Join our New Castle Defense Live Stream!
1. Live streaming on Twitch, Facebook and YouTube Live!
We are glad to announce that we have started streaming live on Twitch, YouTube and Facebook live. Along with Kaush as the host, users will now be able to experience live gameplay of NFT Castle Defense and Castle Arena.
Check out the streaming now! Don’t forget to follow or subscribe for the upcoming live streaming.
From our next stream on 30th September 2022 at 5PM(PH)/ 8AM(CH) onwards, we will also be featuring players from our community who will be in conversation with our host talking about battle strategies along with a feature of live gameplay.
2. Do you want to participate in the live streaming and earn 10$?
Stand a chance to be featured LIVE on Twitch, YouTube and Facebook Live.
– Desktop with internet connection
– Webcam and Mic
– Ability to talk in basic English
– Experienced player of Castle Defense
The 10 selected players will be featured on LIVE streaming for 20-40 mins together with Kaush, our streaming host and get rewarded 10$ BUSD right after the streaming. Apply here today!
What to Expect Q4 22
Our Pocket Arena Team has been focusing on the development of Falk and Castle Defense updates as well as the Castle Town components. We would rather under promise but over deliver. Check out what is expected to be delivered by the Pocket Arena Team by the end of 2022.
1. Castle Defense
- Guild Management System
- New Monsters of Castle Defense
- Replay function for all lands
2. Castle Town Metaverse
- Cafe with chat & NFT Emoji Avatar P2E ecosystem
- Arcade with casual games & NFT Emoji Avatar P2E ecosystem
3.Falk & NFT Studio
- NFT/Metaverse/Gamification studio for brands & game developers on Falk — POC -powered ETH layer 2 sidechain. Upon this beta release, some exciting news may come along.
4. CEX listing
- We have been pursuing to list POC in different CEXs. We will be using the best endeavor to list at decent CEX(s) to increase POC transactions.
Pocket Arena Newsletter — Released On 19th August 2022
1. Development Updates for the week
Our designers and engineers have been busy building the new features and upgrades based on your feedback. The following works have been finally completed!
- An improved set of monster icons has dropped-in!
- You can buy Arena Pool XP using mPOC!
- Castle Defense on iOS is available now!
2. Match of the Day — A Brand New YouTube Channel
We’ve just launched a new arena battles channel on YouTube where the most exciting battles are picked & edited as a Match of the Day . Check out the battle highlights of the day of your peer players and get a chance to learn their attack/defense strategies.
Subscribe to our channel today and click on the bell notification to stay updated on new video uploads.
3. Pocket Arena’s Key Business Model — Branded Mini-Games for NFT
We have announced the integration of Branded Mini Games (BMG) with Pocket Arena and FALK — our upcoming ETH-BSC layer 2 sidechain for branded game, NFT and metaverse DIY studio. There will also be a brand tailored NFT marketplace in one stop! The benefits include buying and trading NFT’s gas-free, fun competitive games and brand loyalty programs in the metaverse. The new website will be released very soon.
View the announcement here:
Pocket Arena Newsletter — Released On 29th July 2022
1. Development updates of the week
- Here is an update on Falk, the $POC powered layer 2 sidechain by #PocketArena team. We successfully tested the bridge between ETH and BSC for ERC-721. Falk will be stronger than any other ETH sidechains due to this multi bridging feature and will be widely used for white-label NFT minting/marketplaces for brands.
- Castle Defense updates : guest users are able to rent NFT Castles and play castle defence. Also a dashboard where an option to allow guest players to rent an NFT castle is provided to the castle sponsor. https://twitter.com/pocketarena/status/1551825485025271810
2. Interactive emoji avatars in NFT Castle Town Metaverse Zone
Being interactive is the key element in NFT Castle Town. We have provided another feature of what it will look like when emoji avatars interact and move around in Castle Town buildings. Users can select their Emoji Avatar, enter their screen name and join the room. Interactive elements like gamification and chat features will also be added to this.
