Most of the games that I've seen in Crypto are just collectibles being delivered in a new format; there hasn't been much vertical improvement in blockchain gaming. However, I recently found Lucky Strike, which is probably the first blockchain-based shooter!
Despite being the first shooter in this sector, it's been well-developed. As I'm not a fan of collectibles, this game is bounds ahead of the competition when it comes to blockchain gaming. Plus, its retro style makes it quite fun and familiar to the games most people have played during childhood years.
The game’s mechanics are simple: the person who won the last match is the champion.
New contenders can challenge the champion and partake in a shooting round. The player who manages to stay alive at the end of each round becomes the champion. The cycle continues as new players come and challenge the reigning champion.
There are a few catches: each gunshot has a randomized chance of either being a miss or a critical shot; hence the name Lucky Strike. While a miss does zero damage, a critical shot does double damage. This adds a flair of provably fair luck distribution into the game as the players who land critical shots are the likely winners.
The game is already live!
Merging Bets and Gaming
As bets are becoming a growing part of online gaming, Lucky Strike integrates ETH bets into each match-up. Every player gets the chance of placing a bet when picking a fight against the champion. The winner of the match gets the ETH that had been bet.
The bets are pooled into a smart contract that automatically issues the winnings to each round’s champion. This removes any form of centralization in the management of the game and distribution of bets as a smart contract operates the collection and distribution of winnings.
It’s important to note that to keep the game both entertaining and supportive of the players, every bet gives users tokens that are backed by a cash flow from the game’s usage and success. Win or lose, every bet gives the player LST tokens!
The tokens gives access to a cash flow which is fed by the game’s fee on the bets made. These dividend-backed tokens can be held for constant dividend income or sold to others. On top of that, a portion of the bet is fed into a weekly, monthly, and annual jackpot. Each bet is automatically given entry into the jackpot participation.
For the time being, the game is operating only on Ethereum and thus only supports ETH bets; however, the game will soon be available on other blockchains too and this will enable bets to be made in other coins.
An Alternative Token Sale
Lucky Strike's main delivery is a fun game on a decentralized network. Though, the blockchain gaming sector is competitive despite its nascent stage.
Rather than running an ICO and then developing the game, the game’s founders used their own money to get the game rolling.
To fund the game’s growth, they’ve chosen NOT to sell tokens. Instead, the game gives its players the opportunity to have a bet along with the game; a fee is charged on the bet and in return the bettors are given tokens. This alternative format of a token sale makes sure people are able to enjoy a service while acquiring new tokens.
Given that Lucky Strike is already a functioning product, it has the ability to quickly use the generated fees to promote the product and draw user acquisition. As the game grows, players get to enjoy more competitive match-ups and shooting challenges, the LST tokens are able to draw dividends from a bigger pool, and the jackpot sizes blooms larger.
This is how decentralized games should be!
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