Blockchain Technologies and Games: A Proper Match?

Blockchain Technologies and Games: A Proper Match?

Abstract

Not only have virtual currencies in digital games from the pre-Blockchain era helped to understand digital currency systems, but the idea that digital objects can have monetary value is a question of faith that has been expressed primarily through the gaming industry. In the world of business this is now called the 'token economy'. Blockchain as a technology can do much more, besides payment processing with cryptocurrencies, utility tokens can be created to secure in-game currencies and items, gamification systems can be made more transparent while strengthening the privacy of the players and even whole game ecosystems can be secured by Blockchain. However, this is still a very young technology and that there is a certain technological war of faith as well as a big area of scams around and with Blockchain-based systems and tokens. In this paper we will present a bird's eye view, based on results of the expert interviews, of how Blockchain as technology is connected to the different aspects of games and play.

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Authors
  • Pfeiffer, Alexander
  • Kriglstein, Simone
  • Wernbacher, Thomas
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Category
Paper in Conference Proceedings or in Workshop Proceedings (Paper)
Event Title
International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games (FDG)
Divisions
Computer Science Didactics and Learning Research Center
Subjects
Angewandte Informatik
Computer in der Freizeit
Informatik Sonstiges
Event Location
Bugibba, Malta
Event Type
Conference
Event Dates
15-18 September
Date
2020
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