Blockchain was often seen as a technology that would disrupt several industries in particular financial services and logistics. However, so far, we haven’t really seen mainstream banking being threatened by Blockchain nor the logistics sector. Some companies have trialled Blockchain to make current processes more efficient but it wasn’t as disruptive as it sounded. How disruptive can a consortium blockchain possibly be?
Yet, one of the most exciting use cases for blockchain, so much so that it’s even touted a Trojan Horse for mass adoption, is gaming.
It’s not news that gamers have frequently been ahead of their time and among the first to test new technologies. Similarly, many gamers have in the early days of cryptocurrencies mined using their CPUs. While those days are certainly gone, gamers remain a vital part of the cryptocurrency community and there is no denying that there is an overlap in demographics between the two.
One important part of many games are in-game items that can be purchased to improve a gamers performance, give him added abilities or simply a more aesthetically pleasing shield. A big challenge for existing game companies has been the black-market activity surrounding these in-game items. Items have often been copied and sold without the publisher’s knowledge. This is where Blockchain and the concept of tokenization can step in to ensure that one item exists just once. The token type that can achieve this is called Non-Fungible-Tokens (NFT). As the name suggests every NFT can just exist once making it the perfect fit for an in-game item that cannot exist several times. Furthermore, the traceability of blockchain ensures rightful ownership of these items.
While we’ve seen many blockchain games evolve, few have been as successful with what they do as Splinterlands (formerly steem monsters).
Splinterlands is a collectible trading card game and one of the leading blockchain gaming dapps. Leveraging the power of the steem blockchain allows a smooth gaming experience from set-up to start.
As soon as you’ve got your cards ready, you can try your skills in your first fight. Every fight consists of an ever-changing set of combat rules, a timed team building session and the actual fight. On average a fight won’t last longer than 2 minutes guaranteeing an exciting experience and the ability to play on the go.
Unlike other card games where simply the player with the overall stronger team wins, gamers in splinterlands are challenged to adjust their team for every fight to best comply with the everchanging rules and win. Currently, there are over 200 different cards with balanced statistical mechanics and 46 abilities.
Splinterlands has also introduced another unique feature to add value to their cards by addressing the problem of duplicates in a completely different way.
Anyone who has ever collected cards — be it football players or pokemon – is familiar with the frustration of buying a new pack and finding many cards you already own in there. In splinterlands this is an opportunity: duplicate cards can be combined and create a stronger card. Not only will you have levelled up but by combining the two cards together, you’re automatically reducing supply.
This and other characteristics of Splinterlands have made it one of the most successful blockchain card games out there.
Therefore, we, the Bitcoin.com Exchange are even more thrilled to be sponsoring 2 of their seasons, 2 grand tournaments and 6 prize tournaments.
The first Tournament with a prize of $100 in BCH will start on Sunday, March 22nd 0:00 UTC and will be followed on the same day by another tournament at 8:00 UTC.
Winners will receive their prizes in BCH directly into their Bitcoin.com Exchange Account.
Further tournaments will be announced on our social media channels.
We will soon also be giving away starter packs and card packs to make it even easier for our traders to get started.
If you want to learn more about splinterlands, have a look at their blog here
Or try the game for yourself here.