[PRE-ANN/DISCUSSION][COMPANY] Firstblood.io - Decentralized eSports Platform



  • Hi Crypto Central,

    we are Project FirstBlood! An upcoming DAPPs built with smart contracts and oracles in the blockchain. We want to build a platform that lets eSports players challenge each other in the field and win rewards.

    Project FirstBlood

    Join Our Slack Chat

    30 Second Pitch

    FirstBlood.io is a platform that lets eSports players
    challenge each other in the field and win rewards.
    Made possible by smart contracts and oracles in the Ethereum blockchain.




    International Versions

    ENGLISH | CHINESE 中文 | RUSSIAN русский | KOREAN 한국

    Project Links

    Communication : Project Slack
    Presentation: Chinese 中文版 | English Version| Russian русский | Korean 한국어
    Home Page: Click Here | or https://www.firstblood.io

    What We've Noticed...

    However...

    Issues are…...



    Our Solution?






    How does it work?

    The Overview

    FirstBlood.io (“FirstBlood”) is an upcoming eSports gaming platform that will allow individuals to test their skill and compete in 1v1 and team vs team matches for popular online games, such as League of Legends, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. FirstBlood will launch with support for a single gaming community,
    with plans to quickly expand to encompass all the most popular skill based eSports.

    Autonomous

    FirstBlood’s innovations will allow skill based competition to take place independent of middlemen, such as financial institutions or casinos. Ethereum allows for fast, secure and reliable processing of results and distributions from competitive eSports matches. Unlike existing platforms (both skill and game of chance based), all FirstBlood’s transactions are publicly verifiable, viewable, resistant to counterfeit, and not subject to the risk of institutional processing.

    Decentralized

    Traditional online businesses with a centralized structure are subject to hacking, strict financial regulations, and onerous overhead costs. P2P decentralization allows skill based competition without reliance on payment processors, reduces regulatory burdens, and protects against organizational corruption such as fraud and embezzlement.

    Fully Automated

    Each match outcome will be automatically verified by data obtained directly from game servers using a custom oracle. Payouts will be rewarded to the winner based on the data from the gaming server.
    This will eliminate the risk of fraud reporting that is rampant on similar platforms.

    Justice & Protection

    Cheating has been an issue in the gaming industry from day one and continues to negatively affect competitive gaming. To combat this risk, FirstBlood will deploy a decentralized adjudication system (Jury Voting Portal or JVP) to deal with in-game disputes. A deposit fee will be required from the player who opens the dispute.
    This fee will be used pay a randomized jury to adjudicate the claim.


    Gamification Design

    We plan to add a gamification element to this eSports platform by introducing concepts
    like global ranking (leaderboard style), dynamic Matchmaking Ranking (MMR) , reputations and achievements badges (on GUI).

    Our Community

    When we first introduced our concept to the digital currency community, we received an overwhelmingly positive response; we’ve become one of the top prospective projects in the space! We are expanding our community outreach to inform other cryptocurrency gamers about our upcoming closed Alpha test.

    Future Vision

    FirstBlood aims to be the preferred global platform for skill based eSports competitors.
    The project will initially focus on one gaming community but will expand to include all the major competitive eSports games.

    In time, FirstBlood aims to become a leading brand in competitive eSports,
    affiliated with P2P gaming as well as influential regional and global tournaments.
    Our team will work with leading game developers to enhance the gaming experience for all users,
    encouraging higher levels of participation on all parties platforms’.

    Our Team


    Stay Connected

    Communication : Project Slack
    Home Page: Click Here | or https://www.firstblood.io

    ***We are now providing invitations to our private alpha test! Space is limited, get your invite at https://www.firstblood.io/invite today!***



  • Hi CC Community!

    CC Admins were kind enough to set us up with an account and make a few OPs for us, Thank You!!

    We updated the initial post and are updating the other ones. Do you guys have any questions for us? We'd be happy to answer any questions here or on our Slack.

    Looking forward to being an active member of this community :)


  • admins

    You are welcome, thanks for joining community and be a active member. ☺


    @firstblood said:

    Hi CC Community!
    CC Admins were kind enough to set us up with an account and make a few OPs for us, Thank You!!
    We updated the initial post and are updating the other ones. Do you guys have any questions for us? We'd be happy to answer any questions here or on our Slack.

