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Horseman GO, a Virtual Horse Racing Game Launches as the World’s First Decentralised Autonomous Game

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Deployed on the EOS blockchain, the game will be fully self-operational and self-managing with players determining how the in-game ecosystem will evolve over time

Cogito, the blockchain gaming studio, announced the official launch of the world’s first decentralised autonomous game (DAG), Horseman GO. An end-to-end virtual horse racing game, players will be responsible for constructing their own ranches in order to breed, cultivate, and train horses for racing. Deployed on the EOS public blockchain, Horseman GO is differentiated by its governance mechanisms which are underwritten in code, rather than in the hands of game publishers. The first of its kind, Horseman GO is the first blockchain game to be fully self-operational, self-managing, and self-developing––with players dictating how the Horseman GO ecosystem will continue to evolve over time.

Designed to challenge the existing inadequacies of modern-day online games which are centralised by design, Horseman GO addresses the imbalance between game developers, network operators, and players observed in the industry today. With in-game assets such as horses and other core resources put on the blockchain, players are able to safely purchase, trade, and ensure the provenance of these assets which now have real-world value as part of a digital in-game economy.

Cogito Founder Kevin Yu said, “From the irrefutable success of CryptoKitties in 2017, we’ve seen that the blockchain gaming ecosystem has yet to significantly innovated since then, with today’s games bogged by laggard network speeds and the inability to retain players. With the potential for blockchain to allow for greater transparency and safety for players who look to monetise in-game assets, we wanted to create a game that took this idea of ownership a step further.”

The self-governing function of Horseman GO is enabled by the in-game Jockey Club, a decentralised autonomous organisation within the game which collectively manages a central wallet where in-game earnings are used to cover basic expenditure of the Horseman GO community. Collected through registration fees in races, auctions, and sponsored races, the majority of the funds will eventually be returned to players through bonus pools, activity rewards, and a dedicated development fund for beginners to the game. Denominated in EOS, all transactions taking place within the Horseman GO game will be fully transparent and viewable by players on the EOS blockchain.

“As the first game of its kind, Horseman GO proposes an innovative model of gameplay, distinguished by a self-functioning economy determined for players by the players themselves. Designed wholly with the spirit of decentralisation in mind, we hope to foster an ecosystem that encourages players to be fully invested in the creation of the Horseman GO ecosystem, empowered by the emphasis on community inclusion and accountability for its growth,” added Yu.

With over 20 years of extensive experience in the gaming and Internet industries, Yu is also the Co-Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Netgamer, China’s first online gaming magazine. As a first-generation game developer in China, Yu’s established track record spans across PC and mobile gaming, in areas of publishing, operation, marketing, and business development for notable first-tier titles in the country including Lineage,《兽血沸腾》,《凡人修仙传》, 《扫荡三国》,《超神名将传》, for which he generated a revenue of RMB¥300 million (US$43.29 million). Yu is also the former President of aigame100, one of China’s leading game development studios.

Noted for its high-performance, stability and robustness, EOS was selected by the Cogito team as the first public blockchain for Horseman GO. With smart contract functionalities that can best serve the game’s autonomous mechanism enabled by its use of Delegated Proof of Stake (DPoS) which allows for lower latency and greater throughput, EOS has fast emerged as one of the leading preferred platforms of decentralised applications including blockchain games, allowing Horseman GO to tap into a burgeoning global user base.

In late October 2019, Horseman GO launched its first closed beta where players were able to participate in 3 races and win up to 60 EOS. Eventually, participants were able to compete in higher level races and bid for high-value in-game resources in the closed beta 2.0 with more features gradually being added to enrich the gameplay experience. Over time, as the Horseman GO ecosystem matures, the DAG will be deployed on selected public blockchains across the wider industry ecosystem. Within the coming year, the Cogito team will be working on engaging wallet providers to explore the creation of a revenue distribution ecosystem along with other custom features within the gameplay to ensure user retention.

 

About Cogito:

Cogito is a Hong Kong-based entertainment studio dedicated to developing and publishing blockchain-based games. Helmed by a team of developers and executives with established careers in the traditional game industry as well as highly-skilled blockchain engineers, Cogito leverages a joint platform and content model in order to enable an inclusive game entertainment industry to the benefit of developers, publishers, and users alike.

