Blockchain tech offers a legion of benefits to the esports industry. Problem is, its horde of gamers doesn’t know it yet. And that’s where we fit in.
The distributed nature of our team provides opportunities to take a multi-pronged approach to help drive blockchain adoption. Operating from bustling Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, our CEO attends and speaks at regional events revolving around the future of finance.
But the head of RedFOX Labs’ gaming division — Arclegger — is on the other side of the planet, 14 hours behind our headquarters in Southeast Asia.
Now, sometimes, you have to travel across borders to attend events. Other times, the show comes to you. And lucky for us, one of the esports industry’s premiere conventions — TwitchCon — came knocking on Arclegger’s door.
The mission was simple: spend four days giving the gaming industry an idea of what RedFOX Labs has in store for the near future. And since most members of our community couldn’t attend this four-day convention, we thought we’d share details of what it’s like to be there.
Ready to hear about it? C’mon, let’s go!
Day 0: Pre-game Warm-up
The party starts the day before the convention opened to the public. Once the attendees check into their hotels and prep for the coming days of non-stop activity, it’s time to cut loose.
The first item on the jam-packed schedule was Twitch’s official gathering for partners and industry colleagues. Afterward, esports organization 100 Thieves hosted a celebration of their own at downtown San Diego’s OMNIA nightclub.
Arclegger had the chance to attend both events. And, each of the festivities offered ample opportunities to meet new people as well as reunite with old friends. Before TwitchCon 2019 officially began, it became apparent that this year’s event wasn’t one to miss.
Days 1 & 2: Hitting the Start Button
TwitchCon is a place for fans to meet streamers in-person, watch pros compete in esports, play their favorite games, and score hard-to-find merchandise.
Permeating throughout the entire event is a ‘hobby gamer’ vibe — in the best possible way. The halls are devoid of loud, in-your-face promotions, and the atmosphere is casual and relaxed. And when you put people in a good mood, they naturally have a good time.
The first couple of days have no shortage of meetups and community panels. From cosplay contests to hackathons and photo opportunities with famous streamers, there’s more than enough to keep attendees engaged and excited to be there.
The event centers around a spirit of community, which is on full display at every turn. Online gamers get to meet some of their teammates for the first time, while others reunite with familiar faces. And the larger communities like to have oversize meetups with huge parties chasing the sunset.
Day 3: Full Throttle
Twitch recognizes that while streaming is fantastic, there’s nothing quite like an in-person performance. And 3-day pass holders got a demonstration of that mindset.
The convention’s marquee event took place at Petco Park in the heart of downtown. Since the San Diego Padres were in Arizona defeating the Diamondbacks, Twitch rented the entire stadium for convention-goers to enjoy.
With the food vendors open and drinks pouring, three professional acts took turns on stage. DJ Madeon kicked things off, followed by the rapper Logic. And, adding strings and acceleration to the music was rock band blink-182.
It’s not every day that a streaming convention hosts a trio of concerts. And being at a live show with friends — some of whom you’ve spent the last four days with — perfectly captures the energizing effect of a large community.
Spreading the Word
While at the days-long show, Arclegger’s focus was to tell as many people as possible about RedFOX Labs’ gaming division. Our 100% onchain videogame is already making waves.
When those familiar with blockchain gaming learn that all of our game logic and gameplay occurs on the RFOX network, there’s a moment of disbelief. Not only are we opening up a new economy for digital item ownership, but we’re devising robust anti-hack solutions.
Here’s a scenario that resonates with the esports community, in which cheating is rampant:
Imagine a game of digital dice. Whoever rolls the highest number wins the round. We’re playing the game for money and every roll records onto a blockchain. We invite hackers to come in and roll a six on every turn. Since no breaches occur, the game is seen as a safe haven for legitimate gameplay.
Now imagine that instead of a simple round of dice, this cheatless experience is on par with Counter-Strike or Fortnite.
When today’s gamers look at the blockchain gaming landscape, it’s easy to get caught up in the associated crypto-mania. But peer beyond the noise, and you’ll see a future in which videogame cheating is no longer a topic of discussion.
Fun While it Lasted
Annual, games-centric gatherings tend to draw large, recurring crowds. In other words, some of the same influencers attending E3 also find themselves at TwitchCon.
And as Arclegger continues to represent RedFOX and blockchain at mainstream gaming events, the overlap causes our efforts to snowball. Blockchain gaming is gaining momentum, and we’re proud to have a team capable of creating a game that’s fun to play.
For RedFOX Labs, this year’s TwitchCon was all about intention. While our first blockchain game is nearing completion, we’re not quite ready to show the world. But we’re confident that during next year’s convention, there’ll be less telling and more playing.
Until then, it’s time for us to get back to making games!