    Looking forward to being an active member of this community :)


  • *** Special Announcement***

    Hi Guys,

    We are happy to announce that FirstBlood Fans will be able to access our closed alpha starting next week! This will be available to anyone who’s signed up on our Slack group: https://firstbloodio.herokuapp.com/

    Since starting this project, countless individuals from all over the world have come forward to translate, market, and even code, asking nothing in return except that we build a successful platform. We are blown away by this support and would love for our community to play a roll in FirstBlood’s continued development. This is why we have created a poll for all of you to select the first major eSports title that FirstBlood will support.

    The choices are:

    - League of Legends
    - CS:GO
    - Dota 2
    - Hearthstone

    There is also a write in option if your game of choice has not been listed.

    Visit the link below to submit your vote:
    https://firstblood.io/vote

    Looking forward to seeing you on the battlefield! Vote and let the games begin!! Grin

    Sincerely,
    The FirstBlood Team



  • Happy to announce we successfully tested our first game!




    Trump Dice! Get rich quick (on testnet Cheesy ) with minimal work!

    Smart contract and oracle are working 100%. Our Slack users will be able to test the alpha in about a week.




  • White Paper of First Blood:




    https://github.com/Firstbloodio/white-paper/blob/m...


    Table of Contents Read Full White paper as per above link:


    Abstract
    Autonomous
    Decentralized
    Fully Automated
    Market
    Opportunity
    The Solution
    Future Vision
    Licensing
    App Token
    Token Acquisition
    Token Presale
    Playing Matches
    Match Result Verification
    Witnesses
    Jury Voting Pool
    Sybil Attack Prevention
    Dynamic Reward Formulas
    Hosting Tournaments
    Referral Rewards
    Gamification Design
    Global Ranking
    Lessons and Mentorships
    Matchmaking Ranking
    User Reputation System
    Reputation Incentive
    Platform Design
    Applications UI/UX
    App Availability
    Desktop App
    App Architecture
    Security Audit
    Timeline
    Funding breakdown
    The Team
    Experience and Traction
    Members
    Advisors
    Disclaimer




  • Interview

    Marco Cuesta from Firstblood.io





  • Razer Mechanical Gaming Keyboard International Giveaway




    How do I win?

    The guys at FirstBlood are giving away this awesome keyboard to one lucky winner. "Give it to me now" you say? Well to be in the running, you have to do just a little work and help spread the word about FirstBlood for us. To enter, head over to https://firstblood.io/giveaway/2 and follow the instructions. Good luck!




    Play eSports, Win Rewards

    FirstBlood.io is a platform that lets eSports players challenge each other in the field and win rewards.

    One lucky winner will win a Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Keyboard

    Revisit daily to complete tasks for a greater chance of winning!

    WARNING: USERS CAUGHT UNDOING ANY TASKS LIKE DELETING TWEETS, UNFOLLOWING, UNSUBSCRIBING ETC WOULD BE DISQUALIFIED AND WON'T BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR UPCOMING GIVEAWAYS. IT'S ADVISED BETTER NOT TO PERFORM A TASK RATHER THAN LOSING ALL OF YOUR ENTRIES.





  • FirstBlood Presented at Ethereum Meetup in HongKong



    FirstBlood Presented Its Plan to Bring Blockchain Technology to eSports.


    Video will be uploaded soon.









  • Easy Guide: Use MyEtherWallet to participate in FirstBlood Crowdsale [Infographic][Critical Update!]













  • Inaugural FirstBlood Social Tournament!

    What?

    Rather than sitting on our hands waiting for @zackcoburn to code up the alpha, let's get down to doing what we all game here to do; play more video games!
    For the fun and lulz of it, and to get to know the community a little better, we've decided to set up a very informal League of Legends tournament! Hopefully the first of many.
    We say informal because we wont actually be using FirstBlood, instead one of our trained monkey's will handle everything behind the scenes.


    When?

    On Sunday the 20th of November at 2PM EST.


    Prizes

    Have not been decided just yet, but everyone will get a couple of stickers and give a little something extra to the team that emerges victorious at the end of the day!

    Signup

    To sign up, reply to this thread with your summoner name before Wednesday the 16th of November.

