David Case talks about his journey with Kronoverse and Bitcoin SV

Kronoverse is working on very innovative new gaming technology on the Bitcoin SV (BSV) blockchain, and they had a lot to show at the recent CoinGeek Seoul conference. David Case, Chief Architect of the company, has learned a lot about Bitcoin in the process, and wanted to share some of that knowledge with CoinGeek’s Stephanie Tower.

His experience as Chief Architect of a Bitcoin gambling company has taught him a lot about the blockchain. “It’s been really interesting, because we started before we really even understood what Bitcoin is, or the power of it is,” he noted. “And so it’s kind of been my own evolution through learning what’s out there and how this stuff works, and it’s become an obsession of mine, it’s actually overtaken my life, so it’s been pretty fun.”

As a newcomer to Bitcoin, Case explained that his struggle has mostly been the widespread misunderstandings about the technology. “I think it’s mostly just very misunderstood, and that people don’t actually understand the power that’s there, and I’m sure that’s why Craig [Wright]’s been frustrated for all the last 10 years, because people don’t get it,” he said. “And even people who are really, really advanced in the crypto space don’t understand the power of Bitcoin, and it’s really powerful.”

But Case has learned a lot, and Kronoverse has come a long way. He spoke about the improvement’s we can expect to see soon from the company. “We’re starting to open up the platform that we’re building CryptoFights on so that other game developers can build apps with it, and that includes a wallet for their actual development environment and their phones, it involves server side management of the Bitcoin data and communicating that and managing communications across all clients,” he noted. “And it also involves a lot of being able to automate what’s going on, so you can have systems that just watch Bitcoin, and then can react based on however they’re programmed to react.”

How far away are we from seeing other developers on the Kronoverse platform? “We’re in the process,” he replied. “We’re actually opening up a developer waiting list right now, so as developers are interested, we’re going to start working with them one on one, to figure out what’s going to be the best way, the best people to work with to get this fully out.”

But the big news most gamers wanted to know as Kronoverse entered CoinGeek Seoul is the one that Case might have been most excited to talk about: when can we play CryptoFights? “First of all, we’re going to be having a Beta release of CryptoFights by the end of the year, which is really exciting,” he said. “And then, again, it’s just all the platform services that make it really easy for developers to build on Bitcoin without them really needing to know much about Bitcoin at all.”

David Case discusses Kronoverse’s BSV Easy Button at CoinGeek Seoul

Kronoverse has been working on a truly new way to play video games, and the Bitcoin SV (BSV) community is anxiously awaiting a chance to try it out. But while CryptoFights may not be ready yet, Chief Architect David Case took the stage at CoinGeek Seoul to talk about the upcoming release, as well as the truly revolutionary Kronoverse platform.

Case began his presentation by presenting CryptoFights latest updates, compiled succinctly in a nearly 3 minute video from Kronoverse CEO and founder Adam Kling:

The video ends with the reveal that CryptoFights made in late September that CryptoFights will be available in Beta as early as December, 2019.

From that, Case returned to the the reasons why Kronoverse has decided to build their platform and games on the BSV blockchain. Simply put, Bitcoin offers an auditable, regulatory friendly blockchain, which features a verifiable fairness for game play, and the ability to perform financial audits of funds. These are key features for a platform that hopes to make it big in the world of esports one day.

David Case discusses Kronoverse’s BSV Easy Button at CoinGeek Seoul

But the big reveal of Case’s presentation was Kronoverse’s platform, named the “Easy Button” for Bitcoin. It’s essentially an open sourced Javascript library, which takes gaming tokens to the next level. On the BSV chain. We caught up with him on the sidelines and asked him to explain what it means for gaming developers:

We allow developers to build code without understanding much at all of Bitcoin. They can write simple JavaScript code that they can manage their onchain logic, they can manage how their wallets interact with that onchain logic, and they can build these automated processes all just using standard JavaScript, but that JavaScript is triggered by watching what is happening on bitcoin and it makes changes to the Bitcoin blockchain. So it’s really easy for developers to do really complex graphs of data that exist onchain without them having to understand Bitcoin at all.

He also spoke about the Kronoverse Gaming Wallet, a Javascript-based configuration of a wallet stored on-chain. It easily integrates into most platforms, including iOS and Android, and allows games to easily handle tokens for game play.

David Case discusses Kronoverse’s BSV Easy Button at CoinGeek Seoul

While Case admits that he’s not much of a video gamer at the moment, mostly preferring boardgames and old school Nintendo, his team has already anticipated that certain types of games, like First Person Shooters, are better served by not writing thousands of transactions per second to the blockchain. For that, they’ve developed state chains, which allow offchain channels of updates, which can be compiled by a single line of code to update the blockchain at sensible intervals.

Finally, once again keeping in mind that Kronoverse wants a future in the esports space, they’ve already anticipated the regulatory requirements that will be expected of them, Case told the crowd. To meet those needs, they are asking for a Kronoverse-wide platform identity from every user, with anti-money laundering (AML) and know your customer (KYC) checks to please potential regulators. They will also have per-application geo-fending, so each game can be tailored for specific countries. Finally, to manage the money they expect will be flowing through, they will have options for either fiat or crypto deposit and withdrawals, and full onchain accounting.

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.”