Blockchain-powered game distribution platform Ultra is getting ready for the second wave of testers, as it will launch on November 25th. During the second wave of testing the Ultra Games platform will start testing its interface on mainnet, allowing users to start playing games.
The team is slowly opening up its platform to more users in an effort to really test their services. They don’t want the general public to join, possibly attraction millions of gamers, and then not being able to handle to traffic. The second wave is an important one, as the team will test the purchasing flow. A select number of games can be bought using UOS tokens or fiat credit card, and buyers can play the games on their local machine.
Somewhere during wave 2, Ultra Games will add more games and publishers to their service. Again, this is something they want to expand gradually. The third and final wave will likely happen in 2022, and will introduce an NFT marketplace for trading games on the secondary market.
The unique aspect of Ultra is that every game is an NFT. Game companies mint a limited amount of Game NFTs, and sell them to users. Users can then resell their games, and the games publishers gets royalties over that. As a result a limited edition game or exclusive content has a verifiably limited supply, as stated on the blockchain.
What is Ultra Games?
Ultra Games is a digital distribution platform for gaming products, providing all key games industry services under a single roof, accessible through a single login. They will provide access to centralized and decentralized services: Discover, buy, play and sell your games and in-game items, watch live-streaming feeds, interact with your favorite influencers, participate in contests, compete in tournaments and much more.
Ultra Games sounds a lot like steam, but instead using blockchain and NFTs. It has its own UOS blockchain, its own UOS token for online payments and a system for NFTs. These NFTs can be games or additional content. Because these games can be NFTs, there’s an actual market cap on the games. Therefore limited edition content is actually limited edition, provable by data on the blockchain.
Ultra will be accessible on PC and the Atari VCS game console. At the same time the gaming company will make some of its classic games available through Ultra. The entire Ultra platform will integrate into the gaming console. Users can buy, download, play, trade, and stream games. In addition they can trade in-game assets and create esports tournaments.
The game distribution platform is also working together with The Sandbox. Together they want to create cross-chain interoperability for non-fungible tokens. This will mean that the ERC-721 and ERC-1155 protocols will be compatible with the UOS blockchain. As soon as this is functional, it will be easy for other blockchain games to move their product over to the UOS blockchain. Free and fast transactions would be an additional benefit of such a move.
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, started the Play to Earn Online Magazine in early 2020.