Fortnite Creator’s Epic Games Store Releases First NFT Game
The Web3 Blankos Block Party game is the first NFT-powered game to launch on the Epic Games Store.
The Mythical Games title launched in open beta in 2020 through its own launcher, and the studio says it has attracted more than a million players to date.
Blankos Block Party, one NFT-online creation game, released today on the Epic Games Store, becoming the first Web3 title published in the popular PC gaming market.
The Mythical Games title was previously available on your own website after launching with an open beta in December 2020, with the company saying in June this year that Blankos had amassed over a million total users to date.
Blankos Block Party allows users to play and collaborate in a colorful online world, and is inspired by vinyl/designer toy culture. NFTs are used in-game to represent unique items, such as avatar skins and accessories, that can be bought and sold through the in-game market.
Since its release, the game has brought a number of brand and artist partners for limited edition releases including Burberry, Atari and the musician Deadmau5. However, you do not need to own NFTs to play. An NFT is a blockchain symbolic representing ownership of an item, including video game products such as characters, weapons, and virtual lands.
Epic Games Store, which claimed more than 194 million total users by the end of 2021, it has taken a different approach to Web3 gaming than its main rival, Valve’s Steam marketplace. Last fall, Valve said that developers I couldn’t publish games on Steam that used NFTs or cryptocurrencies in some way.
In response, Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney. tweeted that while the studio, which publishes the smash hit Fortnite, did not itself plan to use NFT or Web3 technology, it would allow other creators to use them as long as they adhere to laws and market guidelines.
“Epic Games Store will welcome games that use blockchain technology as long as they comply with relevant laws, disclose their terms, and are age-rated by an appropriate group,” he tweeted. “Although Epic does not use crypto in our games, we welcome innovation in the areas of technology and finance.”
The version of Blankos Block Party that was released today on the Epic Games Store is functionally identical to the version playable from the game’s website. Both are available in what is being billed as an “early access” status, with the game’s full release hitting platforms on September 28 with additional content.
Blankos Block Party runs on the studio’s Mythical Platform, which is based on the EOS.IO blockchain protocol, but is bridged with the leading NFT network. Ethereal. Mythical is also developing several other games, including the Licensed NFL rivalsand more recently raised $150 million at a valuation of $1.25 billion last November.
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