Key Development Roadmap, POC Staking, Pocket Arena Investors series 2 and more

Pocket Metaverse comes to birth in Q1 2022 within the City zone of virtual map in Luzern, Switzerland. Our current 80,000 users will need an avatar in Castle Town. Two default avatars are provided for free for everyone, but it will look all the same. In order to show yourself with your own NFT character and to take part in the NFT town activities enabling you to earn extra XP, you will need an NFT emoji avatar. Like the initial NFT Castle value has increased significantly after only a few months, NFT avatar might be the same. 2022 would be the year of NFT as everyone predicts!

Reserve the limited edition of NFT emoji avatar NOW!!

https://s.pocketarena.io/3Ho0Y2n

The full 100 limited NFT avatar set will be available on Jan 22 on a first-come, first-served basis.

The much-awaited major addition to Castle Defense is here in the form of Castle Arena. In this old-school tower defense strategy game, users can now own land, defend or attack other lands and create or join guilds to plan strategic attacks with 5000 NFTCastles, players and guilds. All of this action is bound to take place across five playable areas on the virtual map of Luzern, Switzerland. These 5 areas are Forest, Desert, Snow, Fantasy and City.

Read the full article herehttps://medium.com/pocketarena/sneak-peek-of-castle-arena-97c4c6d0751

2021 proved to be a breakout year for team Pocket Arena with the following milestones achieved. For us, the New Year means a year of new possibilities and new ventures. So let’s look ahead to the excitement to come in the first few months of 2022.

Read the full article herehttps://medium.com/pocketarena/key-development-roadmap-in-2022-79c5f1231d3e

We are happy to release our POC staking page that may be released by the end of Jan. For those who are interested in the NFT Castle and POC Pre-Staking event , hurry up to enjoy the 3months special staking rewards of 130% APR and grab the chance to buy high valued NFT Castles at €98. Apply Now

The other benefits and terms will be confirmed upon the official release.

(This page is only for illustration purposes. The detailed terms will be confirmed upon launch.)

Pocket Arena gathered over 17K users just over the course of last week. Out of those 17K, about 10K were new users with an impressive retention rate of 51%. Our top user countries for the week were Philippines, Vietnam, Romania, South Korea and the US. Moreover, the site alone (app data not included) had a massive 300K views last week.

What happens when an NFT Castle is traded in the NFT Castle Market after Castle Arena is launched? Under the new profit-sharing structure of NFT Castle sales, there is a gross revenue-sharing that is based on sold castle price. Upon the sale of an NFT Castle, 4% of the profit goes to Emoji Games, and 96% of the profit goes to the owner of the NFT Castle.

For more info visit: https://medium.com/pocketarena/nft-castle-sale-new-revenue-sharing-structure-6ebc884d9d61

Pocket Arena is proud to have Signum Capital, a growth-focused investor team, in our list of esteemed investors.

Signum Capital is a MAS (Monetary Authority of Singapore) registered crypto investor that supports game-changing projects like Pocket Arena. They believe that Pocket Arena can bring sustainable P2E gaming platform which requires FUN part first than rewards part.

Read the announcement here: https://twitter.com/pocketarena/status/1476513795661086726

Pocket Arena Guilds are gaining a lot of traction of late with the formation of new guilds. In the past week, we have announced a new guild named 1PH-PRODIGY based in the Philippines. This week we introduced Ace Guild. There are more guild announcements in the pipeline, so do follow our Twitter to stay updated.

Looking for Sponsors? 3 easy ways to find an NFT Castle sponsor

Your search for a sponsor ends here! 

We are going to talk about how you, as an Esports player, can find the right NFT Castle sponsor, quicker, and start playing Castle Defense right away. 

Summary

A professional Esports player of Castle Defense, will know how tricky it was initially to find a castle. But as time passed by we have introduced key updates to the game and also focused on community feedback, to make Castle Defense a wonderful experience.

An NFT Castle owner goes by many names such as sponsor, or castle owner. In our world, we call the NFT Castle owner as the Sponsor. A Sponsor is the person who buys an NFT Castle from our NFT Castle Market for a price. The castle is then listed for renting where Esports players can rent the castle and earn XP for themselves and for the castle as well. As a result, the value of the castle increases, thereby benefiting the player as well as the sponsor.

Do you really need an NFT Castle?

