SKARA, developer and publisher of the eponymous free-to-play competitive team-based melee combat game, has announced a token sale that promises to introduce both innovative gameplay and disrupt established business models for video game publishers.
The company has created SKARAT (SKARA Token), an ERC-20 token based on the Ethereum blockchain, which can be traded on the open market.
SKARA’S ultimate aim is to use SKARAT to introduce a new gameplay mechanic to players and to shake up the way in-game currencies have been used historically in the video games industry.
SKARA has adopted blockchain technology to decentralise the in-game economy, allowing players to keep real ownership of their hard-earned in-game assets, including SKARATS, safely and securely outside of the game’s control.
This disrupts the prevailing model whereby games publishers reap the rewards of in-game transactions, pushing gamers towards risky black markets if they want to cash in on their hard work.
As such, SKARA players will be free to buy, sell or trade these assets for a profit in external markets, such as Counterparty, where SKARA has already placed some of these assets, which are already being traded.
SKARA is also making it possible for players to win monetary prizes and for spectators to bet, all within the game.
And the opportunity for investors is enormous. Since inception in 2012, the Alpha release of SKARA – The Blade Remains has clocked up more than 30 awards, 350,000+ installs via the market-leading Steam PC games platform and tens of thousands of in-game transactions.
2018 will be a pivotal year for the franchise, with key roadmap developments to include:
- The multiplayer version going into Beta on January 23rdvia Steam
- The introduction of SKARAT cryptocurrency – Token Sale begins on January 23rd
- The January launch of the first novel based in the SKARA universe via book publisher Planeta
- The creation of a SKARA eSports league, beginning March
- Competitive tournaments with SKARAT prizes
- An in-game betting platform
- A companion mobile offering
- A series of single-player games
- Releaser of the game on console platforms
- In-game trading of assets
A team of 20 are currently working on realising the game’s product roadmap.
SKARA plans on implementing betting options using their new token, the SKARAT
Cesar Ortega (co-founder of SKARA) stated:
“The opportunity is there to connect this successful market into the game, to help players more directly–and also the developers. We think it’s a great way to even the odds out for those who put their sweat and time into actually making the game happen.”
The SKARAT betting platform is still a ways out of becoming a reality, but the SKARA team says they are actively working with a partner to make sure they get it right.
One aspect of that is making sure the timing is right.
“Good bets are very time dependent,” explained SKARA CTO Victor Moreno. If the feedback is too late, the wagers would be wrong, thus jeapordizing the market. By connecting it into the game, we eliminate that concern.”
SKARAT owners should be excited about the potential.
Pablo Rodriguez (SKARA CEO) said:
“Using our own token will help facilitate SKARA’s eSports league development. Players will get more rewards which they can cash in at their leasure. Betting will enable non-competitive players to be more directly involved and in a way that isn’t harmful.”
If you want to explore the SKARA universe we invite you to visit https://www.skaratoken.com.
SKARA Token Pre-Sale will end on 21st January 2018 at 5 pm CET (11 am ET) when the Token Sale starts. SKARA Token Sale starts on 23rd January 2018 at 5 pm CET (11 am ET). It will end on 23rd February 2018 at 5 pm CET (11 am ET) or when the CAP is reached. There will be a total maximum of 20,000,000 SKARA tokens.