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Fragnova aims to put creators first with its decentralised approach to game development



Fragnova aims to put creators first with its decentralised approach to game development
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Fragnova’s vision of a decentralised game creation platform underpinned by the blockchain begins to take shape as the company shares its roadmap – including the imminent closed Alpha of its asset marketplace 

In the latest step on its journey to empower game creators and democratise game development using decentralised technology, Fragnova has released its development roadmap to the end of 2023 and its planned full launch of the Fragnova marketplace.

The roadmap’s release comes in the wake of the company securing $3 million in its second round of its $FRAG token pre-sale, increasing the amount invested in Fragnova to date to $5.6 million from companies including Animoca Brands, Lemniscap and Hof Capital.

Founded by Giovanni Petrantoni in 2021, Fragnova’s aim is for the revenues in games to be distributed more equitably for those who work on them through the creation of a decentralised gaming ecosystem underpinned by blockchain technology.

Uniquely, the blockchain element means game developers and players will be able to sell game assets – like 3D models or fully functioning games – with the usage (and therefore royalties) of their creations automatically recorded thanks to the use of its own blockchain to assert the ownership and licensing rights.

The marketplace is made up of the Gamer Store, aimed at gamers and consisting of in-game items or playable experiences (similar to elements of Playstation Dreams), and the Creator Store – a marketplace for developers filled with assets like 3D models, scripts or audio.

Every item uploaded to Fragnova can be “detached” from the Fragnova chain and migrated into many other chains (for example, Ethereum), allowing creators to sell and trade items on any possible platform, and the data linked to each item is permanently stored on the Fragnova chain.

Another key element of the company’s planned ecosystem is Claymore, a game engine also built using decentralised technologies. Compared with incumbents like EPIC or Unity, Claymore is unique as it ties in with the Fragnova gamer store, allowing developers to seamlessly mint (upload) their creations to the marketplace.

The company is developing several games with the Fragnova Network as a proof of concept, including Ambal Duels, an RPG-inspired digital card game, and Rythym Run, a 2D side-scrolling multiplayer run-and-gun game where players attack by using rhythm – with planned alpha’s for both games in Q2 2023 and Q3 2022 respectively.

“I hope the roadmap serves as a statement of intent for Fragnova’s mission. We’re building momentum, and when these different elements come together, we want to disrupt the long-held status quo in the gaming industry, develop a create-to-earn economy, and give power back to developers who have too often got a raw deal for their work. NFTs and Crypto have given blockchain technology a bad reputation in recent years, but since the bubble burst, I believe we’re now coming to a stage where people will be able to see the true value it will bring to the industry,” said Giovanni Petrantoni, President and Founder of Fragnova.

Prior to founding Fragnova, Giovanni built game engines as a Senior Software Developer at Silicon Studio, the largest Japanese game engine developer owned by industry heavyweights including Sony PlayStation and Square Enix.


Game Development World Championship 2023 Summer Season Winners Announced!



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The Game Development World Championship (GDWC) celebrated the 2023 Summer Season with an Awards Stream on Thursday, September 21st. At the event, GDWC announced winners in 11 categories for the Summer Season.

Watch the Award Stream recording on the GDWC youtube channel.

Indie Award Winner: Three Minutes To Eight by Chaosmonger Studio.
Studio Award Winner: Planet Cube: Edge by Sunna Entertainment
Hobby Award Winner: Wretched Depths by Wretched Devs
Mobile Award Winner: Boxville by Triomatica Games
Best Web3 Game Award Winner: Stella Fantasy by Ring Games
AR & VR Award Winner: Stilt by Rekt Games
Immersal SDK Award Winner: KramARkapellet by darteq
Made-with-Houdini Award Winner: Kristala by Astral Clocktower Studios
Procedural Award Winner: SULFUR by Perfect Random

Action Award Winners:
1st Place: Tactical Squad: SWAT Stories by Red Mountain Games
2nd Place: SpaceBourne2 by Dbk Games
3rd Place: DOOMBLADE by Muro Studios

Gcore Cloud Award Winners:
1st Place: Feudums by Kalamona Studios
2nd Place: Vaudeville by Bumblebee Studios
3rd Place: Retail Royale by DarxDev

All the Winning games of the Season can be found on the GDWC website, here:

GDWC sends congratulations to all the winners and huge thanks to all developers who participated in the championship, and to all the sponsors and partners that made the GDWC 2023 Summer Season possible.

The GDWC 2023 Winter Season is currently open for submissions with the biggest prize pool in GDWC history, totalling over $660,000 in value. Prizes are spread across 12 award categories and range from swag & software licences to cash prizes, publishing deals and marketing & User Acquisition funding.

GDWC is free to participate and open to everyone from hobbyist & student developers to professional studios from all over the world. Games on all digital platforms – PC, Consoles, Mobile, VR & AR, Web & Browsers, are accepted. Developers can participate with a game they are currently working on, or with a game they have released, as long as it was released after August 1st 2022.

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Opera GX, the Browser for Gamers, Surpasses 25 Million Monthly Active Users



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Opera GX, the browser for gamers, today announced that its number of monthly active users (MAU) has surpassed 25 million across desktop and mobile devices. This milestone highlights Opera GX’s increasing adoption within the gaming community and its integral position within gaming culture.

“We are thrilled to announce this remarkable achievement of 25 million monthly active users, as Opera GX continues to prove its commitment to enhancing the browsing experience for gamers worldwide. With a passion for innovation and dedication to the gaming community, we look forward to sharing what the future holds,” said Krystian Kolondra, Executive Vice President of Browsers and Gaming at Opera.

Since 2019, Opera GX has been dedicated to delivering a distinct browsing experience for gamers. Its aim was to address the challenge posed by resource-intensive browsers during gaming sessions while simultaneously offering a unique aesthetic and enhanced customizability that aligns perfectly with gamers’ preferences. Today, Opera GX is at the forefront of innovative browsers, providing dynamic features like Aria, a free, cutting-edge generative AI service, solidifying it as a staple in the gaming environment.

Seizing the moment, Opera GX has taken advantage of its strong technology and platform capabilities to provide gamers with useful and entertaining tools, uniting a global community of passionate gamers and giving users a new and exciting way to browse the internet.

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BetConstruct introduces a New Application – iGaming Bot



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BetConstruct, a leading technology and service provider, launches its new product, iGaming Bot, an application tailored to operate within Telegram.

With iGaming Bot, BetConstruct partners and operators can integrate popular iGaming functions directly into Telegram, providing a streamlined and accessible gaming experience that complements traditional website and mobile application offerings.

The new product includes a diverse range of exciting features and services directly through the Telegram app, opening access to a vast selection of thrilling slot games in a single platform. Additionally, iGaming Bot offers a hassle-free experience, with seamless deposits and withdrawals, account and payment method verification, as well as 24/7 live support.

This is a unique opportunity for iGaming businesses to stay ahead of the competition, combining convenience and entertainment in a single platform.

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