In the Castle Defense ecosystem, an NFT Castle is important to advance to the later stages of the game. Of course, an Esports player can play along without renting a castle, but as the game progresses, the difficulty level increases and in such cases renting an NFT Castle becomes a wiser choice.

Rented NFT Castles come with upgraded weapons such as upgradable lightning and cannon towers. With such upgrades, it’s easier to battle enemies and proceed to different stages of the game.

Also, without a castle, it’s not possible for a player to play Daily Challenges or 1V1 Challenges. Therefore, to have a wholesome Castle Defense experience, it’s important to rent an NFT Castle.

This brings us to our main point : How can one find an NFT Castle sponsor?

In this post we will talk about 3 easy ways to find an NFT Castle sponsor. So read on to know more.

3 easy ways to find an NFT Castle sponsor

 

1) In-game renting of an NFT Castle

The first easiest way to find a sponsor is as simple as it sounds. A player can rent any sponsor’s castle directly from the menu of Castle Defense

Here’s how. On the main menu of Castle Defense, there will be an alert section on the top of the screen if you do not have an NFT Castle. Upon clicking the link, you will come across the upgrade screen, where a list of castles will be displayed.

As highlighted earlier, a lot of features have been added to Castle Defense for a seamless user experience. One of the notable update, is while renting a castle. 

We have added 4 filters where players can filter out castles based on XP, Newly minted castles, Manual Contracts and Automatic Contracts.

Here’s what you can expect while using the filters:

XP(H): This filter arranges castles with higher XP in ascending order.

New Castles: Using this filter will display newly minted castles. These are new castles purchased from NFT Castle Market and do not have any XP on them.

Manual Contracts: These are castles that require the sponsor’s review. In other words, if you want to rent this type of castle, your rent request will be reviewed by the owner of the castle where he/she will view your gaming history, XP earning ability, etc. The renting of such a castle depends on the discretion of the sponsor.

Automatic Contracts: These are castles that don’t require the sponsor’s review. You can rent the castle immediately and start playing Castle Defense right away.

It’s now easy for a player to find the right castle but if you are still looking for alternate ways, there are 2 more as listed below.

 

 

2) Networking through Pocket Arena’s Official Telegram

Our official telegram is a home to over 7,500 Castle Defense enthusiasts which comprises of players and sponsors, who network with each other. As a result, players have found sponsors and vice versa. 

Apart from providing a platform to interact with each other on Telegram, we also provide game updates and customer support regarding Castle Defense and other casual games offered by Pocket Arena. 

We would recommend you to join our Telegram if you are a player looking for sponsors or if you’re a sponsor looking for players.

 

3) Networking through Pocket Arena’s Official Discord

We started our Discord server in the month of August 2021 and the community on Discord has been growing rapidly. At the time of writing this article, we have crossed 4,500 members on Discord. 

Our Discord is categorized into multiple channels for efficient communication among users. For instance, if you visit Discord you will find a lot of users interacting with each other in our country specific channels like the ones for Philippines, France, Vietnam, Korea, and Japan.

So if you join our Discord server, chances are you can find a sponsor by networking with the right people across channels.

 

 

Conclusion

Hope this helps you in finding the right NFT Castle sponsor. The filter update to castle renting has made things easier for anyone seeking to rent a castle, and we feel now it will be easier to rent an NFT Castle in Castle Defense. 

For more updates and announcements, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Telegram and Discord.

Pocket Arena: The journey thus far and what’s ahead

Summary

You might not know this about us, but Pocket Arena has been around, in one form or another, for quite a long time. Emoji Games, Pocket Arena’s parent company, arrived on the scene in 2005 with the introduction of their try-and-buy micropayment solution to be used by game developers. This development was part of what secured us partnerships with Samsung, Gameloft, Namco, EA, Sega, and Ericsson.

Developing games is our specialty. We went on to create branded mini-games (BMGs) that could be installed within mobile shopping apps to increase daily users. Since then, BMGs have been integrated by more than 100 brands including BMW and KFC. We have also developed many hyper-casual and casual games at the recommendation and request of game publishers. As part of Emoji Games, we have delivered more than 1.5 billion games in 55 countries wide since our inception. 

However, we are not ready to stop there. All of the experience gathered over the last 17 or so years, as part of Emoji Games and beyond, is now being used to develop new blockchain gaming experiences. Over the next few months, we’re going to see new games, new updates, and new features for our community that will continue to bring value to their playing experience. 