About Horseman GO:

Horseman GO is the world’s first blockchain-enabled, decentralised autonomous game (DAG). Designed and developed by blockchain gaming studio Cogito, Horseman GO is characterised by its self-governing, self-managing, and self-developing mechanism which is fully encoded in the gameplay, presenting an innovative decentralised game experience where players are entirely accountable for the growth of the in-game ecosystem. Through the in-game Jockey Club, all in-game revenues from participation fees, auctions, and sponsored races will feed into a central wallet where funds will be further allocated for operational costs and rewards within the game. In this way, Horseman GO provides a gaming experience that is determined and developed by the players and for its players alone.

For more information, please visit https://horsemango.com.

 

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RANGERS FC PARTNER WITH SPORTEMON GO

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The two-year agreement will see Sportemon Go (SGO) become a top tier ‘Official Club Partner’ with back of the shirt sponsor branding, digital non-fungible token (NFT) collectables and a significant commercial investment into Rangers.

This partnership will drive wide-ranging benefits for both organisations, featuring innovative creative digital collectible products and fan engagement activities being provided by SGO to the Rangers global supporter base.

SGO was founded by Australian-based father-son pair, Ricky and Corey Jackson. The two envisaged the creation of a platform to stand as a world leaders in NFT augmented reality sports trading. SGO have since formed sports partnerships with a number of high-profile athletes, including Premier League stars Luke Shaw and Andy Robertson, alongside several high profile clubs and athletes in the US and Australian markets.

Rangers’ Commercial and Marketing Director, James Bisgrove, commented: “This is another exciting commercial partnership for Rangers and one that aligns closely with our digital transformation strategy and ambitions in the emerging NFT space, which presents a compelling new revenue stream for the sports industry.

“We’re looking forward to working closely with the team at SGO to activate the partnership and ensure Rangers remains at the forefront of emerging opportunities in the BlockC chain and NFT sectors.”

The partnership expands upon Rangers’ recent successful fan token launch and extends the opportunities for fans to engage with exciting digital collectible products and interactive gaming. The partnership will aim to play a leading role in revolutionising the sports digital memorabilia and collectibles industry.

Sportemon Go’s CEO and former AFL player, Ricky Jackson said: “Firstly congratulations to Rangers on their 150 years and being the current Scottish Champions. We are honoured to become partners of this great, historic club and look forward to making a contribution to the future success, as well as helping to celebrate the past.

“Our NFTs are unique, creative, with innovative exclusive features and products that I know the Rangers supporters will love. We are excited for the opportunity to build new products never-before seen for the ultimate fan engagement but also provide a solid partner contribution to Rangers F.C through significant new and recurring revenue generation from SGO products.

“Our research and development technology that we have created over the past five years of extensive market research and development will be used in Rangers products, service and experiences which backed by a further 30 years of sports industry success and know-how in end to end sports marketing, licensing, merchandise and digital iGaming offerings.”

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Seedify Taps Blockpass for KYC Provision in Blockchain Gaming & NFTs

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Blockpass, the pioneer of On-chain KYC(TM), is excited to announce its growing partnership with Seedify, the gateway to blockchain gaming. Seedify will be using Blockpass’ proprietary KYC solutions to provide a safe, secure and compliant ecosystem where gamers and gaming enthusiasts can enjoy the benefits of blockchain and cryptocurrency.

Seedify is a blockchain gaming-focused incubator and launchpad ecosystem which provides support and opportunities for innovators and project developers through access to funding, community and partnership building, and a complete support system to help drive the future of gaming and blockchain. The project is assisting gamers as they begin to explore new avenues, spending time on games and taking advantage of opportunities to earn in-game item NFTs and tokens. Through holding $SFUND, users are able to buy game tokens before they’re listed on the market, by participating in IGOs (initial game offerings) on the Seedify Launchpad.

Blockpass is a digital identity verification provider which provides a one-click compliance gateway to financial services and other regulated industries. Through Blockpass, users can create, store, and manage a data-secure digital identity that can be used for an entire ecosystem of services, token purchases and access to regulated industries. For businesses and merchants, Blockpass is a comprehensive KYC & AML SaaS that requires no integration and no setup cost. You can set up a service in minutes, test the service for free and start verifying and on-boarding users. Currently with more than 160,000 verified user identity profiles, Blockpass facilitates instant onboarding, and to date almost 5000 services have taken advantage of this opportunity to get access to users with reusable digital identity profiles.

“Seedify is a leader in the blockchain gaming industry and we were delighted to work with them to bring our compliance technology to that space,” said Adam Vaziri, Blockpass CEO. “By bringing seamless and efficient identity verification to gamers we hope to facilitate a safe and secure ecosystem where they can play and earn.”

“Blockpass’ compliance software provides a vital solution, ensuring ease of use, along with a safe and secure KYC process,” noted Levent Cem Aydan, Founder and CEO – Seedify. “This gives us the ability to seamlessly and efficiently onboard new users, maintaining the integrity of our platform and giving our community confidence that their private data is protected.”

