Train2Game News A new market for you to sell your games

Two entrepreneurs who are creating a new marketplace for online gamers have secured a £200,000 investment from the MEIF Proof of Concept & Early Stage Fund, which is managed by Mercia Fund Managers and part of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund.

The funding will allow Alex Booth and Nick Gillett to bring their idea to market. Player Lands, which will be based in Nottingham, will allow gamers with no previous experience of e-commerce to open online stores and sell the content they create or find while playing.

The system will tap into the growing global market for in-game downloads and aims to become the leading e-commerce platform of its type.

Alex, a serial entrepreneur who also has a yacht and private jet hire business, came up with the idea after working as a consultant in the gaming industry. He joined forces with Nick, an angel investor and founder of London-based digital agency C360 which he sold in 2006. They set up Transaction Technologies in 2016 to pursue the idea.

Player Lands will offer customers a secure and straightforward way to buy content for their favourite games. It will give shopkeepers their own customisable store, together with tools to manage inventory, market their products and run promotions, while also providing detailed reporting to help them increase sales. The platform will be secure, easy-to-use and provide a safe environment for children as well as more seasoned players. It will use blockchain technology to create a completely transparent public ledger for each item traded.

Alex Booth, CEO of Transaction Technologies, said:
“This is an incredibly exciting time to be involved with the games industry, which despite its enormous size is still growing fast. We want to give gamers the opportunity to capitalise on their hard work in-game, letting them trade the items they’ve found or won for real cash. The investment from Mercia is going to help us bring the idea to market quickly and with the technical excellence this market demands.”

Dr Sandy Reid, Investment Manager with Mercia Fund Managers, said:
“The worldwide market for downloadable in-game content is growing rapidly and already dwarfs the income from pay-to-play games. However, it is served by mostly low-level e-commerce providers and content creators are struggling to find platforms that offer the professionalism and service that they need. The funding will enable Alex and Nick to put their idea into practice and fill this gap in the market. We feel there is a real opportunity for Player Lands to become the leading platform of its type in the coming years.”

Lewis Stringer, MEIF Senior Relationship Manager at the British Business Bank, commented:
“The innovative nature of Transaction Technologies is testament to the thriving creative and digital content sector across the Midlands. It’s great to see finance from the Midlands Engine Investment Fund being deployed in such exciting, early-stage technologies, and we look forward to Alex and Nick making a success of this forward-thinking concept.”

Lindsay Wetton, Senior Programme Manager for Business Engagement at the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, said:
“Creative and digital businesses, such as Transaction Technologies, form an integral part of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire economy. With help from the Midlands Engine Investment Fund, the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and its Growth Hub is working to ensure that businesses across its area are given the support that they need to grow, succeed and flourish.”

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.

Train2Game News Ready Player One a reality?

A group of talented gaming industry veterans with over a century of combined experience working at leading publishers such as Nintendo, Microsoft and Electronic Arts have teamed up to form 8 Circuit Studios, a video game developer focused on utilizing blockchain technology to redefine the rules that govern digital interactive entertainment content. 8 Circuit Studios’ mission is to develop a new ecosystem for gaming that allows all participants — gamers, developers and publishers — to collaborate and work together seamlessly, with each group reaping the benefits.

By harnessing the potential of blockchains and cryptocurrency, 8 Circuit Studios believes that the Metaverse – a digital universe envisioned by authors William Gibson and Neal Stephenson and featured in Ready Player One, TRON and The Matrix – is closer to reality than we may think. In the Metaverse, visitors can traverse different virtual environments, maintaining an illusion of reality throughout – with a consistent, yet privacy-protected avatar, carrying with them the various objects that maintain usefulness and utility within (yet also specific to) each reality.

