I never went to Stanford Business School to learn the inside story of how venture companies work. The first time I co-founded a gaming startup, the world of VC was completely mysterious and impenetrable to me. Luckily, in the decade since that first, failed attempt, the world of venture investing has changed dramatically in ways that are hugely in the favor of gaming entrepreneurs…
Why Design Legend Graeme Devine Revived Metropolis for Web3 with WAX
This episode of Tokenomics was pure delight for me, as I got to interview Graeme Devine, a true game design legend. From his groundbreaking work on 7th Guest and 11th Hour to Doom 3, to Age of Empires III and Halo Wars, to Magic Leap, Graeme has found success across many different platforms. Now, as a co-founder of QXR Studios, Graeme has added another notch to his belt with WAX-powered blockchain CCG Metropolis Origins…
On Crypto Winter, Capitalism and Early Stage Risk
“Raising money is not a human right. Capitalism is evolutionary. Businesses are supposed to fail!” I shout at my cohosts, Eric Kriss and Mishka Katkoff. They summoned me to TWiG 193 to share my thoughts on crypto winter and we got into it!
How Mila Kunis’s World of Warcraft Addiction Led to the Dawn of Armored Kingdom
You know her from TV (That 70’s Show, Family Guy), Film (Book of Eli, Black Swan), and have probably even heard of her hit NFT collections (Stoner Cats, The Gimmicks). But did you know that Hollywood star Mila Kunis is a closet World of Warcraft addict? And that her love of WoW has led directly to the creation of a brand new, Web3-powered gaming IP Armored Kingdom? Along with her WoW guild turned production and design team, she is working to build a new fantasy universe on the Near protocol….
Chris Heatherly ran 9 figure MMOs for Disney. Now he’s red-pilled on Web3 with Recur.
A few weeks ago, I had a great discussion with Chris Heatherly, current Head of Games & Engagement at Recur and former game executive at NBCUniversal & Disney. In this conversation we talk about what convinced him that Web3 is the next big platform shift in gaming.
Inside Illuvium’s $72m Land Sale with Economy Designer Khaled Alroumi
“What crypto winter?” the Illuvium team is asking after raising $72m in a smooth, well-structured land sale which raised a giant war chest of funds for the developer without crashing any networks along the way. We spoke in depth about the sale with Economy Designer Khaled Alroumi.
Understanding the WAX Blockchain, with Chief Gaming Officer Michael Rubinelli
Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with game industry veteran Michael Rubinelli, current Chief Gaming Officer at WAX, a blockchain purpose built for the high transaction frequency and volume of blockchain games. Michael is already seeing massive success with the launch of Blockchain Brawlers on WAX. In this episode, we discussed the importance of using language that gamers understand in the crypto space, mutual lessons from our time in free-to-play, legendary MtG’s creator Richard Garfield’s involvement in Blockchain Brawlers, and why Michael believes that play-to-earn & Web3 will become dominant in the world of gaming…
Writing a Kickass Whitepaper with Void Runners’ spacedog
Writing a Whitepaper is a brand new “primitive” for Web3 game development. Part game design document, part marketing pitch, the Whitepaper has become an essential part of your go to market campaign. In this interview, we talk to Void Runners’ spacedog about writing the whitepaper for her upcoming Web3 game.
Targeting Gamers with your NFTs? You’ll Regret That!
As a basement dwelling nerd, I cannot tell you how many hours my best friends and I clocked delighting at the cries of “Special Delivery” “Traitor!” and “You’ll Regret That!” while taking our turn at the keyboard playing Worms 2. Although not a franchise I keep up with to this day, it is one near and dear to my heart. But even as a vocal advocate for crypto-gaming, when I saw the headlines announcing Team17’s […]
Crypto Hit Aurory Has Already Raised $100m. But You’d Never Guess From This Gameplay Video.
Over on Twitter, the white hot, Solana powered crypto game Aurory released a 1 minute video of gameplay footage from the upcoming RPG game. If you are a game developer new to crypto gaming and don’t know about Aurory, your head might simply explode on learning that this game is already a 9 figure USD business success…