Blockchain is soon to be used in a novel way, with the addition of augmented reality fantasy gaming to the list of possible applications for the technology. Augmentors, created by Michael Deon and Kyle Haffendon, is a blockchain-based augmented reality game, backed by some of the leading investors from Shark Tank South Africa. The game announced an ICO of its DataBits crypto tokens which began on January 30th, 2017. With incentives for early investors, the ICO will run alongside the ongoing bounty campaign, which started a week previously, to end on February 28th 2017. Within the first 6 hours Augmentors had raised over 250 BTC, rising to just over 484 BTC – worth around $460,000 – at the time of writing.
The Augmentors game is a 3D modelled augmented reality fantasy game consisting of 50 rare creatures, known as Augmentors. Each Augmentor is capable of unique attacks, spells, and movements. They also have their own origin, backstory and can be trained, traded or even swapped between players, with the goals of becoming ‘The Destined’. The concept behind the gameplay and its integration with blockchain technology has been recognized by Vinny Lingham, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur known for his association with bitcoin and blockchain-based identity start-up, Civic. Joining Vinny on this venture is the Group co-CEO of the African advertising agency — The Creative Counsel and board member of Grotech venture capital tech fund, Gil Oved.