Undead Blocks Behind-The-Scenes: Valuable Insights from Grant Haseley and Kevuru Games Specialists
Undead Blocks Behind-The-Scenes: Valuable Insights from Grant Haseley and Kevuru Games Specialists
The beta version of the world’s first play-to-earn FPS zombie survival blockchain-based game Undead Blocks is now available for download. In June, the game finally goes live on Uniswap and invites players to the first tournament with the opportunity to earn in-game reward currency ZBUX. In anticipation of such an eventful summer, Kevuru Games specialists who participated in the creation of the game, Sound Designer Glib Pekurovsky and Technical Artist Ivan Barabash, held a joint stream with Undead Blocks CEO Grant Haseley, where they answered the most interesting questions of the crypto community, discussed the game behind-the-scenes, and lifted the veil of secrecy from the upcoming Undead surprises. So, Grant, here’s the first obvious question. Why did you decide to develop the exactly play-to-earn blockchain-based game? Why not just an online game without a blockchain and the ability for players to earn money? Grant: That’s a good question. From our perspective, we have seen how much influence the NFT has gained in the gaming market. The play-to-earn concept has inspired a lot of people around the world, especially in those countries where there is no way to make good money in the usual way. This is not only the Philippines, Argentina, and Brazil but other countries around the world where people can make money on video games for the first time in their lives. From our side, we looked at emerging games and thought, “This game doesn’t look very fun, but people are making money off of it. So why can’t we build something that is engaging and fun?” Of course, we could do something and put it on Steam and get revenue from downloads, revenues, fees, DLC packs, whatever. But we wanted to give the crypto community the opportunity to play and earn so that the game continued to maintain its value over time. It’s very difficult, so we’ve been working on it since July. It took 9 months to get to this point and this is just the beginning. We have a lot of room to expand and want to provide the crypto community with the first play-to-earn game that doesn’t feel like play-to-earn at all. To make it exciting and fun as it is. That’s the crux of the matter, it’s about providing our community with a fun way to play and earn. With play-to-earn, we have another community voice, so to speak. If we just put the game on Steam, I don’t think it would have as many legs as it has with the crypto community. Because the crypto community is growing. And on Steam, there is a large saturation of other games. There are many platforms where you can download other games and play them. We’d be just another number in the crowd. The game is beautiful and fun, but by leaning into the crypto culture we will be one of a dozen or even 5-10 games this summer that is playable and provides an opportunity to earn. This allows you to stand out and become absolute legends, as we will be the first to pull off a sustainable model for play-to-earn likewise elevating your Kevuru platform, because you are insanely talented guys. People come and say, “I can’t believe it’s a play-to-earn game, it doesn’t look like it, it looks like a straight zombie shooter.” This is how it works for us and how we will be able to grow. NFTs have a lot of naysayers. How do you feel about those who consider this trend short-lived? Grant: Well, I think people thought that the Internet would be short-lived when we had a dot-com boom. People thought that electric cars would be a flash in the pan until Tesla came along and changed the industry. We continue to modernize ourselves and observe global trends, what we see is that the world is moving into digital. Barely anyone uses cash much. At least in the United States. Everyone uses Venmo, everyone uses Zelle, does bank transactions and swipes credit cards. And we’re moving digital. And with this digital rise, all assets are digitalized, not necessarily only NFT and crypto, but also other ways you can hold assets in digital form. Tickets for sports and concerts now have the form of a QR code and are being digitalized. Asset ownership in terms of having NFTs on the blockchain is just the next natural progression. Of course, there will be ups and downs, but this is exactly what the gaming community wants. I think all of us here downloaded games and bought in-game items, skins or DLC packs, and spent money on V-bucks and R-bucks. And here the world wonders if it wants to make this digital purchase. It’s a way to finally own a digital purchase instead of just throwing money away. You pay and pay for entertainment and engagement instead of actually owning these assets. Undead Blocks will change that. Is there a zombie mannequin in Undead’s office? Grant: I can’t say that it exists. We have a neon sign behind me and a branded hoodie. We’re going to get some hoodies back to Eastern Europe for you guys. It’s a good idea in general with the mannequin. Maybe we can come up with something on this theme or hang posters of zombies on the walls. Ivan, a question for you. The team worked on the map for a very long time. Tell us about its specifics. Ivan: First of all, I want to introduce myself. I am responsible for delivering all art content created by our amazing 3D artists. I am also responsible for working with the level designers and the technical aspects of creating the map. Right now we only have one map but we have big plans for it. There will be a lot of interesting stuff, but right now we are focusing on this one map to make it look its best and perform as it should. The biggest issue with the development of the map was certain technical limitations. We wanted the game to be available to all players across different types of PCs and Macs. We have been very focused on optimizing to make sure this game runs smoothly on any device and at the same time looks its best. We did a good job of making the lighting on the map and placing all the assets in the right places to make everything look cool. Not everything is done yet. We receive feedback from the players and fix the nuances. But in general, we are satisfied with how it performs on different devices. There’s a lot more on the map than players currently have access to. For example, houses have interiors. The doors don’t let players inside yet, but everything is created there, you can use the stairs and go to the second floor. All this will be developed in the future. Grant: We didn’t want to give way to everything at once. There are a lot of these houses that will be packed with storylines and stuff to explore. Why did you choose Unity to develop the game? Grant: For play-to-earn games that are optimized and accessible for different types of machines, it is important to have the right engine. We love Unity for all of this. We have a saying in the team that Unreal Engine is unreal because it is not real for play-to-earn. No one was able to create a play-to-earn game on Unreal. Because the game needs to be optimized for low-end machines for those countries where play-to-earn is exploding. It’s all about optimizing so that everyone in the world can play this game. It looks amazing and feels great, Glib did an amazing job with audio and sounds, and Ivan did a great job on technical optimization. We will have more maps soon. This is just the beginning. Ivan: There are many things in Unity that are not used in the game. Many gameplay features and mechanics were developed. We also have many other types of zombies that players haven’t seen yet. Grant: Important updates will be coming soon, for example, we are planning tournaments. It is important for us to make sure that the map goes smoothly. Kevuru’s team said it would take about 9 months to create the zombies and it all came together, we’re right on that timeline. Recently, we also came up with the idea to introduce a football zombie into the game. Players will be able to see it as an Easter egg. I’m a big football fan myself. And in general, there is still a lot of new things to come. In June, people will get the first opportunity to actually make money on the game to physically come and say, cool, today I made 50 dollars. I finally made money on a video game for the first time in my life. Ivan: In addition to the football zombie, we have created many others that players do not see in the game yet. We use default zombies to test game mechanics. This is an important aspect of the job. But we have a lot of cool zombies created and plan to add them to the game in the near future. It will be incredibly cool. The player will have the opportunity to tear them apart, so it will be a very juicy visual. Now, according to the players, the mouse and keyboard perform better than the controller. Do you plan to balance them so that they are equally competitive? Grant: This is a good question and we are working on it. The game is more of a strategic FPS where survival is important, you have to be sure that you can escape and save yourself. We need to increase the performance of the controller against the keyboard and mouse. Playing FPS with a controller is always more difficult. We’re looking at ways to make things easier for the user controller, like auto-aim. We have received a lot of feedback from people who play the controller and they are generally satisfied. There are minor technical nuances that we will fix in the near future. People often ask why we don’t do tournaments right now. But we still need time to polish everything. We shared the beta so people can see that we put our money where our mouth is. We want to do all the final details like good controller performance and good AI for the zombies to make sure they don’t crash or get stuck anywhere. We want to fix bugs and glitches. For example, on the first day of the beta release, someone climbed onto the roof. We tested the map, but someone was able to climb onto the roof of the house, and we didn’t understand how this was even possible. When playing for money, it is important to ensure that there are no glitches and the possibility of hacking the system. Ivan: Continuing the theme of system hacking, we were asked questions about whether vertical gameplay would be available. This will not happen, because it will add the ability for players to avoid zombies. All players must be on an equal footing and not use glitches to win. I must say that in a short time we have developed a decent game. 9 months is a really short time to do such a good thing. Plus, as we have already said, there are many hidden things, a lot of work is being done on the multiplayer, and so on. We’re not ready to reveal the details yet, but it will be cool to play with friends. We hope the community will help us because every feedback is important to help make the game even better. Grant: Yes, we did a great job of making sure everything was spick and span, that everything was clean. We want to make sure everything is ready for multiplayer so that players have fun teaming up with friends. For example, in a couple of months, you and I will be able to play a game together and talk. This is the next step and we are close. It’s gonna be the Undead summer. Glib: In addition to fixing technical nuances with controllers and the availability of different parts of the map, the game is also changing in controls. It is constantly acquiring new features. I was surprised when I launched the final beta and found that I could no longer crouch. Sometimes the game surprises even those who are involved in its development. Are there any plans to add new maps? Or an opportunity to expand an existing district? Ivan: There will be no new districts as an extension of the existing one. The ability to enter all houses will be added. Players will be able to find perk machines, Easter eggs, and so on. It’s not in beta yet. But the size of the map is final, it will not be enlarged. Now we are prototyping the next map. But we can’t talk about it yet. It’s not rocket science that the inspiration for this game is Call of Duty: Zombies. But maybe there are other sources? Grant: As a child, I really enjoyed playing Left 4 Dead, and I wanted some kind of similar universe. We wanted to make a map similar to COD and add Left 4 Dead and Resident Evil traits to it. In the end, we wanted to take the best of all the games, for example, the battle royale mode from Fortnite. That the last person standing wins. But I really wanted a game about the destruction of zombies, because I played it growing up, I liked Easter eggs, strategies, concepts, and attempts to survive. I didn’t want it to be the kind of game where you get frustrated because someone killed you and you feel like you can’t go any further as the average player does. But cutting zombies is always done with pleasure. It’s more about strategy. A fast game loop is also important. You play it every