Though it’s true that many new games have seen success without millions of dollars of funding, it does help. SkyWeaver is backed by an investment firm led by Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. Perhaps that’s recognition of its potential as it opens its final closed-beta game season. The plan is to conclude Closed beta quickly and move on to the first open-beta soon.
The new collectible card game uses Ethereum blockchain-based non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as its in-game items. This means the cards earned and collected can be used within the game and they can be traded on secondary markets. This could fulfill blockchain’s promise to bring value to in-game items, potentially attracting and rewarding more gamers.
What is SkyWeaver?
SkyWeaver is a free-to-play blockchain-based card game in development from Horizon Blockchain Games. Horizon has just announced that “Season 0” of SkyWeaver has began for its closed-beta users. The open-beta version is expected later in 2020. On March 7 Horizon revealed it had secured $5 million in a fundraising round led by Ohanian’s Initialized Capital. The investment company also led Horizon’s $3.75 million seed funding round in 2019. The latest fundraising will be used to launch SkyWeaver.
Horizon says SkyWeaver is “easy for anyone to learn,” but “deep and complex for card game masters”. Gamers are called SkyWeavers and they can use their card decks to “summon creatures, cast spells, and battle other SkyWeavers to win new cards.”
On March 6, Horizon Blockchain Games co-founder Peter Kieltyka stated:
“SkyWeaver has come a long way, and the response and engagement from our Private Beta have been incredible. With 12,000 playtesters, and 90,000+ more players awaiting access, we already have a wonderful community that we’re extremely grateful for.”
Players from closed-beta Season 0 won’t be able to take their in-game items to open-beta. They will however, be rewarded a “gold card” gift, useable once the game opens up to gamers everywhere.
SkyWeaver is already sharing its leader boards, which it says it has removed its own staff from to give a fairer picture of its top 500 leader board players to date. Furthermore, Season 0 leader boards have been reset in both its Constructed and Discovery game modes.
Interested gamers can sign up to the platform and become invited to play SkyWeaver in Private Beta, and take part in Season 0.
SkyWeaver’s significant backing and well-constructed offering in a popular game genre makes it one to watch, and potentially try, across 2020. SkyWeaver joins a number of blockchain-based gaming projects hoping to lead the charge in player-owned economies as the new game construct takes off.
Sorare is building a blockchain-based fantasy football game and recently saw Juventus Football Club join its ranks, licensing the platform to turn its past and present players into potentially highly collectible digital football cards.
Finally, check with @SkyWeaverGame on Twitter for all Private Beta updates.