On top of the fundraising, Block.Party has come out with a major content partnership announcement, stating that it plans to adapt its own version of The Settlers of Catan, a popular multiplayer board game designed by Klaus Teuber and first published in 1995 where gamers assume the role of settlers to create colonies through resource acquisition and trading.
? The Settlers of Catan is Official
? TechCrunch Gets Hands on Demo
? Closed Beta Testing Begins
— PlayTable (@PlayTableUSA) September 28, 2018
According to the announcement, the upcoming PlayTable device will leverage blockchain technology to recognize real-world objects, including game pieces and cards, which essentially creates a hybrid between tabletop and video gaming.
Through this platform, gamers will be able to play on a digital representation of the board while select physical pieces are incorporated in order to maintain “a very visceral experience … that a digital version can’t ever capture,” said CEO Jimmy Chen.
The blockchain element, which leverages the Ethereum network, opens doors for unique collectibles, in addition to cross-device trading and storage.
The PlayTable version of settler Catan is currently being tested in a closed beta. Interested gamers can pre-order your PlayTable now for an early bird discount.
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