day and you don’t want to get tired of it. Having a game that allows you to boost your adrenaline by surviving waves of zombies which are now five it’s a way to keep it fresh and allow players to keep engaging with game content. By the way, let me tell you another secret. We have already mentioned the football zombie from the Easter egg. So, we want to add him as a boss. He will be huge and challenging. Ivan: I also like Left 4 Dead. But we don’t make a copy, we do it differently, we hope it will be no less fun product. As for the integration of physics, we don’t plan on it, because physics hurts performance. We wanted to do something like this, but it won’t work for all the devices we’re targeting. In any case, zombies will have physics when they are blown to pieces by the player’s attack. Question to Glib: is there anything you would personally like to add to the game in one form or another in regards to any sound work? Glib: Sure. There are certain things that would add realism. So far, this has not been implemented because there were more priority tasks. I don’t like that, for example, when I shoot at a garbage can, I don’t hear the sound it should be. It must be a metal clang. The same goes for the tree. There is also only one type of footstep sound and it does not change with different surfaces, be it grass or concrete. I would like to change it. Also UI sounds, we don’t have them yet. They are not so important, but they should be in the final version. Players note that the decals look strange. Graffiti is too bright. What is it connected with? Ivan: Yes, there is such a thing, but there is a technical detail. We are using Unity 2020 because the long-time support version was released in April 2021. We are not using the latest version of Unity to ensure full stability. It doesn’t include decals methods, so it was a job for us to make decals work. We are investigating this issue and have already developed new methods for placing decals, so in a couple of weeks this will change and the visuals will be fixed. But there is no native way to place decals in Unity, so it’s a limitation. We like to face such trials and overcome them. If you could add any perk into the game, what would it be and what would you call it? Grant: In the future, we are planning various integrations with brands so that they can advertise their products in the game. It is also possible to link perks to themed events, for example, on St. Patrick’s Day, there will be a special Irish drink. We have high hopes for the appearance of sponsors and official partners in the future. Ivan: It could be a perk that, like in the famous ad, gives you wings and you fly like a badass and you destroy everyone with a gunshot weapon in each hand like Max Payne. Will there be battle royales and other similar modes in the game in the future? Grant: The zombie royale mode will be interesting, we are thinking about it. We want to try something like this, but the map won’t shrink. We are also thinking about something like PvPvZ where people kill each other and zombies attack them too. We think it will be cool. The game features a very creative main menu. Players note that it looks at the level of the best AAA. How was it created? Ivan: Yes, this is a menu with a smooth transition between screens. The concept artists made 3D concepts and gave them to me to integrate into the game. Here, fine tuning of the lighting and all materials and objects were needed to make the scene look apocalyptic. Smooth transitions of the camera from one screen to another were also important. 3D objects in the scene add volume and atmosphere. This is important for the player to like the first view they see. Now on these screens, players see the default zombies. When we add our zombies, the videos in the menu will be even cooler. Have you implemented any marketing activities to attract an audience of players who have not played play-to-earn games before? Grant: Yes, we will do it. Already this week we are going to launch a $100,000 TikTok challenge. It is important to understand that this is not a game where you have to pay to play, but you will not be able to play if you don’t have a crypto wallet. In particular, the game will teach the community how to play such games, set up a wallet, and so on. First time seeing a play-to-earn game, people are like wow, this is a game to earn, when can I start? We are planning a tournament in June, as I’ve said, where people will be able to earn the first real money. We’re going to be spreading the word about the game wherever we can: social media, YouTube, Insta reels, TikTok, and Twitter. We’ll talk about play-to-earn. You know, millions of people play Axie. We have many rooms to expand. This is a game that will change the industry forever. The future is already here. In terms of marketing, we do not use paid advertising. It’s not as effective as one might think. Word-of-mouth marketing is much more useful: organic posts, YouTube, tweets, Insta reels, talking to people through group chats, Telegram, and Discord, it gets the ball rolling. People perceive ads like “Oh my God, they want to sell me something again.” The day when the first person earns money and shows a screen to prove it, everything will explode. Then everyone will want to play, it will be a catalyst for a mass movement. Let’s talk about sound. Tell us how the soundtrack was created and what inspired you? Glib: I analyzed some post-apocalyptic products, the best of them. And what caught my attention, theoretically apocalyptic sound should be aggressive. But most products, like 28 Days Later, my favorite apocalyptic movie, The Last of Us games, they have a rather melancholy lyrical sound. It works in contrast, an aggressive setting versus emotion. I tried to do so. It started as a simple piano tune and grew into the epic sound as it is today. What do you remember and like most about working on the game? Ivan: I’ve worked with the integration and I really like the visuals of the skins. But in the future, I want to finish all sorts of new things with the VFX team, all sorts of splashes, explosions, and cool visual effects. I really like to work on the implementation of such things. Grant: I enjoyed working on crypto voice lines. I remember when we started, you wondered why all this was necessary. All those moments when you are recording the voice, first you need to tell the voice actor how he or she should say something and all that. But this added a creative genius to the game in developing a full-fledged crypto product. And of course, all the skins look fantastic and the cool thing is that all the assets can be seen as NFTs. Glib: Personally, I really like the main menu. I can flip through it for hours, it’s so well crafted and atmospheric. And, of course, work on the soundtrack. It so happened that the music for the game, the one that we hear in the main menu, was composed and produced just at the moment when bombs were flying over my city Kyiv. Therefore, it has such an emotional touch and sentimental notes.
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Kevuru Games Adaptation During the Period of Hostilities in Ukraine
Kevuru Games Adaptation During the Period of Hostilities in Ukraine
Due to russian military aggression, the work processes within Kevuru Games have undergone a number of adaptive changes. Currently, more than 90% of the team is fully working on both pre-war projects and new ones. All our employees are located in safe places in the west of Ukraine or abroad. Work Format With the expansion of our employee presence in 2021, we were able to quickly restore pre-war levels of productivity across all teams and ensure that projects were delivered seamlessly to meet deadlines. At the moment we have employees in 10 countries besides Ukraine: PolandMontenegroBulgariaIndiaIndonesiaArmeniaKazakhstanMoldovaSwitzerlandCanada Despite the fact that those of our employees who remain in Ukraine are in safe places, we have created a special backup plan for replacing them in case of unforeseen circumstances – air raid alerts, potential relocations, etc. In the event of force majeure, each Ukrainian employee is instantly backe up by a colleague who works from abroad. In this way, we stay resilient, avoid downtime, and prevent work interruptions. If the client wants all the specialists who will work on the project to be outside of Ukraine, we try to fulfill such wishes as much as possible – almost all specialists are interchangeable. If it happens that the required expert is not available abroad, we warn clients that they will have to wait for either the relocation of a person from Ukraine, or the procedure for hiring another specialist. We also continue to actively recruit new employees around the world to develop existing expertises and implement new ones. Employee Motivation and Support System Moral support for employees occurs at the level of both individual teams and the entire company. In particular, during the war, we have introduced a system of psychological assistance, where everyone can get a free session with a psychologist. In addition, the leaders of each department monitor the morale of their team, hold regular informal calls, and arrange for quick replacements for employees who need a temporary break or rest. PMs also track the morale and motivation of the teams they work with. Everyone gets timely support, thanks to which we manage to maintain a high level of both productivity and overall morale in all teams. Donations in Support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and Humanitarian Goals We actively support the Armed Forces of Ukraine and humanitarian organizations to accelerate our victory. Since February 24, the company has donated about UAH 2 million to help the Armed Forces of Ukraine (body armor, drones, thermal cameras, drones, radios, cars, etc.), purchase medical kits, and meet the needs of volunteers. At the same time, we work only with those organizations and volunteers whom we know personally or whose work results are immediately visible. For example, an organization today buys thermal imagers in the Czech Republic, tomorrow they will be in Uzhgorod, and the day after tomorrow they will arrive where they are most needed – we send funds to such people, because we are confident in the benefits of such a donation. Kevuru Games plans to continue to allocate at least UAH 1 million monthly for financial support of the army and volunteers. Every help, hryvnia or a million, brings Ukraine closer to victory. We also encourage other GameDev companies to do the same. We are a united industry and must show that we support our soldiers and volunteers to the maximum. Operating Activities Result  The plan for 2021 was exceeded: during this period, the company more than doubled with revenue growth of 163%. The number of employees increased to 400+ people with 60% senior specialists and 12% attrition rate. We confidently entered 2022 with new goals for globalization and the achievement of greater goals. With the start of the war, we really had a slight drawdown in the number of new projects. We took advantage of this pause to move our employees to safe places. The transitional period lasted several days. At this time, work on current projects was carried out by our foreign specialists, who ensured the timely completion of all tasks. When the relocating employees settled in their new places, everything quickly recovered. Now we have reached the pre-war level of functioning and opened new areas of expertise: NFT and metaverse projects – these are the hottest areas that are the most attractive for investment: NFT game sales hit $5.17 billion in 2021. Our NFT highlights are the creation of 2D avatars for the RPG Guild of Guardians, game design and 3D asset modeling for the survival game Undead Blocks, as well as full-cycle development of the upcoming robot combat game MechaChain.In addition to classic gaming tasks, we work on VR projects with the highest requirements for quality and realism of models. For example, for the VR-based simulation project Birdly Insects, we created 23 ultra-realistic models of insects, birds, and plants with animation according to real photo references.Enterprise gamification services are also gaining momentum – extensive experience in this niche gives us the opportunity to offer customers ever more effective approaches adapted to modern realities. Our gamification solutions are already actively operating and bringing benefits – this is an application for training insurance activities for BNP Paribas, a platform for conducting test trading for Purestream, etc. During the last months of work, already functioning in wartime, we became sponsors of such events as the Hamburg Games Conference, Game Developers Conference, and Nordic Game Conference. Thus, now our company is fully adapted to wartime and continues to actively develop in terms of increasing the team, deepening existing expertises, and developing new ones.
