EverdreamSoft and IndieSquare have announced the launch of a new collaborative effort called Project ORB which will use blockchain technology to enable the use and trade of in-game items across different titles. As part of an effort to make blockchain technology a mainstay in the gaming industry, EverdreamSoft joined-up with IndieSquare to enhance players ownership over digital gaming assets. The two companies have been working together for around a month previous to this to integrate blockchain technology into mobile and trading card games.
ORB – Ownership Revolution on the Blockchain – is a system that ‘tokenizes’ in-game items. It allows them to be traded across the Bitcoin blockchain via Counterparty. Furthermore, the tokenized game assets can be used across multiple games as well, and can be traded simultaneously. Tokens will be catalogued and managed via a mobile application for Android and iOS called ‘The Book of Orbs’ that will display a player’s ORBs and will feature an ‘ORB market’ where users can trade their tokenized game assets with other people.
One example of the cross-gaming capability is the Book of Orbs ‘Lucky Draw’ game for Force of Will (FoW) players. Users can tokenize FoW’s proprietary ‘Will Power Points’ creating a Counterparty asset called ‘WILLCOIN’. This token can then be put into the Lucky Draw game, where players can exchange one WILLCOIN for a random FoW playing card.
Video game reporter and reviewer Tyson O’Ham commented on the project, noting the platform might experience the most success in mobile markets, saying: “Steam digital asset trading is already too entrenched for the mainstream [desktop gaming] market to be disrupted. The fact that a game can die and you can recoup your losses on it is more than you can say for anything else on the market,”
EverdreamSoft has stated its intent to work with IndieSquare to bring more games to the platform in order to generate more interest and link different system together.