Gaming company Atari, game studio EBallR Games and Enjin have signed a partnership to bring the classic football game Kick Off! to the blockchain. Kick Off Evolution will feature digital assets that tie into the Enjin multiverse and that owners can use outside the game.
Atari has been making partnerships in the blockchain gaming space left and right. They are working with distribution platform Ultra, the virtual world The Sandbox, and have their own games and Atari token. The partnership with Enjin will allow them more interoperability for their digital assets, benefiting users who own these items.
Working with teams like EBallR Games and Enjin to give users more utility on what they own in the virtual space via NFTs is only the beginning. Together, we are ushering in a new era of NFTs, unlocking more utility by allowing owners to use them across projects.Fred Chesnais, CEO of Atari (press release Dec 10th 2020)
Kick Off Evolution is the next game in a old school football series. Four years ago Dino Dini’s Kick Off Revival released for Playstation 4, Vita and Steam, but failed to impress. Alongside Kick Off Evolution EBallR Games will create a series of games linked by shared blockchain assets and collectibles. They are working on a sports multiverse.
The first Kick Off game launched in 1989 on Atari ST and Commodore Amiga. A sequel released a couple of years later, followed by Super Kick-Off for the 16-bit consoles by Sega and Nintendo. After that the original team fell apart and the franchise lost its touch. Kick Off 3, 96, 97, 98, 2002 and Revival were all received poorly.
Enjin working on Efinity
Enjin is a platform that uses the Ethereum blockchain. Many games within the Enjin ecosystem, like for example The Six Dragons and Lost Relics, offer a sense of multiverse. Players can use certain items in multiple games, like for example the most recent Binance-sponsored Halloween token.
However, the gas problems within the Ethereum ecosystem also hurt Enjin. Therefore the company is now working on a scaling solution called Efinity. This should allow developers and gamers within the ecosystem to send items and trade assets without the need for gas fees. In addition Efinity will speed up transactions and allow more transactions at the same time.
Enjin wants to create a metaverse in which game items can be used in several games. They use their standardized ERC-1155 protocol for that, and that’s how Wavelings is part of the Enjin multiverse. Other games like for example Cede, War of Ants, The Six Dragons, Lost Relics, Bitcoin Hodler and Forest Knight are in different states of development.
This summer Enjin organized an event in which players could earn a cyborg robot. However, players would need to reach objectives in multiple games to ultimately earn themselves the robot. Eight different games joined the quest, which can be seen as a form of interoperability. The freebie can’t be obtained anymore, an therefore the cheapest robot on the marketplace now costs 200 ENJ or 25 dollar.
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Robert Hoogendoorn is a gamer and blockchain enthusiast. He got in touch with crypto in 2014, but the fire really lit in 2017. Professionally he’s a content optimization expert and worked for press agencies and video production companies, always with a focus on the video games & tech industry. He’s a content manager and creator at heart, working on Play to Earn and for a variety of third party magazines and websites.