Can you tell me a bit of background about you and your team? What inspired you to get into blockchain/crypto games?
My name is Leandro Bellone (CEO). I am an Industrial designer specialized in Automotive 3D surface modeling. I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina but I moved to Germany many years ago where I ‘ve worked for many brands like BMW, MINI, KIA, CITROEN, etc. You can check out some of the projects I participated here: https://www.behance.net/
Nahuel (CTO) and I always had the idea of creating a game together. We did many experimental projects and at the fall of 2017, after we met CryptoKitties and Decentraland, we completely fell in love with the emerging crypto gaming and crypto collectibles movement.
Both of us had already been investing in cryptocurrencies and we knew the potential of the blockchain technology. But I have to admit that if you are only talking about speculation and financial products it can become extremely boring after some time. But crypto collectibles/gaming were different, it was fun and backed by the same tech.
We got completely fascinated by the applications of the blockchain into digital assets and gaming. Being able to really own digital products, its immutability and interoperability are simply amazing.
We think that the key role of crypto gaming and crypto collectibles is that it teaches people how blockchain works but in a friendly way. From our point of view car design and blockchain share one thing in common, it is hard to start with but extremely fun afterward the learning period.
Then we imagined a future where people will be proud to own digital assets because they have real value and can be used without restrictions in virtual reality and all kind of different games. Without any doubt, we are going in this direction, and it is pretty exciting. I think the movie “Ready player one” shows the VR world that many of us envision. CryptoMotors will produce high-quality vehicles for this digital world.
What is the basic gameplay, story, and marketplace of CryptoMotors? How does the game and marketplace work?
The journey starts at the Design Studio, where the awesome cars are developed following a 3 stages design plan. You can join design competitions and vote which car should be produced by the team. Users can even pre-order cars that are in its early design stage, buy them once they are released or the third option is buying from another user in our marketplace. The interesting part of buying a second-hand car is that it reduces the uncertainty of its hidden stats. But who knows, maybe the golden car was waiting for the next owner to appear and you just missed it!
Then comes the tuning. We will create a new marketplace for buying and selling auto parts. You can buy upgrades and decide in your garage how to make your car look great and behave better on the road.
Finally, there is the race. We propose a Stats based game with many iterations behind the scene, which give the game more flavor instead of being just numbers comparison. There will be many types of racing styles and users will be able to join competitions or do 1 vs 1 racing.
In general, I would say that education is the biggest barrier. For a person that never used crypto before, buying a first crypto collectible may sound very difficult. Once you do it for the first time you realize how simple it is.
Another challenge that affects Crypto games is how to get in contact with potential users. Since the ICO fever, it became very hard to advertise in the big social media channels. Of course, there are workarounds but I think this is still a big hustle for a project like CryptoMotors.
I think this is just the beginning for crypto gaming, let’s see in some months or years how this industry evolves. Anyway, we are very positive and excited about it.
Tell me about your perspective on blockchain technology and games in general. Where is this all going? And why is it important to you?
I think the best phrase to describe the future that the blockchain brings us is the “freedom of choice”. We imagine a future where people own digital items just like they own goods in the real world, with the power to decide where to buy, trade, use or keep them. In the case of CryptoMotors, you will be able to race your cars across different platforms and games.
I think the blockchain technology will play an enormous role in the gaming industry in the next years. We are just at the beginning of a revolution that will change our perception of digital property. The interoperability of the NFTs will allow indie game developers to create all kind of new games where you can play with your assets, giving the user endless possibilities.
– MVP platform is launched
– Studio – CM GEN0 cars.
– Beta racing game
– Development of the car racing game
– First Design challenges
– Racing game
– 3D/VR viewer for cars in the garage
– Cars are tested in external games
– Development of custom parts
– Customizable Parts
– Optional 3D printed cars
– First steps CryptoMotors Academy
– Implementation of CM Token for improving racing experiences
– Development of mobile app
– Mobile app
– Development of 3D/VR game
We are about to launch our first version of the CryptoMotors platform on the 1st of November. It will include the marketplace, garage, and the design studio. We plan to launch the first design challenge very soon too.