EA co-founder joins blockchain gaming project Dragonglass
Jeff Burton has signed onto the Dragonglass cryptocurrency project, giving it and its team two thumbs up.
Electronic Arts co-founder and early Atari employee Jeff Burton has signed onto the Dragonglass blockchain project and publicly endorsed the project.
Dragonglass is a mobile game and the name of the ERC20 cryptocurrency that's mined by playing it. It aims to make blockchain technology accessible, understandable and enjoyable for all involved.
By necessity, it still has some off quirks of being a cryptocurrency-based game that straddles the lines between investment and game. For example, anyone who deposits more than 20ETH (a bit over AU$15,000 worth at current prices) into the game will need to pass KYC verification to reduce the chances of the game being used for money laundering.
Blockchain gaming has been taking off quickly. Ubisoft has also publicly announced that it's experimenting with blockchain systems in its games, while other startups like Blok.Party have been looking for other creative gaming applications.
The Ethereum blockchain, on which Dragonglass is launching, also hosts plenty of other games. Many of them have been extraordinarily profitable for both gamers and their creators, but Burton says he's not in it for the money and doesn't think the Dragonglass team is either.
"As a non technical person the entire industry of crypto and blockchain has been fairly difficult for me to grasp," Burton says. "That's an important aspect of what Dragonglass sets itself up to do, and that is to spread the awareness and proliferate the participation in this new industry throughout the world."
"One of the unintended consequences of creating electronic arts in the first place was that we encouraged or we inspired people to learn about programming. the result is that large numbers of people throughout the world began their technology careers by playing games. They were able to understand and be inspired by the games."
Dragonglass aims to do the same with the new generation of blockchain and cryptocurrency technology, Burton says.
He also praised the team behind it.
"They have a fantastic team. Over a dozen people who are technically superior, who understand smart contracts and UI, UX. They have graphic designers, and public relations people. It's a very experienced, excellent team. Dragonglass has everything it needs in order to succeed," he said.
"I'm really proud and pleased to be a part of the effort that dg is making to bring clarity and enjoyment to an industry that I think has a terrific future."
Disclosure: At the time of writing the author holds ETH, IOTA, ICX, VEN, XLM, SALT, BTC, NANO
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