Metaverse Game Studio Block Tackle Raises $5M To Develop Solana-Based NFT Game By BTC Peers
Metaverse game studio Block Tackle raises $5 million to develop Solana-based NFT game
A number of veteran video game developers have jumped on the NFT bandwagon, and today Block Tackle announced that it has raised $5 million to develop a Solana-based skateboard game.
Block Tackle is a Web3 game startup studio co-founded by Ben Topkins and Rob Oshima. The duo was previously under contract with Kabam, a mobile game company.
The seed funding round was led by Play Ventures and Cadenza Ventures piloted, alongside others like Coinbase (NASDAQ:) Ventures, Ventures, leading metaverse investor Animoca Brands, and Twitch co-founder Kevin Lin.
The studio’s first release will be SkateX, a game where players can purchase their own skateboard NFTs and vote on gameplay decisions. However, members of the San Francisco-based Block Tackle team have already helped create well-known games such as “Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth”, “Fast & Furious: Legacy”, “Marvel Strike Force”, and “Avatar: Pandora (OTC:) Rising”.
Topkins and Oshima observed how gamers poured countless hours and dollars into games for years with nothing to sell or contribute to another game while working on free mobile games. Web3 offers game users the opportunity to sell their NFT assets or use them in other games and metaverse worlds.
When we saw there was potential for players to participate, both in forming communities but also in the value they create through play, we just saw there was a huge opportunity, […] we wanted to be at the start and be among the first game makers to create great games using blockchain technology.
SkateX offers one-of-a-kind skateboards as NFT collectibles, which belong to players and can be bought and sold at will.
“Players can sit at the table and own an NFT that engages them in community conversations as we build the game, […] then they can skate on that board and do tricks, quests and challenges, and level them up. said Topkins.
The first 1,080 Solana NFT skateboards will be released by Block Tackle in April ahead of the game’s launch later this year, with more boards and board types to come. The game boards will be designed by Concept Art House, which has worked with Dapper Labs and Gala Games on other Web3 projects.
The NFTs will be interoperable and can be used on other games and applications in the Solana metaverse.
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