BCGW #99 | Blockchain as gaming's next cycle w/ SuperJoost
Jon Jordan talks to games industry data head and consultant SuperJoost about blockchain gaming; notably about how it fits into the ongoing digital goods revolution of the past 10 years, and the immediate challenges that need to be overcome. Get Joost's insightful email via Substack.
October 14, 2021
BCGW #98 | How blockchain games go mainstream w/ Mythical CEO John Linden
Jon Jordan talks to CEO John Linden about how Mythical Games is taking blockchain games mainstream, both with internal titles such as Blankos Block Party and its own Mythical platform, which allows traditional PC, console and mobile developers to get up and running on blockchain in an easy, accessible and regulatory-secure manner.
September 20, 2021
BCGW #97 | Why The Walking Dead is invading The Sandbox
Jon Jordan talks to Skybound's Dan Murray and The Sandbox's Sebastian Borget about the companies' partnership which will see The Walking Dead hosting experiences within The Sandbox blockchain metaverse, as well as allowing players to own and trade The Walking Dead characters and items as NFTs. The first NFT sales starts Thursday 26 August at 1pm UTC. Find out more at The Sandbox's Medium.
August 24, 2021
BCGW #96 | Guild of Guardians w/ Derek Lau
Jon Jordan talks to Guild of Guardians game director Derek Lau about the mobile RPG, which is currently in development at Immutable and going through various NFT pre-sales, as it prepares for a Q2 2022 alpha launch. Check out more detail at https://www.guildofguardians.com/
August 17, 2021
BCGW #95 | Skyweaver and its novel use of NFTs w/ Michael Sanders
Jon Jordan talks to Horizon Blockchain Games co-founder and chief storyteller Michael Sanders about Skyweaver, its F2P TCG, which will mint aesthetic collectibles NFTs as a reward for in-game success, with trading happening on a token-style DEX, and Sequence, its suite of blockchain game tools. NB Horizon is hiring
August 9, 2021
BCGW #94: Talking Axies and esports with Chief
Jon Jordan talks to Chief about how he got into blockchain gaming with Axie Infinity, how he's promoting Axie as an esports with his team Axiegg, and the launch of physical/digital merc outfit E1337.
June 28, 2021
BCGW #93 | Talking Star Atlas with Michael Wagner
Jon Jordan talks to Michael Wagner about Star Atlas, the space exploration and combat game currently in development on the Solana blockchain.
May 19, 2021
BCGW #92: Deploying $88,888,888 to take blockchain gaming mainstream with Animoca's Yat Siu
Jon Jordan talks to Animoca Brands' chairman Yat Siu about its $88,888,888 "meme VC raise" and its plans to aggressive deploy this new capital to take blockchain gaming truly mass market for the first time in 2021.
May 18, 2021
BCGW #91 | Scaling blockchain gaming with Immutable X (w/ Robbie Ferguson)
Jon Jordan talks to Immutable co-founder Robbie Ferguson about how he got into crypto, why Immutable decided to built Immutable X, its own L2 scaling solution for Ethereum, and why he thinks Immutable X will take Gods Unchained to 500,000 players in 2021. Find out more at https://market.x.immutable.com/
April 13, 2021
BCGW #90 | Pocketful of Quarters' vision for a universal gaming currency
Jon Jordan talks to CEO Michael Weiksner about Pocketful of Quarter's vision to create a universal currency that will work in all games. More at https://pocketfulofquarters.com/
March 26, 2021
BCGW #89 | Talking ILLUVIUM w/ Warwick bros
Jon Jordan talks to Kieran and Aaron Warwick about ILLUVIUM, their new blockchain game, which mixes elements of Pokemon and Teamfight Tactics with DeFi and DAOs. Find out more details at https://www.illuvium.io/
March 17, 2021
BCGW #88 | How Yield Guild is disrupting the global economy
Jon Jordan talks to Gabby Dizon about Yield Guild, a guild of gamers who play blockchain games to earn real-world and crypto value, which is evolving into a key element of the sector as it allows crypto-rich individuals to pool their NFTs, hence allowing gamers to borrow those NFTs to earn yield, as well as enabling these gamers to eventually become owners - owning a stake in the organisation through governance tokens.
March 11, 2021
BCGW #87: Crypto mining for gamers w/ Salad's Bob Miles
Jon Jordan talks to Salad CEO Bob Miles about his vision to his vision to building a community of gamers who convert their idle PC resources into rewards. Check it out at https://www.salad.io/
February 5, 2021
BCGW #86: Polyient Games and the rise of NFTs w/ Craig Russo
This podcast is sponsored by DeFi-NFT mash-up Aavegotchi --- Jon Jordan talks to Craig Russo from Polyient Games about the rise of game NFTs as an investment asset, building out a platform to kickstart this movement, and why Polyient acquired the banking infrastructure of forthcoming game Mirandus for $800,000; the highest price yet paid for an NFT.
January 15, 2021
BCGW #85: Revving up F1 Delta Time w/ Robby Yung
Jon Jordan talks to Animoca Brands' CEO Robby Young about the rise of F1 Delta Time in 2020 - which generated +$2 million in NFT sales, including the most expensive NFT to-date - and well as the failure of the wider games industry to embrace blockchain.
December 22, 2020
BCGW #84: NFTs in 2020 w/ Andrew Steinwold
Jon Jordan talks to Andrew Steinwold, the creator of the Zima Red podcast, about how our views of NFTs - games, art, etc - have changed during 2020.
December 15, 2020
BCGW #83: Axie Infinity's stellar 2020 with Jeff 'Jiho' Zirlin
Jon Jordan talks with Axie Infinity Growth Lead Jeff 'Jiho' Zirlin about the incredible growth the game experienced in 2020 and its plans for 2021.
