Epic Welcomes Blockchain Games

Epic CEO Tim Sweeney takes the opportunity presented by the indication  that Steam may ban games based on blockchain technology to announce that the Epic Games Store will not. In a couple of tweets he outlines this stance, saying games still must comply with the law:
Epic Games Store will welcome games that make use of blockchain tech provided they follow the relevant laws, disclose their terms, and are age-rated by an appropriate group. Though Epic's not using crypto in our games, we welcome innovation in the areas of technology and finance.

As a technology, the blockchain is just a distributed transactional database with a decentralized business model that incentivize investment in hardware to expand the database's capacity. This has utility whether or not a particular use of it succeeds or fails.
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"Though Epic's not using crypto in our games, we welcome innovation in the areas of technology and finance."

I've heard that the innovation and technological advance behind counterfeiting and other types of fraud these days is incredible!...;) I think that Sweeney has bitten off more than he will be able to chew--opening the door here is a floodgate that will be sure to put Epic under the microscopes of law-enforcement agencies globally. It looks as if Epic's main rationale here is to differentiate himself from Newell's recent stance against blockchain at Valve--Steam won't touch it, and that's a very wise move, imo. Sweeney will find himself dragged into to all kinds of crap that apparently he cannot presently even imagine, and I have to say that is surprising and somewhat deflates my earlier opinion of the guy's business acumen, so to speak. Sweeney seems to be opening the door in saying that he will peddle blockchain software through other venues aside from the games Epic sells through its store.

This...

As a technology, the blockchain is just a distributed transactional database with a decentralized business model that incentivize investment in hardware to expand the database's capacity. This has utility whether or not a particular use of it succeeds or fails.

...sounds a lot like a common pyramid rationale construct or other kind of scheme philosophy to me, so I'm not sold on it. I'll have to side with Valve on this. Definitely. Nobody is going to dive into this on the strength of the *hardware* sales he thinks he can sell to house the database's growing capacities--don't need blockchain for that...;)


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