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Top 5 Gamification Examples and Hands-on Tips for Its Successful Implementation
Top 5 Gamification Examples and Hands-on Tips for Its Successful Implementation
Games have long gone beyond the purely entertainment industry. The unique component of engagement that is inherent in all good games is now actively used in almost all industries. Modern gamification campaigns for a variety of products, from e-commerce to the oil industry, have become effective tactics that can significantly expand the pool of customers and brighten up their user experience with the product. Here are some seemingly disparate facts: According to eMarketer, users spend three and a half hours on mobile devices every day, and 11% of that time is spent playing mobile games.Data analysis platform Data.ai shows that in 2021, players downloaded 82.98 billion mobile games.ReportLinker claims the global gamification market value will grow to $40 billion by 2024, up from $6.8 billion in 2018. Do you catch the trend? People love games. Gamification uses the very essence of the game to motivate desired user behavior. People willingly accept gamification by recognizing familiar and favorite game mechanics. The bottom line is that the gamification market will grow, and companies will compete in creativity for the opportunity to capture the attention of users. Using the key engaging features of games helps businesses take the best out of games and put them at the service of their goals. The key question here is how to implement high-quality gamification that will really work. What is Gamification? We’ve talked in detail about the key principles of gamification, its target audiences, and approximate cost in our big gamification breakdown. Let’s recall that gamification is the use of engaging game design and mechanics in a non-game context to increase the user’s motivation to implement the actions needed by the business.  What are these actions needed by the business? It can be anything aimed at key goals: increasing customer engagement;attracting a new audience;arousing interest in the product;growing conversions;strengthening customer loyalty. At the same time, gamification does not focus only on customers. It can be internal, aimed at optimizing the process of recruiting new specialists, increasing employee motivation, optimizing the process of their training, and so on. We’ll talk about this in more detail below. Where Is Gamification Used? The concept of gamification fits perfectly into any industry: IT, media, banking, retail, education, tourism, etc. Moreover, contrary to popular belief, its scope is not limited to marketing and its goals – attracting new customers, creating interactive campaigns, and increasing brand loyalty. Popular areas of its application are: Learning – increasing engagement and memorization process.Recruitment – testing skills and behavior.Sales – creating events and promotions to encourage conversion.Operations – growing productivity and efficiency in completing tasks.Finance – ensuring accuracy and improving understanding of client goals.Customer service – improving performance, complaint management, and user experience. Gamification is possible wherever business processes exist. It is only as flexible as you have the imagination to use it to achieve your goals. And your goals regarding the actions of future users can be anything. The main question is whether you can offer them enough motivating mechanics to get them to do it. Best World Examples of Gamification The best way to understand the essence of successful gamification is to look at its most prominent cases from global companies. Let’s study a few best examples of gamification and try to break down the secrets of their success into components. We’ll look at gamification ideas from a wide variety of industries to illustrate the versatility of gamification as a powerful multifunctional tool. You’ll learn what the most innovative brands do to pave the way to brand loyalty faster and more effectively than others. Duolingo The educational niche is traditionally a rich and promising field for the application of gamification practices. Language learning platform Duolingo demonstrates this perfectly by using gamification to increase user engagement. All the usual game mechanics are used here: achievements, progress bars, scoring, various bonus modifiers, rewards, competitions, etc. Each action of users is justified by something, they have both long-term and short-term goals – reaching a level in competition with other users, earning bonuses, etc. This engages users in the app and keeps them coming back to it. Lesson learned: The usually boring learning process can be spruced up by introducing a rich system of fun mechanics focused on achievement and a sense of competition. Achievers (players who love to get all the available achievements in the game) get a huge pool of opportunities to achieve a variety of goals, and fans of the competition can face off with other students. Starbucks The company’s application is one of the most popular among the loyalty programs of the main chain restaurants in the world. It has more than 16 million active users, and sales from the Starbucks Rewards program account for 40% of the chain’s revenue. The philosophy of Starbucks is to focus not on coffee, but on customers and their emotions. Through gamification, Starbucks encourages customers to return to the store and buy more. Starbucks Rewards members can earn stars or rewards and redeem them for chain food and drinks. The program also includes a free drink on the visitor’s birthday. Lesson learned: Starbucks offers its customers not just to collect some points and save them for drinks, but to become part of a club with a personalized approach: they remember your favorite drinks about your birthday and are always ready to offer you your favorite chocolate chip cookie, fresh out of the oven, right in time for your morning visit. Nike One of the pioneers of gamification, Nike demonstrates how it can be used to the fullest to achieve a leading position in the market. The company first created the Nike+ app, which allowed users to track their route, steps taken, and calories burned when they went for a run. They could compete in speed with friends or complete tasks and receive rewards from developers. As an additional motivation for users, the retailer offered early access to new collections, discounts, or free shipping. In 2012, Nike released the first wearable example of gamification on the market – Nike FuelBand. FuelBand measured the intensity of movement and transmitted the data to Nike+. Thus, in a playful way, the system tracks all the workouts of its owner. FuelBand was sold out within days of being on the market and became the basis for the creation of the next generation of fitness bracelets from other companies. This case can be called one of the most successful gamification examples at the moment. Lesson learned: Creating a full-fledged brand ecosystem is the highest form of gamification implementation. Members of this system, as product owners, receive a large number of benefits and opportunities not only to monitor their physical fitness, but also to interact with other participants in the ecosystem. M&M’s After the release of a new pretzel-flavored version of their legendary product, M&Ms launched a massive marketing campaign to promote it. It was a simple and fairly inexpensive game consisting of an image of an M&M’s and one small pretzel for users to find. The simple game brought tangible benefits to the campaign and increased user engagement with the brand. M&Ms received 25,000 new likes on the brand’s Facebook page, as well as 6,000 shares and 10,000 comments. This is one of the social gamification ideas that give consumers the opportunity to interact with a brand in a playful way and spread the word about it on their social media. Lesson learned: Social gamification can have stunning results, even if the most seemingly simple form has been chosen for its application. It must be understood that even a simple form hides a ton of analytical work, research, and tests. When choosing an elementary game for social boosting and product promotion, make sure that it is relevant for your brand and matches its tone. Samsung One of the gamification goals of Korean electronics giant Samsung was to increase engagement and product reviews. To do this, the company launched its Samsung Nation social loyalty program in collaboration with the gamification company Badgeville. Users earned badges for doing things like writing reviews, watching videos, liking or tweeting products, and participating in forums. Lesson learned: If the audience is already large, it is not necessary to focus on gamification to increase it even more. Reaching out to your existing audience and encouraging them to become more active is a much more effective method that will also passively influence new customer acquisition. But the main thing is to increase the contact of existing users with the brand. How to Approach Gamification: Kevuru Games Tips for a Successful Outcome The above gamification case studies clearly demonstrate the need for a thorough preliminary analysis of the target audience and its needs, the competitive field, current trends, and much more. Inept application of gamification can become not only a waste of a lot of money, but also harm to business. People who have a negative, primitive, or meaningless gaming experience are more likely to say goodbye to the brand once and for all. With several successful gamification examples in our portfolio, the Kevuru Gems team has identified a few key tips to help you decide on the right gamification strategy for any product or service. Think long term. Gamification of any kind is a multi-level and complex undertaking that requires large investments. Creating a one-time program or product with a short-term effect will ruin the whole point of its application. Be sure to think about the replay value strategy and the reasons why customers will keep engaging in the game over and over again in the long run.Don’t go too far with rewards. Just putting as many badges and achievements into the game as possible is not gamification. Achievements must be supported either by special conditions and offers associated with the product, or by a social and competitive component. That being said, players shouldn’t be given room to cut corners for quicker rewards. They should be interested in going all the way to achieve it, that’s the whole point.Provide a level playing field. Gamification is not about pay-to-win. Any privilege must be backed by something available to each user: the amount of time spent interacting with the brand, the number of restaurant visits, the number of gaming sessions and time spent in the application, etc. The reward system should be transparent and not allow some players to have privileges if they make something like an in-game purchase to speed up progress. No cheaters allowed here.Don’t pick a winner. Except in rare cases or raffles, gamification doesn’t mean that there is a single winner who gets all the credit. Gamification in business is about the team. Players can compete among themselves for the number of points or badges received, but this is not the goal of the game, it is only part of its social component. More active and engaged players are privileged in accordance with the well-known transparent reward system, and these are always collective awards of a large number of people. Not the choice of a single person.Don’t make non-business awards. This is closely related to the first and second points. Gamification is not like a random prize draw that often lures new followers on the social network. If you’re not Apple, then the iPhone raffle has nothing to do with your business and will only provoke a short-term surge of activity among people who don’t care about your brand, they just want a prize. Carefully consider the system of rewards so that they more firmly tie users to the brand and open up new facets of it to them.Track all results. In gamification, as in any other business, a clear system for tracking results is required. Otherwise, how will you know if it works? Tracking will help to understand whether the goals are being achieved, what works and what does not perform well, what aspects users are satisfied with and what needs to be improved, etc. You can track all this manually, but why waste time when there are many useful tools to help automate this. We hope that these tips will help you better understand the strategy for implementing successful gamification ideas. If you still have questions or doubts about creating a gamification product for your business, or you can’t figure out how best to implement it, please contact us. We will provide free consultation on the possibilities of using gamification for your specific business and goals. Conclusion Gamification surrounds us from all sides and from all spheres. Even if you’ve never played a game on a mobile device, PC, or console (is that possible?), you’re basically still a gamer. Because the human being actively responds to the game component wherever it is found. You have a great opportunity to use this to your advantage. It can be any area, from banking to a restaurant – in any case, successfully applied gamification will be in place here. The bottom line is to implement effective gamification that is naturally and seamlessly embedded in your business and does not cause any questions or rejection. This requires a team of qualified experts with proven experience in gamification. And you don’t need to go far – our specialists, who have already worked with gamification in the insurance, trading, and retail niches, are ready to discuss your project and offer a free consultation and quote for a better understanding of your prospects and required budgets. Drop us a line and let’s get gamified together!