December 9, 2020
BCGW #82: Revealing F1 Delta Time's 1-1-1 NFT owner
Jon Jordan talks to MetaKovan, the owner of F1 Delta Time’s 1-1-1 car NFT, which was purchased for 415.9 ETH (c.$111,111.11) in May 2019 - still one of the most expensive NFTs ever sold - and the subject of much speculation ever since. We also talk to Yat Siu, chairman of the game’s developer Animoca Brands, and Alex Atallah, CTO of OpenSea, the marketplace on which the auction was run, about 1-1-1 and the future of NFTs.
November 11, 2020
BCGW #81: Splinterlands' Land expansion w/ Jesse 'Aggroed' Reich
Jon Jordan talks to Splinterlands' CEO Jesse 'Aggroed' Reich about the planned Land expansion, which will bring land-based mining, crafting and strategy to the card battler in 2021. The first land sale kicks off on 7 November. Read more about it on Medium, and use my affiliate code to support the podcast https://splinterlands.com?ref=semperaugustx
October 26, 2020
BCGW #80: Talking Wombat with Adrian Krion
Jon Jordan talks to Spielworks MD Adrian Krion about his vision to making blockchain gaming mass market via Wombat, the 'one-stop' EOS wallet, which has recently expanded to the Womplay rewards platform, which supports both blockchain and non-blockchain games.
October 14, 2020
BCGW #79: Dapper Labs on Flow and NBA Top Shot
Jon Jordan talks to Dapper Labs' CEO Roham Gharegozlou and VP Caty Tedman about why the company decided to create Flow, its own high performance blockchain for games and dapps, and why its first release is collectibles dapp NBA Top Shot.
October 1, 2020
BCGW #78: Talking Blankos Block Party with Rudy Koch
After the longest wait, Blankos Block Party is finally launching its Founder sale, which will unlock the first open beta during October. Jon Jordan talks to company co-founder Rudy Koch about how he got into blockchain and what the vision is for blockchain games in general and Blankos in particular. You can reserve your Blankos account at https://blankos.com/register
September 30, 2020
BCGW #77: Talking Sorare with Nicolas Julia
Jon Jordan talks to Sorare CEO Nicolas Julia about its eponymous (and fast-growing) blockchain fantasy football game, which is part of the Ubisoft incubation program and also recently raised $4 million. Find out more at https://sorare.com/
September 22, 2020
BCGW #76: LiteBringer - the first game on Litecoin
Jon Jordan talks to CipSoft MD Stephan Vogler about its PC RPG LiteBringer, which is now live on the Litecoin mainnet. Check it out at https://www.litebringer.com/
September 15, 2020
BCGW #75: Talking crypto art, sharded Axies and Aavegotchi with Gabby Dizon
Jon Jordan and Gabby Dizon talk about blockchain games in the era of high gas prices, yield farming and DeFi pumps; covering our growing interest in crypto art, sharding high value Axie Infinity NFTs on Niftex, and Aavegtochi - the first of what we think will be a fascinating mashup between DeFi value and gaming community.
August 21, 2020
BCGW #74: Talking League of Kingdoms
Jon Jordan talks to Nod Games' Han Yoo about its new 4X strategy game League of Kingdoms, which includes NFT Land ownership and tokenization of in-game resources. The game is also now available on Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
August 17, 2020
BCGW #73: Talking Axie Infinity growth with Jihoz
Jon Jordan talks to Axie Infinity co-founder Jeff 'Jihoz' Zirlin about what it felt like to be on the inside track of a crypto token pump as the game's SLP token spiked 100-fold; and what he hopes the longterm implications of the experience will be for a project that has ambitious plans to become the leading blockchain MMOG.
July 23, 2020
BCGW #72: Talking Upland with Idan Zuckerman
Jon Jordan talks to Upland co-founder Idan Zuckerman about how he got into blockchain, the vision for Upland - a mobile-first game running on the EOS blockchain - and how the team plan to build on their initial success - currently Upland is the #2 blockchain game by daily activity - by launching the ability to run businesses within the game. You can use this link to get a sign-up bonus of 6,000 UPX, worth 2 entry-level buildings. https://discover.upland.me/blockchaingamingworld
July 9, 2020
BCGW #71: Gaming on Bitcoin SV?
Jon Jordan talks to Kronoverse CEO Adam Kling about CryptoFights, its PVP esports game that was originally built on Ethereum but which has switched to the Bitcoin SV blockchain.
July 8, 2020
BCGW #70: Gaming and Skale Labs' elastic sidechains w/ Jack O'Holleran
Jon Jordan talks to Skale Labs' co-founder and Jack O'Holleran about its Ethereum-based 'elastic sidechain' scaling solution (which is about to launch its mainnet) and why it's important for blockchain gaming. Find out more about Skale Labs and its Innovator Program.
June 3, 2020
BCGW #69: Talking Metaboss with Alex Amsel
Jon Jordan and Alex Amsel talk about Metaboss: a game - now live on Ethereum - that only could work using blockchain technology. Read the 2 Starter Guide articles about Recruitment and Combat.
May 26, 2020
BCGW #68: Talking Splinterlands: blockchain gaming's secret success
Auto card battler Splinterlands has a good claim to being the most popular and successful blockchain game, but doesn't get the same attention of other titles as it runs on the Steem blockchain. In this episode, Jon Jordan talk to project lead Jesse 'Aggroed' Reich about the game's genesis, its future vision, how it deals with bots, and how the Steem community has been impacted by the Hive hard fork.
May 13, 2020
BCGW #67: Talking Blockchain Cuties with Vlad Tomko
It's two years since Blockchain Cuties launched, so a great opportunity to talk to CEO Vlad Tomko about how he got into blockchain games, the inspiration for Blockchain Cuties, the opportunities and challenges of multi-chain deployment, and the longterm vision for the game now better known as Blockchain Cuties Universe. And, as ever, you can contact me - jon jordan - via Twitter at blockchaingmg.
