NEM (XEM), a cryptocurrency project building a network designed for better-performing smart assets, has joined several other major blockchain platforms by targetting gaming as a major pillar of user acquisition.

Toward that end, NEM has begun to highlight major XEM-fueled platforms and dapps focused on gaming, with the most recent being Xarcade, a video game distribution and exchange platform for both game publishers and gamers.


According to Xarcade’s website, the project is building a decentralized version of Steam, where games are built on and uploaded to the NEM blockchain through the use of the Xarcade Software Developer Kit (SDK).

Similar to platforms like VeChain-powered Plair and Ultra, the Xarcade platform aims to reduce costs for both game developers and gamers by reducing the fees associated with centralized middlemen, which generally take a 30% cut of all sales.

Xarcade is fueled by a token (XAR) that is designed to be consumed and is pegged to the euro. This stability is designed to provide publishers with a steady revenue stream — tokens will be easily convertible to XEM or BTC on public exchanges. XAR was initially distributed via a private sale, and no public ICO will be conducted.

The first two games highlighted by Xarcade include Send ’em to Hell, a mobile game published by Xhai Studios, and Outbreak, a Tron-inspired arcade shooter and runner game published by Synthetic Games.

Other major blockchain projects have recently started to focus on blockchain gaming applications, include Waves (WAVES), which launched a nearly $2 million fund (1,000,000 WAVES) dedicated to building games on its network, and TRON (TRX), which announced its own $100 million development fund last week.

XEM is currently down 2.4% on the day to $0.07768, giving the altcoin a $699.1 million market cap and making it the 14th largest coin in the AltDex 100 Index (ALT100), a benchmark index for large-cap cryptocurrencies and tokens.

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