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The Humble Beginnings of Blockchain Gaming


coinquora.com 11 January 2022 15:12, UTC
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From its humble beginnings, dating back to 2013, the first-ever decentralized multiplayer blockchain game, Huntercoin was born. This crypto game started out as an experiment with the team envisioning a game that would be entirely decentralized but the game became a whole lot more.

The idea was to test out how the blockchain could handle thousands of players moving around a decentralized gaming arena. These were the early days of blockchain technology, where most other altcoins were cookie-cutter copies of Bitcoin.

So, when Huntercoin was launched it was considered one of the most innovative coins out there, completely unlike Bitcoin and its peers. The team worked with no funding. They bootstrapped their way throughout the entire process. They did not raise any funds and they did not conduct an ICO for their token.

The Birth of Proof-of-Mining

The Huntercoin world introduced proof-of-mining through gameplay that involved humans collecting coins through the game itself in what was to become a very early state of play-to-earn. This was the very template of blockchain gaming and it was the first autonomous and almost unhackable game of the time.

The game was really only intended to last a year, however several developers continued developing and updating it. As there was no centralized server, no rules, and no one in control over the world, it basically lived and flourished autonomously.

The only time it changed was when the community mutually agreed on making changes. The game quite surprisingly at the time raked in loads of money with players collecting over 1 million dollars.

This game was ahead of its time and indeed laid out the blueprints for a new era in gaming with decentralization at the very core. The experiment was massively successful and the team minus one of the lead developers who sadly passed away just after the game was launched is still heavily involved in disrupting the blockchain today.

XAYA’s Complex Decentralized Game Worlds and Dapps

They went on to create a new blockchain, XAYA, an open-source chain, allowing anyone to use its code permissionlessly, to build their own games and complex dapps, to support millions of users in the true spirit of decentralization.

The ethos behind the company today follows the same path of absolute decentralization and the code allows developers to code in any of their favorite languages, without having to learn a new one.

The games promote human mining, an emerging genre of gaming that was first introduced in Huntercoin where rewards are distributed on the basis of player success in online gaming competition and game channels, where any number of players can participate in real-time, trustless gameplay through peer-to-peer networks.

XAYA promotes real ownership of assets, where players control their own assets and are free to do with them what they will and they are guaranteed 24/7 uptime as games are run entirely on the blockchain without centralized servers.

Early this year, the next soccer manager game will launch with play-to-earn mechanics. Soccer Manager Elite will see players able to raise money with their teams, which if the other Soccer Manager games are anything to go by make this a highly playable game, plus with the benefit of a chance to earn and own fractions of clubs and players as NFTs.

Other games are in development including Isles of War which includes a real cash economy and Taurion, the first-ever MMO game set 1000 years in the future, which features elements of 4X, RTS, and human mining.

Bottom Line

The accomplishments of the team behind Huntercoin date back all the way to 2013, which is pretty remarkable considering how immature the blockchain was back then and their approach was definitely ahead of its time. Their approach to decentralized gaming is unique and can transform the gaming arena. XAYA is undoubtedly a leader in next-generation gaming technology.

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