May 6, 2020
BCGW #66: Talking VC with Venrock's David Pakman
In this episode, Jon Jordan talks to Venrock partner David Pakman about investing in blockchain startups (he's notably invested in Dapper Labs), as well as the Seven Things That Need To Happen Before Blockchain Goes Mainstream.
April 16, 2020
BCGW #65: Talking The Sandbox with Sebastian Borget
Jon Jordan talks to Sebastian Borget about the vision behind 'Roblox meets the Blockchain' user-generated content platform The Sandbox.
March 30, 2020
BCGW #64: Bitcoin micropayments with Zebedee
Should game developers consider using Bitcoin's Lightning network to enable Bitcoin micropayments in their games, tournaments and community building? Jon Jordan talks to Simon Cowell and Chris 'Mandelduck' Moss from UK startup Zebedee, which has just launched its SDK.
March 18, 2020
BCGW #63: Stryking's white paper
German blockchain gaming platform Skryking has released its white paper, explaining how its first fantasy soccer game will work. Read more here
March 11, 2020
BCGW #62: What blockchain can learn from New York
Musings following a couple of days spent in Manhattan following NFT.NYC 2020
March 5, 2020
BCGW #61: Talking Theta Labs with Mitch Liu
What's the vision for Theta.tv? Jon Jordan talks to Theta Labs' CEO Mitch Liu about how he got into blockchain and the goal for its decentralized CDN, starting off with esports game streaming. Find out more at Theta Labs and Theta.tv
March 3, 2020
BCGW #60: Dapper Labs & UFC
CryptoKitties developer Dapper Labs is working on a blockchain collectible and gaming experience with UFC. Read more here
February 26, 2020
BCGW #59: Is BRAVE FRONTIER HEROES cannabalizing MY CRYPTO HEROES?
Jon Jordan discusses active wallet data on the first 2 months of BRAVE FRONTIER HEROES to check if it's taking audience away from MY CRYPTO HEROES. You can check out the video version here: https://youtu.be/qxFcUEMJSSc
February 24, 2020
BCGW #58.1: Life Beyond integrates Dmarket
French startup Darewise is using blockchain marketplace Dmarket in its forthcoming MMOG Life Beyond to enable item trading. Interestingly, the word 'blockchain' does not appear once in the announcement! https://dmarket.com/blog/darewise-partners-dmarket/
February 18, 2020
BCGW #58: Litcoin RPG Litebringer now live (alpha)
There's a blockchain game running on Litecoin! CipSoft's RPG Litebringer is now freely available in Alpha version running on the Litecoin testnet. https://www.litebringer.com/
February 13, 2020
BCGW #57: Brave Frontier Heroes' +$500,000 launch
In this episode of Blockchain Gaming World Daily, Jon Jordan discusses the highly successful launch of Brave Frontier Hereos, which sold NFTs worth 2,850 ETH (+$500,000). https://medium.com/@missbitcoin_mai/brave-frontier-heroes-achieved-in-its-first-week-2-850eth-in-sales-414986f9af0a
February 12, 2020
BCGW #56: The Sandbox's 2nd LAND presale is live
In this episode, Jon Jordan discusses the 2nd of 5 planned LAND pre-sales from blockchain UGC universe The Sandbox.
February 11, 2020
BCGW #55: F1 Delta Time's crate sale
And we're back... In this episode of Blockchain Gaming World Daily, I discuss F1 Delta Time's forthcoming crate sale. https://medium.com/@f1deltatime/announcing-the-f1-delta-time-crate-sale-2ff3f807ff5c
February 10, 2020
BCGW #54: Fulfilling Gods Unchained’s potential with Chris Clay
In this episode, I talk to Chris Clay, the new game director of much anticipated blockchain TCG Gods Unchained. Chris’ appointment was big news thanks to his previous work on Magic: The Gathering Arena at Wizards of the Coast. And, in this podcast, we drill down into the three reasons he was excited to join developer Immutable: team, community, and the game itself. Topics covered include: Chris’ previous experience working on Magic His first impressions of blockchain and why it’s important for gaming How he already improved the UX of Gods Unchained and what’s to come Why community is so important for games How Gods Unchained compares to other TCGs What’s next for Gods Unchained? Episode links Gods Unchained website Chris Clay's Twitter Discuss with Jon on Twitter & check out Blockchain Gaming World on YouTube
September 12, 2019
BCGW #53: Crypto Space Commander prepares for lift-off
We’re into the second year of the Blockchain Gaming World podcast, and kicking off with US developer Lucid Sight. We talk to CEO Randy Saaf and CTO Fazri Zubair about their forthcoming space MMO Crypto Space Commander (CSC), which they describe as like ‘EVE Online on the blockchain’. The game will be in Steam early access in late August, alongside a pre-sale of game items including the first ships from CSC’s recent licensing deal with Star Trek. Topics covered include: Why Lucid Sight wanted to make a complex MMO such as CSC on the blockchain Why blockchain is an important feature of the game, not the entirety of the game How the development process has progressed (currently Alpha) How CSC will onboard gamers without requiring access to crypto or private keys/wallet etc Why Lucid Sight thinks item ownership is so important for blockchain game adoption The importance of building a community early in a game’s development, including Discord and streaming And how the financial opportunities of NFT trading encourages a deeper community Episode links CSC website CSC Discord link Randy Saaf on Twitter Fazri Zubair on Twitter Discuss with Jon on Twitter & check out Blockchain Gaming World on YouTube
August 9, 2019
BCGW #52: Talking CryptoWars with e11.io’s Matias Nisenson
In this episode, Jon discusses the ongoing development of blockchain strategy game CryptoWars with Experimental (aka e11.io) CEO Matias Nisenson. Development on CryptoWars started in mid-2018 and since the start of 2019, Experimental has been regularly testing various aspects of the game - from the blockchain infrastructure including Loom Network’s Layer 2 solution through to gameplay features. The game is currently expected to be live in early 2020. Topics covered include: Matias’ history prior to launching Experimental Why Experimental decided to make a strategy blockchain game Why he (still) rates Ethereum over other blockchains The strengths (and weaknesses) of using a sidechain like Loom, especially for UX Why games will be the gateway for mass adoption of blockchain Why CryptoWars’ economy is much more sophisticated than NFT sales The challenges of raising investment What’s next in terms of CryptoWars’ development Episode links Experimental website CryptoWars website Matias on Twitter Discuss with Jon on Twitter & check out Blockchain Gaming World on YouTube
July 22, 2019
BCGW #51: Sizzle vs Actuality