Contents

          What’s In The Pipeline For Castle Arena 

          Community Building 

          What’s Coming Up 

What’s In The Pipeline For Castle Arena 

One game that takes up a lot of our time is Castle Defense. Our team is always hard at work collaborating with each other to bring you the next set of updates for our flagship game. 

Our guild feature already has registered members from over different nationalities and we’re looking to expand to even more. Guilds are going to be a huge part of the Castle Defense ecosystem, allowing castle owners and players to share XP and build trust between each other for their mutual benefit. Castle Defense will also see the introduction of the new Luzern map, which will host 99 different Guilds and consist of 11,444 land plots with space for a maximum of 5000 NFT castles. Spectator mode will also soon be introduced to the castle defense experience. In order to open Castle Defense to a bigger market, Pocket Arena will be integrating the Euro-pegged stablecoin eEUR. Users will be able to buy NFT castles with eEUR and also withdraw eEUR to USDT.

With all these new features being added to the game, the next few months is set to be a very exciting time for NFT Castle Defense. We expect to see a huge amount of players earning XP on our platform and it is for this reason that we will be introducing our XP audit program. This audit will be for the P2P Castle market and will verify the amount of XP a castle has earned as part of the game. The amount of XP attached to a castle will determine how effective it is in gameplay and therefore, how valuable it is. With this in mind, verifying the XP of a castle will create a healthy and sustainable eSports ecosystem for everyone involved. 

Community Building 

Another area that Pocket Arena is always working on is our community reach. We have over 7000 members on our Telegram, almost 13000 followers on Twitter, and more than 4000 followers on Facebook. Because of the amount of value in our games, it is vital that customer queries and complaints are answered in a timely fashion. Customers should not tolerate any lingering uncertainty concerning digital assets that might be very valuable to them. With this in mind, these social networks will be used to deliver excellent customer support and ensure that we can always be in contact with our community. 

Our community has also recently passed a very special Milestone. In October 2020, the peak daily average user (DAU) of Axie infinity was 5,500. This October our DAU passed that number to reach 6,224. Since last year, Axie Infinity has gone on to become the biggest name in blockchain gaming. Having reached this milestone and seeing very high retention levels Axie’s is a journey we hope to emulate in the coming year.

What’s Coming Up

One of the biggest developments in our Pocket Arena story is soon to be upon us. Within the next few months we will be announcing the launch of our IDO which will finally see our POC token go on public sale. We’re all very excited about this so we can’t wait to see who decides to take part. 

Castle Arena remains our biggest focus though and the new features that include maps, playing styles, and land for our players to capture, are sure to bring even more value into the space. Those looking to get involved should be quick though because once the 5,000th NFT castle is minted we’ll be pausing our NFT sales for a few weeks. P2P sales will continue though allowing investors to continue to realize value from their own gaming assets.

Join our community

We have a tight-knit community of gamers on Twitter, Facebook, Telegram and Discord. Follow us to stay updated and informed with our latest and upcoming activities.

      

Pocket Arena Team: Specialists In Mobile Gaming

Pocket Arena Team: Specialists In Mobile Gaming

The NFT market has recently gone through another surge, with the total number of sales involving a non-fungible token in the art sector growing by more than 100% from April 12th to August 13th. This is the result of another NFT craze similar to the one seen earlier in the year. The current NFT-mania is perhaps best characterized by London-based 12 year old Benyamin Ahmed making close to half a million dollars with a series of pixelated pictures of whales. 

This euphoria around NFTs, along with the incredible rise of DeFi, has been something many blockchain gaming companies are trying to cash in on. This resulted in the term GameFi being coined by Changpeng Zhao, CEO of Binance. GameFi is the combination of gaming and DeFi, where time spent gaming can be easily monetized thanks to blockchain technology. Not only does this make GameFi games more competitive, it increases player retention. Despite its unassuming name, GameFi is a sustainable, long-term, blockchain industry that has the potential to disrupt the current mobile gaming market currently valued at $120 billion. It could well prove to become one of the biggest sectors in the entire blockchain industry. 

Taking Advantage Of The Hype 

However, this hype has meant the creation of many different projects that seem to promise far more than they’ll be able to deliver. Many NFT projects that claim to have GameFi elements have no real playable content. Many of the projects that do have playable content are incredibly simple and are unchallenging to the point they barely qualify as games. Things like this could perhaps be more accurately characterized as traditional DeFi features re-skinned as a gaming experience.

