Gala Games' Superior Hits Steam And Sony Files A Patent
GM. I hope you are hungry because we have some tasty treats in your Friday Lootbox. In the menu we have:
- Gala Games' Superior goes on Steam.
- Sony files a patent for "NFT" (sort of)
Gala Games' Superior lists on Steam
If you've been here a while, you know that Steam is not buddies with web3 games and it's at the don't come to my house level. Their stance has been an outright ban on any game that uses blockchain technology or NFTs. So how did Gala Games get Superior on Steam?
It's simpler than you may think. Gala Games traded the game's web3 functionality for the mainstream visibility Steam provides. No blockchain or NFT functionality, and no plans to sync the Steam version with the Gala Games launcher that has the web3 version. Now that we know how, let's break down the details we know.
- The flagship shooter is available as early access on Steam starting November 16th.
- They have put a paywall on the Steam version of the game, listing it at $8.49. Players can get 15% off until November 23rd.
- There will be cross-play between the 2 versions of the game but the experience would be different.
- Accounts with Prime Characters can apply for early access on Gala's native launcher.
This is a curious strategy from Gala Games launching on Steam and we can see it playing out in two directions.
- First, this could be a trojan horse to get some of the Steam players over to the native launcher which has web3 functionality. The challenge would be how they convince players that already coughed up $8.49 on Steam to get a Prime Character (the in-game NFTs) and download the game on a different launcher.
- Second, players on both sides could get pissed if they think the experience on one platform is providing better value than the other for how much they have put in.
Read the article here.
Sony files a patent for blockchain infrastructure
Sony has published a patent that would suggest it is investigating NFT and blockchain integration at a hardware level for its PlayStation platform. The patent is titled "Tracking Unique In-Game Digital Assets Using Tokens on a Distributed Ledger". Here's a snippet of the patent itself:
“A system and method for tracking digital assets associated with video games. The digital assets may be in-game digital assets, such as in-game items or characters. The digital assets may be video game digital media assets representing moments of gameplay of a video game, such as video clips or images.”
Imagine owning that sick sniper shot from the last national Call Of Duty tournament or even the sniper skin used to get the kill. This patent could break the way we currently use in-game recordings, as well as create immense value for streamers and collectors alike.
Sony is putting on the big boy pants and positioning itself for the mass adoption of digital collectibles, AKA NFTs. Let's see if this gets built. 👀
Want to see the patent? Find it here.
The sneaky news you may have missed
- Fastex Ecosystem opens NFT stores in Dubai: Fastex Ecosystem powered by SoftConstruct has opened 2 physical stores where you can buy NFTs in Dubai. The stores will showcase "Limited Edition and General Merchandise" by the artists in Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates. I won't be hopping on a plane to Dubai for this one, but still pretty cool. Read it here.
- VechainThor enters blockchain gaming: Exoworld (Sci-Fi NFT blockchain game built on the VeChainThor blockchain) tweeted about a new partnership with Sp4ce games. The announcement also stated that Sp4ce games would help Exoworld with content, strategy, marketing, and other essential growth techniques. The real takeaway here is Vechain is taking a step into blockchain gaming...I wonder why? :). Read it here.
Until next time...
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