Sydney-based Fuel Games have announced the release of a new game – Gods Unchained. The release comes after owners – and brothers – James and Robbie Ferguson raised $2.4 million in seed funding, led by Continue Capital, Nirvana Capital, Sora Ventures and Coinbase. The brothers had previously released their blockchain take on the popular Robot Wars – Etherbots. But this new game will be much more in-depth, presenting a multiplayer strategy game that allows users to take absolute ownership over their in-game purchases, and offering players the chance to “cash out” at any time, by leaving the game and selling off their purchases.
Monetizing In-Game Purchases
In-game purchases have been attracting huge numbers for years, but within a firmly centralized infrastructure. But now, Fuel Games and others like them are starting to turn the tide. James Ferguson had this to say, in the Fuel Games press release:
Gamers spend tens of billions of dollars and countless hours each year acquiring in-game items. But game studios barely offers their users a licensing agreement for these items, let alone actual ownership – they’re a central bank with no oversight.
This clearly reflects the main thinking behind the launch. And James’ brother Robbie, said:
Offering players true ownership of in-game items, and the ability to trade those items freely on secondary, means gamers can finally be rewarded for their efforts and spending. As the games industry switches to asset-driven revenue models, players have a more urgent need than ever for guarantees about the value and tradability of those assets.