Blockchain Gaming Benefits Developers and Players
GLN Holdings, Inc., a multi-million dollar provider of decentralized gaming products, announced the launch of their digital distribution platform, Game Loot Network
GLN functions much like its competitors, Steam and Apple’s App Store, but blockchain
technology enables innovative user resources. The platform leverages its own cryptocurrency
, “Loot”, to support features not possible with other platforms. These tools include incentivized crowdfunding for in-development games, democratized esports
-style tournaments, and cryptocurrency rewards for online achievements.
The Game Loot Platform
“Prohibitive costs and even greater risks plague the game development landscape. Big gaming companies want big money, and they leave riskier, innovative games to these independent studios. But, the indie guys struggle to compete in a marketplace heavily-weighted against them in terms of budget, discoverability, and user acquisition,” said Lance Baker, visionary, and founder behind Game Loot Network. “We set out to take some of that power back for independent developers and the players themselves.”
For these developers, the platform boasts an integrated crowdfunding
catalog. Like Kickstarter specifically for gaming, designers can list their game proposals along with storyboards and even demos to be reviewed by the platform’s users. Auspicious projects find sponsors who submit GLN Loot tokens to crowdfund development. Developers reduce costs while gathering an early following of future players.
gamers engage with a host of features designed to offer meaningful rewards. The Loot token enables a host of income producing tools. Players, in any skill bracket, can compete in online tournaments for crypto-prize pools. This allows for needed accessibility in the exclusive professional gaming arena. Skill will vary between GLN players, but the high-stakes experience will be the same. Game Loot Network engineered their platform to give real-life consequence to virtual triumphs.
The distribution platform’s online lobby organizes this ecosystem into three sections, represented by gateways titled: “Build”, “Play”, and “Earn”. In the interface, each of these doorways offers different resources:
- The Build gateway: This section of the interface houses the incentivized crowdfunding tool. Developers submit their proposals to the Build catalog, and users offer feedback and send cryptocurrency to worthy projects. In exchange for their Loot tokens, the crowd-funders receive a percentage of the game. Dependent on the title’s success, these games could generate lifelong income streams for the developers and the backers.
- The Play gateway: The Play gateway hosts user curated games–some backed in Build and others independently funded. As GLN’s development continues, games in the Play gateway will eventually be available for download with Loot.
- The Earn gateway: The Earn gateway houses a variety of income-generating resources. Online achievements result in real-life rewards. Gaming tournaments award Loot tokens or actual prizes like sleek electronics. Additionally, users can compete in Battle Bidding, exchanging bids to compete for heavily-discounted merchandise.
“We’ve been quietly building up this complex network of interlocking services, strategically positioned team members, and economic systems for several years,” continued Baker. “During our pre-blockchain beta test, GLN generated over $5 million dollars in just seven months and amassed 65,000 users. We are excited to finally be able to unveil the network and show the potential benefits to developers and gamers.”
Game Loot Network’s public ICO begins May 29, 2018.