The pre-sale of several Star Trek-related blockchain items for the space exploration game Crypto Space Commander is gearing up nicely. Within twelve hours 30 percent of its ten thousand Star Trek crypto loot boxes were sold. Within 24 hours over 100 gamers spend 27 thousand dollars on these virtual game items. Currently almost half of the boxes have been sold.
The sale of these boxes is part of the Star Trek Divergence Alpha Event. This is the fourth sale events for this blockchain game, and the first ever Star Trek crypto sale. On top of this it’s also the first branded sale for Crypto Space Commander (CSC). The game is currently in pre-alpha stage, and can be bought for a few bucks on Steam.
The biggest sale for the game is the one for the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D. This space ship is being sold according to Dutch auction. As a result the price keeps dropping. With 30 hours to go, the price is now set at $43.180. Another major space space, the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 was sold earlier for 84 ETH or a little bit over 15 thousand dollars.
Trekkies who are interested in owning a virtual collectible for the Crypto Space Commander game, should keep an eye on the official website. On September 10th the I.K.S. Rotarran IKC-62127 will go on sale, follows by a U.S.S. Rio Grande, U.S.S. Defiant and the U.S.S. Voyager NCC-74656 later this month.
Star Trek crypto ownership
Crypto Space Commander, or simply called CSC, is something I would like to call a blockchain game. This space exploration game is a game following principles of EVE Online, as it combines economics with space exploration. There’s also a bit of combat and PVP involved. However, the game is still in its early stages.
The blockchain element from this game is placed in these in-game items. Gamers can buy virtual items to boost the performance of their space ship. The items are so-called non-fungible tokens: you actually own them. This also means you’re allowed to sell them. On top of that this also implies these items can be scarce. For example, there will only be one U.S.S. Enterprise in the entire game.
The inevitable rise of blockchain games
We can say without a doubt that blockchain gaming will carve out its own niche in the gaming industry. It might even take over a big portion of traditional gaming. Elements of ownership are an important aspect of blockchain games. At the same time we see a great number of companies showing interest in blockchain games.
Within the traditional gaming industry companies like Square Enix and Unity have expressed their interest in the crypto space. Ubisoft is even an important member of the Blockchain Game Alliance. The company is rumored to have developed at least a couple of experimental dApps on the Ethereum blockchain.
There are multiple blockchain startups already building tools to make it easier for developers to move towards the blockchain. Ark, Enjin and Playkey are just a few examples. At the same time there’s a trend of blockchain games being launched on traditional platforms. CSC can now be bought on Steam, while game engine developer Unity is building an SDK for blockchain games. Turn-based strategy-game Plague Hunters has blockchain-powered elements and should be coming to the Playstation 4 as well.
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