Six Things Blockchain Can Do For Gaming

| April 14, 2020

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Since their foundation in the 1970s and 80s, video games have moved from fringe interest to a major media staple. The industry has enjoyed huge revenues from dedicated fans, especially over the past few months, and the growth shows no sign of slowing down. Gaming is also an industry renowned for its commitment to innovation, adopting technological developments and spawning a fair few of its own. Chief amongst technological developments over the last decade has been blockchain technology, the new system of trading and ownership built on transparency and decentralization, the standard-bearer of which is the digital currency.

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Skillshot Media is a 35-person esports tournament operator and production company based in Alpharetta, GA. We’re a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hi-Rez Studios, the developer of online multiplayer games SMITE and Paladins. We operate multiple esports leagues for both SMITE and Paladins, as well as games from other publishers. Our recently opened production studio features 16,000 square feet of cutting-edge production technology, soundproof player booths for live events, and custom show stages designed for an immersive broadcast experience. With our experienced staff and a studio space tailored to competitive gaming, we’re hoping to take community-driven esports to the next level, expand opportunities for our current leagues, and explore partnerships with new games and developers that are looking to create their own esports leagues.

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Skillshot Media

Skillshot Media is a 35-person esports tournament operator and production company based in Alpharetta, GA. We’re a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hi-Rez Studios, the developer of online multiplayer games SMITE and Paladins. We operate multiple esports leagues for both SMITE and Paladins, as well as games from other publishers. Our recently opened production studio features 16,000 square feet of cutting-edge production technology, soundproof player booths for live events, and custom show stages designed for an immersive broadcast experience. With our experienced staff and a studio space tailored to competitive gaming, we’re hoping to take community-driven esports to the next level, expand opportunities for our current leagues, and explore partnerships with new games and developers that are looking to create their own esports leagues.

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