In this episode, Jon discusses blockchain game sector trends with James McQuillan (@BCGbiz). Some blockchain game projects are now going live but few people seems to care. Similarly, it’s not clear when other high profile projects are going to go live. Certainly the sector seems much stronger when it comes to sizzle than it comes to actuality. How big is this problem? How can we solve it? How can projects gain scale? Topics covered include: Is it too early to be talking about cross-chain interoperability? Blockchain game projects are now going live but does anyone care? WAX & Theta mainnet are live Robot Cache is open in Early Access When will Relentless, Decentraland, Gods Unchained, F1 Delta Time launch? Why are some many blockchain games/projects failing to attract users? & what can we learn from the games like My Crypto Heroes that have... Episode links - Sizzle Cheeze Wizards Decentraland Gods Unchained F1 Delta Time Relentless Robot Cache Episode links - Actuality Axie Infinity Blockchain Cuties EOS Knights My Crypto Heroes Discuss with Jon on Twitter & check out Blockchain Gaming World on YouTube
July 12, 2019
BCGW #50: Why 8 Circuit Studios focuses on game not blockchain
In this episode, Jon talks to 8 Circuit Studios’ president James Mayo about the US indie’s approach to combining games and the blockchain. Notably, in the case of its in-development PC space combat and FPS title Project Genesis - using Unreal Engine, Ethereum, and scheduled for release in 2020 - this means a heavy focus on building a strong community through an open development process and regular playtests. Topics covered include: James’ early experience in games with Nintendo and Microsoft Why he’s interested in blockchain for games 8 Circuit’s first blockchain experiment with a mobile game Why it then decided to make PC space combat/shooter Project Genesis Its open model of development, which encourages community building That neither gamers or publishers currently care about blockchain or NFT ownership Which is why 8 Circuit is game-focused Also a shoutout for James’ use of the term “transaction viscosity”... Episode links: James Mayo - Twitter Project Genesis - website Project Genesis dev schedule - Trello 8 Circuit Studios - website Follow Jon on Twitter & check out Blockchain Gaming World on YouTube
June 28, 2019
BCGW #49: Azarus’ Alex Casassovici on taking blockchain gaming mainstream
In this episode, Jon and co-founder Alex Casassovici (@alexksso) discuss the rise of the Azarus blockchain-based rewards platform for game streaming. What’s significant about Azurus (which uses an EOS sidechain) is it doesn’t mention blockchain, onboards users through ther Twitch accounts, and can be retrofitted to any existing game. Also, its rewards urrency - AZA Credits - is locked to the platform and can’t be exported to crypto exchanges. Basically then Azarus uses blockchain tech where it’s needed on the backend, but enables scale by using the traditional web services in ways that users are accustomed to. Topics covered include: How Alex got into blockchain The spark behind Azarus Thinking beyond NFTs Azarus’ advantage in terms of the ease for game developers to retrofit it How the AZA Credit works Why most traditional game companies aren’t interested in cryptocurrencies What’s next for Azarus? When will blockchain gaming take-off? Episode links: Alex Casassovici - Twitter Azarus - web Azarus - Twitter Follow Jon on Twitter & check out Blockchain Gaming World on YouTube
June 24, 2019
BCGW #48: Many small steps towards success
In this episode, Jon and James (@BCGbiz) discuss the week’s blockchain games news, which could be viewed as the many small steps developers are taking to bring about the success of the entire sector. Topics covered include: Gods Unchained and its open beta Blockchain Gamer Connects Hong Kong MakerDAO’s hook up with Axie Infinity Zilliqa launches smart contracts The ‘rise’ of TRON Bitizens repays its pre-sales Decentraland’s Frame interoperability for NFTs The bet between people Jon couldn’t remember Like the show? Donate ETH to semperaugustus.eth Follow Jon on Twitter & check out Blockchain Gaming World on YouTube
June 18, 2019
BCGW #47: Tony Pearce on why games will take blockchain mass market
In this episode, Jon Jordan talks to mobile game entrepreneur Tony Pearce about the formation and funding of Reality Clash developer Reality Gaming Group, and why he believes games will be the products that take blockchain tech mainstream. Topics covered include: Tony’s early years in mobile games Reality Clash’s 2017 ICO The UX pain points that need to be overcome Why Crypto Winter was horrible but necessary Why games and NFTs will drive blockchain adoption Why the big game companies aren’t interested in blockchain yet Why boom times are ahead… eventually Episode links: Tony Pearce - Twitter Reality Clash - Twitter Reality Clash website Reality Clash Armory store Like the show? Donate ETH to semperaugustus.eth Follow Jon on Twitter & check out Blockchain Gaming World on YouTube
June 10, 2019
BCGW #46: Talking the future of blockchain games with Gareth Jenkins
In this episode, Jon Jordan and game/blockchain developer Gareth Jenkins (@garethjenkins) discuss what’s been going on and what will be going on in the world of blockchain games, including chewing the fat over the new Dapper wallet and Cheeze Wizards. Topics covered include: The current state of the industry The possible impact of Ethereum 2.0 and Cosmos Whatever happened to EOS and TRON? Issues around the integration blockchain, games and brands Dapper Labs’ new Dapper wallet and UX challenges Cheeze Wizards - the good and the bad The future of blockchain games Episode links: Gareth Jenkins - Twitter Deckbound website Lunar Mines website Like the show? Donate ETH to semperaugustus.eth Follow Jon on Twitter & check out Blockchain Gaming World on YouTube
May 24, 2019
BCGW #45: Enjin’s Multiverse - strengths & weaknesses
In this episode, Jon Jordan and James (@BCGbiz) discuss the Enjin Multiverse, which is a growing blockchain gaming platform, spanning everything from the technology to make blockchain games to rules for item interoperability, the Enjin cryptocurrency, a mobile wallet, plus strong developer support and an active crypto community. Currently over 20 games are using the platform, with more being added as Enjin rolls out its latest Enjin Sparks program. Topics covered include: What is the Enjin Multiverse? How well does it chime with broader blockchain sentiments? Which games are using Enjin? How does the interoperability of assets work? Will it be a mass market or a niche product? Episode links: Enjin website Enjin mobile wallet EnjinX Explorer Introducing the Enjin Platform List of Enjin Multiverse assets Some interesting games using Enjin 9Lives Arena Age of Rust War of Crypto Follow Jon on Twitter Check out Blockchain Gaming World on YouTube Like the show? Donate ETH to semperaugustus.eth
May 17, 2019
BCGW #44: CryptoKitties’ new robotic traits, the Dapper wallet & Cheeze Wizards!?
