GodsUnchained could kickstart next rally, leading Ethereum, not bitcoin to fuel next rally

About a year ago, November 28, 2017, Cryptokitties launched as one of the first blockchain games.

For the first few months it was a massive success, despite MetaMask being very new (in fact, I didn't play CK at first because I was scared to trust MetaMask with my Ethereum). Now, I'm not saying Cryptokitties caused last years rally, because the crypto market was already in bull mode at that time, but it certainly didn't hurt.

And the bull market continued despite CK transactions clogging the blockchain, kraken doing an update during that time (making them completely out of service for days, and before that they were unreliably available at best, remember all the 503 errors they used to have?). Binance actually got so crowded they denied new sign-ups for a while.

Gods Unchained however is going to hit beta in a few weeks, and release probably in Q1 of next year. I think they could turn this market around, at least for Ethereum, and possibly Ethereum could lead (and carry) the next rally. (How sweet it would be if the flippening would finally happen)

The beta is going to hit during a bear market (unless we suddenly shift to bullish) and I don't know if we'll be bull or bear by Q1 next year so I won't comment on that. But Gods Unchained is a whole different beast from cryptokitties.

For those that don't know, Gods Unchained is a tradeable card game, heavily inspired by hearthstone (but to some extend also other card games). Hearthstone is one of the most popular games to view on twitch (usually in the top 5 of watched games), another card game called artifact is also pretty popular, and to some extend Gwent and MtG are also not doing too bad. Hearthstone is also a popular eSport and has pretty big price pools and viewer count.

Gods Unchained is trying to become an eSport as well and compete toe-to-toe to hearthstone, and judging by their trailer, I think they can pull it off. Their art seems good, their gameplay thought out (not a straight Hearthstone clone, but still very accessible and recognizable for hearthstone players). And their strategy of getting some hearthstone pro players and streamers on board early is a smart move. They will also have a pretty big tournament price pool which is funded by card sales. (Currently sitting on over $380,000).

I think using blockchain for trading card games makes perfect sense, because you combine the best of both worlds (physical card games and digital card games) that way.

Physical Trading Card Games:

Advantages:

  • Physical product you can touch and appreciate and truly own. (some people even make them into full art cards)
  • You can trade with other people.

Disadvantages:

  • Finding players to play or trade with may be difficult, especially if you don't live in a big city or urban area.
  • Cards can get lost/stolen/damaged.
  • Some mechanics are hard to pull off in real life.

Digital Trading Card Games (or Collectible Card Games):

Advantages:

  • Enables some fancy mechanics and RNG that would be hard to pull off in physical games
  • Enables to include fancy graphics and/or special effects to make the game feel more alive.
  • You can easily find players to play against no matter where you are.

Disadvantages:

  • You don't actually own your cards, and often can not trade or sell them.

Blockchain Trading Card Games:

Advantages:

  • You own the digital asset, and can trade or sell it
  • You can easily find players to play against no matter where you are.
  • You can easily find collectors, players or traders to trade with or sell to.
  • Enables to include fancy graphics and/or special effects to make the game feel more alive.
  • Enables some fancy mechanics and RNG that would be hard to pull off in physical games
  • Provable rarity (you can see exactly how many other cards of the same type exists, no need to trust anyone).

Disadvantages:

  • No physical cards

As you can see from this overview, blockchain trading card games are arguable superior to both physical, as well as digital trading card games. Gods Unchained has the potential to become a top 10 or even a top 5 game on twitch, drawing in many games who will then be interested in (and interacting with) ethereum. Metamask has improved a lot on their app in the last year, and made it easier to use (still not perfect but it's getting better every time).

When players start to see first hand the power and possibilities of the blockchain, they will realize that blockchain/cryptocurrency is a groundbreaking technology enabling secure trading and ownership of assets, as well as securely transferring money over the internet (a problem that has not been solved since the internet was invented, until recently). It can not be stressed enough how revolutionary this technology is, but the best way to "sell it" to people is by showing them. Gods Unchained does exactly that, taking something that already exists and already is doing well, and making it better.

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