Skill Tree #5 - February 05
OhBabyGames announces $6m Seed Round
— Gala Games releases strategy for 2023
40+ titles in development across 2 genres
13 of games set to launch in 2023
$150m out of $300m commited have already been deployed towards game projects
Moving stronger into mobile
Question: Can Gala have success in traditional UA channels and without well-known IPs
$1m in UA is set aside for Spider Tanks
Gala is seeking to tie the creation of premium in-game currencies to burning of Gala tokens
Question: While bringing deflationary pressure to supply, what does that mean for game developers? It seems to add costs on their side for IAPs
The Gala token should also be used by all games as the main currency. For example, Town Start replaces Town tokens with Gala tokens. Superior will feature Gala as the game token. with P&E launching in Q1
Question: How much flexibility does that take away from game studios?
Other verticals include music (platform launch end of march, with a music token). film (platform launch in Q2 with 3 titles, total of 7 are in flight), and Vox (Metaverse, land sale in H1)
— In web2 news: Apex Legends Mobile goes offline
In an interview, Andrew Wilson, CEO of EA, explained the decision: Apex Legends gameplay, especially the verticality and team-play focus, didn’t translate well to mobile. Retention rates (and with it, monetization) weren’t sufficient enough.
Battlefield Mobile which was soft launched in 5 countries also got canned, as EA was anticipating a similar trajectory like Apex Legends Mobile.
— Important web2 news for web3: US government sees app store policies as consumer-harming, stating that supporting alternative app stores and payment rails could be effective tools.
— Beacon unlocks new features for Founding Characters
(also, Beacon becomes TreasureDAO’s first Diamond Partner)
— Harvest Beta is live until February 06
— Utility of Createra Genesis Land revealed …
… but it comes with a lot of known issues land has for UGC platforms
I talk about land in games here in more detail
— Sorare and the Premier League strike multi-year licensing deal
(it’s called football btw)
— Aavegotchi releases 2023 roadmap including Gotchichain, a gaming supernet powered by Polygon, and Gotchi Guardians, a casual mobile survival game.
— Immutable announces Passport, a non-custodial wallet for easy player onboarding.
— Web3 Growth tools
— Roguelikes x Crypto
— Twitter Space about Single-Token vs Dual-Token models
— 16 web3 user personas
— VC perspective on Web3 Gaming
🕵️ New projects
Bored in Borderland
Mind game + yield farming, inspired by the game ‘Balance Scale‘ from the series Alice in Borderland
h/t Gilgamesh for sharing
Gamer profile to keep track of all your in-game achievements