In this episode, Jon Jordan and James (@BCGbiz) discuss what’s been going on in the world of CryptoKitties’ developer Dapper Labs, which has announced new Robotic Traits, launched the open beta for its new smart contract wallet Dapper, and is totally confusing everyone with its just-announced somewhat surreal Cheeze Wizards game (at least, we think it’s a game). Topics covered include: CryptoKitties’ new RoboKitty Purrstige Traits, which will “unlock new features in other dapps” A wider discussion on the approaches to blockchain game item interoperability, including Enjin’s Multiverse The open beta launch of the Dapper wallet, which offers free gas and exclusive drops from games such as Etheremon and My Crypto Heroes, and tries to solve the onboard issues of wallets such as MetaMask, and Cheeze Wizards? What is Cheeze Wizards??? Episode links: CryptoKitties RoboKitty blog post Dapper Wallet website Cheeze Wizards Follow Jon on Twitter Check out Blockchain Gaming World on YouTube Like the show? Donate ETH to 0xa2F7899ca1Bf8e602c09F1C70671926a967515cD
May 3, 2019
BCGW #43: What have we learned in 2019 so far?
Following my presentation at, and various discussions during, the Crypto Games Conference in Minsk, I've been thinking about the state of the Blockchain Gaming, especially given we are now a third of the way through a year many hope will be a turning point for the sector. You can read the article version of this podcast (including some graphs) on Medium. Follow Jon on Twitter Check out Blockchain Gaming World on YouTube Like the show? Donate ETH to 0xa2F7899ca1Bf8e602c09F1C70671926a967515cD
April 30, 2019
BCGW #42: Talking fully decentralized games with Xaya’s Andy Colosimo
In this episode, I talk to Andy Colosimo, the driving force behind the Xaya blockchain games platform, about how he got into crypto with Bitcoin and Namecoin, experimented with blockchain and gaming with Huntercoin, and how that developed into Chimera, which was rebranded as Xaya in 2018. Topics covered include: How Andy got involved in Namecoin How Namecoin developed into the first blockchain game - Huntercoin The vision for a fully decentralized blockchain game platform - Xaya A comparison with the sector trend towards Ethereum and dapps Explaining how Soccer Manager Elite will work Introducing Xaya’s new game, RTS Taurion Episode links: Xaya website Huntercoin website Chrono Kings thread on Bitcointalk Soccer Manager Elite website Taurion website Follow Jon on Twitter Check out Blockchain Gaming World on YouTube Like the show? Donate ETH to 0xa2F7899ca1Bf8e602c09F1C70671926a967515cD
April 18, 2019
BCGW #41: Talking Battle Racers with Altitude’s Luna Javier
This week, Jon Jordan talks to Altitude Games’ creative director Luna Javier about the mobile game developer’s move into blockchain games. Its debut title Battle Racers will launch as one of the first partnerships with Decentraland in the coming months. Topics covered included: Why Altitude Games got interested in blockchain The happenstance that resulted in Battle Racers joining Decentraland How the game has been designed to be accessible for everyone And how it integrates the Ethereum blockchain for more committed players, notably via the metagame provided by its vehicle NFTs, which can be levelled up as well as deconstructed back to their constituent parts Links Battle Racers’ website Battle Racers’ Medium Altitude Games’ website Follow Jon on Twitter Check out Blockchain Gaming World on YouTube Like the show? Donate ETH to 0xa2F7899ca1Bf8e602c09F1C70671926a967515cD
April 10, 2019
BCGW#40: Talking F1, brands and NFT value with Animoca Brand's Robby Yung
This week, Jon Jordan talks to Animoca Brands’ CEO Robby Yung about the Hong Kong-based developer and publisher’s 2018 pivot from mobile games into blockchain products, notably blockchain gaming. Note: This interview happened prior to Animoca’s announcement it was acquiring German developer Stryking for $1 million, plus its investment raise of $3 million. Topics covered included: Why Animoca moved from mobile to blockchain The value of the true ownership of digital items How big brands such as F1 think about blockchain, especially how it changes in their level of control How the F1 Delta Time game will link into the real F1 season User generated content and The Sandbox game Animoca Brand’s acquisition strategy Why Robby is bullish about blockchain gaming in 2019 Links Animoca Brands website F1 Delta Time website The Sandbox website Robby Yung on Twitter Follow Jon on Twitter Check out Blockchain Gaming World on YouTube Like the show? Donate ETH to 0xa2F7899ca1Bf8e602c09F1C70671926a967515cD
April 5, 2019
BCGW#39: Why MLB Crypto Baseball became MLB Champions
This week, Jon Jordan (@blockchaingmg) and James McQuillan (@BCGbiz) talk about how three blockchain games are positioning themselves for mass market success, in terms of their use of licenses, marketing and community outreach. Topics covered included: Why MLB Crypto Baseball 2018 become MLB Champions and has removed blockchain from its onboarding. Neon District's Founders Sale. The announcement of the F1 Delta Time blockchain game from Animoca Brands. Links MLB Champions website Neon District website F1 Delta Time website Follow Jon on Twitter Check out Blockchain Gaming World on YouTube And you can also watch a video version of the this podcast here. Like the show? Donate ETH to 0xa2F7899ca1Bf8e602c09F1C70671926a967515cD
