On September 15, American video game development company Epic Games announced the official launch of Blankos Block Party on its Game Store, making it the first NFT game to be included in the platform’s Marketplace.
Blankos Block Party beta was launched in 2020 by Mythical Games and has already gained more than 1 million players, according to its developers. The most appealing thing about this shooter is the NFT characters and accessories, which can be redeemed in the in-game store.
The first NFT game on the Epic Games Store is based on EOSIO
The game can already be downloaded for free in the “early access” version until September 28, when the first season of the full game will be released with new visual and navigation improvements.
It should be mentioned that, unlike most NFT games, there is no need to connect an external wallet to play, sell or buy NFTs in Blankos Block Party, as the game allows users to do this internally, although it also supports Uphold accounts.
According to Epic Games, Blankos Block Party runs on a private blockchain based on EOSIO (now Antelope), so no mining is required to create or integrate NFTs into the Marketplace.
“Blankos Block Party is built on a private, permissioned blockchain based on the EOSIO infrastructure that uses a proof-of-authority consensus model that is more environmentally friendly and sustainable than the proof-of-work model. Mining NFTs and integrating the Marketplace through our platform does not require any mining.
Metaverse and NFT games have major support
Epic Games was one of the few video game companies to take an optimistic stance on metaverse and NFT games. They announced a $2 billion fund to build a metaverse back in April.
At the time, Epic Games, which incidentally is behind Fortnite and the Unreal Engine graphics engine, said that with revenue from Sony and KIRKBI, it could create new experiences based on its most popular games, becoming a new competitor to Decentraland and The Sandbox.
Epic Games stands behind its co-founder and CEO, Tim Sweeney, who said on his Twitter account that they would welcome all games using blockchain as long as they adhere to the company’s applicable laws and regulations.
The Epic Games Store will accommodate games that use blockchain technology provided they comply with applicable laws, disclose their terms, and are age rated by an appropriate group. Although Epic does not use crypto in our games, we welcome innovation in technology and finance. https://t.co/6W7hb8zJBw
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) October 15, 2021
Even in late July 2022, Sweeney responded negatively to requests from some users to remove all NFT games from the Game Store after Minecraft released a statement announcing that they were not using this technology.
Developers should be free to decide how to make their games, and you are free to decide if you want to play them. I think OS stores and manufacturers shouldn’t interfere by imposing their views on others. We certainly won’t.
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) July 21, 2022
Also, as CryptoPotato reports, Blankos Block Party likely won’t be the only NFT game released on the Epic Games Store. The studio has a partnership with the Web3 game company Gala Games, which is working hard to release an NFT-powered shooter very soon.
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