    Format

    Games will be standard 5v5 games on Summoner's Rift using a tournament draft.
    The tournament will be a single elimination bracket, the size of which will be dependent on how many signups we get.

    Teams

    To ensure that everyone meets some new people and talent is divided evenly, we'll divide players up by rank randomly split the talent between teams. So you'll be on a team with some other random FirstBlood community members that are probably a very different skill level.



  • Win 7200 RP in the Inaugural FirstBlood Social Tournament


    Event link: http://events.na.leagueoflegends.com/events/228607



  • Reward the Journey


    First and foremost, I want to say a huge thank you to the incredible community of crypto nerds and gamers that made it possible for us to start on this journey together. You guys are flat out amazing and we can not wait to deliver this platform for you.Let me tell you all a little about myself to help everyone understand why this project means so much to me. I’m sure this is a pretty familiar story to a lot of you, but growing up there was an endless argument between my well wishing parents and me, a video game obsessed kid who just wanted to grind my way up through whatever game I was into at the time. “Stop wasting your life away,” “go out and build something,” “do something that’s going to help you get a job some day.” It’s a conflict that has stayed with me as an adult; doing what I love vs doing something that can actually become a career.Despite that conflict, as a kid I committed endless hours leading a guild, organizing raids, and playing 5v5 on those ancient Dota maps. Purely for the joy of it. As an adult, I’ve spent way more time than I probably should grinding my way to Diamond in League of Legends. The challenge, community, camaraderie, and sense of accomplishment has been something I have rarely experienced anywhere else. As a n00b or vet, the challenge of grinding out games and honing skills is an endless motivator; I relish the respect gained by working my way up to the point where I can crush my buddies.This time and effort was purely for the love of it. While I was growing up, the dream — making a living playing video games — was there, but never felt like it was something that was actually within reach. The industry was still finding its feet. Tournaments were frequent, but prize pools were negligible, and full time pro gamers were few and far between. In hindsight, it’s easy to see my parents’ concern. Video games and esports were not a viable career option at the time.Enter the esports boom! A whole generation of video game obsessed kids grew up into video game obsessed adults. A radical increase in consumer computing power and internet bandwidth developed, and at some point in the last decade the internet exploded with Kappas. Now it seems like every gamer on the planet is broadcasting gaming prowess and fails on Twitch. Suddenly, the impossible dream is within reach. With prize pools for some of the major tournaments in the tens of millions and online viewer ratings at all time highs, the pay and celebrity of top tier gamers now rival that of traditional sports. Hell, pro-gamers in Korea are practically gods! Anyone playing League of Legends now has about as much justification for practicing his or her last hits as someone playing basketball practicing his free throws; there are legitimate career opportunities and, with a whole host of universities beginning to offer esports scholarships, the opportunities are expanding.So where does FirstBlood fit into all this? We want to help bridge the gap between the pinnacle of esports and that player sitting at home holding on to the dream. While streaming services like Twitch have lowered the barrier to entry for gamers to monetize their passion, success on Twitch is reserved for those with the rare combination of skill and personality. To be a truly successful streamer, you need to possess the same kind of charisma that would make one successful as any kind of media personality. We want to lower the barrier to entry even further. Monetizing your passion should be a matter of who has the most skill. We see FirstBlood as the answer to this.The climb should be as rewarding as the summit. With FirstBlood, you’ll be rewarded for winning. And as you win, you’ll climb. So rather than the countless hours spent grinding, hoping for the eventual reward, if and when you finally reach the peak, gamers can be rewarded for their entire esports journey, not just for reaching the summit. This venture excites me because it represents an opportunity I never felt like I had as a gamer; a way to monetise parts of the journey. FirstBlood is a new avenue for gamers to chase the dream that so many of us were, and still are, discouraged from, because it just didn’t seem real. With FirstBlood, the dream is right there for the taking. If you have the skill and perseverance, put your money where your mouse is, and reach out and grab it.

    Dev Update

    Fear not, we’re doing stuff.



    Normally we work as a globally distributed team — we speak 7 languages between us and it’s not uncommon for us to occupy three or more continents simultaneously — but this past week we took advantage of a rare opportunity with us all under one roof up in Boston. We used the time to really fine tune some of our concepts and strategies moving forward, along with making some really solid progress on our backend and UI design. We look forward to sharing some sneak peaks over the coming weeks.