The beta version is expected to be released in Q3
3. Hall of Fame winner – Brent
Here’s presenting the 11th winner of the NFT Castle Defense Hall of Fame. Brent from the 1PH_Prodigy guild has claimed the spot for July 2022. Yet again this winning makes 1PH_Prodigy guild with the high numbers of hall of famers till date.
Pocket Arena Newsletter — Released On 14th July 2022
1. Branded Mini-Games NFT – A white label solution for enterprise to gamify, mint NFT’s and create branded NFT marketplace – ALL IN ONE STOP
Branded Mini-Games has been one of our key products since 2017 as a Game-as-a-Service platform for brands to gamify their marketing and create branded games used by various international brands. (BMW, KFC, Kia, Samsung Galaxy, Hyundai, etc.).
We experience that there is an increasing demand from these brands who want to integrate their licensing system with NFT in addition to their own branded games. This white label one-stop solution for brands will enrich brand customers’ experience through gaming, metaverse, chats, avatars and NFT P2P trading on their own marketplace at a very competitive price for enterprises.
This B2B enterprise platform Branded Mini-Games NFT will be specially implemented based on the Falk- ETH Layer 2 chain powered by POC which is planned to release in Q3 2022.
Check out the deck for more details.
2.Development updates of the week
- Spectator mode is live ( Forest land)
- My Attack Strategy updates
- Castle upgrade with mPOC (new POC category and utility case)
3. Match of the Day
The spectator mode is now live and is slated to be a key feature that will help users develop their battle strategies. Under “My Battles” users will see the “WATCH” button where the battle gameplay can be replayed. This can in turn help players evaluate and rebuild their attack strategies.
4. Your emoji avatar in NFT Castle Town
Your emoji avatar in NFT Castle Town will be able to earn you 20% XP whenever other players rent your emoji avatar. With the help of various games and activities in arcade buildings, the renters can earn XP by playing various avatar games and branded games. Under a XP sharing structure 80% of XP earnings are for the player while the Emoji Avatar owner get 20% from the proceedings.
NFT Castle Town is coming soon.
5. Hall of Fame winner – Imyours
We are proud to announce yet another Hall of Fame winner for this month. An active member of the Eternals guild, Imyours has been bestowed the Hall of Fame status as he maintained the Kings land position.
Congrats to Imyours on being the 10th Hall of Fame winner.
Pocket Arena Newsletter — Released on 5th July 2022
1. Introduction to mPOC
This week we have introduced a new POC category known as mPOC. The purpose of mPOC is to enrich the user experience and fun for Castle Defense and to also extend the utility of POC. mPOC is a short name of membership POC which is basically, the POC that is transferred from Metamask into PA Wallet. To know more about mPOC and other POC categories please check the link below.
2. Pocket Arena Team Organises a NFT & Virtual Asset Conference, Embassy of Switzerland in the Republic of Korea.
The Swiss ambassador in South Korea, Mrs. Dagmar Schmidt Tartagli gives the welcome speech for the conference.
On June 30th, there was a special conference held at the Embassy of Switzerland in South Korea to learn about Swiss NFT & Crypto asset regulation frameworks, accounting and taxation. This conference was co-hosted by JSCO Holdings and SACA (Swiss Asia Crypto Alliance) and organised by Emoji Games. The ambassador, Mrs. Dagmar Schmidt Tartagli gave an opening welcome speech for the conference, talking about the Crypto Valley in Switzerland. This was an invitation-only event for 40 VIPs who are the key stakeholders of the Korean blockchain community ecosystem.
https://n.news.naver.com/mnews/article/018/0005255795?sid=101 (Korean News)
3. Development updates of the week
In this week’s development update, users can now upgrade their NFT Castles with $POC at NFT Castle Market. The POC transferred from Metamask will be known as mPOC. This new “mPOC” refers to a membership POC, which is transferred from Metamask into PA Wallet.
We also had a version update (V. 2.6.31) for NFT Castle Defense. In this update, E-points have now become more affordable and the maximum pending attacks are decreased for all areas ( Forest — 3, Desert -5, City — 11, King — 13). Also the battle background images are improved in this update.
