According to the project’s Kickstarter page, Zombie Battleground, which simulates tournament-style fights between zombies, was inspired by trading-card games that rose to prominence a generation ago, like Magic and Pokémon. Those games used physical cards that players could trade and collect as part of gameplay. Since the cards existed in real life rather than in digital form on a server somewhere, players never had to worry about their cards disappearing or the game creators deciding to shut down the game.
That’s not the case with many digital games that simulate the play of trading-card games. When cards (or other tradeable and collectible objects inside of a game) are digitized, players have no guarantee that the items, or the game itself, will always be around, because the company that runs the servers for the game could pull the plug at any time.
The Zombie Battleground developers say they can solve this problem using blockchain technology. In their game, “all game data and assets are stored on a secure and decentralized blockchain,” according to the game’s webpage. That means that the data and assets are “cryptographically protected and actually owned by you, inside and outside of the game.”
In addition, by decentralizing ownership of game data and assets, Zombie Battleground enables third-party developers to create apps that interact with the cards and other objects players own.
A Sober Approach to Blockchain-Based Gaming
Zombie Battleground is certainly not the first game to take advantage of blockchain technology.
However, what makes Zombie Battleground stand out from many other games that are experimenting with blockchain technology is that the blockchain is not Zombie Battleground’s core focus.
Unlike many other blockchain-based games, Zombie Battleground doesn’t have its own cryptocurrency. It just uses a blockchain to register game data and assets. Nor are the developers running an ICO. They are instead raising money through Kickstarter and by selling “beta packs” of digital cards that players can use in the game.
Indeed, the project’s descriptions on Kickstarter and its homepage mention blockchain only a handful of times, and the promises that they make about how a blockchain will integrate with the game are realistic and grounded.
Thus, Zombie Battleground developers seem to be using a blockchain to improve one key aspect of their game, but their main focus is on developing the game itself, not using blockchain technology or cryptocurrency to fund the project or build an in-game economy.
Want to try the game for yourself? You can download it for free from the project’s website or on the major app stores. The game supports Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. It’s currently available as an open beta, which means you can play for free but can’t earn rewards from winning games, according to the project’s website.
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