Gamecredits has successfully been launched as a payment option in Fragoria. Remember, though, that this is a Zen thing: it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.
We recently saw GAME integrated as a payment option in Fragoria, Datcroft’s popular MMO. (Sergey’s team deserves recognition for pulling a very long shift at the company’s offices to monitor the process and make sure everything went smoothly, and we can only imagine how much coke and crisps were consumed through the night.)
Alongside this, the new gamecredits wallet was released. This is designed to be a secure way to buy and store GAME. As things stand, however, neither have been fully enabled. Right now, you can only use bitcoin to buy GAME in both the wallet and Fragoria. In the coming days and weeks, a series of other options will be added, including credit cards and PayPal.
The reason for the cautious and incremental approach is because the purpose of including GAME in Fragoria was not to target tens or hundreds of thousands of new buyers right off the bat. It is to test the product thoroughly, in terms of tech, user experience and market interest. The prize for gamecredits is so much more than one MMO, albeit a large one, or even Datcroft’s whole list of titles. It’s the broader gaming economy and beyond. Adoption of a cryptocurrency into this ecosystem won’t happen overnight, and it’s not something we can take for granted: it’s something you can do fast, or you do right.
The purpose of testing within Fragoria is to ensure the tech is absolutely rock solid, the UX is as frictionless as it can be, and we do everything within our control to help gamers see the benefits of using crypto above the other options. Once that has been fine-tuned and the advantages established beyond doubt, we can then take it out to other gaming companies – and the Datcroft team have thousands of contacts in the gaming world. If the benefits can speak for themselves, selling it as a solution to other gaming developers is just a non-issue. The idea is to offer not just the crypto, but also the tools required for easy integration, and the proof that it’s worth doing. The good news is that all of this can be achieved through a successful deployment within Fragoria, Get the Gun and other titles over the coming weeks.
As Sergey says, ‘For me it’s obviously a big win and I’m sure we all will be able to prove it to all the industry. We just need to do the release in Fragoria, polish it, do the next few releases in a few other games, polish it again, then get on board a few games with other developers, polish it and that’s it – the rest will be like an avalanche.’