4. Hall of Fame winner — BEATLOG
Presenting the new Hall of Fame winner of NFT Castle Defense for June 2022. Beatlog, is our 8th winner and belongs to the 1PH Prodigy guild. Congratulations on winning this accolade.
Pocket Arena Newsletter — Released On 10th June 2022
1. New 40 Forest Land Giveaway event — 3rd series
Our ongoing 3rd series of the Forest land giveaway is going to conclude next Monday (13 June). NFT Castle owners without land can visit the link to participate in the giveaway. 20 winners will get two forest lands each.
Just complete the simple 3 steps in this Gleam link.
2. Castle Manager 2022 is released!
Castle Manager 2022 is our latest edition of the castle management system for NFT Castle sponsors. Sponsors can view and manage their castles, players, lands and other Pocket Arena digital assets efficiently. Soon, more functions and features will be added to make your lives easier.
3. Castle Town will embrace brands!
Emoji Games as a leading gamification platform provider for brands (www.brandedminigames.com), we have been working with hundreds of international brands (still today). Based on our immense gaming assets, expertise and brand relationships built over many years, we will be bringing our brand’s customers into Castle Town (specifically into the Brand Zone as a Pocket Metaverse). More exciting stuff to be revealed soon!
4. Going back to Fundamentals
The recent article “100% on-chain games are not the best way forward” by our CEO Hyong Kim of Emoji Games has been picked and posted at Hackernoon. https://hackernoon.com/100percent-on-chain-games-are-not-the-best-way-forward
5. Two new Hall of Fame winners
We are proud to announce our two Hall of Famers for May and June 2022. Sisiw, from the PH Prodigy guild, is our first female Hall of Fame winner, for the 01 June — 06 June 2022, Kingship and prior to that we had Tsiken from the Gryphnos guild as the 6th Hall of Fame winner.
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Pocket Arena Newsletter — Released on 12th May 2022
40 Forest Land Giveaway
Giveaway link here: https://gleam.io/9jb5w/pocket-arenas-forest-land-giveaway-v1
Rule Breakers got banned!
We at Pocket Arena are constantly on the lookout for suspicious activities occurring in the Pocket Arena ecosystem. Rule breakers such as multi account players, bot/macro players, cheaters have been manipulating battles, discouraging and taking advantage of other honest players.
To give a perspective to all our stakeholders involved, we have a total of over 85,000 PA signed-up accounts which are verified. Over the last one week we have detected over 1600 accounts to be malicious and we have already taken steps and have banned them.
Also we managed to block most macro used battles which resulted in the Public Pool significantly lower than before. Now, we have a higher attack success rate after the marco players have been blocked. Honest skilled players will win and earn the most!
Sneak Peak into NFT Castle Town
Our team has been really busy and equally productive over the last weeks. Our development squad have now presented the chat feature which will be integrated into NFT Castel Town. This feature will be accessible via NFT Emoji Avatars and will allow users to chat with each other. The preview screenshot above shows the chat feature in action. The first debut of Castle Town may be in Q3 2022!
Spectator mode coming soon
In yet another development update announcement, we are glad to present the “Spectator Mode” which will be coming very soon to Castle Defense. Spectator mode will allow users to watch a replay of the recent battle they have been engaged with. Apart from watching a rerun of the battle the Spectator Mode will also assist users to fine tune their attack strategies and help them win battles.
At the same time, we are gearing up for Esports Broadcasting to pick the most exciting battles for broadcasting on a daily basis.
We are still looking for the eligible esports broadcasters who could work with the Pocket Arena team. Are you interested? Please email to email@example.com
Full announcement here: https://twitter.com/pocketarena/status/1524298626259992577/photo/1
Update in the tXP to bPOC process
There is an update in the tXP to bPOC conversion process. A maximum of 55,555 POC per day can be exchanged and only accumulated POC (38 POC/minute) can be exchanged. In addition to this only a certain threshold can be exchanged at a time (subject to change).The exchange button will also disappear then reappear after a time interval of 10 mins.
Full announcement here:
3rd/4th Hall of Fame winners are here!
