Well, I have to say that I’ve always had a soft spot for city builders. My youth is filled with memories of playing SimCity for days, weeks, months on end. Fair City brings you the paradigms of city builder games to the blockchain. Buy and develop land into cities that are 100% provably yours. And I must say, the art is exactly on point for a game like this.
I had a chance to chat with the team behind Fair City to learn more about their innovative project and perspective on blockchain games.
Can you tell me a bit of background about you and your team? What inspired you to get into blockchain / crypto games?
We have years of experience in gaming, and a dozen of us served for one the largest gaming companies. we hope to bring a fairer game experience to the players. After learning about the blockchain industry in 2015 at its infancy, we believe the blockchain technology can achieve this goal. Now we focused more on the applications of blockchain and Bicorn.
We are working in the intersection between blockchain and gaming. We believe that blockchain games, as the most popular market concept in 2018, will eventually put an end to existing problems in the gaming industry and gradually evolve into the development direction of mainstream game products in the future. Hence, it has become a must for traditional game manufacturers to break through their own and realize the expansion of the profits.
Tell me about how the vision for Fair City came about. What inspired you to make a game like this?
Our most recent new blockchain game Fair City went viral on Twitter, and has been featured on Product Hunt, Coinspeaker, Bitcoin Warrior, the crypto collectors etc. Fair City was named “Game of the Week” by crypto gamer community. The closed beta has just closed and the first 500 plots of land sold out in just 10 minutes. Our community has doubled in number in one week, now we have a 25k following across all our social media.
We chose the business simulation games because it has always been if not the most but indeed highly popular kinds in the game industry. However, almost all online games attend to various malicious activities such as blackbox operations and non-transparent calculation algorithms that result into unprovable fairness and inequality among players.
What is the basic gameplay, story, and marketplace of Fair City? How does the game and marketplace work?
The most distinctive feature of Fair City reveals through its ability to bypass a random out-of-box gameplay thus giving players full transparency. The random probability is controlled by the intelligent contract and it has been set before the player starts the game. Smart contracts are available on the chain, so this has greatly reduced, the possibilities of operators adjusting the game’s rules. Therefore, it ensures that players get a truly “fair” gaming experience.
Unlike the traditional business simulation games that usually managing a city or a theme park, Fair City allows players to build a city or even their own kingdom just in one click. As the game unfolds, players need to develop the cities by acquiring lands, exploiting lands and building constructions. After the cities are developed, they will be permanently retained as assets via blockchain technology. The players can sell obtained assets at the end of the game in exchanges for token, and can win up to 6 ETH for one piece of land.
To become a part of Fair City community, at first player need to register an account on the Fair City website, enter the FAIR Token or ETH required for land purchase into the game wallet, and then purchase lands in the Fair City game. Notably that each building has different values and players, in turn, are not allowed to choose the type of building since it is solely determined by the prosperity of the land. The higher the prosperity of the land, the better the building that will be built and the landmark building has the highest value.
After the construction is completed, the player can choose to keep the land and buildings as their own assets collection on blockchain, or sell it to the owner of cities in exchange for high returns. Land and buildings can be traded between players, and players can set the prices freely.
What are some of the barriers you see ahead for your project and Crypto Games in general?
At present, the transaction speed of blockchain limits the development of the game. Current speed can’t meet the frequent interactive demand of the game, and this situation has a negative impact on players’ experience.
Tell me about your perspective on blockchain technology and games in general. Where is this all going? and why is it important to you?
In the future, we hope there will be an exclusive chain dedicated to gaming, which can solve the transaction speed and high gas cost caused by frequent transactions.
In addition, we believe the implementation of the blockchain technology into mainstream games will be a good solution for game developers. Today, SDK is an essential foundation for cooperation of the game platform and the game developers. And at Fair.Game we have created a way to facilitate the process of the blockchain technology implementation. The Fair SDK will be launched to bring more benefits to traditional game developers who will have an opportunity to enjoy fairness and work with game assets, safe digital wallets and digital currency payments. For example, Fair City is demonstrating the feasibility of integrating blockchain technology into a traditional game genre. The traditional city builder simulation concept is raised to new heights by introducing lessons learned from blockchain technology.
What is your roadmap, and what plans do you have for the future for your team and your project?
We have developed a new strategy with three key focuses: Fair Games, Fair SDK and Fair Game Assets Marketplace.
The concept of its independently developed ecosystem is already being tested with Fair Slots and Fair Texas Hold’em Poker and Fair City. The fair operating mechanisms tested with these prototypes will be applied to other blockchain-based games in the future.
Fair Game Assets Marketplace represents itself a fair and open game asset trading platform. Players will receive a chance to freely trade the game asset on the chain. The blockchain technology will ensure the trust mechanisms and security.
Any key dates or milestones coming up that you would like to share? Any announcements coming up?
We are Joining hands with our partners such as aelf to bring innovation to launch exclusive city supporting aelf Token. WE both believe gaming is one of the best ways to promote the application of blackchain.
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