“At 8 Circuit Studios, we believe that games are portals to new worlds and experiences,” said James Mayo, Navigator and President of 8 Circuit Studios. “By leveraging the power of blockchains and cryptocurrency, game developers finally have the last piece necessary to build a functional Metaverse. Step one is making blockchains easy and fun to use, while the second step is showing people they can actually own their digital stuff in a completely new way. With blockchains, players never have to ask for permission from an authority to give, trade or even sell their digital assets.”

By using the Ethereum blockchain, 8 Circuit Studios is able to create, attribute and safeguard digital assets — based on Smart Game Objects — that you can own and store, along with your cryptocurrency, in a virtual wallet. By developing Smart Game Objects, 8 Circuit Studios is building the foundation for eliminating the barriers between game worlds, while also creating a platform to make entry easy for both gamers and developers. Players will experience the opportunity to truly own their Smart Game Objects, while game developers and publishers will find new, exciting and profitable methods to develop even more highly immersive games.

To better illustrate Smart Game Objects and showcase the Ethereum blockchain’s real-world use, 8 Circuit Studios is currently developing two games: Alien Arsenal: Battle for the Blockchain, releasing in Spring 2018, and the self-aware A.I. focused D-PARC, releasing in 2019.

Alien Arsenal: Battle for the Blockchain – A mobile game for iOS and Android, Alien Arsenal: Battle for the Blockchain is a cooperative boss battling game where players collaborate with others to defeat invading bosses to win prizes and glory. Collect and evolve an arsenal of aliens, then trade, buy, sell and/or gift them with complete freedom on the Ethereum blockchain. Alien Arsenal is designed to make it easy and fun to play with blockchains without having to download wallets, plugins or navigate the often confusing world of cryptocurrencies.

D-PARC – A deep space survival game for console and Windows PC, D-PARCallows players to create a character that can live forever on the blockchain. D-PARC fuses first-person shooter gameplay with space combat in a galaxy where choices matter and have permanent consequences. Players inhabit an A.I. that learns that it must choose between self-sacrifice to save the last vestiges of the human race or opt for self-determination to embark on its own destiny.

For more information about 8 Circuit Studios, visit https://8circuitstudios.com.

Train2Game News The Gamers Bitcoin


CashBet, a leading mobile-first iGaming platform provider and turnkey operator, today announced a major blockchain initiative for its patented iGaming platform and intent to launch an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) of its cryptocurrency designed for iGaming, CashBet Coin. 
Incorporating blockchain into the CashBet platform will better enable the company to offer the only complete, crypto-ready iGaming platform on the market. CashBet Coin’s ICO presale will begin on January 24, 2018 at 0:00 GMT +8 and will end on February 20 at 0:00 GMT +8. The public sale is expected to begin March 20 at 0:00 GMT +8 and will continue until April 27 at 0:00 GMT +8. The ICO will end early if the hard cap is reached prior to the end of the public sale. Key information on the token sale, including the whitepaper, token structure and use of proceeds, is available on the ICO website: https://coin.cashbet.com

Dr. Mike Reaves, CEO and founder of CashBet, said: “The introduction of CashBet Coin will enable operators to solve the biggest problems facing crypto casinos today: speed, trust, and cost. Integrating blockchain technology into the CashBet core iGaming stack will open new markets by democratizing access to world-class entertainment for a new group of players currently underserved by the centralized banking establishment. Additionally, the associated technology initiative will be far more scalable and cost-efficient on a per transaction basis than current blockchain-based casino software.”

CashBet Coin tokens will be issued within two weeks after the ICO completes. The introduction of CashBet Coin as an ERC20-compatible cryptocurrency token will roll-out in several phases that include inviting token holders to an exclusive VIP experience, introducing regulated cryptocurrency wagering, and providing facilities for customers and partners of CashBet to pay their fees via CashBet Coin. Later, CashBet will launch CryptoRGS, the first provably-fair iGaming content distribution network suitable for crypto casinos, and CryptoGo, an off-chain state channel-based technology designed to minimize cost and payout delay for players.

