Gaming giant Ubisoft isn’t betting on one horse when it comes to the blockchain future of gaming. The company announced a partnership with blockchain-based games distribution platform Ultra on Thursday. The French games publisher will use Ultra’s UOS blockchain during a trial period on a test version of its network. UOS keeps track of assets ownership, assets transfers and payments.
In terms of recognizability, Ultra is a small project. The UOS project is build on top of EOS. Ultra is a blockchain company dedicated to opening up the gaming community. Games and digital items can be traded with their ownership permanently recorded on the blockchain. Technically this would allow gamers to sell digital used-games to each other.
“Our team at the Strategic Innovation Lab strongly believes that all blockchain use cases that bring value to players are important to support, and Ultra offers a solution that does just that. During this first trial period of collaboration, we hope to help them in bringing it to a larger scale and experiment with the possibilities this opens up for the industry.”Nicolas Pouard, Ubisoft’s blockchain initiative director – press release November 21st.
Not betting on one horse
Ubisoft works on a lot more projects, and is clearly not betting on one blockchain gaming horse. The company has created its own test game on the Ethereum blockchain. In addition it’s an adviser on Dapper Labs’ upcoming blockchain Flow. The company’s putting lots of effort in blockchain games. Not only do they experiment with the technology themselves, but they’ve also launched an incubator program that attracts blockchain gaming startups worldwide, like in Belgium and South Korea.
The company experiments left and right, and wants to be on the forefront of blockchain gaming. Even though there have been several blockchain games on Steam already, we are still waiting for Ubisoft to release a game or publish one on their own Uplay portal.
Also published on Medium.