Gala Games, Town Star & Mirandus with Jason Brink (BitBender) S2E2

By George Tsagkarakis

In this "Games From The Block" podcast, our guest is Jason "BitBender" Brink, CMO of Gala Games. We talk about the future of Gala Games, Mirandus, and Town Star. Gala Games platform counts over 80,000 registered users, and while Town Star lacks tracking from major Dapp ranking platforms, it's one of the most playable games. Read the interview: https://egamers.io/gftb-gala-games-town-star-mirandus-with-jason-brink Who is Jason Brink? My name is Jason Brink. Many people know me online as BitBender (a reference to Bitcoin and Bender from Futurama). I am the CMO of Gala Games, and I've been working with them for the last six months to do marketing for Gala and associated products. I've been working in the blockchain space since about 2014. I have won a prize from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a paper I wrote on using blockchain to fix some of the endemic problems to foreign aid. How does Gala Games aim to change the landscape in gaming? We are putting power back into the hands of the gamers, giving them ownership of their assets. Most blockchain gaming companies are run by "blockchain people first." We are one of the "gaming first" projects out there. We put the video game development first. We can do this because our CEO, Eric Schiermeyer, is one of the co-founders of Zynga, and our studio director McCarthy, was the creative director of FarmVille 2 and a bunch of different RPGs. How many Players are registered for Gala Games? We are working on growing our user base exponentially right now, and so far, things are going amazingly. Right now, we've got about 80,000 user accounts, and it is continuously growing. Next week, we will push an update that you don't even need an account to play. You will be able to click on one of our games, play, save the current progress and create an account later when you feel so. Are you building your own blockchain or exploring any Layer 2 Solution (sidechain)? We are currently based on the Ethereum blockchain. But that is going to change in the near future. We're going to be looking at a layer two solution right now and talking to a few different companies about it. If you look at FarmVille 2, it had 34 million daily active users. There is no single blockchain solution that can handle 34 million active users. It doesn't exist right now. What will likely be happening is that you will see an interaction of a large number of different solutions that all work to support the Gala Network in the long-term. A game may have different types of solutions built-in, handling different parts of the game of mechanisms. Why is Town Star based on weekly tournaments? One of Michael McCarthy's learnings that he took away from his work on FarmVille 2 is that when the game is always persistent, players will get to a point where they would get bored with the gameplay because they have created their farm, it's perfect, and all they have to do is go there and collect the resources. So, we chose the weekly tournament concept, which has a couple of different things. The weekly tournament is not going to be the only way you can go forward and build right now. You can also get onto a free play server, and you can play for 25 days before it resets. Tags: #BlockchainGames #BlockchainGaming #GalaGames #TownStar #Mirandus #Bitbenber #JasonBrink Music: Blue Boi https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired License for commercial use: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported "Share Alike" (CC BY-SA 3.0) License. Full License HERE - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/legalcode --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gamesfromtheblock/message

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