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Fortnite and Blockchain – Are We Hearing this Right?

Fortnite has been ranked number 1 on the most played game of 2018 and thanks to Fortnite dance challenge, most people know what it is. If you don’t, time to crawl out from under that rock. Recently, there’s a lot going on around the Reddit forums regarding Fortnite and the possibility of it collaborating with a blockchain. The game has a huge fan following and introducing it to a decentralized system could really bump up not only its prospects but benefit that whole gaming community. Everyone has been waiting for that one killer game to enter the market and what more could be better than Fortnite which has people dancing around to its dance moves all over the world.

The hype was created when Epic Games, the creators, recently announced a partnership with a blockchain startup, MagnaChain. The company hasn’t talked about the details yet and their game plan, we’re guessing they are still working on it. A little about MagnaChain that it’s a blockchain built specifically for video games. They claim to be capable of handling up to 100,000 transactions per second.

Transactions are a vital part of blockchain system and seem to be giving Ethereum a really tough time. The current architecture is not set to support big, immersive blockchain games. Due to this many people are trying to build their own to overcome this and affecting Ethereum’s success. Though Ethereum seems to be working really hard to counter this problem. Meanwhile, it strives to do that, MagnaChain has been pretty successful in living up to its claims. During a testnet, it managed to handle 13,000 transactions per second.

While MagnaChain prepares to bring Fortnite to blockchain nothing has been revealed about the partnership. The game gathers make enormous revenue from the sales of digital assets; a blockchain integration would allow Epic to make additional revenue from the sales of digital assets.

Apart from its benefits to Epic games, it will pave the way for many others. A game like Fortnite endorsing this technology could easily legitimize the game space. This could also give other games a run for their money. Some might even jump on the blockchain bandwagon to keep up with its competitors.

For now, it sounds nothing but hopeful for all gamers out there. Just need to hold on tight and pray that Epic games do really go through with this. Until we get to know more about it, let us keep dreaming of a beautiful future with blockchain games and keep honing our skills on  Fortnite so we could earn more when it finally introduces a decentralized system.

Soha Ali

As vanilla as it sounds, a filmmaker in the making. Soha brings the irony out of the crypto world by contributing to the Unfiltered section of BlockPublisher. Contact the editor at editor.unfiltered@blockpublisher.com

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