These releases are perhaps explained by the fact that they are the product of teams that have been built around DeFi rather than built around gaming. The founding team may have a financial background and have neglected the fact that developing a quality game is always a difficult and time consuming process. When you consider the time it takes to develop video games compared to the time it takes to develop financial applications, it seems obvious that integrating DeFi into a gaming project is more straightforward than integrating gaming elements into a DeFi team.

Pocket Arena knows all about the challenges of developing mobile games. As a longtime mobile developer, Emoji Games were in the mobile gaming industry for 16 years before moving into the blockchain and crypto space in 2017 and becoming Pocket Arena. We honed our ability to create quality mobile games long before moving into the crypto space and this ability to properly develop the gaming parts of our NFT projects is what sets us apart from the competition. 

It Takes Time To Develop Quality 

For an example of the amount of work that goes into developing quality online games, one only need look at our very own game, NFT Castle Defense. NFT Castle Defense started development in 2017 and has undergone huge amounts of trial and error to reach the current version. We are still releasing new updates every week with our Q4 update plan including Castle Arena, land capturing, guilds and spectator mode. These updates will continue for at least the next 3 years and see more and more gaming features added. 

In addition to NFT Castle Defense, every single one of Pocket Arena’s casual game releases has been worked on for 8 to 12 months by our dedicated team (such as 3D Basketball, Ice Pop, Bricks n Targets, Block n IQ etc). Each one of these games has different levels and maps and most importantly, must integrate a social eSports mode to facilitate our great community’s involvement. There are currently more than ten of these casual games live on our platform and six more are scheduled to be released in the next 10 months. 

Even Axie Infinity, the most successful blockchain game on the market, was first released in 2018. It took more than 3 years of development and fine-tuning to release the version that is currently taking crypto gaming by storm. 

To underline the point of how rare game development is in the blockchain market, Pocket Arena regularly receives requests from other gaming projects to see if we can develop a game for their NFTs. Many times gaming projects have already sold their tokens and in-game NFTs before realizing the development of the actual game is much more difficult than anticipated. This leaves investors holding useless in-game items for a game that doesn’t even exist. Situations like these are a great example of crypto projects completely underestimating the level of work that goes into developing quality games. 

Bringing People Into GameFi 

In order to make getting involved in the space easier, Pocket Arena is also developing tools that will allow designers and developers to gamify their creations. Our other flagship Pocket Arena DApp coming up in 2022 is The NFT Game Studio, which allows character designers to put characters of their own creation into Pocket Arena games. The designers are then able to mint their characters as NFTs and sell the characters via our NFT marketplace. 

NFT Jigsaw Puzzle is another one of our DApps that will make getting involved in blockchain gaming easy. With this app, photographers and artists are able to monetize their creation by turning it into an online jigsaw composed of NFTs. These NFTs can, once again, be sold via our NFT marketplace. 

Pocket Arena’s Expertise  

Our development team is transforming existing gaming and studio assets into NFT and play-to-earn gaming. This is possible because we have been developing games completely in-house since 2012. This means we’ve accumulated nine years of existing gaming assets to transform into NFT projects. It also means we have accumulated nine years worth of skills and teamwork that help streamline the process of making games. All of this is poured into every blockchain game that we create.

This is something that is simply impossible to recreate so investors should be cautious of any new project that claims to be able to release a lucrative NFT game within 12-months. It is simply impossible. Game development takes a long time and requires a skilled and experienced team especially for quality releases. Any NFT project looking to cash in on the current hype likely won’t last long because any product released in a short enough time to capitalize on the hype will be of too poor quality to retain players. 

It is very difficult to find any good game developers. There is currently a global shortage. This is why you can trust Pocket Arena to have the expertise and patience to develop some of the most exciting blockchain games in the space.

Important Updates on NFT Castle, Castle Market and Luzern

Team Pocket Arena have been working hard to bring updates that enhance gameplay and make it an enjoyable experience for both Esports players and Castle Sponsors alike.

Today we share 3 crucial updates with regards to #NFTCastle, #CastleMarket and #Luzern.

NFT Castle

We have updated the contract termination clause for when a player rents an NFT Castle. Previously, the contract was automatically terminated after 48 hours of no gameplay.

We have now updated that to 36 hours. From now on, if a player doesn’t play for 36 hours the contract will be auto-terminated and the castle will be returned back to the sponsor. The sponsor can then go ahead and hire another player for the castle.

