Unity integrates Tezo’s blockchain into the game engine
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Unity has integrated a verified Web3 software development kit (SDK) built for the Tezos blockchain on the Unity Asset Store.
The announcement marks the first blockchain SDK co-developed with Unity in a new initiative to grow Web3 game development.
The Tezos SDK gives game developers a path to focus on Web3 gaming with a complete set that allows them to do things like connect to a Tezos blockchain wallet.
Using the wallet pairing feature of the SDK, developers can allow users to authenticate using their Tezos blockchain credentials. Players can securely authenticate themselves in a game, sign blockchain transactions, access all assets on the chain and use cryptocurrency to purchase in-game services, features or assets, Tezos said.
The SDK also enables game developers to capture data on the Tezos blockchain, such as checking which in-game features or in-game assets the user owns. More importantly, users can manage the storage of their assets via smart contracts or call views off-chain, creating access to any data stored on the blockchain.
And the SDK enables developers to call smart contracts. Games will be able to generate calls to Tezos smart contracts, to be signed by the user, opening up the unlimited possibilities of smart contracts on Tezos. From simple transactions like purchasing extra features using cryptocurrency, to generating in-game assets based on achievements, this feature will allow users to trade on public marketplaces, transfer in-game assets, or participate in multi-game challenges.
And Tezos said it enables true ownership of in-game assets. Through the SDK, users will be able to own and easily verify the authenticity of their in-game assets via the Tezos blockchain. Signing data through smart contracts enables games to ask users to verify the authenticity of data signed by other users.
Tezos SDK supports desktop, Android, iOS and web browsers. In addition to allowing game developers to interact with the Tezos blockchain, this SDK is aimed at any app developer creating a Tezos decentralized application (dApp).
“We are thrilled to see the release of this SDK in partnership with Unity, which brings Web3 games to the most popular game development platform,” Jeremy Foo, global head of games at Trilitech, said in a statement. “This is the first comprehensive blockchain SDK co-developed with Unity, providing game developers with an easy-to-use, end-to-end solution for adding a wide range of Web3 features that will make the game more enjoyable for players.”
The co-developed Web3 SDK between Unity and the Tezos ecosystem is among the first of its kind to be added to the Unity Asset Store and demonstrates growing momentum for players to build on the future-proof blockchain.
Unlike traditional proof-of-work blockchains, Tezos’ proof-of-stake mechanism is an energy-efficient approach to securing its network, ensuring that new applications and games built on Tezos don’t drive unnecessarily high energy consumption, the company said.
Tezos is one of the blockchains with on-chain governance, which allows community members to propose upgrades to the protocol to continuously evolve and meet the needs of its users without disrupting or splitting the network.
Popular gaming companies and organizations currently building on Tezos include Ubisoft, CCP Games (Eve Online), esports teams Team Vitality and Misfits Gaming Group, and indie Beat Em’ up style games like Blockxer and others.
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