    Defend the Ancients!


    After some long internal debates and a great deal of API testing, we’re excited to announce that we’ve finally decided on the game we will support for the alpha; and the winner is… Dota 2! It was a tough decision, there are a lot of great esports titles out at the moment and we all have our own individual favourites. But with Dota 2’s friendly API and massive competitive user base, we’re confident that we’ll be able to produce a fantastic product from day one.












  • Dota 2 FirstBlood Social Tournament!



    Sign Up

    To sign up, add your Steam username to thie click here or reply to this thread with your summoner name before midday (EST) Sunday the 18th of December.

    What?

    Following our announcement earlier this week, we're keen to really get involved with the Dota 2 community.
    So, for the fun and lulz of it, and to get to know the community a little better, we're running a very informal Dota 2 tournament.
    We say informal because we wont actually be using the FirstBlood platform (it's not quite ready yet), instead one of our trained monkey's will handle everything behind the scenes.

    When?

    On Sunday the 18th of December at 2PM EST.

    Prizes



    1st Prize:

    • US$20 Steam Credit
    • a FirstBlood T-Shirt
    • a couple of FirstBlood stickers

    2nd Prize:

    • US$10 Steam Credit
    • A FirstBlood T-Shirt
    • A couple of FirstBlood stickers.

    3rd Prize:

    • A FirstBlood T-Shirt
    • Acouple of FirstBlood stickers.

    Everyone else will get a couple of awesome stickers as well.

    Format

    Games will be standard 5v5 games.
    The tournament will be a single elimination bracket, the size of which will be dependent on how many signups we get.

    If we don't get enough numbers to fill out a 5v5 bracket, we'll drop back to either 3v3 or 1v1.

    Teams

    To ensure that everyone meets some new people and talent is divided evenly, we'll divide players up by MMR and randomly split the talent between teams. So you'll be on a team with some other random FirstBlood community members that are probably a very different skill level.



  • Meet FirstBlood’s russian co-founder bent on world domination +Dev update+#SocialSunday

    eam Member Spotlight — Anik

    Name: Anik Dang

    Role at FirstBlood: Co-founder and Developer

    Gamer tag: Dirassi




    What do you do at FirstBlood?

    Currently I do web development at FirstBlood, which mainly involves building the frontend application, along with some occasional backend development. I work closely with Zack, who handles most of the backend and smart contract development, to ensure that everything integrates smoothly. My responsibility is to ensure that the frontend is operating as expected; so that our users will spend less time in menus and queues, and more time beating down their buddies in Dota 2!

    You’re one of our international team members, can you tell us a little about where you are from and how you ended up here in Boston?

    I was born and raised in Russia, but moved to the US for school 6 years ago for university. I love Boston — it’s an incredible city, an education and culture hub, overflowing with brilliant and ambitious students. The startup scene here is really taking off and the gaming scene here is huge. With the tight-knit community of entrepreneurs and gamers, FirstBlood is definitely in the right spot.

    How old were you when you first really got into gaming and what was the game that hooked you?

    I’ve been gaming since I was 6 years old. My first console was NES — did you see they just re-released it! — and my favourite games were Tanks and Duck Hunt. It’s crazy to think that these can easily be run on smartphones today. The thing that I really love about video games is that they actually allow me to expand a real world. When I play a game, I forget about the world around and sink into the realm of fantasy; epic creatures, colossal wars, intense fights, incredible kingdoms and, of course, the mind bending challenges. All accessible with a controller, joystick, or a mouse and keyboard. Video games throw me into a world that I control.

    But more than that, video games relax me. I find the way they simplify reality somewhat soothing. I could model whatever I wanted in-game and see the consequence of those actions pretty quickly. In short, games allow me to enhance reality, relax and at the same time enjoy the fun, plot, challenge, or intense peer competition. Hence the life-long love affair.

    What is your favorite game of all time?

    My favorite game of all time has to be the Civilizations Series. I loved taking on the role of an empire builder — what an incredible sense of power! This vastly simplified version of national governance allows one to practically play god, and meddling with the different aspects of life and governance provided a game that was endlessly different every time I played it. Plus it satisfies my yearning for world domination.


    What is your most memorable gaming moment?

