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Free-to-Play Summit: Frictionless Open Market Gaming

Don Norbury  (Studio Head, Shrapnel)

Location: Room 2016, West Hall

Date: Tuesday, March 21

Time: 4:40 pm - 5:10 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Free-to-Play

Format: Lecture

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: Intermediate

Proper Blockchain application to games requires understanding and dealing with open-market/free-floating economic principles. Critical elements such as value accrual and scarcity can not be evaluated on an individual-basis and familiar metrics around retention and conversion start to serve a smaller image of the health of a project.

In this presentation we'll review the state of Blockchain game economic models, some familiar patterns being utilized, and some examples of game design principles that can be used to shore up the need to maintain a healthy game where the value of goods, items, and even the currency itself is defined by the players and not the developers.


Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of the open-market influences on item and currency value in GameFi enabled games - as well as some strategies to model healthy games and allow for F2P acquisition without burning their economies to the ground.

Intended Audience

Game industry members interested in or actively building a Blockchain and GameFi enabled game. Experience with designing games and economies is not required, but attendees will gain more value if they have some history in the space.