Castle Market

The 50% off offer price on NFT Castles has ended on 31st August 2021 and from today onwards newly minted castles will be available on our market place, NFT Castle Market for € 98.

We have also been receiving a lot of suggestions from our users on Pocket Arena’s official Telegram channel, regarding the purchase of NFT Castles. Considering the feedback, we have now decided to stock 100 NFT Castles on a daily basis from Monday to Friday.

We have also decided to initiate the sale of these 100 NFT Castles in two separate batches. This is done so that all users have an equal opportunity to purchase an NFT Castle.

Luzern

Luzern is coming to NFT Castle Defense for #CastleArena! The map will consist of 11,444 land plots where maximum 5000 NFT Castles can be placed.

Max. 5000 #NFTCastles are available for sales in Castle Market for Luzern map. That means that Castle serial no. #5000 will be the last Castle to be sold in #CastleMarket for upcoming Luzern map.

To grow our community of #Esports players, we are now on Discord. Visit the link below to join Pocket Arena’s official Discord channel.

Pocket Arena’s Official Discord

How NFT Castle Defense Creates A Tight-Knit Player Community

The rise of the decentralized games network is creating a new type of gaming community and a new type of gamer. In the past, our Emoji Games company has gained a lot of experience releasing traditional stand-alone mobile games. As a centralized body distributing the games, we were quite often the target of rude outbursts from our users. Despite our best efforts to keep our customers happy, it was nevertheless inevitable that we would receive one or two calls from irate impatient customers demanding an immediate refund. This created the need for a huge 24/7 customer support team that could provide help to our customers whenever they needed it which was of course, an expensive undertaking.

However, as we have migrated to blockchain gaming we have noticed this paradigm completely shift. Since blockchain gaming rose in popularity with games like Axie Infinity and Yield Guild Games, it has brought with it an entirely new way for gamers to interact with developers as there is now no longer a clear distinction between customer and seller.

For example, Pocket Arena provides and develops the games and the platforms. However, every person involved in our platform is an important part of a self-sustaining gaming economy. There are different ways for users to contribute to and profit from this PlaytoEarn economy. Users can profit from their gaming effort by selling the digital assets of NFT Castle that they earn in our Castle Defense games. They can also be a key part of the ecosystem by mining tokens. This is an ecosystem that everyone involved can benefit from.

The shared economy that surrounds our gaming platform was not developed to only benefit Emoji Games or our investors. The integral part of Pocket Arena’s economy, and hopefully the main benefactors are our gamers. You create the value of Pocket Arena and the platform is designed to incentivize you to continue contributing. Our vision is to give glory back to the gamers and empower them with the possibility to profit from their own gaming ability.

This is an especially attractive prospect for those of you who have been criticized for spending much of your day in front of a video game. No longer do you have to listen to people tell you what a waste of time it is. Blockchain gaming gives you the opportunity to take your finely honed skills and apply them to a task that can yield you financial reward. Now you can be an integral part of a mutually beneficial economy.

This type of economy gives players the sense that they themselves are closely linked to the games they’re playing, and the developers who developed them. One thing we found about this type of close-knit community is that it does not breed the type of angry customer that we have encountered in the past. Our players are our investors and they are committed to making Pocket Arena better instead of asking for a refund and looking to get out. This is a much better type of community to be a part of and another key reason why blockchain is the future of gaming.

NFT Castle: How To Build An Online Community

Our most prominent blockchain game, NFT Castles, is a great example of the type of mutually beneficial ecosystem that crypto gaming can produce. The NFT Castle economy is tied to the value of the in-game NFT castles that can be used to claim land and enhance your ability to earn more digital assets. eSports digital assets are the weapons and items that can help you win the game and gain more assets from other players by attacking other players. NFT Castles are no exception. The more you use your castle the stronger it becomes. The stronger your castle becomes the more likely you are to win the battle and grow your assets.

This dynamic has led to a huge demand. The castles are sold out less than a minute after they are listed in the Castle Market. All of these castles are unique that can benefit you during the in-game battles in a unique way. Currently, thanks to a 50% discount until August 31st, newly minted castles are being sold for €49. However, several P2P transactions have occurred that have seen castles change hands for more than €500. This 10-fold increase is a perfect example of the benefits to holding digital assets that have in game use cases.

