“What does a blockchain game look like?”
This is a question we often hear from a wide spectrum of people including players, developers, business people, blockchain enthusiasts, and more. The truth is, a modern game that uses blockchain technology looks like any existing game on the market today, regardless of genre or game platform. The multitude of technologies that power a game—blockchain included—are simply a means to an end: great player experiences.
But there is a distinction to be made between games powered by blockchain technology versus those that aren’t. That distinction is largely an experiential one rooted in the alignment of incentives between players and game creators. This unprecedented shift in the player-developer dynamic will manifest in games in different ways as each game creator designs around the unique benefits blockchain technology brings to games, e.g., asset ownership, item provenance, the ability to integrate peripheral markets.
At Forte, we firmly believe that blockchain technology by itself is not enough. Engaging player experiences must accompany it and are paramount to bringing the benefits of blockchain technology to the mainstream. That’s why we’re partnering with the best game creators in the world—ones that have an intimate understanding of how to harness cutting-edge technology to create engrossing, rewarding, and innovative game experiences for their player communities. As experts of their craft, they will elevate modern games from pure entertainment experiences, to ones that will take on a new relevance in players’ lives through community economics.
Today, we’re absolutely delighted to announce our next five game developer partners.
Based in Alpharetta, GA, Hi-Rez Studios is longtime leader in the games industry, with successful titles across every major game platform including PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android. As one of the first Western developers to recognize, embrace, and successfully implement free-to-play and games-as-a-service business models, the studio has shown it has a prescient eye when it comes to new trends and technologies in games. And most importantly, the studio puts great experiences first, as evidenced by the 70M people around the world that have played its games.
Netmarble is one of the world’s largest game organizations, consisting of nearly a dozen first-rate game development studios, and offices in eight different countries. The company epitomizes what it means to be a global games network by not only reaching millions of players around the world, but by also working with local developers in different regions, thoughtfully localizing and culturalizing its games, and even organizing education and mentorship programs. Netmarble is a true giant in the global games space.
A genuine aficionado when it comes to card and board games, Magmic has developed over 100 titles with nearly 250M total game downloads. The award-winning studio has worked with the biggest brand holders in the card and board game category including Hasbro and Mattel, and has developed its own portfolio of successful games as well. With nearly two decades of experience developing games for mobile that reach millions of players, Magmic has a degree of experience and wisdom in its domain that few others can match.
Composed of seasoned developers and leaders from some of the biggest and best game companies in the world, nWay has a clear vision of how new technology can be used to not only improve the player experience, but also the developer experience. The company specializes in building games and technology for competitive multiplayer games. Its laser focus over the years on one of the most exciting and popular genres / formats in games has helped nWay grow into a master of its realm.
Founded in 2016, DECA Games is an indie games publisher that focuses on building upon beloved games with loyal fan communities. DECA’s veteran team uses its extensive expertise in live services and operations to create ongoing, unique experiences that foster trust with its players, and keep its game communities active for years after launch. With more and more game communities staying active for 15+ years, DECA’s unique skill set is a boon for both developers and players.
Our five new partners join our previously announced ones, Disruptor Beam, Other Ocean, and Kongregate. Beyond the sheer privilege of working with some of the best game creators in the industry, we’re thrilled to see so much diversity among the partners in terms of game platform experience, company size, and player communities. Expect to see the same level of diversity in the games themselves. We’ll be sharing game titles and details, additional partners, and more in the coming months so stay tuned.
Be sure to follow Hi-Rez Studios, Netmarble, Magmic, nWay, DECA Games, and Forte for news on upcoming game announcements, platform updates, and more.
If you’re a game developer interested in working on the Forte platform, get in touch!