by R.A. Rowell
Epics Digital Collectibles is a digital collectible game app available through the Apple App Store and now also the Google Play Store for Android. It allows users to collect and trade digital trading cards depicting esports stars. Considering the exploding popularity of esports in general, it seems like a pretty good idea. Previously it was only available on Apple devices, but fortunately for Android users such as myself, they created an Android app with the latest version released in August 2019.
The first important thing I will note is that Epics Digital Collectibles are not crypto collectibles or blockchain collectibles. They are what I like to call traditional or “legacy” digital collectibles which are tied to a specific website or program. However, one thing I like about Epics Digital Collectibles is that each ”card” has a unique mint number, meaning that it is, in fact, one of a kind. There are also various types to collect, including base season collections, Event collections, esports Team collections, special limited edition inserts, and Relics (game-used skins and in-game items).
While the in-game cards have no value outside of the Epics app, trading seems very easy to fill out your collection. You also have the ability to “craft,” which combines your duplicates for a chance at cards you don’t own. By climbing collection leaderboards, you get a chance to win special signed cards and even win real merchandise signed by esports stars. This is a pretty cool way to essentially earn back what you spend on the game; the app store page for Epics says the minimum in-game purchase is $9.99 for a “stack” of 10 coins.
While I like the concept of Epics Digital Collectibles, it seems like it takes a lot of money to build a sizable enough collection of in-game objects to bother trying to compete for “real life” prizes. For me, this is why I’ve never invested money in these types of digital collectibles. If I get tired of it, I basically just trade away all my cards and I’m left with a major cash loss.
But, for those people who are serious esports fans and are willing to dedicate the time, energy, and cash into building top collections on the app, the prizes you can win seem worth the investment. For me, crypto collectibles are much more attractive thanks to their very decentralized nature - you can sell them off as soon as you find a buyer for them.
To be honest, while I'm not huge on esports myself, I would collect cards of Magic the Gathering pro players, MTG Arena, or otherwise. If these cards were on a blockchain, such as Ethereum, I’d be willing to give these very innovative (they have live player stats!) digital collectibles a shot. It’s very cool, but not for me. If they do end up with a way to buy and sell their collectibles or an in-game currency on blockchain, I'll certainly give it another look.
But, if you’re a big esports fan and want to check it out, you can find Epics Digital Collectibles right now on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.
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R.A. Rowell is a collectibles enthusiast who comes from a long history of collecting trading cards in both sports and in Trading Card Games. He is passionate about educating the world about the future promise and benefits of digital collectibles, both on the blockchain and off.