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Weekly Kickoff, April 12, 2021
If we create a permissionless metaverse, we will enjoy the most creativity, experiences and economic opportunities for everyone. If this…
If we create a permissionless metaverse, we will enjoy the most creativity, experiences and economic opportunities for everyone. If this excites you (or confuses you, or worries you), then check out my deep-dive on the subject here: The Permissionless Metaverse.
Quote of the Week
Chinese investors don’t trust the US legal system, and certainly not vice versa, but both will invest in a smart contract on Ethereum
Graph of the Week
Weirdest/Greatest Game I spent time on this week
Have you not tried out AI Dungeon yet? It’s an impressive display of what’s happening with artificial intelligence in general, and GPT-3 in particular. We’re going to see both AI-driven NPCs and storytelling in the future, as well as AI-as-creative-scaffolding for designers.
The following is a text snippet of some of the random stuff I entered and how it worked with what I told it:
Comprehensive Deck on the 2020 M&E landscape
Check out the complete SlideShare deck of covering all facets of the media and entertainment industries (of which games is but one) impressive work by Maxime Eyraud.
Reflections and Observations
There sure was a lot to think about this week:
Play Ventures raised $135M to invest in games.
The world finally has a decent brewing game.
Are we in the simulation or building the first one? Will it be sims all the way down?
Enjoyed Allen Henna’s great writeup comparing most of the current NFT marketplaces (not including the gaming-specific ones like Wax AtomicHub).
Rumors spread of Twitter offering $4B for Clubhouse.
Path of Exile (which isn’t exactly new) grew 17% last year. Roguelikes ftw!
Grid Esports raised $10M for their data platform for games (one of the big applications is online wagering).
A French videogame streamer used the Avalanche ($AVAX) to mint 300K NFTs for his followers (it’s a proof-of-stake, high-throughput blockchain).
The WhaleShark NFT portfolio was audited, revealing its top holdings: NBA Top shots (much larger than all the others) along with Makesplace, Gods Unchained, Cryptovoxels, SuperRare, the Sandbox and Joy.world.
Epic has “lost” (better word might be “invested”) $300M in Epic Store exclusives.
“People like scarcity — a lot. Owning something scarce makes one feel unique, and signals success and worthiness as a potential mate.” From an article comparing NFTs to David Bowie and the Bowie Bonds.
Age of Empires IV sounds awesome. Microsoft should now be regarded as much as a videogame company as anything else.
Kongregate announced that they’ll be doing their own first-party idle games. In the past they had a pretty big hand in titles like Adventure Capitalist.
Clubhouse says they need another “couple months” to get an Android version out. Will this allow competing products from Discord, Facebook and Twitter to displace them?
NVIDIA announced the GeForce RTX 3060, which will deliver 10X the raytracing performance.
“The true final frontier is Time.” Sounds a bit like the opening monologue to Star Trek Timelines, which I had a hand in. I’m excited that my friend John de Lancie is coming to Star Trek Picard.
Rec Room Party!
On Friday at 6PM ET, we’re celebrating ten weeks of the Game Industry club on Clubhouse in Rec Room. If you haven’t had an opportunity to try Rec Room yet, then give it a try and see for yourself a bit of what the metaverse looks like, and then join us during the party.
To get involved or attend our event, just join the Game Industry Cocktail Hour Discord server and check out the #party-planning channel.