Brian Fargo Working On Blockchain Based PC Gaming Storefront Robot Cache

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 17, 2018

In addition, gamers can opt in to mine digital assets (IRON) that can be applied towards the purchase of games. Robot Cache plans to revolutionise the industry by launching the first-ever workable decentralised video game marketplace that benefits both the creators of video games and gamers.

Robot Cache is a victory for digital PC gamers and the publishers who create games.

Robot Cache's DRM is based on blockchain, a system of smart contracts that ensures digital ownership.

For instance, Robot Cache will apparently offer the "lowest transaction fees of any digital PC video game distribution platform", letting indies and triple-A studios alike pocket up to 95 percent of sales proceeds.

Robot Cache was unveiled by Brian Fargo, a veteran video game executive best known for founding Interplay Productions (Fallout 1) and InXile Entertainment (Wasteland 2). "This gives us more resources to create new content and new IPs for fans".

Robot Cache is still finalising how exactly games will be selected to appear on the platform, but a rep tells me there'll be curation involved. Robot Cache will also have its own cryptocurrency called Iron, earned through mining or game resales, that can be used for games purchases or cashed out.

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Head over to the Robot Cache website for more. It has also been revealed that Iron will be awarded when community milestones are reached, and incorporated into a rewards program.

For the more nitty-gritty about the cryptocurrency, it's based on the ERC-20 standard, which you may or may not know of through it being supported by Ethereum, one of the major cryptocurrencies. Robot Cache will pre-sell tokens starting this week, which will be converted into IRON at the service's launch in the second quarter of this year. SAFTs are expected to begin being offered in an Institutional Pre-sale on January 17, 2018, and SAFTs are expected to begin being offered in an Accredited Public Pre-sale on February 15, 2018. Industry standard is 70% on new game sales. The solicitation, offer, and sale of SAFTs will be conducted in a manner that is compliant with applicable securities laws and regulations, including Rule 506 (c) of Regulation D. Only verified accredited investors will be eligible to purchase SAFTs.

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While other online game distributors like GOG, Humble Bundle and first-party Publisher stores exist, Steam has long dominated video game sales on the PC platform. While some developers have grumbled at the high fees, the good part is that in the case of Steam those are fees only for the revenue intake, so you're not losing much upfront, as opposed to physical distribution and retail sales. Founded by video game legend Brian Fargo, Robot Cache is led by video game luminaries such as Lee Jacobson (CEO), Mark Caldwell (CTO) and Philippe Erwin (GC & VP of Business Development).

Robot Cache has said that players will be able to cash out, but the company has not yet made a deal with any third-party vendors, though it's now researching the available options. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

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