What If Fortnite Were on Blockchain and Had Crypto? By DailyCoin
- Blockchain technology allows you to think outside the box. Video games have concrete boundaries, beyond which in-game things don’t have a right to exist. Blockchain could be used to connect the in-game and the real world.
- A wallet or exchange with a third party is no more than a temporary container for tokenized items in-game. It’s metaphorically a “limbo” for numbers.
- Furthermore, blockchain can be the “lingua franca” between different games, if the developers accept NFTs as the common standard. Think about transferring items from Fortnite into Battle Breakers.
- Fortnite could benefit from blockchain adoption, as it offers an outfit shop, which includes harvesting tools and wraps. Tokenization can make these in-game items more valuable.
- Epic Games might consider this redundant. Light Nite, Fortnite’s blockchain counterpart, is available.
Despite not being a new game genre, battle royales boomed several years ago with the release of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, also known as PUBG. This trend is common among hyped items: staying underground until positive circumstances arise. This is easier to apply to entire phenomena rather than specific projects. Fortnite and Apex Legends followed PUBG. Fall Guys is an ideological successor to PUBG but it was set in a completely different context.
Now, we are experiencing a new cycle in gaming history – blockchain. Although crypto gaming is still very new, it’s not impossible to make a profit from them. E3, the most important gaming conference in the world, presented an NFT-based project. It is a sign that something new might soon be happening. A new type of console was released last year, so the gaming community is in dire need of a better way to feel fulfilled.
Fortnite is Better for Blockchain Than PUBG
If we compare two main rivals in the battle royale game genre, the main difference lies in their distribution form, omitting cosmetic features, of course. PUBG refers to the one-time purchase of a game as a retail item. Fortnite, on the other hand is free to play with internal purchases. This doesn’t mean being entirely play-to-win but just having unique skins and other items for sale. Fortnite V-Bucks are an in-game currency that can be purchased with fiat currencies. That’s why it’s a perfect candidate for becoming tokenized, like Smooth Love Potion in Axie Infinity.
Tokenization by itself will not bring any benefits, as earning and spending will still be the main purpose of the currency. To have a valued currency we must provide an ecosystem that allows it to circulate, this means creating a market with NFT products.
Epic Games will be required to bring outfits, harvesting equipment, wraps and other emotes onto the blockchain. As we know so far, there is no cheap way to make an NFT as it’s usually a part of one .
What makes NFTs different from current items?
NFTs and blockchain offer the opportunity to own your item. You can now buy items and they stay within the game. It’s not you who own the purchased in-game items. If a game goes down you will lose your entire investment. Blockchain is a metaphor for the potential to move from gaming communism towards capitalism.
The blockchain technology gives the possibility to transfer items outside of the realms that are available for in-game ownership. Games have concrete boundaries, out of which, in-game things don’t have the ability to exist. Blockchain can be thought of as the bridge between the virtual world and the real.
Tokenized Items, also called. Things on the Blockchain (NFTs), allow you to transmit items directly from games into your wallet, without losing their value. This wallet acts as a temporary vehicle, an limbo for digital digits.
You can buy items in the shop and use them as normal. If it is rare, you may also trade it or auction it off on an NFT market.
Blockchain Gaming Doesn’t Live by NFTs Alone: Epic Games Multiverse
Technologies do not stay still. Already, the crypto gaming community is using marketing techniques and breeding methods too much. That’s why we are observing fewer projects like CryptoKitties, CryptoPunks, and Bored Apes appearing at the top of OpenSea, the biggest marketplace of the crypto world.
Multiverses are the likely next major trend. For example, some crypto games with interoperable blockchains can hold events inside each other’s universes. Zed Run recently held an event in Decentraland. Zed Run viewers had the opportunity to not only watch the digital horse races, but also view the Zed NFTs online gallery and have a chat with members of the Zed Run community.
This is how the Epic Game multiverse looks. You will have skins that can be transmitted from Fortnite to Battle Breakers. This creates a common 3D virtual world where you can go after a Fortnite round, exchange abilities with your Battle Breakers friend and then jump into the fight royale to surprise your enemies.
This multiverse is theoretically interoperable with both an economic and gaming ecosystem. If not working, it can be used to create some additional module systems.
On The Flipside
- This may sound like an oxymoron, but the traditional gaming industry is quite conservative. It’s hard to convince big gaming studios to make a revolution. Usually, it’s done by small indie studios that are not afraid of experiments.
Fortnite’s corporate performance is impressive. It is not necessary to alter things that are working well. Epic Games may explore blockchain technology in future projects. Epic Games’ reputation is for enhancing existing ideas, rather than pioneering new ones, which we see in Fortnite and PUBG.
If you are contemplating playing Fortnite should it get play-to-earn features, let’s consider some other options:
Fortnite Counterparts on Blockchain
There is a full list of blockchain projects with the genre mark “battle royale.” The most famous among them are Blankos Block Party and Thetan Arena, which are ideological successors of Fall Guys and League of Legends accordingly. These projects will be covered in subsequent articles.
However, the closest crypto game to Fortnite is Light Nite from a studio with a promising name, Satoshi’s Games. Its very name hint at Fortnite’s ideological closeness. It features many beloved mechanics like big maps, skins, cosmetics, survival, and more.
There are some changes to the game, however. You can see that the visual style has a more cartoonish feel than it is polygon-inspired. But the most important feature of this game is receiving game rewards as satoshis, which are the smallest units.
The official website states that the game is in beta release. Light Nite can be purchased in an early access version for $20.
Third Party Solutions
In one of the latest DailyCoin interviews, we talked to the creator of this kind of project, Hoard. They provide “the bridge” between the traditional game industry and GameFi in the aforementioned method of tokenization. However, it’s the one provided not by game developers but by a third party.
The process allows games to own real-world items that they have purchased with their money. This means not only the possibility to sell but also exchange items with other players outside the game “box.”
Furthermore, blockchain can be the “lingua franca” between different games, if the developers accept NFTs as the common standard.
This makes it feel like the singularity is rapidly approaching.
What are you supposed to care about?
When a major gaming studio uses blockchain to create their next hit, it is the start of a new trend in the gaming industry. The blockchain industry is independent and large. Indie developers are also increasingly looking at blockchain and its capabilities. The great boom is coming, but we must be ready to adapt to the changes.
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