    One of my most memorable gaming moment was in CSGO. I was playing with a group of friends that were way above my rank, and somehow managed to clutch a 1v4 round. It was a crazy adrenaline rush. I felt like i made the impossible happen.

    What game are you playing right now?

    I mostly play CS:GO and Civilizations, but have started playing a lot more Dota 2 since it is the first game we will support. It’s slowly taking up all of my gaming hours, and the other guys at FirstBlood still haven’t figured out how to stop my Luna.



    What did you do prior to co-founding FirstBlood?

    Prior to Co-Founding FirstBlood I worked as Front-End Developer at Alt-Options, a cryptocurrency derivatives trading platform.

    How did you first get involved in ethereum/blockchain tech?

    My first experience with Blockchain was actually when I was still a teenager. I bought some Bitcoin for fun on a forum. Well, turns out I sold it way too early and missed out on the massive value increase. But this experience primed me for my first professional experience with blockchain technology at Alt-Options. This experience really helped me gain much more awareness of the technology and was one of the seeds to the idea of FirstBlood.

    What is your vision for FirstBlood and why does it get you excited?

    I believe FirstBlood will be the number one platform for competitive amateur esports; where players from all over the world can challenge each other, join tournaments, and be rewarded along the way. I feel like you can brag so much harder when you take someone’s loot as well as handing them a loss! What excites me the most about FirstBlood is that we are building something that could make it easier to fulfil dreams of passionate gamers; allowing them to make a living while playing games. As we enhance the technology and player experience, it will lower the barriers to entry for amateur gamers to enter the world of competitive esports. Evening the playing field for any gamer to live out their dreams of becoming a recognized esports athlete.

    Dev Update

    The past week we’ve been busting our butts to deliver the pre-alpha on time. On the frontend, we’ve been focused on getting the UI design straight, finishing up specifications and documentation for our growing dev team, along with closing a structure and APIs for the frontend application. There is a still a lot of work in front of us, but we we’re are reasonably sure that we’ll have the pre-alpha in good shape by the end of this year.

    Social Sunday

    #SocialSunday is new biweekly social Dota 2 tournament that we’re hosting. It’s a casual but competitive event, designed to help players meet some new people and expand their roster of friends they would actually queue with. Individual players sign up and are randomly assigned to teams, balanced by role preference and average MMR. Then progress through a single elimination tournament until a victor is crowned. More details on #SocialSunday over on community.firstblood.io. If you didn’t catch our #SocialSunday Dota 2 tournament this past weekend, you can check out some of the action over on our YouTube channel. It was an epic day of hard fought matches, as three teams battled it out for the title.








  • Dev Update

    We’re so close we can taste it! The pre-alpha product is rapidly approaching a usable state. The whole team is furiously bug hunting the current UI/UX as Zack, Joe, and Anik are putting the final pieces of the puzzle together. There is some definite excitement building as we near internal play testing; last step before rolling out the pre-alpha to our first lucky users.

    Social Sunday

    Social Sunday 2 is this weekend at 2pm US EST. Join our Discord server to sign up, or tune in over on Twitch or YouTube. You can get some more information over on our forum.

    #SocialSunday is new biweekly social Dota 2 tournament that we’re hosting. It’s a casual but competitive event, designed to help players meet some new people and expand their roster of friends they would actually queue with.

    Individual players sign up and are randomly assigned to teams, balanced by role preference and average MMR. Then progress through a single elimination tournament until a victor is crowned. More details on #SocialSunday over on community.firstblood.io.

    If you didn’t catch#SocialSunday 1 on December 17th, you can check out some of the action over on our YouTube channel. It was an epic day of hard fought matches, as three teams battled it out for the title.

    We’re Hiring!

    If you have a mad skillz and a burning desire to change the face of competitive esports, then we want you! We are currently in the process of expanding our team, and have a few key roles that we would like to fill immediately.

    Director of Marketing: We are looking for someone US-Based (preferably Boston or New York), with experience in digital marketing (bonus points if it’s in video games/esports), a creative growth hacking mentality, and a 4k+ Solo MMR in Dota 2. Ok that last one isn’t a requirement, but it definitely wouldn’t hurt your chances.

