by R.A. Rowell
In late September 2019, Australian mobile game developer Animoca announced that it’s developing a Grand Prix motorcycle race management game using digital collectibles on the blockchain. This MotoGP game will use smart contracts to allow players to exchange, buy, and collect crypto collectibles included in the game’s story-line. The game is expected to launch with the start of the 2020 MotoGP season around March 2020. So far, Animoca has raised over $670,000 US dollars to help fund the game’s development and other business ventures.RSS Feed
As a kid, I was very much interested in racing, although more-so with cars than with motorcycles. Still, I’d be willing to check out this kind of game, as I enjoy sports management type games. If this MotoGP blockchain game is successful, it’s likely that more game developers will pursue management games with similar crypto collectibles for other sports.
Most likely, future blockchain sports management games would focus first on worldwide sports like soccer, golf, and perhaps even basketball - which is exploding in popularity across Europe. As it stands, the NBA is already creating some of its own digital blockchain collectibles. Other racing leagues, such as IndyCar Racing, NASCAR, and FormulaOne may aim to create their own licensed blockchain sports games. It’s possible that eventually other major sports such as Major League Baseball (which already has MLB Champions with crypto collectible bobbleheads), the National Football League, and National Hockey League could follow suit.
There’s a certain appeal of sports management games over traditional sports arcade games when it comes to blockchain gaming. The management aspect, which makes these games more akin to fantasy sports, is what will inevitably make the digital blockchain collectibles more appealing to investors. Sure, in-game items are fun to collect and valuable to gamers. But, the way I see it, blockchain collectibles with real-life counterparts with easily accessible performance data will likely tend to be more valuable to those who wish to invest in crypto collectibles.
In any case, the performance of this MotoGP race management game will not just be important for the sports management game genre, but for blockchain gaming in general. Because of the worldwide appeal and huge fan base of motorcycle racing, this could be a huge hit. Animoca seems to be on the right track, and this could be a blockbuster game for the studio.
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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.