Blockchain Cuties, one of the most popular crypto collectible games today, is officially launching on Tron Arcade on December 28, making it the first full-features gaming dApp to launch on the platform, BlockTribune reported on December 25, 2018.

Blockchain Cuties Collectibles Game Launches on Tron Arcade

Blockchain Cuties, a crypto collectible game that rose to popularity for being the first Gaming Dapp to achieve interoperability and simultaneous gameplay across multiple blockchains, is officially launching on Tron Arcade.

According to the company, the official launch of Blockchain Cuties on TRON is scheduled for December 28, 2018, making it the first full-featured gaming dapp to launch on the platform.

When Cuties launches on TRON, they will again become the first gaming Dapp to build cross-chain functionality for three different networks, Tron explained in a Medium post. The company noted that this type of operability could help blockchain games realize their potential in delivering a new gaming experience.

Despite being a crypto collectible game at its core, Blockchain Cuties aims to provide a unique experience to its users. There are many strategic elements to the game itself, as each Cutie has a has a unique genome that serves as an analog for human DNA. Arguably the most exciting part of the metagame is to decode the breeding system to create the most valuable and appealing Cutie.

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Tron Arcade has started a pre-sale to prepare for the official launch of the game, where users can buy the Cuties version of the company’s mascot Tronbeary. The pre-sale also features a Cutie version of Justin Sun, Tron’s CEO, with his patented pineapple sneakers.

Tron Actively Trying to Break into Gaming

While blockchain gaming isn’t a new phenomenon, the industry has had a tough time penetrating the lucrative gaming industry for quite some time.

With many of the most popular blockchain networks being too slow to support thousands of users that these games would bring, some industry leaders have focused on building stand-alone systems that would be used only for games.

Tron’s Mainnet managed to solve the issues networks such as Bitcoin and Ethereum had when faced with a large scale gaming operation – scalability. To do that, the Tron Foundation launched the Tron Arcade earlier in November and dedicated a $100 million fund that would be used to improve the company’s gaming blockchain.

Tron’s founder and CEO, Justin Sun, commented on the matter in a November press release, saying:

“Tron strives to tackle existing issues faced by the gaming industry by leveraging the open, transparent, and immutability of blockchain technology. Tron Arcade will play a crucial role in encouraging developers to join in our mission and provide the best blockchain gaming experience to users around the world.”

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Major gaming company Atari has entered into a license agreement with blockchain startup Animoca Brands to make blockchain versions of two popular mobile games. The news was announced in a press release published Dec. 18.

Atari — famous for being the developer of video games such as Tetris and Pac Man — says the rights agreement allows Animoca to produce and publish blockchain versions of Atari mobile games “RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch” and “Goon Squad” globally, excluding China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau.

RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch, the press release claims, has “19 million downloads” worldwide, and has reportedly seen a boost from new features that include a “Water Park” expansion, as well as a partnership with “Foodgod” Jonathan Cheban.

The two firms have also reportedly entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore mutual opportunities in gaming, product development and blockchain technology.

Based on the terms of the license agreement — which extends through to March 31, 2022 —  Animoca’s blockchain versions of both Atari games will also feature integrated non-fungible tokens (NFT). The startup reportedly expects to publish its versions in the second half of 2019.

For the rights, Animoca is reported to have paid Atari a “a minimum guarantee against future revenues of $250,000, payable in shares of the company’s stock.”

As previously reported, this February Atari saw its share price skyrocket by over 60 percent after announcing that it would be investing in cryptocurrency. This year, the firm also created its own digital currency, the Atari Token, and partnered with an online crypto casino.

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Sony has approved a game for PlayStation 4 with a built-in Ethereum-based marketplace system.

Blockchain gaming has claimed a new first as Sony has approved a game with blockchain functionality to be released for the popular gaming console PlayStation 4. Plague Hunters, an Ethereum-based role-playing game, will be the first blockchain game to be available on a major console.

As is the case with other blockchain games, assets such as weapons, heroes and cosmetic items will be purchasable with non-fungible tokens (NFTs). It is not clear how many of Plague Hunter’s core features have made it through Sony’s strict review process, but the blockchain-powered ownership of gameplay assets has been approved.

The Rise of Blockchain in Video Games

Blockchain gaming is a fairly new concept, popularized by the infamous Ethereum-based CryptoKitties, which burned 20% of Ethereum gas at its peak of popularity. Such games utilize blockchain technology to allow ownership over game assets. Although such games have attracted attention from players and investors alike, Plague Hunters is the first title to be published on a mainstream console gaming platform.

PlayStation 4 is Sony’s eighth-generation home console, and one of the most popular platforms for video games, with over 81 million units sold worldwide. As of April of this year, the PlayStation was the most popular gaming console in the world, outselling competitors such as the Nintendo Switch and Microsoft’s Xbox One.

In addition to Plague Hunters, other blockchain gaming projects passed significant milestones throughout 2018, highlighting growing interest in the domain. Collectible card game Gods Unchained stirred controversy after a virtual card from the game sold for over $60,000 months before the game was even playable.

Other notable projects include Sgame Pro, a blockchain-based gaming platform that incorporates blockchain technology in mobile gaming, rewarding players for time spent in-game with SGM tokens which can then be used in other games on the platform. The project successfully reached its fundraising hard cap in September 2018.

Plague Hunters is scheduled for release in Q1 of 2019, with versions for PC and Switch following after. Arcade Distillery, the developer of the game, is also examining possibilities for both mobile and Xbox One releases.

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