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The Exclusive Experience of Participation in a VR Project: Creating Ultra-Realistic Models for Birdly Insects
The Exclusive Experience of Participation in a VR Project: Creating Ultra-Realistic Models for Birdly Insects
The use of virtual reality in the modern world is becoming deeper and more conscious every day. Away from video games, VR technology is actively used in construction, industry and, of course, education. Over the past few years, virtuality in education has been recognized as a powerful and effective learning support tool. In particular, virtual worlds allow performing specific tasks in various settings created as scenarios for specific learning purposes. Given all this, our client, the Swiss company SOMNIACS, has placed its bet on VR by creating Birdly, a unique VR platform focused on flight simulation. A special place among the already created experiences for this platform was taken by the world’s first Birdly Insects simulator, designed as a highlight of special exhibitions in Switzerland to celebrate the 100th anniversary of BirdLife Switzerland, an organization for the protection of birds and the preservation of their habitats. The essence of the project was to create the most realistic environment in the form of a lawn filled with real species of insects, plants and birds. Our team had the honor to take part in the creation of 3D models for this simulator. Project Goal: Creating 3D Realistic Models for the VR Experience The Birdly Insects simulator was part of the special exhibition “Insects – secret heroes” at the BirdLife nature center in Neerach, and also the highlight of the new BirdLife traveling exhibition “Take off for Biodiversity”, which took place in about 50 locations in German-speaking and French-speaking Switzerland over the course of several months. For its 100th anniversary, BirdLife Switzerland decided to raise awareness of the importance of environmental infrastructure for Switzerland. The Birdly Insects project had a special purpose – to draw public attention to the importance of insects in the planetary ecosystem and the problem of their extinction, which would lead to ecological catastrophe. To do this, it was necessary to completely immerse visitors in the habitat of insects and invite them to take on the role of one of these insects. Feel like a butterfly – fly over the flower meadow and explore the wonderful world of insects and plants up close. The grassy landscape turns into an adventurous jungle, and only constant attention, caution, and observation will help you pass through them unscathed. Wearing a virtual reality headset, visitors were supposed to turn into a butterfly and fully explore the world around them. “Insect death is a reality. The older generation keeps telling us how the windshield of the car used to be full of insects – but where are they now?” asks Stefan Heller, head of the BirdLife Nature Center in Neeracherried. It was the complete realism of the environment that visitors embraced with the help of the VR platform that could help them realize and feel all the vicissitudes and dangers of the life of an insect. Every blade of grass, every stamen and every scale of an insect must be visible. To achieve such lifelike realism, SOMNIACS asked for help from our 3D specialists, who had a lot of experience in modeling. Simulator Uniqueness Compared to Previous Experience Despite the fact that our team has repeatedly worked with VR projects, Birdly Insects was a completely different case. Unlike other commercial or gaming projects, the key feature of this simulator was absolute lifelike realism, breathing and spellbinding. It was a prerequisite for visitors to be able to fully immerse themselves in the world of wildlife. To achieve this, our team was provided with numerous references, which included: Photos of real insects, birds and plants from different angles.Links to video materials demonstrating the movements of insects and birds in different situations. “We were tasked with creating the most detailed and most realistic 3D models of insects, birds, and plants. We also made animations for insects and birds. The basis for this was the realistic habits of these insects and birds in wildlife,” the PM of the project says. An additional advantage was the participation in the project of natural scientists and biologists, who provided qualified feedback on the correctness of displaying various details of the models. Collaboration Process and Pipeline Optimization “The main character is a black and white butterfly. You see the whole world around through the eyes of this butterfly. Hyper-realism is necessary for a clear immersion in the environment and awareness of proportions: the bird looks big compared to the butterfly, the bushes and grass look like a jungle for the butterfly, it can see every thorn, every leaf and flower as close as possible. We tried to ensure that when people got to know this world, they would see it as real, existing,” the PM recalls. Our work was divided into two key blocks – the creation of models and their animation. In turn, modeling included the creation of insects, plants and birds. So the team structure looked like this: 3D environment artists creating models of plants and insects.3D character (bird) artists creating models of birds.3D animators creating animations for all created models. We applied the classic pipeline to produce highly realistic models: Approving brief.Creating a high poly model.Creating a low poly model.UV mapping and baking.Texturing. Before the start of each new stage, the results of the previous one were agreed upon with the client. Given the different complexity of the models, they were created at different speeds, and the artists worked in parallel, presenting the results as they were ready. For example, creating a bird took much more time than modeling a wasp. After the models were approved, the animators got involved. Using real-life shots of birds and insects, they implemented a wide range of different movements for the models. The pipeline for creating 3D animation consisted of the following steps: Rigging, skinning.Animation. Thanks to detailed references and feedback from qualified experts in the required species, our team was able to create the most realistic models and seamlessly fit them into the required environment. The Result of the Work Work on the VR project Birdly Insects lasted 3 months. During this time, our team created 23 full-fledged models of plants, insects, and birds with animation. Fast and stable operation was established thanks to a detailed brief, clear references, quick feedback and an optimized pipeline with no downtime. We succeeded in high realism of the created models, which allowed us to achieve the key goals of the customer and make the simulator as immersive as possible so that visitors could fully experience the life of an insect. The simulator was enthusiastically received by many museums in different Swiss cities and attracted wide public attention to the role of insects in the world’s ecosystem. 
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Kevuru Games at the Nordic Game Conference
Kevuru Games at the Nordic Game Conference
On May 17-20, 2022, Kevuru Games will take part in the Nordic Game Conference in Malmö, Sweden. The event will be held at the Slakthuset venue in a hybrid format, both online and on-stage. Our team of representatives will attend the conference offline, but the meetings can be either in-person or remote using the MeetToMatch platform. Feel free to contact our CBDO Vlad Makarov to schedule appointments. About Nordic Game Conference Nordic Game is Europe’s leading gaming conference and the only event in the world with a dedicated focus on the entire Nordic industry: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. Bringing together thousands of industry professionals in Malmö every year, the Nordic Game Conference is dedicated to game creation, knowledge base expansion, networking and exciting exhibitions. In 2022, the twenty-first and twenty-second editions of the conference will take place in spring and autumn. Upcoming event highlights: Speaker programs. Team members from well-known gaming studios will share their experiences both for offline visitors to the event and for those who will be watching the conference online.Nordic Game Expo 2022. Participants have the opportunity to meet and communicate with their colleagues from different countries, conclude contracts, agree on cooperation, and much more.Nordic Game Jobs. It is the premier regional job fair for the online gaming industry, where dozens of Scandinavian studios meet remotely with over 1,500 pre-screened candidates from around the world.Publisher Market. This links selected developers to a roster of top publishers looking for new talent and innovative games. This format is ideal for studio startups and members of group delegations.Games Capital Summit. This event allows a group of pre-selected, investment-ready gaming companies to meet with a dozen vetted investors to discuss proposals, mentorship and funding.Nordic Game Awards. The Nordic Game Showcase will celebrate the talent and experience of regional studios and the amazing games they have released over the past year. The event offers participation both offline and online. The NG22 Online Pass gives members access to a vibrant community on the Nordic Game Discord server. During the speakers’ presentations, attendees will be able to interact with them live. A dedicated MeetToMatch platform will allow attendees to schedule dozens of meetings with potential business partners at Slagthuset and online. About Kevuru Games Kevuru Games is a game outsourcing company that has been creating game art and developing games for PC and mobile devices for over 10 years. Our main creative driver is the love for games and our work, so we are scrupulous and dedicated at every stage of game development, from concept to post-production. Thanks to high professionalism and an irresistible desire to do something unusual, our team has become a reliable partner for many of the world’s leading publishers: Epic Games, EA, Lucasfilm, Bandai Namco and others. We have taken the desire to create beyond the limits as our motto and are always happy when our work makes the game world brighter. Feel free to contact us, we will help you dot the i’s and cross the t’s and bring your idea to life in the best possible way.
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5 Best Blockchain Games in 2022
5 Best Blockchain Games in 2022
Crypto gaming is gaining popularity despite the skepticism that surrounds it from many players and developers. While the latter are shunning blockchain with suspicion, others are rapidly churning out blockchain games, with over 400 released in 2021. The competition in the market is increasing, and the play-to-earn mechanic is attracting more and more players who are looking to turn their passion into a source of income. Oddly enough, players can actually make money in such games by completing game tasks and missions, reselling their assets or renting them to other players. Thus, they receive some kind of in-game currency, which can later be used to purchase NFTs or transferred directly to a cryptocurrency wallet. Players then have the option to sell or exchange it for tokens or the currency used for real payments. We are here to break down the features of 5 blockchain games that are currently considered the best in terms of the number of players and the total value of assets in Dapp’s smart contracts. What is Dapp you can learn from our previous article about the creation of NFT games. Top 5 Blockchain Games: Best Titles In the Spotlight So, in no particular order, here are 5 best blockchain games in the play-to-earn format that cause the most buzz in the gaming community. We will consider the number of players and the value of assets over the last 30 days to get more stable and objective information. Axie Infinity Genre: Creature battler Platform: Windows, macOS, Android, iOS Blockchain: Ronin, Ethereum Tokens: SLP, AXS Free-to-play: No One can’t simply ignore Axie Infinity. Originating from CryptoKitties and Pokémon, this game remains the leader among the top blockchain games in terms of the number of players and the total amount of incoming value to dapp’s smart contracts. In August 2021, Axie Infinity reached one million daily active players. Two months later, that figure approached the two million mark. Here, players breed cute little creatures called Axies and take part in battles against other players or the game’s AI. The game requires an initial investment – one needs to buy 3 Axies to start playing. In dollar terms, it will be about $75 for one creature. Winning battles and daily quests allow players to get Small Love Potions (SLPs). These are the utility tokens of the game, which can then be used to breed more Axies and sell them to other players. What affects Axie prices? The price of Axies may be determined by their in-game power, usefulness, and demand from players. Axies created in the early days of the game are more expensive. In addition, there are the mythical Axies, which look more colorful and are especially rare. As a rule, the rarer attributes also provide the most utility in the game and result in a high price. With the rise of Axie Infinity, the creature market is now influenced not only by players, but also by NFT collectors. How to get Axie for free? One can receive scholarships from other players who are looking for someone willing to temporarily take over the management of their Axies. Formally, we are talking about rent: the renter is actually developing someone else’s account, receiving part of the profit for it. Note that only the owner of Axies, i.e. the sponsor of the scholarship, can claim the SLP tokens the renter mines. Thet latter get his or her share from this sponsor. In most cases, income is divided in half. Gods Unchained Genre: Trading card game Platform: Windows, macOS Blockchain: Ethereum, Immutable X Tokens: GODS