Epic Games Adds First-Ever NFT Game

Posted September 18th 2022
Epic Games Adds First-Ever NFT Game

Epic Games, the creator of the popular online video game Fortnite, just launched its first non-fungible token (NFT) and blockchain-based game on its marketplace.

“Blankos Block Party” from Mythical Games is a free multiplayer game that revolves around collectible digital vinyl toys called Blankos. The game — inspired by designer and vinyl toy culture and co-developed by Mythical Games and Third Kind Games — is part of Mythical Games’ push towards creating games with playable NFTs where the characters are NFTs users can own.

In Blankos Block Party, toys come to life in the form of avatars and players can have adventures, build worlds, create games, socialize, and of course, have a block party. The NFTs in the game symbolize unique products like avatars, skins, and accessories that can be bought, sold, traded, and upgraded within the game.

Blankos Block Party was previously released on the developer’s own website in December 2020. Since release, the game has partnered with artists and brands including Burberry, Atari, and Deadmau5.

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Last year when Epic Games’ rival Valve blocked blockchain-based games and NFT-related content on its platform Steam, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney did tweet, “Epic Games Store will welcome games that make use of blockchain tech provided they follow the relevant laws, disclose their terms, and are age-rated by an appropriate group.”

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For now, Blankos Block Party is in its early access stage and will be available fully from September 28, 2022. While it is the first official NFT game to be added to Epic Games’ roster, it will not be the last. This is because Developer Gala Games has also confirmed that its ’Grit’ NFT game will be added at some point in the future. 

This is a very significant development seeing as Epic Games is such a leader in its field and while it took a bit longer than others to embrace NFTs, it seems fully onboard now. This development is also interesting given the fact that Fortnite, one of its most notable projects, formally banned NFTs from its servers earlier this year.

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