, owner of Allied Esports. “We look forward to working with publishers like Ubisoft to create a can’t-miss event and must-watch content that generates a powerful buzz and helps drive momentum for their new title.”

Viewers can tune into Allied Esports’ new Twitch channel starting at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, March 14 for the main stream of the event, which will include gameplay, behind-the-scenes access, and live interviews with influencers and other VIP guests. The stream will be hosted by Anna Prosser and Alex Corea who will be joined by casters Bil “Jump” Carter and Michael “MTashed” Tash.

The debut of “Day One” will include a roster of influencers whose gameplay will be featured on Allied Esports’ main stream as well as on their respective Twitch channels throughout the night. The list of streamers includes: AvaGG, BurkeBlack, Curvyllama, GassyMexican, HayliNic, Lowco, TheHaleyBaby, and Caliverse.

Fans at the inaugural “Day One” party will have the opportunity to play and compete in The Division 2, which will be officially released at 9:01 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, March 14, with the chance to win special prizes, including copies of the game, new merchandise, products from partners, game codes and more.

Participation in the event is invitation-only, however, by using #DayOneDivision2, fans following the event on social media and tuning into the live stream will also have the chance to win prizes and receive giveaways.

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