Free-to-play: Yes The best blockchain games of 2022 include card games without fail. Gods Unchained is a fantasy collectible card game with colorful graphics and a catchy style. Its first major advantage is that there is no initial investment. The essence of the game is the battle of two players in the arena. Each player initially has a deck of thirty cards. When players win a battle, they take their opponent’s deck. Every card in Gods Unchained is an NFT, so players own their cards and can sell them on the secondary market. The native token of Gods Unchained is GODS. What is Immutable X? The game is made by the same team behind the Ethereum layer-2 scaling solution called Immutable X. This means the game is powered by Ethereum and uses Immutable X where Dapps can trade peer-to-peer without fees and process up to 9,000 transactions per second. Immutable X launched its marketplace in 2021, and today it serves as a gas-free trading hub for Gods Unchained cards, as well as a number of other NFT projects. How to get unique cards? Players have basic cards that they earn for free just by playing the game. Also, even before the launch of the game, there were special card sets on sale that players could buy to avoid grinding. Now they are no longer produced. But they can be bought from other players on the Immutable X marketplace. Splinterlands Genre: Trading card game Platform: Windows, macOS, Android, iOS Blockchain: HIVE, WAX Tokens: DEC, SPS Free-to-play: Yes Since the release of Splinterlands in 2021, it hasn’t left the top positions of the best blockchain games list on DappRadar. Splinterlands is a turn-based card game with fast-paced and easy-to-learn gameplay. Each card is an NFT with power and rarity attributes to determine its value. Unlike other card games with long, sometimes overextended battles, those in Splinterlands only last a few minutes. The rules are simple, so even beginners can quickly figure them out. How to earn tokens? The game token, SPS, is used to buy, trade, and rent cards for battle. There is also a secondary token, DEC (Dark Energy Crystals), which allows players to purchase various in-game items and power-ups. Players earn these tokens by completing tasks and daily quests, challenging other players in ranked games, or participating in tournaments. Cards can be combined to level them up for better stats and additional abilities. If desired, everyone can convert their cards into cryptocurrency at any time. What is the main feature of the game? Unlike other games, Splinterlands often receives updates and additions, thus attracting more and more new players. For example, recent updates have brought new rare cards to the game. Splinterlands runs on the Hive blockchain, but thanks to the cross-chain functionality, tokens can also be traded on Wax and Ethereum. Alien Worlds Genre: Strategy Platform: Windows, macOS, Android, iOS Blockchain: WAX Tokens: TLM Free-to-play: Yes Alien Worlds is the fastest growing blockchain game and one of the most popular decentralized applications on the market. Its players explore other planets by cooperating and competing with each other for land and resources, mine the in-game TLM token, and receive in-game items in the form of NFTs. The game is evolving: in the future, the developers plan to add the possibility of battles for the right to rule the planets and the organization of political alliances and planetary authorities. To date, Alien Worlds is the only blockchain game that runs on multiple networks at once: Ethereum, Binance Smart Chain, and WAX. Its TLM tokens are available on all three networks, but all settlement transactions and game maintenance go through WAX. What is DAO? Each planet is a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) that receives TLM daily through smart contracts. The token is needed to participate in the DAO activities of the selected planet, as well as to purchase in-game items, complete quests, and simply earn interest. TLM and NFT can be sold on the secondary market. There are 7 planets in the Alien Worlds universe, but, according to the developers, more will be added later. Each planet is a separate DAO competing with others. What is LAND? Planets are made up of plots (LAND). Each plot is an NFT with a unique set of parameters (such as the amount and speed of TLM mining) and a price. Players with a large amount of TLM can buy LAND on planets and rent it out to other players, receiving a daily stable income. Decentraland Genre: Virtual reality platform Platform: Windows, macOS Blockchain: Ethereum Tokens: MANA, LAND Free-to-play: No No list of best blockchain games would be complete without Decentraland. Decentraland is a virtual world like a metaverse. Virtual characters and their upgrades, skills, clothes, land and other in-game items are presented here in the form of NFTs, creating a self-sufficient unique market powered by the MANA token. The entire Decentraland metaverse is made up of 90,601 individual plots of LAND, each of which is 100 square meters and is a separate NFT. Players can develop them as they wish. Since Decentraland is a decentralized autonomous organization, MANA token holders have a say in the governance of the project and the metaverse. To buy LAND, a player must first purchase MANA on cryptocurrency platforms. Prices for land plots in Decentraland are sometimes not less than the cost of real-world plots. For example, the most expensive plot at the moment is worth a whopping $3.5 million in MANA. Snoop Dogg and Paris Hilton also bought plots, sharply increasing the value of adjacent LANDs While the game is still in its early stages of development, it has huge potential to become the most influential metaverse of play-to-earn games. How to get income? Players generate income in the form of MANA tokens by trading their NFTs, renting out their digital properties, selling ad space, etc. Can Decentraland be played for free? With no initial investment, players can simply explore the world, customize their avatar, and interact with other users. But they will not be able to receive daily rewards, earn MANA, buy land, participate in events, or play certain games. Future of Crypto Gaming Now there are many projects in development that can take their place among the top blockchain games of 2022. If they really have weight, we will definitely return to their consideration. But it’s already obvious that blockchain games have firmly established themselves in their niche. A bunch of new games are in development. The Kevuru Games team is working simultaneously on several NFT projects slated for release in 2022 (Guild of Guardians), 2023 (Gooniez Gang) and 2024 (MechaChain). Characteristically, the waiting lists of these games number hundreds of thousands of future players, and the first NFTs are sold out in the first hours. The combination of blockchain and gaming should prove to be a win-win for gamers and developers alike. Players will have more control over their assets and a chance to earn money from their efforts. Developers will be able to earn a percentage of resold tokens and create more buzz around their new projects. Everyone wins. So welcome to the blockchain.
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How to Make Your Own NFT: All You Should Know
How to Make Your Own NFT: All You Should Know
For many, the surge in hype around NFTs was sudden and unexpected, seemingly out of nowhere. One day they woke up and saw that everyone was talking about the NFTs. Emmy-nominated photographer Jon Knopf announced that he sold the NFT of his Bored Ape Yacht Club for $1.39 million. The first page of Wikipedia labeled Hello World! was sold as NFT for $750,000. And the icing on the cake is the electronic painting Everydays: The First 5000 Days by the artist Beeple. The NFT tied to it was sold for $69.3 million. This non-fungible token is considered the most expensive in history. If you’re wondering what on earth is going on, whether it’s a short-term hype or if it makes sense, or even thinking about how to create your own NFT, then you’ve come to the right place. And at the end, you will find a step-by-step guide to creating your personal NFT. Jump in! What is NFT? NFT stands for non-fungible token. We discussed its nature and standards in detail in our article on making NFT games. Simply put, fungible means that it can be replaced. One bitcoin is the same as the other, they are interchangeable. But a painting by Paul Gauguin exists in a single copy – it is not interchangeable, it cannot be replaced by a Picasso painting, even if their estimated value is approximately equal. Basically, NFT tokens operate on the Ethereum blockchain using the ERC-721 standard. The standardization of NFT issuance allows for a higher degree of interoperability – the ability of blockchains to interoperate with each other. As a result, these NFTs can be transferred between different decentralized applications. When a non-fungible asset is tokenized, important information about it is digitized with it and stored on the blockchain, which is a large public database where anyone can verify digital ownership. This means that fake versions of NFTs can never pass for the real ones. It’s convenient, isn’t it? Here are the special properties of NFT tokens put together: Indivisibility. Non-fungible tokens cannot be divided into smaller parts.Authenticity. Information about the token and its owner is easily verified in the blockchain.Non-interchangeability. Each token is unique and cannot be replaced by another.Tradability. Tokens can be sold on different cryptocurrency platforms.Liquidity. Tokens are available to everyone, from beginners to experienced traders.Programmability. Tokens are fully programmable just like any other digital asset. Why is NFT Creation a Promising Business in 2022? The active digitalization of everything in the world clearly indicates that the development of NFT will not slow down. According to NFT market statistics: The value of all global NFT transactions in Q3 2021 reached $10.7 billion.Each week, NFTs worth $10-20 million are traded on the blockchain.The NFT market is now worth over $40 billion.Between 2020 and 2021, the NFT market increased by 130 times.More than 70% of Americans do not know what NFT is. The last point of the statistics, in contrast to the previous ones, looks unexpected. This suggests that NFT is not yet a ubiquitous phenomenon and there is a lot of room for its development. For you, this is a definite plus and one of the reasons why you should start going tokenized. Whether you want to create one or more NFTs or even open your own marketplace, the bottom line is that it’s not that difficult. It is enough to choose a good contractor with proven experience in the blockchain. Let’s summarize the benefits of getting started with NFTs: New niche. The market is not crowded yet and it is tolerant of new players. Many people do not even know about the existence of NFT, so it’s time to make a name for yourself with a unique product. Collectibles are the most promising and interesting NFT form for buyers.Easy entry. A large number of blockchain specialists will make your entry into the market fast and efficient. Choose the right contractor and tell them what kind of NFT business you want. Or maybe you are planning to create a full-fledged NFT marketplace.Great profit. In addition to the commissions received from each sale on the NFT marketplace, even an individual NFT can have a hard-coded royalty – every time an NFT is sold or resold, a percentage of the proceeds is automatically sent to the creator. How to Make Your Own NFT? So you want to try creating an NFT. Minting an uncomplicated token on your own is quite possible and even simple. Don’t expect your first token to be sold for a million dollars. Such cases are rare and well-known. But anyway, why not give it a try? Select an asset. Your potential NFT asset can be any digital file: picture, music, video, etc.Create a crypto wallet. Usually, all you need to do is go to the digital wallet website and follow the instructions: download the browser extension or mobile app, agree to the terms and set up your account.Get Ether. Ethereum is the most popular blockchain, so we will take it as an example. Ether is the Ethereum cryptocurrency. To tokenize your asset, you will have to pay a network fee called gas. The price is very volatile, so have at least $100 worth of Ether in your crypto wallet.Choose a marketplace. There are marketplaces like OpenSea that you can join for free without moderating your content.Connect your wallet. In your profile on the marketplace, you will see detailed instructions on how to connect your crypto wallet in just a couple of clicks. Upload your file. Select the one-off or multiple sale option and upload your digital file. Marketplaces often accept PNG, GIF, WEBP, MP4 and MP3 files, up to 30MB in size.Set up a sale. There are three options: Fixed Price allows you to set a price and sell your NFT instantly, Unlimited Auction will allow people to keep bidding until you accept them, Timed Auction will last for the time you specify.Add a description. Come up with a catchy title and description for your token, and also indicate what percentage of royalties you want to receive from any resale of your NFT in the future.Create your NFT. Click the “Create Item” button and confirm the connection to your wallet to pay the so-called listing fee for placing your asset on the marketplace, and also make direct payment for the actual generation of your NFT – it is a minting price. Done! You’ve just created your own token! Secret Tip: Creating an NFT Without an Initial Investment “How to create my own NFT without a minting fee?” you might think. And you are not alone in this. Actually, “How to build your own NFT?” and “How to make your own NFT to sell?” are fundamentally different questions. You can create an NFT, post about it on social media, get high on your own conformity with the zeitgeist, tick the box and settle down. No sales – no worries. But no profit as well. So if you want to specifically sell NFTs, you need to