We are proud to announce that MattX from the Gryphons Guild is the 3rd Hall of Fame winner of NFT Castle Defense.
PA TikTok is open and follow us!
We are glad to announce that we have expanded our social media presence to TikTok, where we will be sharing exciting content. Do follow us to know more about Pocket Arena and other developments.
Follow us on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pocketarena
Building a sustainable Web3 esports mobile platform
In 2017, when my company Emoji Games decided to jump into blockchain gaming, I had to find a good answer to justify my decision to drive my whole team into this unexplored new path, leaving my 15-year legacy in the traditional gaming industry behind. At that time, I found the statement below as the answer to the question, “Why blockchain gaming?’
“Digital gaming assets ownership and its transparent trading among P2P”
As of April 2022, we witnessed that the NFT gaming or Gamfi or blockchain Play2Earn gaming market (whatever you name it) has grown so much since last year. It tells me that my decision in 2017 was the right one.
But one still wonders -What makes this blockchain gaming/Play2Earn sustainable?
Bottom-line Issues for today’s Esports P2E NFT mobile gaming platform
Regardless of blockchain gaming or non-blockchain gaming, building a sustainable esports platform requires fair gaming rules and their enforcement to get credits from the users and to be able to give out fair prizes to winners. That means centralized governance is necessary to implement and enforce fair gaming rules.
Commonly, any player can use their most mean tactics in order to win the game and some prizes. The worst scenario happens when the developer manipulates the scores, minimizing the winning chance of organic players to maximize their profit.
In the blockchain gaming world, the consequences can be dire. We need to be alert to scammers all the time, and the governing body should keep on monitoring and coming up with the most up-to-date prevention measures to maintain the Esports platform sound and fair for everyone. The reality of today’s blockchain gaming is that players use these games as sources of income, so the developer shouldn’t be surprised that there are always users who won’t stop cheating or manipulating whenever any loophole is detected.
Often, a bigger issue from the developers’ side is that these games can easily turn into Ponzi scheme-like projects, especially since most gamers are focused on investing in assets and exploiting the game for financial purposes rather than enjoying the fun parts. Common business model of NFT P2E games today is “Pay to Win” so you are required to buy and invest in their NFT assets before even starting the game, whereas Pocket Arena’s play model is Free-To-Play-To-Earn.
Connecting Metamask wallets often work under PC. There are many restrictions and hurdles on mobile to connect your wallet whilst you are playing games. Still, the majority of players are not familiar with Metamask wallets. The first-time setting can be a bit scary, and the hacking threat always looms no matter what. Yet our statistics say that more than 70% of users play our Castle Defense on mobile.
Today, my question has got to the next level — How can one build a healthy and sustainable Web3 Esports mobile platform, solving all the bottom-line issues?
Is the P2E game really sustainable in the long run?
How can one make this Web3 gaming platform profitable for all stakeholders (the developer/investor/players)?
Is it really necessary to play games on-chain all the time?
How to push up players’ mining token’s price, preventing inflation — single tokenomics or dual tokenomics?
POC utility and burning mechanism
Here are the answers from my experiences (after trials and errors) with Pocket Arena.
Today Pocket Arena runs on a database and Hyperledger, which is a private blockchain. If a user wins enough XP by playing Castle Defense, the XP can be converted to POC, and POC can be cashed out; POC is the ERC20/BEP20 utility token of Pocket Arena.
There are upcoming major utilities of POC to be burned within this game, such as upgrading Castle, trading Castles, and Strategy trading. Also, all the NFTs in Castle Town (NFT Emoji Avatar, NFT deco items, NFT buildings, etc.) will be using POC for their trading. This Pocket Metaverse is another social interaction Metaverse where more POC burning mechanisms will be in place and the unique social values are added.
However, one can still wonder if these mentioned utilities are enough to prevent the inflation? Considering most players are dumping the mining token for their daily living, and soon there will be more and more players who want to play and mine on this platform which will cause more inflation?