Castles are a highly liquid digital asset in the digital metaverse. Committing time to this game will see a player compensated as they increase the power of their in-game items and increase their in-game land. Different types of land will see a player earn different levels of XP by capturing it. There are six different levels of land, King, City, Fantasy, Snow, Desert and Forest.

Players can choose to fight independently against other castle owners to acquire land or they can become part of a guild. A guild is a group of professional players that are trained to fight together against other guilds and can be hired by other landowners. They are another example of how we are building a tight-knit community that will work for their own mutual benefit. Players will be able to receive training and additional XP earnings as part of a guild. Each guild will have a manager, an assistant manager, members, and trainees with each position yielding a different level of XP. It allows players to grind more efficiently and increase the value of their assets.

A key part of our economy is allowing investors to rent castles to professional players and having them both share in the benefits yielded from that Castle. The guilds create an entirely new way for investors to benefit from the NFT Castle economy. Investors can choose to rent their castles to a guild instead of to an individual. Players involved in a guild can then use these castles in the name of their guild. The bonuses associated with fighting for a guild then trickle down to benefit the investor.

By integrating these guild structures into a castle defense game, Pocket Arena’s NFT Castles is an experience that combines the best of both Axie Infinity and Yield Guild Games. The details of our guild system and other features related to NFT Castles are getting finalized. If the type of community that we are building here is something you want to get involved in, keep an eye out for our master plan which will be published on August 31st.

Pocket Arena DApp – Block n IQ is live!

Enjoy these addictive block games and test your IQ with the Pocket Arena DApp game – Block n IQ. Train and test your brain and increase your IQ score with 100 fascinating stages. Play against other players or your friends to win digital assets as XP! 

How to play:

  • Drag and drop a block then put the next block into the same line or fulfil the lines and squares to get them removed.
  • Use E-point for items in-game and make gameplay easier.

How to earn XPs through playing game:

  • Way 1: After playing Single (Stage) mode, you can get XP based on obtained score

Tap on this Stage icon to play game and earn XP

Tap on the Stages icon to check XP that received per stage after playing Single mode:

 

  • Way 2: You can get XP through playing eSport challenge

Play 1vs1 challenge by tapping the eSport icon.

If you win, you can get 20XP or 100XP, there are 2 rooms for XP: Novice Challenge room and Amateur Challenge room. The reward is based on each room.

  • Way 3: You can get 200 XP each 7 days playing as a daily reward.

IMPORTANT :  Don’t forget to get a Daily Reward of XP. You can get the free XPs only when you have logged in to this game with your account on every 7th day of your visit.

Happy gaming!

 

Pocket Arena And A Different Type Of Blockchain

Castle Defense, one of the most popular Pocket Arena games, utilizes NFT technology to bring in-game ownership to its users. This allows players to genuinely own the items that they use to conquer the in-game world. It is a key feature of Castle Defense and one that we look forward to exploring in many new games in the future. 

Recently we received some feedback enquiring if Castle Defence really was an NFT blockchain game. The slight confusion was because Castle Defense seems to work differently from other blockchain games. It looks and plays much more like a normal game. This is an example of how smoothly Castle Defense runs as many blockchain games are associated with lots of technical settings. 

Permissioned Blockchain (Private Blockchain)

This smoothness is because Pocket Prena games utilize a different type of DLT (Distributed Ledger Technology) than other games. DLT is the technology that all blockchain protocols are built on. A distributed ledger is a consensus of replicated, shared, and synchronised digital data spread across multiple sites or nodes. Blockchain can be divided into two broad types: permissioned and permissionless. The majority of cryptocurrencies are built with permissionless blockchain which allows any user across the world to become a node in the network. 

It is important as blockchain develops, that different sectors adopt the right type of blockchain to most benefit their market needs. Permissionless blockchains are revolutionary because of the way they address fundamental governance issues. They remove the need for a central authority which is what allows blockchain to create a financial sector that can completely challenge legacy industries. 

However for gaming projects like Pocket Arena, common player behaviours and preferences must be considered when it comes to choosing a blockchain type. This is why we use permissioned blockchain integrated with tokenomics. This means that only approved people can run a node to validate transactions. In effect, this creates a hybrid model between decentralization and centralization. 

