Game Developer Ubisoft Forms New Consortium

Video game developer Ubisoft, the firm behind games like Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs 2, has taken a further step towards embracing blockchain technology today, with the formation of a new consortium to develop standards for blockchain in video games.

The technology behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, blockchain is already being deployed in a number of diverse industries, with video games set to become the next sector to benefit from the emerging tech.

The gaming giants have become inaugural members of the Blockchain Game Alliance consortium, which was announced at a gaming conference in Lyon in France last week. The body was set up to devise common rules and standards around the inclusion of blockchain technology in video games.

Other founding members include Enjin, Fig, Alto, Ultra, Gimli, EverdreamSoft and blockchain software firm ConsenSys, in a project that apes similar consortium efforts around the blockchain space.

CEO of founding member Ultra, Nicolas Gilot, told gaming news outfit MCV that the Blockchain Game Alliance would strive to create an ‘interoperable’ ecosystem for blockchain in video games.

“The Blockchain Game Alliance is advocating for a universal standard in the blockchain gaming space to create a more interoperable and transparent ecosystem, which will benefit stakeholders, by furthering innovation and ensuring economic viability.”

The largest video games developer in the world, Ubisoft’s move is the latest in a series of steps towards supporting the blockchain from the firm in recent months, at a time when a growing number of video game developers are turning to the technology.

In February, Ubisoft said it was already examining blockchain tech as part of its ongoing work with Strategic Innovation Lab, while more recently, the firm launched Hashcraft, a Minecraft-style game where challenges are stored on a blockchain.

In joining forces with a number of other games development businesses, Ubisoft and the Blockchain Game Alliance are seeking to emulate the likes of the Hyperledger consortium and the R3 group, in cooperating on an industry-wide basis to develop rules and standards around blockchain.

Blockchain initiative associate manager at Ubisoft, Anne Puck, said the technology was exciting to the firm, saying “everything around blockchain is worth investigating.”



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