LONDON. October 2022 – Zilliqa, the high-performance, high-security, and low-fee Layer-1 blockchain protocol, announces the launch of its hardware gaming console and gaming hub with an embedded Web3 wallet specifically for blockchain games. Effortlessly integrating Web3 capabilities, such as mining, the two products will pave the way to onboard millions of players to Zilliqa’s gaming ecosystem.
Onboarding gamers into blockchain gaming has been problematic due to the challenge of setting up a Web3 wallet as a non-crypto native. It creates a divide between quality games and games with Web3 integration. An additional obstacle has been the lack of a player-friendly central hub for blockchain games, which currently launch independently or are scattered around multiple digital storefronts.
After six months of researching, designing, and prototyping, Zilliqa is sharing its first prototype of the gaming console and gaming hub. The system differentiates itself by masking the complexities of blockchain technology, thereby enabling non-crypto natives to be effortlessly onboarded so they can earn money while playing fun games.
Zilliqa’s products within its gaming ecosystem include:
Hardware Console: The console provides access to a variety of Web3 games, including exclusive access to all of Zilliqa’s games. In the near future, players will be able to mine ZIL tokens and earn money while playing games. The console can eventually pay for itself once players are rewarded for their skills. This will also lead to further decentralization of the Zilliqa blockchain by expanding the number of miners globally.
Gaming Hub: This gaming hub will offer distribution for a variety of skill-to-earn blockchain games, including WEB3WAR, with a focus on gameplay and intuitive design. It will be able to run on Windows, Mac, and Linux, and it will be the heart of the gaming console. Acting as a community, players can gain rewards and buy and sell within the gaming hub’s marketplace.
Web3 Wallet: A crypto wallet will be embedded within the console or gaming hub, depending on what the player is using. This seamless integration will hide the complexity of Web3 from the end-user, creating a simpler process when onboarding non-crypto natives to the space. Players can move their tokens to fiat money and back into the player’s bank account for real-world rewards.
Zilliqa’s gaming ecosystem is rapidly growing thanks to partnerships with multiple gaming studios, like Alien Worlds and XBorg, that will bring in additional games while onboarding their large gaming communities. Zilliqa has also announced its first Web3 first-person shooter (FPS) game, WEB3WAR, and plans to continue its expansion into the blockchain gaming industry with eight more games currently in the works.
“Upon announcing our first game at Gamescom, we had a great response from the gaming community, and we’re excited to say that it was just the beginning,” says Valentin Cobelea, Head of Gaming Technology at Zilliqa. “Zilliqa’s hardware console and gaming hub will allow non-crypto natives to earn money while playing fun games without the complexity of managing the crypto they earn. We will launch the console and gaming hub early next year with two Zilliqa games, followed by more games from a variety of creators. With the backing of Zilliqa’s large crypto community and the easy-to-use infrastructure, we have no doubt that we can become the Steam equivalent for Web3 games.”
Early access to the gaming hub for beta testing will become available in October this year, while consumers will be able to pre-order the console in Q1 2023.
Zilliqa provides highly-performant, scalable, and secure blockchain solutions for enterprises and decentralised applications. Founded in 2017, Zilliqa was developed by a team of global business and industry experts, experienced scientists, leading engineers, financial services specialists, and venture creators. Zilliqa’s mission is to become the blockchain destination of choice for building and developing Web3 applications. Committed to developing innovative and scalable blockchain solutions with a user-centric approach, Zilliqa is working to catalyse and transform digital infrastructures across global communities and industries. Businesses and brands across the world are leveraging Zilliqa's technology to build applications that support their strategic growth and scale their business — from financial services to entertainment, esports and gaming, and digital advertising.
To date, the Zilliqa blockchain has processed over 40 million transactions since launching its main net and is home to a flourishing decentralised application ecosystem of over 250 projects. For more information, visit: zilliqa.com