Zynga is making a grand entrance into the world of gaming with blockchain elements. Their first title Sugartown is the latest very much so anticipated game coming to the web3 space. The creators behind Farmville and many other hyper casual and mobile games are launching Ethereum-based Sugartown before the end of 2023. Sugartown is not solely a game, it’s going to be a platform for gamers around the world.
Through the immersive Sugartown platform, gamers will be able to earn in-game rewards in the form of digital collectibles, also referred to as non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Zynga now officially is the first major global mobile game developer studio creating a web3 game of this size to be developed on Ethereum.
Storyline around Sugartown
According to a press release on VentureBeat, the storyline around Sugartown revolves around three farm animals. By accident they open up a wormhole inside Sugartown from another dimension. Through this wormhole, peculiar beings referred to as Ora’s manage to enter Sugartown’s city. Thanks to Ora’s unmatched creativity, they are able to completely transform Sugartown into a vibrant and immersive playground stockpiled with fun and games.
Ora’s in Sugartown
By using your Ethereum based Ora, in more technical terms an ERC-721 token or NFT, you can prove ownership which grants access to enter Sugartown. These Ora’s can be staked to earn in-game energy continuously. The amount of energy a player gains through staking Ora’s in Sugartown determines how many or how often games can be played. This all leads up to earning Sugar through gameplay. What is Sugar in Sugartown? Sugar is the in-game currency used in Sugartown to unlock exciting rewards. These rewards are not yet determined, but are expected to be NFTs.
“We’re excited to launch Sugartown both as Zynga’s first Web3 game and as the first new Web3 game with an original IP by a major mobile game developer. Zynga has always been on the forefront of innovation, and with Sugartown, our ambition is to empower players through a sustainable Web3 platform full of fun and enduring games. We created Sugartown to appeal to a native Web3 market but with the ambition of scaling much wider over time while we build a passionate and engaged community of holders we hope will enjoy this experience as much as we loved bringing it to life.”Zynga vice president of Web3, Matt Wolf, in a statement.
Allowlist for Sugartown’s Ora mint
For those who want to get in to Sugartown early, there’s a few more hours left to have a chance to get on the allowlist through their post on X. All you have to do is write a reply to this thread on X while using the hashtag #Zynga. An allowlist gives a group of individuals permission to mint their upcoming NFT collection before anyone else gets their hands on it. More details on the digital collectible collections around Sugartown have yet to be revealed. Apart from the Ora lore and the supply of 10,000 Ora’s in their first NFT collection.
At this time owning Ora’s is required to be able to play any mini-games inside the Sugartown platform. Zynga will continue to expand on this new immersive gaming experience and is anticipating to evolve the experience together with their community. The ambition is there to scale over time while building out an engaged and passionate community of players behind Sugartown.
“As Web3 rapidly grows and evolves, it’s challenging to keep up with the shifting regulatory landscape and ensure that game economies operate in an ethical, compliant manner. Zynga and Forte both share a commitment to robust compliance and proper licensing to create lasting, sustainable economic opportunities for the player community, and protect all parties involved in the ecosystem.”Catherine Mylinh, chief growth officer at Forte, in a statement.
- Sugartown x Wale Space on X, at 9:00am PST on August 15th
- The Mint Decision, at 12:00pm PST on August 17th
- Sugartown x Zeneca Space on X, date and time TBA
Zynga is known to be a global leader in interactive entertainment as a fully owned subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Founded in 2007, this is a dinosaur in the industry, now dipping their toes in web3 on this scale for the first time. Zynga is headquartered in California, with offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. Their reach stretches across the globe over 175 countries and regions, with a diverse portfolio of globally recognized gaming brands. Together they have gained over four billion downloads with titles as CSR Racing™, Empires & Puzzles™, FarmVille™, Golf Rival™, Hair Challenge™, Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells™, High Heels!™, Merge Dragons!™, Merge Magic!™, Toon Blast™, Toy Blast™, Words With Friends™ and Zynga Poker™.
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