carefully consider the balance of costs with potential profits. If you are not sure that your NFT will be bought and are hesitant about the appropriateness of the initial investment, take a look at the lazy minting feature. It is available, for example, in the OpenSea Collection Manager and on the Rarible marketplace. Lazy minting helps reduce the number of unnecessary Ethereum transactions associated with NFTs that were not purchased. It works like this: if the traditional creation of an NFT immediately ties it to the blockchain, taking the gas fee from you to complete the transaction in Ethereum, then lazy minting does not occur at the time of creation, but at the time of purchase. Until the moment of purchase, NFTs are stored off-chain and visually do not differ from other tokens placed on the marketplace. At the time of purchase, it is the buyer who will pay the gas fees associated with the transaction. The NFT will then be placed on-chain and transferred to the buyer. Remember that when you create your first NFT on the marketplace, you will definitely have to pay the listing fee for the marketplace to be able to list your items and sell them from your account. NFT in Games Major video game publishers see benefits from implementing blockchain solutions. Gaming giant Ubisoft backed 5 blockchain startups. Another major gaming publisher, Atari, announced the creation of a new blockchain division, the promotion of its own Atari Token as a means of payment, and the development of NFT projects. What can blockchain bring to the gaming industry, gamers and developers? Full ownership of assets. Players will have full control over the purchased digital assets, regardless of the developers. These items cannot be taken away. Moreover, they can be transferred from one game to another. Thus, game assets will only belong to the player, and not to the developers.Decentralized gaming market. Blockchain in games will enable the creation of a decentralized gaming market where gamers can trade their characters, in-game items and assets. Trading in-game artifacts is common now, but most often it is about selling an account, bypassing developers.Decentralized game control. Blockchain allows developers to create decentralized games in which control over changes in game mechanics is completely in the hands of the community. A striking example of this approach is the Decentraland marketplace, where users can trade virtual land.Investment component. On the open market, the price of in-game assets will obey the law of supply and demand – that is, their rate will rise or fall. As a result, the holders of in-game assets will be able to earn on the growth of their value.Monetization for developers. When players sell digital assets, developers will be able to receive a share of the profits from such transactions. It is enough just to write the appropriate conditions in the NFT code. In addition, developers will get the opportunity to earn on the growth of in-game currencies.Game multiverse. The development of gaming on the blockchain will allow developers to launch a single game multiverse, where gamers will be able to transfer characters and assets from one game world to another. Overview of Popular Blockchain Games Compared to the traditional gaming sector, the blockchain gaming niche seems to be quite small. However, hundreds of projects are already working on it. Most of them are based on Ethereum. Let’s look at some examples of popular NFT games. Axie Infinity It is one of the most popular games on the market with a large community of fans mainly from Asian countries, in particular the Philippines. In this game, users breed and collect NFT pets called Axies to fight against other players. Each animal has its own genetic code. Therefore, the weaknesses and strengths of the characters are passed on to their descendants. These characters are tradable on the domestic market, and each character is priced based on rarity and unique traits. To start playing, the user needs to purchase three Axies. For each quest, PvP battle, and adventure mode, players will receive platform bonuses. The main currency you can earn is $SLP tokens. Interestingly, you can earn on this NFT game without investing your money. For example, it is possible to find a manager in the community to receive a scholarship, that is, a percentage of income. In essence, you will develop someone else’s account and expect to be paid a share of the earnings for it. But there may be such a situation that you will not receive anything – for example, you will not fulfill the goals that are specified in the rules of the scholarship. Most often this refers to the amount of money earned. Therefore, it is still better to start playing by buying three cute Axies on the marketplace. Gods Unchained Gods Unchained is a free NFT card game. Here, NFTs are cards that have certain characteristics. Players accumulate cards by buying them from other users or by winning PvP matches where the quality of the cards and the skill of the players determine the winner. This game is more focused on skills and strategy. Newcomers to the game have access to 140 cards. This allows you to start playing without investing. You can get both a strong and a weak deck – this brings more excitement to the game. For each victory, you get experience points. Once the experience bar is full, you will advance to the next ranking or level and receive a new deck of cards to add to your collection. Each card is backed by an ERC-721 token, you can trade them on the internal market of the platform. Those who choose to sell cards within the gaming ecosystem will receive a platform token, $GODS, as payment. The entire economy of the game is built around this cryptocurrency – it is used to make payments, exchanges and pay commissions. The Sandbox It is a 3D gaming metaverse and one of the most active NFT gaming platforms where players can create and trade virtual assets. In this game, players can manipulate and monetize their assets. Think of it like blockchain iterations of popular PC games like Minecraft. Sandbox introduced the ERC-20 standard token $SAND as a metaverse token. Thanks to this, players can purchase in-game items on the platform’s marketplace. There is also $LAND, which is NFT tokens and by far one of the most valuable and sought after assets in the Sandbox game. The possibility of earning on this NFT game is not implemented directly by the developers, but you can upload your creations to the marketplace and sell them by setting the price yourself. Alien Worlds Alien Worlds is an NFT metaverse that simulates economic competition and cooperation between players while exploring other planets. Players compete for the Trillium ($TLM), which is required to manage Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (Planet DAOs) and gain access to additional gameplay. ‍In the Alien Worlds metaverse, players can purchase NFTs to mine $TLM, participate in battles, and complete in-game quests. Depending on their strategy, users acquire and collect NFT objects. To date, Alien Worlds is the only blockchain game that runs on multiple networks at once: Ethereum, Binance Smart Chain, and WAX. Its TLM tokens are available on all three networks, but all settlement transactions and game maintenance go through WAX, which is a fast gaming blockchain with low commissions, so its use is more profitable than the same Ethereum. DeFi Kingdoms Old school gamers and all those nostalgic for pixel art, beware! DeFi Kingdoms is a play-to-earn, Harmony-based RPG where the modern properties of NFTs are intertwined with nostalgic fantasy pixel art. Players can follow the classic path – develop their hero, search for items, and manage their game resources. Also, conversations with NPCs, exploration of territories and, of course, taverns are available. The game is very reminiscent of Stardew Valley. But unlike classic RPGs, here players can also accumulate $JEWEL tokens, which can be converted into Harmony One cryptocurrency. You can start playing for free, but you pay for gas if you interact with the blockchain. NFT Projects by Kevuru Games Kevuru Games studio keeps up with global trends and is actively studying the impact of NFTs on the gaming industry. The company’s specialists are already working on several NFT projects. We’ve hired blockchain experts to deeply understand the specifics of its implementation in games and actively use this knowledge to expand our expertise in creating NFT-based games. Undead Blocks It will be the world’s first multiplayer survival game on the Ethereum network. The gameplay is simple – players will have to defend themselves against hordes of zombies using special NFT weapons. For each zombie, they will earn a $ZBUX in-game reward that can be used to upgrade weapons or purchase useful items. The studio team was engaged in game design and created 3D models of weapons. The wait is not long – the release of the mobile game is scheduled for the 3rd quarter of 2022. 50,000 Twitter followers are closely watching game updates and are actively preparing to destroy the zombies. Guild of Guardians Guild of Guardians is a mobile RPG where players can team up and compete in guilds to earn epic tradable rewards. The studio specialists were given the task of creating 2D digital avatars for players, which could be purchased on the NFT marketplace. The artists depicted a wide variety of traits for the avatar, from race and background color to hats and weapons. A Unity developer created an algorithm that combined all the traits created by the artists to design full-fledged images. Thus, about 40,000 unique avatars were realized. The release of the game is expected in the second half of 2022 – more than 130,000 players are looking forward to the opportunity to start earning by using in-game $GOG tokens to improve their fighters. Gooniez Gang For this project, Kevuru Games specialists will implement full-cycle development. The first of its kind Web 3.0 racing shooter is slated for release in Q1 2023. In it, players will have their own avatars of the so-called Gooniez – special fighting duck racers, bred by one mad scientist. Having chosen a car and weapons, the ducks will participate in wild races full of chaos and gunfights. The victory will allow you to earn $GANG tokens and spend them on improving cars and weapons. Already 160,000 people are waiting for this revolutionary game. The first Gooniez NFTs were sold like hot cakes. A total of 8,888 Gooniez will be available, so their prices are constantly rising. MechaChain MechaChain is an upcoming NFT game about space conquest and robot battle. The robots are called Mechas: each Mecha is a set of NFT collectible parts that can be purchased using the in-game cryptocurrency called Mechanium or in Ethereum. After the complete collection, the robot gets the opportunity to participate in PvP battles alone or in a team. Players can earn Mechanium by winning battles and bidding, as well as improve their operation by purchasing new parts. Around 160,000 players are already on the waiting list for the game, following the latest news about its development on Twitter, Telegram and the Discord channel. Closing Speech Blockchain games are more than just entertainment. They can play a significant role in the spread of cryptocurrencies. After all, while playing, people who are not familiar with cryptocurrencies get acquainted with the blockchain. Crypto enthusiasts believe that NFT game development will become a shining example of the use of technology outside the financial sector, revitalize the industry and make game mechanics more exciting. All in all, it looks like NFTs are here to stay. Each NFT collection has its own value proposition, but in the long run, they are only worth what someone is willing to pay. Most of the NFTs ever created will become almost useless over time. On the other hand, some will become even more valuable. Who knows, maybe it is you who will be their creator?
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Stand With Ukraine Against the Russian Invasion
Stand With Ukraine Against the Russian Invasion
On February 24, russia launched a full-scale invasion of the independent and sovereign state of Ukraine, violating all the laws of logic, humanity and civilization. The aggressor continues to attack peaceful cities with missiles and artillery, kill civilians, including women, the elderly and children, and completely ignore international humanitarian law and the Geneva Conventions. The whole world is helping Ukraine. The whole world understands that now Ukraine is protecting civilization, preventing darkness and barbarism from spreading like a plague wave over the entire continent. You can help Ukraine too. Below you will see several official organizations involved in military and humanitarian assistance to our country. Fundraising Account for Ukraine’s Armed Forces This is a special account of the National Bank of Ukraine to raise funds to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine and purchase the necessary equipment. Donate Fundraising Account for Humanitarian Assistance This is a special account of the National Bank of Ukraine to raise funds for humanitarian aid to Ukrainians affected by russian aggression. Donate Come Back Alive Foundation This is one of the largest aid funds for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, working primarily with the military, who are in trouble spots and have the most difficult military tasks. Donate #HelpUkraineWithCrypto Community These are official crypto wallets of the National Bank of Ukraine to help the Ukrainian army and purchase the necessary equipment: helmets, bulletproof vests, night vision devices, etc. Donate Upcoming Rallies Join the protesters to support Ukraine and encourage your government to take more action to stop Russian military aggression. Schedule #StandWithUkraine Use this hashtag on your social networks to provide information support to Ukraine and draw the attention of the whole world to russian military aggression. We are strong. And we will win. Glory to Ukraine!