Another huge utility of POC — NFT gaming assets on Ethereum side-chain
Instead of dual tokenomics, I decided single tokenomics but add more utility to POC to find this balance between players and investors.
True ownership of the gaming assets will be realized when the gaming assets can be transferred on-chain and tradable freely among Peer2Peer by decentralization. That is the reason the Pocket Arena team has been researching and developing the Ethereum side-chain; this ETH layer 2 network is temporarily named Falk, whilst current NFTs are under the Hyperledger Fabric.
Thus, POC will have another big utility for its network gas fee, and the Falk will also be used for other NFT video game assets that need the ETH side-chain for their NFTs in order to expand the ecosystem. Our Castle Defense and other PA games will be the first show cased-dapps to demonstrate this Falk Side-chain.
That’s the way that POC prices can be continuously pushed up and balanced out, preventing inflation by adding bigger utility-burning mechanisms for its network gas fee.
Pocket Arena functioning with 4 layers of tech stack
The Pocket Arena as Web3 Esports mobile gaming platform would have these 4 different tech layers as the diagram above, which can be a cumbersome structure for developers, but it is the most secure, low gas fee, and user-friendly architect structure for users. Users do not need to know what technologies are used underneath.
From users’ point of view, multi-chain support ( ETH and BSC), low gas fee & fast speed without compromising security would be the most important factors which Pocket Arena 4-layered tech stack will be covering up.
Big lesson for the security of Web3 gaming assets
The recent $600M hacking incident of Ronin Network gave us a big alarm and lesson on how to architect and maintain the blockchain games’ digital assets.
This costly lesson is that we should never compromise the security level for validator nodes for transaction speed, especially when you are depositing millions of public funds. Normally this kind of crypto deposit triggers a license in most developed countries.
The validator’s server location also matters. Hackers can easily target cloud servers. Using institutional-grade servers in different locations in high-security countries could be a good approach with the integration of cold wallet storage.
Our Pocket Arena HQ team is located in Switzerland. The most peace-of-mind approach would be to locate cold storage of crypto assets in Switzerland with a multi-signature process. In addition, we are in the process of applying for a licence of the wallet depository from an European Economic Area country to be prepared for the tightening of travel rules worldwide by FATF and to protect users from these kinds of hacking incidents.
On top of having the security measures and license in place, the blockchain tech stack of Pocket Arena with Ethereum side-chain FALK would provide a great value for gamers who still enjoy an easy and fun gaming experience, ensuring minimum gas fee, safe on-chain asset transfer and true ownerships.
We aim to release the Beta version of Falk in the 2022 summertime.
CEO, Hyong Kim
Castle Defense Pro-Tips
Castle Power-up Features
Castle Shield and the Castle HP are highly beneficial features of the game. When you use the Castle Shield feature, your Castle is surrounded by an energy shield that renders any attack towards it useless for 10 seconds. As for the Castle HP feature, as the name suggests, it restores the Castle health to full.
By using these features, one can stall an opponent’s attacks, recover from the damage, and plan and strategize accordingly in order to win.
Note: Instead of spending 2XP per feature, players will have to spend 6XP now.
Efficiently Revive Your Troop Using the Pause Button
Always prefer reviving your defenders rather than replacing them with new ones as reviving costs less e-coins. When it comes to reviving though, make use of the pause button before to buy more time in order to recover from the damages.
Fill out the e-Coin Pools
As you might be aware by now, e-coins are crucial in deploying troops. The more you have it, the better your defense will be as you will be earning 0.5 e-coins every 3 seconds. So wherever you see the spot to install an e-coin pool, do it; install them as early as possible.
Early Attack Indicators
After each wave, you will see a few attack indicators scattered over your screen. By tapping on one of them, you basically allow the next wave to begin before time. By doing so, you earn extra e-coins in the process.
Note: Keep in mind that if your troops are all defeated and your Castle XP fully depleted at the end of a wave, it is wise to recover before you tap the attack indicators.
Customize XP Sharing
In Contract settings, you can customize the XP sharing system in favor of the potential renters in order to get more applications for your castle. You can then choose the most qualified player to rent the castle.