By Pavo Jurkic
October 14, 2019
Amidst the whole situation regarding Hong Kong protests, Blitzchung sanctions, an exciting trading card game took the opportunity for free promotion, and I have to admit they’ve took their chance brilliantly.
Shortly after Blizzard announced they’ve banned Blitzchung for expressing his support for Hong Kong protests and rescinded all of his earnings, Gods Unchained announced via Twitter that they’ll pay all rescinded money and give Blitzchung a direct invitation to their $500,000 Gods Unchained event.
.@Blizzard_Ent just banned @blitzchungHS and stripped his Hearthstone winnings because they care about money more than freedom. We will pay for ALL his lost winnings and a ticket to our $500k tournament: no player should be punished for their beliefs. #freegaming https://t.co/ONvtkG4x9G— Gods Unchained (@GodsUnchained) October 8, 2019
Even though this is an obviously well-executed business move more than anything else, it still brings forth the question – what is Gods Unchained?
Let’s talk about that!
Gods Unchained is a brand-new collectible trading card game, aesthetically similar to Hearthstone, but with a massive twist to its name (more on that later). The gameplay is somewhat similar to the likes of Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering Arena, as it’s the same game genre. The game is currently in open beta, and you can download and play it for free. The system requirements are pretty lenient just like you’d come to expect from a TCG game such as this one, so there’s nothing to worry about as far as that’s concerned.
The main goal of the game is to use your God’s ability and your cards to bring your opponent’s health points to zero while making sure your health points are safe. There’s nothing unusual there; it’s the same old story we’ve grown accustomed to in the world of collectible trading card games.
However, Gods Unchained is not your typical TCG by any means. Believe it or not, it’s powered by the Blockchain, the sophisticated system that’s in charge of “running” cryptocurrencies.
But what does that have to do with the game itself?
Now that we’ve answered the question of what is Gods Unchained in the briefest of terms, let’s talk about its connection to the Blockchain and just what sort of a system it’s using to its advantage!
First of all, you have to understand the decentralized nature of the Blockchain. I don’t want to go into too much depth as this is not a cryptocurrency website, but here’s a quick Blockchain 101:
Blockchain is a highly sophisticated system that records and keeps track of cryptocurrency transactions. Each transaction has to be validated by numerous computers on the Blockchain network, making it almost impossible for any retroactive alterations (read exploits). It relies on three basic pillars – decentralization, transparency, and immutability.
The biggest difference between Gods Unchained and all other games in the TCG genre is the fact GU players can freely trade and sell their cards as if they were real. Yep, we’re talking about the same level of ownership as real cards, making the experience that much more realistic, immersive, and tangible.
Usually, when you buy cards, skins, or anything else in the games you play, you don’t actually own those items, the company in charge of the game licenses them to you. That’s why selling your skins and other cosmetic items in exchange for real money is always against the TOS.
With Gods Unchained, you as the player are free to do whatever you want with your cards. You can trade them with other players, or buy/sell them for real money on the Blockchain. While this might seem like the ideal pay-to-win scheme, the developers promised they’ll do everything they can to balance the game out so that competitive decks aren’t too expensive for casual Joes.
All things considered, Gods Unchained seems to be onto something here. The game is still in beta, with the public launch set for late October. There’s a whole set of cards that’s exclusive to beta players, meaning it won’t be available when the game comes out (it’s sort of like an ICO, come to think of it), so if you want to be a part of this exciting scheme, go to the GU official website and try the game out for free!