Permissioned blockchain is much more common for enterprises to use such as banking and financial services. For example, in Switzerland more and more financial institutions are adopting permissioned DLT to the point that a new DLT law has been enacted this year. Permissioned blockchain provides many of the benefits of permissionless blockchain including security device management, cost savings, reduced connectivity bottlenecks, contract audit trails, and increased data reliability.

The Future Of Blockchain Gaming 

There are many requirements for developing a game that make it necessary to have some form of centralized body. For example, gamers looking to login can often forget their ID or passwords. A governing body is needed to verify and support players like this so that they can retain access to their account. In a blockchain cryptocurrency it is vital that nobody gains access to an account that doesn’t have the password. However, security measures for gaming services can afford to be less strict which introduces the benefits of a central body. 

Another issue for centralized games is the unavoidable reality that games are often released with bugs and glitches. This is especially true for beta versions but can even sometimes apply to commercial versions of games. A governing body is necessary to take care of technical issues and guide the game through its full development. Games that utilize a Play2Earn model need particular care as any player issues must also receive financial compensation. 

Blockchain games have a totally different set of requirements for DeFi projects. They need to provide more fun and gaming elements than financial elements which is why fast transaction times are essential. Permissionless blockchains (public blockchain) can be quite slow. The Ethereum chain for example, has been known to take up to four hours to process a transaction. This is a lot longer than the one second that most gamers are prepared to wait for a transaction. 

Gamers will simply not have the patience to wait for ERC-20 based DApps to process transactions on the Ethereum Network. Gamers need instant speed when dealing with microtransactions as they occur as part of a fast-paced game world. Gas fees and long transactions will simply be unacceptable.

A New Market

The mobile gaming industry is currently worth $60 billion and the vast majority of gamers still have a preference for non blockchain based games. The quality of games outside of the blockchain sphere is significantly higher because big name developers develop games on traditional platforms. These games are much easier to start playing as gamers don’t have to familiarize themselves with blockchain concepts and tech settings. For example, most gamers will have no idea what metamask is or how to buy ETH or Polygon in order to play games 

However, as crypto is adopted across different sectors the general public will become far more familiar with these concepts. This will allow traditional game developers to adopt blockchain and NFTs because the benefits of these technologies no longer come with complications for the average gamer.

The semi-decentralized model made possible by permissioned blockchain seems likely to be the model adopted by these big developers. They will want to implement a model that makes mass market scale up easy while simultaneously retaining enough power to properly develop their own games. 

A Network of Protocols 

Another key advantage of permissioned blockchains is that they provide the best connectivity to allow games DApps to be connected to different protocols. Blockchain and crypto are developing rapidly and different currencies and projects are becoming integral in the sphere. This will make it necessary for new projects to be able to integrate with many different projects in order to ensure maximum usership. 

We utilize permissioned blockchain while building with Hyperledger Fabric (a project of open-source blockchains and related tools) on top of a central database. Both Hyperledger Fabric and the database can be accessed to cross check data to ensure accuracy. Google Cloud Servers, KMS (Key Management Systems), and HSM (Hardware Security Modules) are also integral parts of our project. We have also adopted ERC-20 to make wallet connectivity and listing on exchanges easier. Utilising all these different systems shows how interconnected the Pocket Arena ecosystem is and how many different players can log on and play. 

Pocket Arena’s Next Step

The Pocket Arena Wallet (PA Wallet) on Hyperledger will go live at the end of August or at the beginning of September. Once it’s live, current XP can then be converted into wPOC tokens (wrapped POC) in the PA Wallet. The combination of games like Castle Defence going live with the PA Wallet will very much boost the popularity of Pocket Arena, all while working on a cloud based browser in a user-friendly way. Meanwhile, the process will still be secure and fast thanks to the efficiency of permissioned blockchain. Gas fees will only be incurred when a user wants to withdraw their wPOC or NFT Castles to an external wallet for trading. 

As blockchain develops, different industries will utilize different types of DLT. We strongly believe that the flexibility provided by permissioned blockchain will be the foundation of blockchain gaming which is why it has been an integral part of our gaming platform.

By Pocket Arena Team

COVID Lockdown Heralds A New Era In eSports

The coronavirus has had a profound effect on online gaming. As you might expect, being kept indoors for so long did lead to a huge increase in the number of people playing video games. In addition to this though, the number of people tuning into online competitive video gaming also grew with viewership on online streaming platform Twitch rising by 31% within a few weeks of the lockdown beginning. 