Blockpass has grown significantly in size and use since its inception, both in the number and range of users and organizations it has partnered with and the scope of its work. Blockpass continues to develop its digital identity protocol with updates and additions to improve the compliance experience. The existential need for DeFi projects to be regulatory compliant and the recent integrations have led to a surge in interest for Blockpass’ On-chain KYC(TM) solution. Through its recent work with Animoca Brands, Blockpass is developing the ability to provide KYC where the delivery of the verification result is provably sent and shown on a blockchain without sharing the underlying data. This represents a significant step towards the future Blockpass hopes to bring about where identity verification can be proved without revealing any personal information at all.

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Semper Fortis Esports enters Axie Infinity and Hearthstone with Dual Capacity Player

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Semper Fortis will become one of the first professional esports companies to enter the play-to-earn market via its very own division of the SMPR team                                                                              

Semper Fortis Esports PLC, the esports company focused on establishing esports teams, forming brand and technology partnerships, and providing business to business advisory services, is pleased to announce its entry into the blockchain based, Non-fungible Token (NFT) video game, Axie Infinity and collectible card game, Hearthstone.                                                                             

The company’s esports team, SMPR has made an official signing of Aleksei Bakumenko (‘Iner’) to compete in both Axie Infinity and Hearthstone for the upcoming season. The player has signed a three-month contract with an option to renew for an additional six months thereafter. They will receive an annual salary and performance-based incentives.                                                                           

The new hire is the first competitive esports players competing in the play-to-earn division of Semper Fortis Esports, where players will be incentivised to compete on behalf of the company for cryptocurrency-based returns in the form of NFTs.                                                                           

Axie Infinity is a trading and battling game that allows players to collect, breed, raise, battle and trade creatures known as “axies” (characters based on axolotl), which are digitized as NFTs. The game uses a “play-to-earn” model (also called “pay-to-play-to-earn” model) where participants can earn a token which is traded on Binance as an Ethereum-based cryptocurrency. Players can also exchange in-game assets as NFTs. Axie Infinity allows users to cash-out these tokens for monetary gains every 14 days.                                                                              

In October 2021, Vietnamese studio Sky Mavis the developer of Axie infinity raised $150 million Series B at a $3 billion Valuation with highly renowned investors involved including Andreessen Horowitz and Mark Cuban. As of October 2021, the game nears 2 million Daily Active Users and has generated close to $2.3 billion in total sales volume since it was launched in 2018.                                                                              

With this appointment, the company will be one of the first professional esports companies to enter the play-to-earn market via its very own division of the SMPR team. The company will look to expand on this division through development and recruitment to earn NFT based rewards through games as a revenue model going forward. Axie tokens are currently trading at circa $120, a staggering 1,200x their initial offer price from 2020.                                     

In addition to Axie Infinity, the newly recruited Aleksei Bakumenko (‘Iner’) is a current ranked Hearthstone player and will also look to compete in the popular free-to-play online digital collectible card game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. The game is played as an esport, with high-level tournaments such as Blizzard’s official World Championship featuring a prize pool of up to $1 million.                                                                           

Iner’ is currently ranked in ninth place in the Hearthstone EMEA and comes with a digital footprint of almost 75,000 followers across social media channels comprising of 1,475 followers on Twitter, 68,200 followers on Twitch and 4,770 subscribers on YouTube.                                                                            

Iner’s addition takes the total number of active players on the SMPR roster across to nine and opens the brand up to two new competitive esports and audience types across a digital presence. The player comes with a distinguished digital footprint and a significant following from his competitive region of Russia, a market which the Company sees as a large opportunity to capture in the esports space.                                                                                                   

Kevin Soltani, CEO of Semper Fortis Esports, commented: “Our team is extremely proud to share the additions of Axie Infinity and Hearthstone to our esports games participation and to further strengthen our player roster. Semper Fortis is determined to revolutionise the play to earn space, in merging it with competitive esports play. Our latest signing will pioneer our strategy to build out the SMPR play-to-earn division, opening doors for a new pool of players entering the esports space and diversifying the company’s revenue model. Gaming and blockchain are two of the fastest growing industries and with our team being highly experienced in both, we are geared for an exciting season ahead.”                                                                        

Nolan Bushnell, a Non-Executive Director of Semper Fortis Esports, commented: “The play-to- earn movement is currently in rapid growth and we are very excited to see its evolving nature in the world of competitive esports.”

                                                                               

 

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