Trip Hawkins, the Founder of EA, Enters the World of NFTs

Trip Hawkins, founder & CEO of iconic gaming company EA, enters web3 with new NFT-based company “Games For A Living“. The new company focuses on blockchain gaming with play-to-earn elements and ideals, The company also prioritizes shifts in the gaming industry business models to create revolutionary new ways players can experience (and earn from) games.

a picture of ex-EA CEO Trip Hawkins next to the EA logo

Trip Hawkins, Video Game Hall Of Famer

How Will Trip Hawkins “Games For A Living” Change Blockchain Gaming?

American entrepreneur and Video Game Hall of Fame holder Trip Hawkins is a household name in the gaming industry. Building video game companies like Electronic Arts (EA) and 3DO, he took the gaming world by storm during the 1980s and 1990s. His games stand testament to his ability and his experience has revolutionized how people learn, work, and play.

He is now the co-founder and chief strategy officer of “Games for a Living”. A startup that is developing games based around NFTs and blockchain-based tokens. The company is also co-founded by Manel Sort, formerly the first vice president at Candy Crush Saga developer King.

The initial game to be (re)released by Games for a Living is titled ‘Elemental Raiders’ and is currently available on Steam. Although it currently lacks NFT and blockchain features. A tournament for Elemental Raiders that includes NFT-related prizes is to be held in March.

A picture of GFAL's "Elemental Raiders" game

Elemental Raiders

Furthermore, the company has also teased a second game called ‘Diamond Dreams’. This is a matching puzzle game fueled by NFTs. Games For A Living’s NFTs, tokens, and other materials will primarily be on the BNB chain. But some elements will remain on the Ethereum blockchain. In their official whitepaper, they announce plans to eventually move all game assets to their own chain.

More Games & News by GFAL

Games for a Living has its own video game development studio to establish a quality base for its platform’s video games. The developed games demonstrate the potential of the network. Moreover, it also contains documentation for developers who want to create their own blockchain games. Some of the games currently under development are as follows:

  • Elemental Raiders – a turn-based strategy video game with NFT features. A game previously released on November 28th, 2022, and relaunches as a Play to Earn on March 13th, 2023.
  • Diamond Dreams – a casual match-3 clicker video game. This becomes Free to Play in Q3 2023 and Play to Earn in Q1 2024.
  • Two more titles are in development and will be announced soon.

The GFAL Network

The standalone “Games for a Living Network” (referred to as “The Network”) is a way for game developers to create blockchain-based games. This allows gamers to own their digital assets and even earn money while playing.

It also helps traditional game developers move into Web3 game development by providing blockchain technology and token-based economics. This is across existing games and new ones. The Network is designed to work on all major platforms like mobile, desktop, and console. According to the whitepaper, The Network includes the following elements:

  • Chain: A permissioned Layer 1 chain that provides enhanced security, scalability and sustainability.
  • Web3 Game Tools: Web3 game creation tools for developers which include a developer portal, user authentication, token & NFT creation, game analytics and live events tracking systems.
  • Marketplace: A marketplace where you can buy and sell NFTs and game currencies that includes fraud protection features.

The gaming infrastructures building underneath Games For A Living are sure to rattle the next generation of players. With Hawkins as the visionary onboard, we can expect even more brilliance in their upcoming titles! You may read the complete whitepaper here to learn more about what’s building.

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