Unstoppable Games Announces Strategic Investment from StarkWare
Accelerating the On-Chain Gaming Revolution
We are thrilled to announce that StarkWare has made a strategic investment in Unstoppable Games to build on-chain games on Starknet, their layer 2 scaling technology. StarkWare’s equity investment in Unstoppable Games strengthens our alignment and reaffirms their confidence in the impact that gaming will have on Starknet’s growth. The investment will further our vision to build fully decentralized, on-chain games that are driven by the communities that support them. Uri Kolodny, StarkWare's co-founder and CEO, highlighted the significance of creating "unending" games:
“Unstoppable Games was founded out of Chris’s desire to create games that work differently. They’re to be infinitely evolving, truly unending and unendable, where players can assume control and the games can never be extinguished by corporate intervention, thanks to the inherent benefits provided by blockchain technology like Starknet.”
We believe that the communities that form around great games are too important to be subject to some central authority arbitrarily switching off the universes they occupy. We’re incredibly excited to be working with StarkWare and utilizing Starknet to help deliver an experience that achieves our dream of a truly “unstoppable game” ultimately run by the community itself.
Empowering Community Control and Decentralized Innovation
Influence, our first title, is a groundbreaking MMO built on Starknet, set to launch this summer. The game showcases a meticulously designed in-game universe where players mine asteroids for resources, trade in player-controlled marketplaces, travel across the asteroid belt, build their empire, and expand their influence across the Adalian star system.
As an on-chain, “unstoppable game”, Influence is designed to empower a permissionless, open ecosystem that the community will ultimately control. By leveraging blockchain technology and Starknet's layer 2 scaling solution, Influence creates a decentralized gaming environment where players have true ownership of their in-game assets, decisions, and progress.
The foundation of Influence's design encourages community-driven development and innovation. Gamers, modders, and builders can actively contribute to the game's evolution without requiring explicit permission from a centralized authority. This approach fosters a dynamic and engaging in-game experience while ensuring that the value generated by the community remains within the community.
With Influence, we aim to redefine the gaming landscape by putting players at the heart of the experience and cultivating an environment where they can shape the game's future. By embracing decentralization and community control, Influence is set to become a pioneer in the on-chain gaming revolution.
Leveraging Starknet's Advantages to Drive a New Era of Gaming
High gas fees and limitations on computation have thus-far limited Ethereum’s role in gaming. On L1 gas fees are so high we simply can not provide the functionality that we need for a complex strategy MMO like Influence. Layer 2 technologies provide the solutions which will beget a new era of on-chain gaming. We chose Starknet's Layer 2 scaling technology to power Influence due to its seamless integration with Ethereum, significantly reduced transaction costs, and enhanced security. As Uri Kolodny explains
“When we set out to scale Ethereum five years ago, we were clear this means much more than facilitating DeFi transactions. It means enabling Ethereum to reach its potential for a wide range of uses. The time has come for engaging games that nobody can ‘switch off,’ but which are rather run by communities. We’re thrilled to be helping to deliver this via Ethereum.”
As opposed to other scaling options, like side-chains, Starknet inherits 100% of Ethereum's security, ensuring that Influence is built on a solid foundation. Starknet also provides cheaper and faster on-chain computation compared to other layer 2 solutions. This is crucial for Influence, which relies on intensive computation for procedurally generating a massive universe and simulating realistic orbital mechanics. By utilizing Starknet's advanced technology, we can deliver a rich and immersive gaming experience without sacrificing performance or accessibility.
Ultimately, Starknet's unique combination of security, affordability, and computational power make it the perfect platform for Unstoppable Games to bring our vision of truly decentralized and immersive on-chain gaming to life.
StarkWare's investment and expertise will enable us to build and scale games that are not only decentralized but also provide a seamless and enjoyable experience for players. By harnessing the power of blockchain with Starknet and staying true to the decentralized promise of on-chain gaming, we will revolutionize the gaming landscape.
Prepare for Launch
This strategic investment marks the beginning of a new era of gaming, where players' interests and experiences are at the core of game development. In anticipation of this new era, and Influence's launch, we are excited to announce the Prepare for Launch sale starting at 14:30 PM GMT on April 11th, giving players the opportunity to secure asteroids, crewmates and SWAY, the game’s in-game currency, before the upcoming launch.
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