    Senior Full-Stack Engineer: We’re looking for a javascript wizard who can navigate popular frameworks (Angular2, React) with ease, integrate them with a node.js backend, build outstanding API, build the whole stack to scale smoothly (we’re planning on growing quickly), and confidently manage a dev team. Bonus points for every hour you’ve logged in-game on steam.

    If neither of these roles fits your skill set, fear not! We’re expanding quickly, so keep an on firstblood.io/careers as we post more position. Oh and don’t worry about our buzz kill lawyer, we stopped inviting him to the fun stuff.



  • Who’s ready to play the Blockchain game?

    Our top 5 video game based blockchain projects (that aren’t us).

    Here at FirstBlood, we are busy integrating some of the biggest mainstream video games into our ethereum blockchain based competition platform. A tall order since none were designed with blockchain compatibility in mind. We certainly feel we are up to the task, but with an eye to the future, we are looking forward to seeing more games integrate ethereum technology as a core feature.

    From peer-to-peer competition, to real-money in game economies, to blockchain based in game assets, to decentralized game logic, there is a world of possibilities for how blockchain will be integrated into the next generation of video games and the products built around them. This week, we want to highlight some of the other projects joining us on this pioneering journey to bring the blockchain to video games. So without further ado, here is our top five.


    1. Ownage

    This is a project we are really excited about, Ownage (ownage.io) has been running in stealth mode for a while now, releasing only bits and pieces of information here and there to their dedicated slack community. Their website describes them as “an ethereum based platform to distribute, collect, and trade digital game content”. Essentially, they want to make your in game items truly your own. No longer is does your AWP Asiimov or your Kazakus have to remain an entry in Valve or Blizzard’s data centre. With Ownage, game developers will free your precious in game loot from its bonds, allowing you to do with it what you want. This opens a variety of possibilities, from secondary item markets, to peer-to-peer asymmetric item wagering (a potential synergy between Ownage and FirstBlood), to items which are available across multiple games (imagine if unlocking a card in Hearthstone gave you a new playable character in League of Legends).


    2. Beyond the Void

    In this competitive 1v1 deep space RTS, both the in game currency and all of the in game items are ethereum based tokens. Which means they can
    be freely traded on secondary markets. The game itself is designed to be easy to learn, but hard to master. Both players influence the way
    each game is generated, so no two game setups are quite the same. The game is still in active development, with no playable version available
    to the public yet, but the gameplay teaser has definitely left us wanting to know more.

    3. Spells of Genesis

    The original blockchain based trading card game, Spells of Genesis (spellsofgenesis.com) is by far the furthest along with path of truly integrating blockchain based assets into a video game. Built on the counterparty platform, and with its eclectic mix of TCG and arcade elements, Spells of Genesis really puts ownership of virtual cards firmly in your hands. Periodically they release (sell) a new card in limited numbers. Drawing inspiration from the cryptocurrency community, with cards like “Satoshi Creator of Blockchain”, “Bearwhale”, and “ShapeShift, the Wanderer”. Who knows, maybe there will be a FirstBlood inspired card one day.


    4. Hammercoin

    Hammercoin is an RPG adventure for PC with a dark and brooding story line, polished minecraft-esque graphics, and an in game economy built on top of bitcoin. From it’s delightfully blocky graphics, to it’s witty dialogue, to it’s enthralling soundtrack, Hammercoin looks like it’s going to be a real gem of a game. You can get early access for $10 on itch.io right now, and you guessed it, you can pay in bitcoin.


    5. Augmentors

    After an explosive entrance to the mobile market last year, Pokemon GO brought the world of augmented reality gaming to the masses. Augmentors appears ready to fill the void of two of the most disappointing omissions from Pokemon GO. The inability to directly battle other players and the inability to trade Pokemon and items with other players. In Augmentors, players will be able to battle anyone, anywhere with creatures, relics, and potions that are freely tradable between players as they are represented on the Bitcoin Blockchain. Assuming the game mechanics turn out to be fun and balanced, Augmentors could really turn out to be a hit.


    Honorable Mentions


    SaruTobi

    Is an adorable little mobile game where you play as a monkey swinging from a vine and try to launch yourself as far as possible, collecting little animated bitcoins along the way. There isn’t much of an actual bitcoin integration here, but the developers do claim to convert the game’s add revenue to bitcoin and share it with players based on the number of coins they collect in game. What’s not to love about an 8-bit flying monkey that pays you back in Bitcoin?