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Kevuru Games and Arena Labs Will Collaborate on the Gooniez Gang Project
Kevuru Games and Arena Labs Will Collaborate on the Gooniez Gang Project
We are delighted to announce the start of cooperation of our game outsourcing studio Kevuru Games with the Arena Labs company on the Gooniez Gang project. About Gooniez Gang Gooniez Gang is a new unique NFT experience, which will be the first of its kind racing and shooting game on Web 3.0. Players will experience a bright open futuristic world full of adventure, racing and a wide variety of weapons. Players will experience a bright open futuristic world full of adventure, racing and a wide variety of weapons. In-game items will be purchasable in the form of NFTs to provide players with a decent base to start playing. Subsequently, game victories will give players the opportunity to earn in-game currency called $GANG, which will be actively used in game trading. Our team will be responsible for the full-cycle development of the game that will be released in Q1 2023. Newly minted NFT game characters called Gooniez were sold out like hot cakes within minutes after the start of trading, and this is just the beginning. Without a doubt, this will be a breakthrough in the next generation of NFT gaming, and we will do our best to make the Gooniez Gang shake up the gaming market. About Kevuru Games Kevuru Games is a Ukrainian outsourcing studio specializing in game art and development. For 10 years of functioning in the gaming market, the studio has managed to work with the world’s leading publishers – Epic Games, Lucasfilm, EA – and earn a reputation as a reliable and qualified partner. In addition to game art and development, the studio’s services include animation, gamification, testing, porting, and motion design. The NFT trend has contributed to the emergence of a new department dealing with blockchain games: the Kevuru Games portfolio already includes several high-profile projects for which our team has created NFT collectibles.
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How to Create an NFT Marketplace: Key Points In Simple Words
How to Create an NFT Marketplace: Key Points In Simple Words
NFT is a type of token that allows you to digitize any goods. With it, you can earn with your creativity or just experiment with new technology. If one bitcoin is no different from another, then each NFT is unique. This allows information about any object from the real world to be represented in the blockchain. NFT secures the right of ownership of digital goods to the user – this is confirmed by an irreversible transaction in the blockchain network. To sell NFTs, you need a large platform where they can be collected and demonstrated to a future buyer. This platform is called the NFT marketplace, and we are going to talk about all the ins and outs of its creation in simple terms without complicated terminology. What is an NFT marketplace? How does it work? What does it consist of? And, of course, how much does it cost to create it? Let’s dive in. What is an NFT Marketplace? NFT marketplace is a trading platform that allows you to sell and buy a variety of NFTs. In general, it is a Web3 application, where Web3 is a new concept of the Internet, which will be based on decentralization, the absence of a single body of control and censorship. Every time an NFT is bought on the platform, it charges the transaction amount. After purchasing an NFT, the buyer receives a token – a unique identifier containing proof of ownership and information about the origin, author and authenticity. The marketplace can have fixed prices or work on the basis of an auction. To work with the marketplace, purchase and store tokens, the user must have a special crypto wallet. The NFT marketplace can be: open, where everyone can sell and buy NFTs;closed, where a certain company only sells its NFTs, and users can only buy, but not mint and sell anything. Also, NFT marketplaces can be classified according to their assortment into: universal, where all kinds of digital assets are sold, from paintings and music to educational courses and keys to programs; specialized, where one specific type of NFT is sold, such as digital assets for a video game. If you are not yet familiar with NFT, we recommend that you take a look at our guide to creating NFT games, where we examined this concept and its basic standards in detail. How Does an NFT Marketplace Work? The NFT marketplace works just like any other marketplace, but with a few twists and turns. First of all, its difference from a simple online market is that only the NFT marketplace makes it possible to buy and sell NFTs. This can be done at a fixed price or on an auction basis. The NFT marketplace generates NFTs using special transaction protocols called smart contracts that add a set of unique information to each such token and prescribe its main parameters. They also regulate the relationships between sellers and buyers. The obligations of the parties are represented in smart contacts as if/then. For example, if the buyer transfers payment for NFT, then the seller grants the right to this crypto asset. When the condition is met, the smart contract independently conducts the transaction. Below you can see the key differences between smart contracts and traditional ones. Criterion Traditional Contract Smart Contract Format Paper and/or digital version Digital version Regulation Law Blockchain Currency Regular money Cryptocurrency Transaction Manual Automatic Formation Days Minutes Lawyer services Mostly necessary Mostly not necessary Cost High Low Now, this market is dominated by large marketplaces such as OpenSea and Mintable. But if necessary, you can create your own NFT marketplace with your own rules, conditions and functions. From the user side, NFT marketplaces work like regular online stores or online auctions. The user needs to: Register on an NFT platform.Set a personal crypto wallet.Buy or sell tokens.When selling: upload and list digital items for sale.Choose a fixed price or auction format.Wait for buyers. When an auction closes or a token is bought at a fixed price, sellers are notified accordingly, and the NFT platform regulates the transfer of funds and assets. Pay attention to an important point: the choice of blockchain. Think in advance which blockchains you want to support. Surely you have most often heard about Ethereum – the second largest cryptocurrency by capitalization, and the third most commonly used token in calculations at the present time. But at present, Ethereum is a highly congested network, so you should not rely on it alone. What’s the way out? You can choose from other blockchains capable of processing thousands of transactions per second, such as Polygon, Solana, or Flow. So far, Solana is the fastest decentralized blockchain allowing the creation of scalable NFT marketplaces. Why Are NFTs Popular? According to NonFungible.com, the NFT market grew by 300% in 2020. In the first quarter of 2021, the total market capitalization of large NFT projects increased by 2100%. DappRadar said NFT trading volume hit $10.7 billion in Q3 2021. Most NFTs find a buyer instantly, and this applies to both art and gaming collectibles. The most famous NFTs have been sold for tens of millions of dollars. Celebrities are also driving the rise of NFTs by tokenizing their music, videos, art, logos, paintings, etc. In the coming years, NFT will be even more in demand. Therefore, the competent development of the NFT marketplace is a promising investment for anyone who wants to keep up with the times. NFT Marketplaces for Various Spheres Most NFTs are digital art: copies of paintings, images, videos, memes, and more. But this is far from the only area for which an NFT marketplace can be created. This is also relevant for: Video games. The NFT marketplace may sell unique in-game collectibles or characters that help you make faster progress in the game. Some games are completely based on NFT assets, for example, the upcoming RPG Guild of Guardians with NFT avatars created by our team.Real estate. A real estate trading platform must support MLS databases and state register databases, be able to determine the location of the user, etc.Investments. Such a platform is similar to a stock market where securities are traded – it must provide the possibility of issuing legal securities with the right to property, dividends or a share in profits.Online education. Such a marketplace offers users learning services via the Internet – from selling training courses to communicating with teachers, tracking learning progress and organizing knowledge testing.Security. NFTs can act as access keys to programs, operating systems, content, etc. Platforms selling such tokens must support popular means of protection on the part of the buyer: identification by face, eye, fingerprint, etc. Digital avatarts on the NFT marketplace The Must-Have Features of the NFT Marketplace All online stores are different, but they share a certain number of common features. The same goes for NFT marketplaces. If you want your platform to be at least as good as others, you must provide it with the following features: Storefront. The marketplace should have a storefront where the buyer sees previews of products and information about their owner, price or bids, etc.Filters. Filters are necessary for a quick search for the necessary assets. Categorize collectibles by type, feature, price, listing status, and more. Auction. Assets can either have a specific price or be available for auction. The marketplace must have all the tools for this: the initial bid, the current bid, a bid validity date, and others.Wallet. To work with cryptocurrencies, you need a wallet. You can create your own wallet or integrate existing wallets into your platform: Metamask, MyEtherWallet, etc.Ratings. Ratings can help new buyers understand if a particular seller is trustworthy. Estimates for sellers are given by buyers themselves, depending on their experience.Support. The presence of support services on the trading platform is mandatory. This will help users find solutions to their problems and answers to their questions. In addition to the required features, there are also others that are considered optional: The ability to mint NFTs.Integration with multiple payment gateways.Adding a forum to form a strong community.Adding an online chat or chatbot for quick feedback.Availability of a wishlist and comparison of digital goods. To understand what additional features you need, it is better to work with skilled developers who have experience in creating a variety of NFT marketplaces. OpenSea NTF marketplace user interface Things to Consider When Building an NFT Marketplace The trading platform inevitably implies currency transactions. Therefore, you must prove to your potential buyers that your marketplace is trustworthy and functions in accordance with all the rules. So be sure to pay attention to the following factors when creating your NFT marketplace: Transparency. Your NFT marketplace should be transparent so that users can clearly see all transactions. The blockchain network ensures that an error-free payment procedure keeps transactions running smoothly.Security. You must ensure that your NFT marketplace is secure so that all transactions can proceed properly. To do this, it is necessary to provide it with a built-in security system.Decentralization. This feature allows you to copy and distribute all information to different blockchain networks. During the introduction of a new block, the network updates its blockchain to accommodate the changes.The monetization model. If you are using a ready-made NFT marketplace solution, you need to consider what commission it takes when selling your products.Smart contracts. Smart contracts are combined with blockchain technology, as they allow secure cooperation between strangers without intermediaries. Key Steps to Build an NFT Marketplace You can’t create an NFT marketplace just because everyone does it or it’s a common practice now. You must clearly understand why you need this and consider each of the following points: Niche. Decide on a niche for your NFT marketplace. Then it will be easy to form a concept, define the target audience, describe functions and unique features, etc.Design. Think about the user interface and efficient platform architecture. The marketplace should be convenient and intuitive for everyone who gets there for the first time.Frontend. A robust framework (Angular, ReactJS, VueJS) will help you achieve your goals. Select developers with experience in creating NFT marketplaces to ensure maximum functionality and reliability.Backend. Choose the right technology for optimal functionality (NodeJS, Python, Java). You must implement operations with blockchain, smart contracts, wallets and an auction mechanism.Testing. Don’t skip this step as it will ensure that the project is working correctly. QA engineers test usability, security, reliability and performance under all possible platform usage scenarios.Post-launch. Post-launch support is essential to ensure high-quality work. You also need to think about further development of the platform to stay on trend and meet user expectations. What Affects the Cost of the NFT Marketplace? The price is a topic of increased interest for everyone. Perhaps you have even skipped all the information above to get here right away, right? The cost of creating an NFT marketplace depends on its complexity and functionality. The bigger the platform you want, the more people you need to build it and the more investment you need to make. In general, you have two paths. You can use a ready-made solution like OpenSea or Nifty Gateway. This option will be less expensive because you don’t have to create an application from scratch. Plus, your market entry will happen much faster. For example, using the SDK from OpenSea you will get a platform with the OpenSea infrastructure and your design. You can also order the creation of an NFT marketplace from scratch. Specialists will create a product tailored to your goals with the functionality and features you need. You will be able to scale and expand as you please, and also be completely confident in the protection of confidential information. However, this will take much longer and be much more expensive. It is difficult to give an exact price without knowing the specifications and requirements. On average, when talking about the cost of creating an NFT marketplace, one can start from the amount of $100,000. The price will be much higher if you choose developers from the United States. Conclusion Creating your own NFT marketplace can be tricky if you’ve never dealt with blockchain before. As with any other task, it is important here to start with the reasons why you want to create a marketplace and the goals you set for it. Based on them, it will be easier for you to think over the necessary functionality. The best help in this for you will be an experienced and skillful partner who is well versed in the blockchain. The Kevuru Games team is ready to help you with NFT marketplace development that will work for the benefit of your business. We can offer you both options: create your own NFT marketplace or develop it based on a ready-made SDK. Our team is also able to help you create brand-specific NFTs as a way to expand your revenue model. We have experience in creating both NFT collections and large-scale 3D visualizations related to NFT projects. On the rise of the NFT theme, we carefully studied this concept and found first-class blockchain specialists. They are well versed in the specifics of buying and selling tokens on marketplaces and will always provide advice on the optimal allocation of resources when creating an NFT marketplace. Feel free to contact us, request an estimation or just a consultation – we will answer all your questions and lay a solid foundation to create your dream NFT marketplace.