CashBet also announced advisory board appointments to support the ICO, including:

    Stuart Lewis-Smith, GM of GSN Games / Sony

    Lars Wahlström, GM, Jackpotjoy, Sweden

    Kevin Flood, Founder, Gameinlane, former CTO of PurePlay & GM of Harrah’s Online

    Tjaden Hess, Blockchain Software Engineer, 1protocol, ConsenSys

    Jay Berg, Founder of Protoblock, Inc., former core developer at Coinsetter

Reaves continued: “We anticipate several more patents to be issued for this technology to complement the two patents that were issued to CashBet in December. The heavy hitters we’ve added to our software engineering team and advisory board will help us fulfill our vision of offering the most feature-rich cryptocurrency-ready iGaming platform. The ease of use and liquidity of our token, CashBet Coin, will open new markets both in terms of players and operators. This new cryptocurrency will allow us and our partners to attract new players through access to a robust VIP program as well as consumer protection, minimal transaction fees, faster payouts, and hundreds of high quality games that do not exist on any other cryptocurrency-enabled iGaming platform.”

CashBet was founded in 2012 by gaming industry veterans and is the only mobile-first platform currently in the market for real-money, social, lottery, and skill-based gaming. The team has previous experience successfully building and selling online gaming platforms for CyberArts (Ultimate Gaming) and US Digital Gaming. The CashBet platform allows operators to run an iGaming business end-to-end, enabling robust game management, marketing, customer relationship management, support, and data analytics. CashBet is licensed by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission and the UK Gambling Commission.

Interested parties can subscribe to updates about the CashBet Coin project and upcoming pre-sale event:

    Website: https://coin.cashbet.com

    Telegram: https://t.me/cashbetcoin

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/CashBetCoin

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/cashbet/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CashBetCoin/

    Medium: https://medium.com/@CashBetCoin

    Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/user/cashbet/

Train2Game News Blockchain ecosystem coming to Unity


GameCredits, a Blockchain company driving innovation in the games industry, today announced the company has signed a deal with Unity Technologies, creator of the world’s most popular creation engine, that will bring the benefits of blockchain to more than 3 billion devices and millions of game developers worldwide.

Through this deal, both companies will introduce novel forms of game distribution for the $100 billion gaming industry, placing a particular focus on the fast-growing world of mobile gaming and eSports. GameCredits’ mobile game store, GPlay, will be integrated with Unity’s game-development ecosystem and developers will be able to effortlessly publish their games directly into GPlay. GPlay will share 90% of gross revenue (instead of the industry standard 70%), and will pay developers within 60 hours (instead of 60 days).

“Unity is known for aggressively adopting new technologies that democratize game development, solve hard problems and enable success for developers. With GameCredits, we intend to bring about a paradigm shift in the gaming industry. Blockchain solutions will help disintermediate game publishing and give better returns to creators,” said Hubert Larenaudie, President Asia Pacific, Unity Technologies.

“Our partnership with Unity Technologies is a major step forward for both the gaming industry and the blockchain world. With GPlay and our eSport platform, we are bringing the benefits of blockchain and digital assets to the largest global audience yet, enabling true mainstream adoption of these technologies for the first time,”  said Sergey Sholom, GameCredits CEO and GPlay President.

Unity exists to democratize development, solve hard problems and enable success – three core values that are the driving forces of Unity’s adoption by millions of creators. Unity powers more than 50% of all new mobile games and over 2/3rds of all AR and VR content. Interactive content made with Unity reaches nearly 3 billion devices worldwide.

Following a record-breaking $53 million crowdsale earlier this year, GameCredits has been developing a suite of blockchain products for the gaming industry, all under its GPlay initiative. GameCredits recently joined Hyperledger, a Linux Foundation blockchain consortium whose members include IBM, Intel, Cisco, American Express, JP Morgan and other leaders from various industries.

GamesCredits will introduce its blockchain solutions at Unite the popular developers conferences in Melbourne, Singapore and India in the next few weeks.