March 29, 2019
BCGW#38: Talking Axie Infinity with COO Alexsander Larsen
In this episode, I talk to Alexsander Larsen, the COO of Axie Infinity about the background to and future of the breeding-and-battling blockchain game, which is a great example of technological expertise and community focus. Topics covered include: How Alexsander got into blockchain games and connected with Axie Infinity’s founders (Trung and Jeff) How the game was influenced by CryptoKitties, notably in terms of creating item value Axie Infinity’s recent Land sale and the vision for the Lunacia open world in future years Funding and dealing with the CryptoWinter The road to mainstream adoption of blockchain games Axie Infinity’s goal to move from an Ethereum and Metamask-gated game to a more open meta-chain experience And how the blockchain gaming sector is likely to fare in 2019 Episode links: Axie Infinity website Alexsander’s Twitter Jon’s Twitter BCG on YouTube You can also check out the video version of this podcast on YouTube You can support this show by donating: ETH: 0xa2F7899ca1Bf8e602c09F1C70671926a967515cD
March 25, 2019
BCGW#37: Is Ripple the next gaming blockchain?
In this week's podcast, Jon Jordan and James (@BCGbiz) discuss the announcement a $100 million game development fund to be managed by Ripple's Xpring outfit and new blockchain gaming startup Forte. We also delve into the expanding universe of new blockchains, which could be used for gaming including IOST, Cosmos etc, and think about why success in this space will be more than just technical excellence . You can check out the video version of the podcast here. Follow us on Twitter Follow us on YouTube
March 15, 2019
BCGW#36: Talking blockchain games with Gabby Dizon
Following the end of DGC Dubai 2019 (where we were both speaking), I caught up with Gabby Dizon, chairman of Alto.io, to talk about what's going on in the world of blockchain games, in particularly Gabby's love of Axie Infinity, and how that game has built a strong player community and economy. You can check out the video version of this podcast here Follow me on Twitter Check us out on YouTube
March 8, 2019
BCGW#35: Springtime for blockchain games
Following the Crypto Winter, it could be spring for blockchain games. Jon Jordan and James (@BCGbiz) discuss the surprising pop of Enjin Coin's USD value (up +150%) thanks to its Samsung S10 tie-in, also talking more generally about the BUIDLing not HODLing attitude from blockchain games companies ranging from Decentraland to Loom Network, as well as the difference between "blockchain games" and games with some blockchain features. Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube
March 1, 2019
BCGW#34: Talking MLB Crypto Baseball with Lucid Sight
In this interview, I talk to Randy Saaf (CEO) and Fazri Zubair (CTO) of US developer Lucid Sight about its blockchain games MLB Crypto Baseball and CSC (Crypto Space Commander), including how it's finding balance between the decentralization needed for secure NFT ownership and the frictionless onboarding that a mass market license such as MLB requires, including fiat payments. Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube
February 27, 2019
BCGW#33: NFTs - challenges and opportunities
Non-Fungible Tokens are one of the key trends in blockchain games, so Jon Jordan and James (@BCGbiz) discuss what an NFT is, why they're becoming so important, and what some of the issues are, especially as NFTs are increasingly being spoken about as speculative investments. Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube, including a visual version of this podcast
February 22, 2019
BCGW#32: Talking OpenSea with Devin Finzer
In this interview, I talk to the CTO of blockchain game marketplace OpenSea Devin Finzer about the importance of such thirdparty marketplaces in the open blockchain game ecosystem, especially in terms of offering pre-launch item sales for funding, game discoverability, and overall market liquidity. You can find Devin on Twitter Plus follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube And drop us an email - email@example.com
February 13, 2019
BCGW#31: We don’t need no heroes (or Fortnite)
Don’t get me started on the egregious attempts to shoehorn the words ‘Fortnite’ and ‘blockchain’ into the same headline... Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
February 12, 2019
BCGW#30: Plasma Bears - the good and the bad
In this podcast, Jon Jordan and James (@BCGbiz) discuss the launch of Blockade Games' game Plasma Bears, which runs on Loom Network's Ethereum sidechain technology and doesn't require wallets, ETH, marketplaces or any of the other elements we've come to expect from blockchain games. You can follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube And gift us Plasma Bear parts too!
