Blockchain expands into digital card games
Blizzard’s popular Hearthstone digital card game faces two rivals: Riot Games’ Legend of Runeterra and blockchain-based decentralized application (DApp) Gods Unchained. After Blizzard recently suspended Hearthstone player Ng Wai Chung, better known as blitzchung, for expressing support for protesters in Hong Kong, room was made for other digital card games to come in as alternatives. Rise of Gods Unchained After the Hearthstone debacle, the blockchain-based game gained popularity as it promised to pay Chung his prize money. Other Hearthstone users moved onto Gods Unchained to protest Blizzard’s move. Gods Unchained is a trading card game in which players have their own deck of cards and combat other players in a turn-based system. The basic structure and graphics of the game is similar to Hearthstone’s. Old crypto exchange users are familiar with card games Mt. Gox, the world’s first crypytocurrency exchange, which once accounted for 90 percent of bitcoin transactions, was originally an exchange that catered to players of the popular card game Magic the Gathering. Users could buy and sell cards on Mt. Gox. Exchange founder Jed McCaleb changed the platform into a cryptocurrency exchange after learning about bitcoin. Selling game cards on the exchange In Hearthstone, cards remain inside the game. It is difficult to convert the cards into cash. Even if users receive a good card during the game, they are useless if they already have the card in their deck. But Gods Unchained is different. Based on Ethereum, the game is able to convert cards into a non-fungible token. The game also issues a game currency called Raffle Token based on Ethereum. Through the system, users are able to sell their cards whenever they want, and they are able to exchange their Ethereum tokens into real-world cash on a decentralized exchange. Recently, one legendary-level card in the game was sold for a whopping $62,000. This reporter has started playing Gods Unchained with hopes of capitalizing on the game. Click on the video to learn more about the progress.