David Case: Building games for the Bitcoin blockchain
The Bitcoin SV (BSV) blockchain is a great new platform for all types of businesses, and gaming is no exception. David Case, Chief Architect of Kronoverse, joined our Becky Liggero at the CoinGeek Toronto 2019 scaling conference to talk about how his company is pioneering in blockchain gaming.
To understand what Kronoverse is all about is to really understand how the blockchain can be used for amazing new things. “So Kronoverse is a platform that allow game developers to build video games where every action gets played out and recorded on the Bitcoin blockchain,” Case explained. “Which allows people to to be able to stream live games in a Twitch like fashion, but while actually watching the data, not by watching a video of it. And also go back watch historical games as they play out. We provide a number of services that enables developers to do that pretty easily.”
Kronoverse is already working on its first offering, and its following a concept that most gamers should be very comfortable with. “CryptoFights is kind of our first game that we’re building on the platform, and building the platform for as well,” he said. “So CryptoFights, you will create fighter, and that’s like any game. Your character creation: you say what you want their hair to look like, what color you want their skin to be, all that kind of stuff, what gender they are, what race they are, elves, dwarves, humans. So you configure your character, and then we also have other tokens that are weapons, armor, and those all exist as tokens on the blockchain.”
“And so you put your character, your fighter, into battle with those tokens that you own, and we validate that you own those tokens that you own, then you fight against each other. And the stats of your character and your weapons affect the outcome of the battle.”
Kronoverse announced they would build on the BSV blockchain in May, and Case explained that it was an easy choice. “Really, BSV is kind of our only choice at this point,” he said. “I mean, it solves all sorts of other problems, build all sorts of other toolings, and the scale, and just being able to rely on the commodity blockchain, that we don’t have to worry about how to solve the consensus aspects, but yet having the scaling and the cheap transactions, it’s just our only choice.”
Liggero asked Case how gambling and esports could work on a Kronoverse platform. “There’s all sorts to figure out how the proper way to legally structure that is,” he respond. “But because everything is fully auditable, and is recorded on the blockchain, so first of all its really easy to let players wager against each other, and actually contribute as part of their Bitcoin transactions, contribute the funds that are going to be used to pay out at the end of the battle.”
He also sees new opportunities due to the public nature of BSV, making it an easier system to work with than other esports have had access to. “There’s also all sorts of other opportunity for external, third party people to watch what’s going, and place their own wagers, their own outcomes,” he noted. “That’s completely outside of us entirely, it’s just this data is being recorded. If you can follow our protocol, and follow all the code, and the code all lives in the blockchain itself as well, so everything is completely open. All the rules, everyone understands what’s going on because it’s all out there in public. So people can implement and interact with that data in any way they want.”