Did GameFi just find the perfect match when ex-Hearthstone designer joins FTX Gaming?

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FTX US has announced they have acquired Good Luck Games, makers of the prominent auto battle card game Storybook brawl. Reviews of the game on Steam made headlines as game fans continue to show resistance to crypto entering the gaming ecosystem. The game has received a total of 2417 reviews since its launch in June 2021. Only 460 of these were negative and disgruntled fans posted 162 in the last 24 hours

Source: Steam

A gamer with over 200 hours in Storybook Brawl commented:

“Acquired by a crypto company and will work on the integration of blockchains. Supporting this game is now actively harmful.”

The game now has a recent “Most Negative” rating on Steam, while its overall rating remains “Very Positive”.

Source: Steam

Why all the hate?

Why the gaming community seems so outraged by the concept of blockchain technology frankly baffles me. Parts of the gaming community seem to see crypto as a new way to introduce microtransactions and boost corporate profits. However, if all digital assets of games became NFTs, your precious collectibles in games like CS:GO, Dota 2, World of Warcraft, League of Legends, and many others would survive the game. Currently, gamers who spend thousands of dollars on in-game items for online multiplayer games as mentioned above will lose access to the collectibles when the games are eventually discontinued. With an NFT version of the items, it would be possible for a new developer to allow collectors to import the items into a new game and keep the item’s exclusivity.

Beyond that, there’s nothing stopping developers from allowing items to flow freely through the metaverse between games. Searching for items in one game may affect your gameplay in another game. The potential for a truly multi-game open world of digital assets really excites me. For this reason, I am disappointed with the general response from the community to all things blockchain. While I would understand a sane caveat and cautious response to get publishers to integrate blockchain technology for the benefit of the players, I understand the outright refusal to be involved in any game related to crypto.

Why FTX took a risk on Storybook Brawl

So, given the risky sentiment to introduce blockchain into gaming, why did FTX buy Goodluck Games? Sam Bankman-Fried, co-founder of FTX commented:

“Beyond being an incredibly fun game that our entire office enjoys, with its highly engaging gameplay and free-to-play model, we saw an opportunity to be at the forefront of the ethical integration of gaming and crypto transactions in a way that not yet done in this space.”

The game’s initial success is likely due to the team behind its development. Storybook Brawl is an online card game created by the players for the players. Before starting game design, the founders were professional Magic the Gathering players, so they have a deep understanding of what makes a great card game. To add to this, the CEO, Matthew Place, was also Hearthstone’s first chief designer at Blizzard. With a team like this behind Goodluck Games and a crypto company emphasizing the need to “vanguard for the ethical integration of gaming and crypto transactions”, I sincerely believe that this project can be the template for blockchain-based gaming in the future. On the sensitive topic of blockchain integration, Place said: “We found that FTX has a similar mindset in creating the digital object ownership model appropriately.”

Repercussion in the game industry

For example, I hope this is true. We need some pioneers to put a flag in the ground for how to do blockchain gaming the right way. Only time will tell how it will evolve and whether it will ever be accepted by the gaming community. The move from FTX to gaming comes at a time when there has been a general response from the community. Ubisoft’s attempts to add NFTs to Ghost Recon were even poorly received internally by staff.

Storybook Brawl will be on display at the FTX booth at this week’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. In addition, they expect a mobile version this summer, probably via FTX Gaming. How the transition from Steam to FTX Gaming will affect the current owners of the game is currently unclear. Last year, Steam banned all NFT games from its platform, so Storybook Brawl will likely leave the platform now.

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