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Kevuru Games at the Game Developers Conference
Kevuru Games at the Game Developers Conference
On March 21-25, 2022, Kevuru Games will attend the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, CA. GDC will be held at the Moscone Center with a robust virtual offering online. Conference sessions will take place every day from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm PT. Our team of representatives will be there offline – the organizers have taken serious measures to protect the health and safety of the conference participants. The Moscone Center has put in place additional policies that include enhanced cleaning protocols, improved air filtration, and multiple hand sanitizer stations available to everyone in the event space. You are welcome to contact our representatives to schedule appointments. These are Kevuru Games CEO Oleg Goncharenko (phone number +1 424 413 5692), and CBDO Vlad Makarov (phone number+380934171780). About GDC Game Developers Conference is the largest annual gathering of professional game developers. The event includes an exhibition, networking events, award ceremonies such as the Independent Games Festival and Game Developers Choice Awards, as well as various consultations, lectures and roundtables across the game developer industries. Conference topics include: Design.Programming.Business & Marketing.Production & Team Management.Visual Arts.Free-to-Play Games.Game Narrative.Independent Games.VR/AR.Game Education.Game Audio.UX.Game Career Development. About Kevuru Games Kevuru Games is a game outsourcing company that has been creating game art and developing games for PC and mobile devices for over 10 years. Our main creative driver is the love for games and our work, so we are scrupulous and dedicated at every stage of game creation, from conceptualization to post-production. Thanks to high professionalism and an irresistible desire to do something unusual, our team has become a reliable partner for many of the world’s leading publishers: Epic Games, EA, Lucasfilm, Bandai Namco and others. We have taken the desire to create beyond the limits as our motto and are always happy when our work makes the game world brighter. Feel free to contact us at contact@kevurugames.com we will help you dot the i’s and cross the t’s and bring your idea to life in the best possible way.
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Chronicles of the Liberation Struggle: The Power of Volunteering in the Fight Against russian Aggression
Chronicles of the Liberation Struggle: The Power of Volunteering in the Fight Against russian Aggression
On February 24, the smooth course of Ukrainian and world history underwent a crushing shift – Russia’s meaningless and inhuman military aggression turned the peaceful life of our country upside down. In a vile and insidious way, at 4 am, vulgarly following the example of Hitler, a terrorist country began to bombard peacefully sleeping people with missiles. The first wave of misunderstanding and palpitations gave way to rage. Enemies did not understand that by attacking Ukraine, they had already lost. Ukrainians are a free, freedom-loving nation whose powerful, sincere, centuries-old patriotism leaves no chance for anyone who decides to encroach on our land. Despite different opinions and positions, different worldviews and beliefs of Ukrainians in peacetime, during the war they rallied into a powerful fist that inflicts crushing defeats on the occupier blow after blow. Our brave warriors are destroying the enemy at the front. Our territorial defense fighters patrol the cities, protecting them from saboteurs and marauders. Our volunteers prepare food, organize relocation and help displaced people with housing, rescue abandoned animals and raise money for drones, bulletproof vests and thermal imagers. Everyone is doing their part for a common goal. We are on our own land. We know what we are fighting for. And we will win. The Ukrainian company Kevuru Games immediately joined the joint struggle for our Motherland. In addition to financial support for the army and assistance in purchasing the equipment necessary for it, our colleagues are engaged in volunteering. We want to share these inspiring stories. Unloading Vests In wartime, military equipment is always in short supply. That is why Dariia Haran, Lead Project Manager, together with her boyfriend, decided to reformat his clothing production shop into a point of tailoring unloadng vests. These are special vests with many pockets where you can put horns, grenades and more. It is worn on top of a bulletproof vest. “Caring people help us with funds and materials,” Dasha says, “we give it away for free on a first-come, first-served basis. We connected all rural women who know how to use a sewing machine. We manage to sew about 10 pieces per day, but so far we are only learning and getting our hands in it. Every day we get to do more and more. We buy materials for the most part, explore all possible stores – many a little makes a mickle. Sometimes people give materials for vests, share what they have.” Dasha’s boyfriend’s sister is a well-known Vinnytsia blogger who used to work as a host at weddings. With her help, they send calls for help on Instagram, repost to other social networks, and people respond. Work also continues on the main profile, orders are being fulfilled, but from another city – there are two workshops. “A variety of people joined the tailoring of vests – some sewed at the factory all their lives, and some were cosmetologists. Sewing machines were also collected all over the city, people wrote and called us, saying that we should take it for a good cause.” Help from Abroad A week ago, Tamara Prysykar, Account Executive, came to Holland where her friend lives. From there, she organizes assistance in several ways: raises funds for the tailoring of bulletproof vests, buying baby food, thermal imagers, animal feed and, in general, funds for the needs of the Ukrainian army and humanitarian aid;packs humanitarian aid in Rotterdam;goes to anti-war protests in Rotterdam – managed to meet the mayor of the city – and Amsterdam on the main square – even gave a speech;translates news for the channel With Ukraine (@withukraine). Evacuation Coordination At a time when a large number of people are trying to leave the city at the same time, traffic jams are inevitable. Volodymyr Shutov, Unity developer, managed to evacuate in the first days and immediately started coordinating the movements of people who also wanted to leave Kyiv. “I learned about routes and ways to get out and sent options,” Volodymyr says, “my wife and I helped several families without cars to leave.” Volodymyr also took part in cyberattacks. Now he is more focused on work. But, if necessary, he is ready to listen to anyone and provide psychological support. Volodymyr’s parents and sister remained in Kyiv. And in Mariupol, his named sister and grandmother of the wife disappeared. In addition, before the war, the entire team lost their jobs. Now Volodymyr is doing everything so that no one in the team is left without work. “Also, I call my friends about 5 times a day. I share good stories and cheer them up. It seems to me that communication is now very important for many people.” Humanitarian Aid Viktoriia Tertychna, Lead Operations 2D Department, moved to Uzhhorod with her family on the first day of the war. The next day, our Lead HR People Partner, Olena Petrova, wrote to Vika that she needed help at the Red Cross. At the same time, Vika learned that a large center for helping internally displaced persons was opened at the Dolphin restaurant-hotel. On February 26, in the morning, she called there and found out what was most needed now. They gave her a list – large food containers, knives, vegetable peelers, etc. Vika bought what she could in Epicenter, brought it to them, and at the same time signed up as a volunteer. From there she went to the Red Cross. “There we sorted humanitarian aid – bags of clothes coming from different parts, from abroad (second-hand), and people just bring them in bags,” Vika says, “the sorting is simple: you take things from a common bag and sort them into categories: women’s sweaters, men’s shirts, teenagers’ trousers, etc. Then you put them in bags and sign the quantity.” A few days later, Vika received a call from Dolphin – she visited them twice. There she helped in the kitchen and peeled vegetables with the local girls. “My mother-in-law would be proud of me,” Vika says, “for all 13 years of family life, I have not peeled as many potatoes as during this time.” The next day they made sandwiches for soldiers of territorial defense and border guards. Volunteers are needed here for minor ancillary work – professional chefs are directly involved in cooking and it is they who supply the migrants with really tasty and healthy food. “I’m still constantly haunted by survivor guilt syndrome. I’m safe, but I do so little. I console myself with the fact that, first of all, I have to be with my five-year-old daughter, with my family, and my main job also brings great benefits.“ Hunting for Marauders Since the beginning of the war, a large number of refugees have gathered in Lviv. And even despite the dense population of all areas, marauders started up here. Victoria Shamina, a 2D slot artist who volunteered in the city of Lion from the first day of the war, recalls that some even had to be chased by car. Less extreme activities included delivering food and clothing for refugees and medicine for the military. Each such story brings us closer to victory. But it is important to understand that you should not reproach yourself for not volunteering. Every hryvnia donated for the Armed Forces of Ukraine makes you an accomplice in our struggle. Every information attack on social networks makes you an accomplice in our struggle. Every kind, soothing word spoken by a frightened friend makes you an accomplice in our struggle. If you have the desire and opportunity, join our initiatives. Share ideas, drop links to communities where people offer help or need help – let’s help them find each other! Now the most important thing is unity. We are strong when united. And now we are united like never before. Russia showed its real disgusting face to the whole world. And it is a matter of our honor to kick this physiognomy within the legal boundaries of its territories so that only its citizens can admire it. Everything will be Ukraine.
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