Game development is the area that is attracting the attention from both foreign and domestic investments. With fast progress the game industry has released many new types of games which bring much benefit to the owners and even to the players. In recent years, the emerged game technology of all time is Blockchain technology. And the terms Blockchain gaming, and Crypto gaming have started becoming popular. The two notions sometimes make us confused that they are the same, but actually they are different on some sides. Let's take a close look at them to find out!
Firstly, the term ‘blockchain gaming’ highlights the blockchain technology itself, independently of financial assets. Thus, the values of decentralization, true ownership, and resistance to censorship inherent to blockchain are promoted and presented as the only option. Total decentralization is an enormous technical challenge as many questions are raised about its possible realization, for example:
Do the rules of the game have to be written on the blockchain, thus making them immutable?
Do the graphics have to be generated by a central server or will one day each computer be able to provide some resources to host an entire MMORPG?
What is interoperability in a metaverse?
‘Blockchain gaming’ aims to be as decentralized as possible. For blockchain purists, reaching this level of development is a real dream! At the moment, there are no such games available, but some are trying to get closer to it. As an example, we can talk about Decentraland-based games such as Battle Racers or Chainbreakers or, Decentraland itself.
Decentraland is probably one of the most decentralized projects to date. The LANDs metadata are hosted on Ethereum thanks to NFT and all the graphics are hosted on 13 servers kept by small DAOs all around the world. If one is shut down, players can still connect to the game using another server. Even if Decentraland isn’t a video game, the way they achieved decentralized architecture is a good example of what can be done without the need of hosting everything on a blockchain.
Secondly, about Crypto gaming: Crypto games are games in which a cryptocurrency is the financial asset in circulation on the blockchain. Therefore, the gameplay will utilize and payout using this cryptocurrency. Those games reward their players in crypto or NFT. Your skills and the amount of time you invest in the game determine your odds of winning. Even if, in the beginning, there were games that resembled the Flash games of the 2000s, the gameplay and the styles offered have evolved enormously. One example of crypto gaming is the Satoshis’ Games studio. They created many crypto games such as Lightnite, a Fortnite-like game but would reward players with Bitcoin dust through the Lightning Network. Other games made by Satoshis’ Games exist and are available through Elixir, an all-in-one app combining NFT marketplace and app store.
Finally, despite a difference in the term used to designate two different concepts, blockchain and crypto gaming are often confounded. Yet one advocates decentralization while the other is essentially focused on the rewards obtained by playing. The terms ‘crypto gaming’ or ‘blockchain gaming’ have therefore become marketing tools. Depending on how the game has been designed, it will be located in a more or less decentralized spectrum.