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Blockchain Game Development Meets World’s Leading Game Engine

By Chris Torres | March 9, 2019
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Blockchain Game Development Meets World’s Leading Game Engine

Blockchain-based gaming tokenization company Enjin Inc has officially launched its testnet for a blockchain Software Development Kit (SDK) for one of the world’s largest game engines – Unity. A demo version will be shown later this month at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, the world’s biggest gaming industry event.

Unity is a cross-platform game engine, first announced and released in June 2005. It is famous for giving the world such wildly popular games as Assassin’s Creed, the Temple Run trilogy, and Battlestar Galactica online. It is supposedly responsible for 28 billion game installations across 3 billion devices worldwide.

According to Enjin’s official blog post (Mar 3), Enjin will launch the blockchain SDK to the Unity Asset Store on March 14, putting it into the hands of millions of over 4.5 million Unity game developers.

Enjin’s developer team behind the SDK have worked for the likes of BioWare, Activision, IO Interactive, and EA. The kit is designed to support game studios in their quest for “high-level KPIs in monetization, valuation, virality, and retention; to rapidly advance true item ownership; and to fuel new game experiences”, said Enjin on its blog.

The blockchain SDK will give game developers a chance to create and integrate ERC-1155 blockchain assets, and easily manage their distribution. It includes a wide range of 25 mass market platforms, including Android, iOS, PlayStation, Xbox, Wii, and Microsoft.

The ERC-1155, known as the Ethereum-based “Multi Token Standard”, was developed by Enjin’s team together with its CTO Witek Radomski. ERC-1155 has the ability to allow unlimited fungible and non-fungible assets with a single smart contract. This results in “faster transaction times, significantly lower gas fees, and the ability to mass produce tokens with minimal effort”, Enjin said.

In other words, ERC-1155 will allow game developers to create assets that can be identical or unique, which can be traded in a reliable and transparent way due to blockchain technology.

ERC-1155’s instant interoperability also means developers can integrate any ERC-1155 asset stored on the public Ethereum blockchain supposedly “without any extra effort”.

Enjin’s native token, Enjin Coin (ENJ), has seen a meteoric rise after South Korean electronics giant Samsung released its latest Galaxy S10 flagship smartphone that comes with an in-built crypto wallet expected to support Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), and ENJ. CoinGape noted that the price of ENJ skyrocketed 400% on the news in two weeks.

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