This is understandable considering the fact that very few live sporting events were being televised during the first lockdown. Viewers looking to satisfy a desire to watch a high skill contest where players compete against each other naturally gravitated towards the world of eSports. 

However, the lockdown has also seen a complete shift in how eSports have been delivered. Before the pandemic, the biggest, most well funded competitions were held in-person, offline in massive arenas. Events like Activision-Blizzard’s Overwatch League where teams of professional eSports players faced off against each other, were played in Madison Square Garden, regularly in front of sellout crowds. Of course, during the lockdown these events were cancelled. Unlike football or hockey however, eSports faced very little barriers to moving completely online which saw many competitions such as these played online and streamed directly to viewers. 

A New Gaming Paradigm 

The shift to bring eSports online has resulted in many different changes in the ecosystem of competitive gaming. Firstly, streaming eSports through services like Twitch fosters a much more interactive experience compared to an in-person event. Viewers can interact with the hosts of the competition via shout-outs or texts. Of course, they can also interact with each other via Twitch’s chat function and through other message boards. This allows an entire community to grow around a professional eSports match with viewers taking a much more active role in how they watch.

In addition to this, viewers streaming at home have instant access to all of the games that they are viewing. At any time as you watch an event a viewer can turn off their stream, download the game they were watching and become an active member of the playing community. Thus, the pandemic has led to viewers of eSports spending more time playing the games they observe and of course, wanting to watch games that they can easily participate in. 

Secondly, the pandemic has accelerated a shift towards delivering games via mobile or cloud-based platforms. Even blockbuster titles are becoming available on mobile devices. Cloud gaming allows consumers to play games via streaming them to devices, without the need for expensive hardware. 

One significant feature of delivering games like this is that games are inherently less intensive in their demands for processing power. Generally speaking, this means that these games are simpler and a much less intensive gaming experience. This has seen a huge rise in games like Counter Strike, Fall Guys and Among Us being viewed on Twitch. 

Essentially, this has meant that viewers are now watching and playing much more casual games. Viewers will tune in to Twitch personalities playing Among Us and enjoy the social aspect of a group of friends playing and interacting with each other. This is starkly opposed to the incredibly high skill level required for a game like League of Legends, one of the largest games at in-person events, where the technique and strategy of the players is the most significant part of the viewing experience. 

The shift in the gaming industry to this more casual gaming style is clearly seen in the rise of online mobile multiplayer platform Skillz. Skillz has integrated mobile games into the eSport ecosystem by hosting approximately 2 million tournaments per day for games like Solitaire, Bubble Shooter, and Dominoes. 

Another key shift in the industry is towards a social eSports tournaments model where skilled based games give players the ability to win prizes. Part of Skillz’s mission to make “eSports for Everyone” involves making it possible for players to win money when they play . Skillz pays out approximately $10,000 per day for its tournaments. The retention rate that the Play2Earn model achieves has seen Skillz achieve a market cap of more than 5 billion. The success of Skillz is evidence not only of the new type of game being played but also how many more casual gamers are participating in eSports. 

Bringing This New Ecosystem To The Blockchain

All of these features are the key components that The Pocket Arena platform is built on. Essentially, Pocket Arena takes the Skillz model and integrates it with blockchain based technology and Play2Earn tokenomics. Pocket Arena specializes in different genre games not only hardcore strategy games like NFT Castle Defense, but also in casual games with that focus on cultivating a strong social community that see players compete with one another to win prizes of crypto assets. 

Pocket Arena has a retention rate for the games of more than 20%. This is more than double non-blockchain casual browser games, which have a retention rate of between 7 and 10%. The most significant factor in ensuring casual games have this high retention rate is being able to deliver them as social eSports based on the Play-2-Earn model. Pocket Arena is already showing the viability of this model with its casual games such as Bricks n Targets, Ice Pop and, 3D Basketball

Now that the 5G era is just around the corner, browser based, social eSports will be more welcomed by a general audience. This shift will occur not only in developing countries but also in developed countries due to the simplicity that players can engage with games that still see them able to earn real digital assets.

The changes in the online gaming ecosystem have been coming for a while. The pandemic has merely expedited an already apparent trend and Pocket Arena is excited to be part of it. In addition to that, we utilize blockchain technology to provide gamers with true ownership, giving them another way to earn as they play. Pocket Arena has combined the shift in the online gaming community with a brand new technology to create an all income encompassing platform for the future of gaming.