February 8, 2019
BCGW#29: Recap of Blockchain Gamer Connects London 2019
The third edition of the Blockchain Gamer Connects conference ran in London from 21-22 January 2019, so event MC Jon and James (editor at @BCGbiz) discuss the key trends arising: including sector enthusiasm despite Crypto Winter, the growing importance of UX, the value of games for blockchain usage, and why many blockchain devs are going 'item-first'. Follow us on Twitter Watch on YouTube Read us on Medium
January 25, 2019
BCGW#28: Why 2019 will be different
Why are blockchain game developers so bullish? Jon Jordan argues that the hard lessons of 2018 have forced the sector to focus on UX, not blockchain. Maybe, like Fight Club, the first rule of blockchain games will be no-one mentions blockchain games. Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube Read us on Medium
January 23, 2019
BCGW#27: Blockchain Game Sentiment Survey 2019
Do you have an opinion about blockchain games and how the sector will develop in 2019? If so, please answer our 10-question Blockchain Game Sentiment Survey for 2019. It will only take 3 minutes. And to whet your appetite, Jon Jordan takes a brief look at the answers collected so far. The survey will remain open until Friday 25 January. Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube Read us on Medium
January 18, 2019
BCGW#26: CryptoKitties x Gods Unchained
Interoperability is a concept much talked about in blockchain gaming. But despite the potential for using items from one game in another (and vice versa), we haven't actually seen many examples. Jon Jordan discusses how the deal between CryptoKitties and Gods Unchained ranks in this context, and why interoperability is so much harder to do in practice than in theory. Follow us on Twitter, YouTube and web.
January 11, 2019
BCGW#25: Our hopes for 2019
It's a new year so having reflected on how blockchain games progressed (or didn't) in 2018, it's time to consider our hopes and fears for 2019. Jon Jordan, together with James (@BCGbiz), welcome the decoupling of blockchain from cryptocurrency value and look forward to games ranging from Gods Unchained to Blankos Block Party, and discuss UX Maximalism (i.e. UX before decentralization). Follow us and comment at @blockchaingmg And find us at Blockchain Gamer Connects London 2019 on 21-22 January.
January 4, 2019
BCGW#24: Key 2018 Trends in Blockchain Gaming
The year is almost over so now it's time to consider the key trends that impacted the nascent blockchain gaming sector in 2018. Ranging from the general Crypto Winter, to migration from Ethereum to EOS and Tron (and sidechains), and the failure of blockchain games to improve on CryptoKitties' balance of simplicity and UX, Jon Jordan discusses the past 12 months, and what it all means for 2019. Follow us at https://twitter.com/blockchaingmg
December 28, 2018
BCGW#23: Most Anticipated Blockchain Games for 2019
2019 is going to be a breakout year for blockchain games - that's what we're hoping . But for this to happen, there will have to be some excellent games, so in this podcast Jon Jordan and James (@BCGbiz) discuss 10 upcoming games. 1. Gods Unchained, https://twitter.com/GodsUnchained 2. Zombie Battleground, https://twitter.com/ZBCardGame 3. Reality Clash, https://twitter.com/reality_clash 4. Hash Rush, https://twitter.com/PlayHashRush 5. CSC, https://twitter.com/CS_Commander 6. Cryptic Conjure, https://twitter.com/CrypticConjure 7. MLB Crypto Baseball 2019, https://twitter.com/MLBCrypto 8. Neon District, https://twitter.com/neondistrictRPG 9. Bitizens, https://twitter.com/BitGuildPLAT 10. The Sandbox, https://twitter.com/TheSandboxGame (+bonus item: War Riders, https://twitter.com/warriders)
December 21, 2018
BCGW #16: Blockchain Game of the Year 2018
Yes, it's that time of the year when we look back and consider which blockchain game released in 2018 gains the title Game of the Year. But - as Jon Jordan argues - this year he doesn't think any blockchain game deserves the accolade (although he is happy to award the Best Worst Blockchain Game of the Year). Follow us on https://twitter.com/blockchaingmg And on Medium at https://medium.com/blockchaingamingworld
December 14, 2018
BCGW #15: Blockchain Games vs the Crypto Crisis
Cryptocurrencies prices are tanking but what does that mean for blockchain games? With James (@bcgbiz), Jon Jordan discusses why the death of crypto as an investment asset is actually a great thing for the longterm success of blockchain gaming. Follow us at @blockchaingmg And laugh at my portfolio at https://my.delta.app/Ojyd Note: Not investment advice, purely skin in the game... !
December 7, 2018
BCGW #14: Blockchain's UX dilemma
By definition, blockchains are highly decentralized, which creates lots of issues in terms of onboarding and user experience, especially for new users. In this podcast Jon Jordan talks to blockchain expert Gareth Jenkins (Deckbound/ @garethjenkins) about how game projects should balance of making their game accessible while still taking full advantage of the features using a blockchain offers, notably item ownership. Follow us on Twitter @blockchaingmg Check out Deckbound - https://www.deckbound.com/
November 30, 2018
BCGW #13: The significance of Mythical Games
LA blockchain games platform Mythical Games decloaked this week with a $16 million Series A funding round. Jon Jordan explains why it is an interesting company and what its arrival tells us about the fast maturing blockchain gaming sector in terms of how it's now highlighting user experience over the technology of blockchain. Follow us at https://twitter.com/blockchaingmg Check out Mythical Games at http://mythical.games/
November 16, 2018
BCGW #12: AppCoins and the rise of blockchain app stores
Can blockchain disrupt app stores? That's the discussion this week as Jon and James (@BGCbiz) talk about the recent App Store Foundation conference in Portugal, and the AppCoins project which is already in testing via the Aptoide Android app store and has the potential to connect advertisers with unbanked users, giving them the opportunity to accumulate tokens they then can spend on IAPs. Follow us on https://twitter.com/blockchaingmg More details about AppCoins at: https://appcoins.io/ More details about Aptoide at: https://en.aptoide.com/
