by R.A. Rowell
Many blockchain gamers are likely already aware of the TRON blockchain, especially because of a few games that already exist on the platform. One of these games is Blockchain Cuties. But, the games that have been most successful on the TRON blockchain thus far have been gambling games.
Casino games are definitely booming and they are particularly popular on blockchain. In fact, TRON is dominating the blockchain gambling space. But, it’s not all that the TRON blockchain can do. In fact, there are a couple of things happening that could turn TRON into a major competitor to the Ethereum-based blockchain games being released on a regular basis in late 2019.
One of these things is a Unity SDK (Software Developer Kit) similar to that put out by Enjin for Ethereum. The other is that the TRON blockchain is more scalable than the Ethereum blockchain, with a sidechain created specially for DApps that was only just released in August 2019. Let’s talk more about these two developments and why they matter for blockchain gamers.
A TRON Unity SDK Will Offer Game Developers New Options
The TRON Unity SDK is being developed by a game developer called SkyPeople, who already have had a game called Castle Dragon on the TRON blockchain. They are shutting down that project and launching a new game called Five Stars. It promises to be the first RPG on TRON aimed towards crypto beginners. This game will feature turn-based combat and an in-game peer to peer marketplace featuring mintable assets.
We’ve seen how quickly the Enjin Unity SDK has brought blockchain into mainstream game development. It’s likely not done. But, as things stand right now, only in-game assets can be actually put on the blockchain. Most of the larger games being developed still run on traditional game servers. That’s because of the lack of scalability that Ethereum currently offers. TRON has a solution for that, as we’ll get to in a moment.
The TRON Sun Network DApp Sidechain Makes for Better Scalability Than Ethereum
All of this new potential for great new blockchain games is all possible thanks to a new sidechain of TRON designed specifically for DApps (Decentralized Apps). It’s called Sun Network, and it’s only been in the public space since August 2019. With games being able to run as truly decentralized apps on the TRON blockchain, it gives developers much more freedom than they have with traditional server systems. Also, the TRON network already boasts a transaction speed of over 2,000 per second, compared to the 25 transactions a second of Ethereum, and 3-6 of Bitcoin's blockchain. When it comes to complex games, speed is everything.
Of course, TRON is far from the first blockchain that has developed to create sidechains for complex DApps. There’s also Chromia, as well as a few others. But, TRON has already created a foothold in the blockchain gaming market. Being only the second blockchain to get an SDK for such a popular gaming engine as Unity 3D that also allows for games of larger scale is a big deal.
Have you ever played blockchain games on TRON? Do you think that 2020 will bring a huge explosion of new crypto gaming options on the TRON blockchain?
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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.