November 9, 2018
BGCW #11: CryptoKitties, Dapper Labs and $30m
CryptoKitties dev Dapper Labs has just raised $15m, taking its total to almost $30m so Jon and James (from @BCGbiz) discuss what it will do with all that cash, including its new project Dapper (which Jon mistakenly calls Dapps!), as well as talking more generally about changes in funding for blockchain projects. Follow at https://twitter.com/blockchaingmg Find out more about Dapper and sign up at https://www.whatisdapper.xyz
November 2, 2018
BCGW Special - Reality Clash; the first blockchain mobile shooter
As well as blockchain, mobile shooter Reality Clash uses AR/VR and location-based technologies so it's certainly an ambitious project. So, as it begins its beta testing, we talk to community manager Jake and marketing manager Sam to find out more about how the game and how its blockchain ownership model for guns fits into the bigger picture. Follow us on https://twitter.com/blockchaingmg & find out more about Reality Clash at https://realityclash.com/
November 1, 2018
BCGW #10: Enjin's Multiverse and struggles with EOS
We talk about Enjin's Multiverse, Jon's struggles setting up an EOS wallet, the launch of Beyond The Void, and trying to find the 'blockchain bit' of Lordmancer II. Follow us on https://twitter.com/blockchaingmg
October 26, 2018
BCGW Special: Hedgie - how to make an accessible blockchain game
We talk Hedgie, the forthcoming casual strategy blockchain game, which combines ERC721 hedgehog characters, the game's ERC20 Curio token, a real-world payment system, and a strong focus on onboarding players without requiring any crypto payment or wallet registration. Jon Jordan talks to Stas Zlobinski and Madeleine Cruickshank from developer Hedgie Inc. You can find out more about Hedgie at https://www.hedgie.io/ The Hedgehog in the Fog cartoon at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedgehog_in_the_Fog And contact us at https://twitter.com/blockchaingmg
October 23, 2018
Blockchain Gaming World #9: The F2P Challenge
Axie Infinity launches but Jon doesn't want to spend $20 to try it, James finds his retro gaming skills challenged in nTitle's Fury demo, Jon adds to his collection of wallets when he tries to play DopeRaider, (which now runs on the POA Network), and we compare our faux coin haul in our ongoing obsession with BitGuild's airdrop jumblesale app GuildChat.
October 19, 2018
Blockchain Gaming World #8 - GuildChat's Skinner Box
BitGuild starts airdropping TRX (and less useful tokens) into its new mobile messaging GuildChat app to much confusion, Jon buys a big shiny gun in Reality Clash, and HyperDragons and Ethermon beat out CryptoKitties' DAUs. Jon Jordan (@blockchaingmg) and BlockchainGamer.biz (@BCGbiz) James discuss the state of blockchain gaming.
October 12, 2018
Blockchain Gaming World #7: Game over for Ethereum?
Are game devs now moving away from Ethereum? In this week's episode Jon Jordan talks to blockchain game developer Gareth Jenkins (Deckbound) about the various blockchains available - Ethereum, EOS, TRON etc - not to ignore all the various layer 2 Ethereum sidechain options such as Loom, POA, Tenfold etc, nor more custom options such as XAYA and Gareth's own DLOX tech. (NB: apols for small child interruption... towards the end!)
October 5, 2018
The significant trajectory of blockchain games in 2018
Ups and downs: Jon Jordan considers what he's learned about the blockchain game sector in 2018 so far.
October 1, 2018
BCGW Special: Gareth Jenkins, Deckbound
Live from the Blockchain Game Summit in Lyon, Jon talks to blockchain/gaming veteran Gareth Jenkins (Deckbound) about the current state of the sector.
September 27, 2018
Blockchain Gaming World #6
This week, we discuss Enjin's 'Multiverse', Stick Cricket, the top performing blockchain games of August, and Blockchain Gamer Connects Helsinki. Host Jon Jordan is joined by James from BlockchainGamer.biz.
September 21, 2018
BCGW Special: Alto's Crypto Game Challenge
In this episode, we talk to Alto.io's Gabby Dizon about the Crypto Game Challenge and its 'Item First' approach to blockchain gaming.
September 13, 2018
Blockchain Gaming World #5
In this week's news roundup, Jon and James discuss: Did someone mean to spend 600 ETH on a Gen 9 CryptoKitty? Is the falling price of crypto good or bad? The launch of MLB Crypto Baseball And will Apple and Google play nice with blockchain games?
September 7, 2018
Blockchain Gaming World episode 4
This week, we talk with James from BlockchainGamer.biz about: The ambition of mobile, AR/VR, location-based shooter Reality Clash Hash Rush's 10,000-strong beta War Rider's item pre-sale PC blockchain game distribution platforms Robot Cache and Korrobox Blockchain Waves and games platform Alto.io hook up Plus why blockchain gaming may be great for indies
August 24, 2018
Blockchain Gaming World #3
In this week's episode, we're joined by James from BlockchainGamer.biz, and we discuss: Zombie Battleground's $350k Kickstarter Gods Unchained $1.2m pre-sale MLB Crypto Baseball's launch plus Mythereum going live on Bitguild, KamaGames' token sale and Alto and FlowPlay's partnership.
August 17, 2018
BGW: Talking to Soccer Manager Crypto & XAYA
In this special edition podcast, we talk to Andrew Colosimo (CEO, XAYA) and Andy Gore (Soccer Manager Crypto) about how they started working together and why SMC is being released on the XAYA blockchain games platform.
August 16, 2018
Blockchain Gaming Week #2
In this week's episode, we're joined by BlockchainGamer.biz editor James, and we talk about: Blockchain games including ETH.TOWN, Axie Infinity, Hash Rush, Zombie Battleground and Gods Unchained, Various AR/VR blockchain projects, and new blockchain technoology Hedera Hashgraph
August 10, 2018
Blockchain Gaming Week #1
Hello and welcome to the first episode of Blockchain Gaming Week, in which we cover: Zombie Battleground's $300k Kickstarter Cryptic Conjure's pre-item sale ETH.Town's launch Various blockchain game companies' esports deals Partnerships between WAX & CryCash, OpenSea & ECOMI New ERC proposed standards 988 and 1155 and Hedera Hashgraph's $20 million hard cap public ICO.
August 3, 2018