    Etherplay

    As the name suggests, Etherplay is built on top of the ethereum network, and is the first example of a video game platform utilizing ethereum’s web3.js library. From their website “a skill game platform where players compete for highscores while playing fun little games. Similar to arcade machines, player pays a small fee to enjoy some fun time. The twist is that you get some money back if your score is among the top.” In order to play, users must browse to the website using a web3 enabled browser, such as MIST, Parity, or Chrome with the Metamask extension. Their first game, Etherspace, is a cartoon inspired deep space adventure where players must avoid and/or destroy ever increasing waves of asteroids and hostiles, while collecting little Ether symbols to boost their score.


    Other notable contenders


    Rare Pepe Party — A hilarious trading card game (TCG) inspired by hearthstone and pokemon where all cards use the Pepe meme in some way.

    FreeMyVunk — A similar project to Ownage, that seems to have died. Here’s hoping they’ve just gone into stealth mode, or they decide to revive it, because it had a lot of potential.

    Voidspace — A really cool deep space MMORPG, where players control a starship that can be modified and upgraded. Built with dogecoin as it’s in game currency.

    BitQuest — A Minecraft server with a Bitcoin denominated monetary system.

    Dev Update

    After a few weeks of solid pre-alpha testing, where we squashed some pretty major bugs and UI/UX hurdles, we are starting to plan our rollout into alpha. Get excited, this is where we start sending alpha invites out to 1ST token holders and those who pre-registered for the alpha! We haven’t locked down a date just yet, but it’s coming up soon.

    We also started writing the spec for our beta product this week. It’s early days, and the feature set will evolve a lot between now and when it is released, but we are excited to start laying the foundations.

    We’re Hiring!

    If you have a mad skillz and a burning desire to change the face of competitive esports, then we want you! We are currently in the process of expanding our team, and have a few key roles that we would like to fill immediately.

    Director of Marketing: We are looking for someone US-Based (preferably Boston or New York), with experience in digital marketing (bonus points if it’s in video games/esports), a creative growth hacking mentality, and a 4k+ Solo MMR in Dota 2. Ok that last one isn’t a requirement, but it definitely wouldn’t hurt your chances.

    Senior Full-Stack Engineer: We’re looking for a javascript wizard who can navigate popular frameworks (Angular2, React) with ease, integrate them with a node.js backend, build outstanding API, build the whole stack to scale smoothly (we’re planning on growing quickly), and confidently manage a dev team. Bonus points for every hour you’ve logged in-game on steam.

    Social Media Internship: We are looking for an up-and-coming-growth-hacking guru. Prove your social media sorcery in a fast paced and ever evolving environment. If you have ever grown a following on Twitch, YouTube, Instagram, or snapchat then we want you! Added bonus, you can do it from you couch (in your underwear).

    If these roles fits your skill set, fear not! We’re expanding quickly, so keep an eye on firstblood.io/careers as we post more position.




  • Throne of Games The eternal struggle for the #1 spot in esports

    Image courtesy of GillesBone.com

    Much like the perpetual warring between the great houses of Westeros, the esports world has many fierce rivalries, with an ever revolving door for who occupies the Throne of Games.

    Who sits on the throne right now and who is lurking in wait to usurp one of the great houses or even the throne itself?

    The Great Houses

    League of Legends (House Baratheon)

    “Ours if the Fury.”

    With the most active players, seriously it’s something close to 1% of the world’s population, LoL currently occupies the Throne of Games. But can they hold the much-coveted crown amidst a relentless onslaught from all directions by a whole host of worthy opponents?

    StarCraft (House Stark)

    “Winter is coming”

    Competitive StarCraft kickstarted the whole esports boom and was the undisputed king of Korean esports for close to a decade. If it was not for SC, would esports like LoL and Dota 2 even exist, let alone be anywhere near what they are today? Despite its wild success winter is coming for SC2, as player numbers and tournament prize pools dwindle in comparison to the other major esports titles.

    Dota 2 (House Lannister)

    “A Lannister always pays his debts.”

    Cashed up and not afraid to flaunt it. With the full backing of Valve, Dota 2 makes a point to break its own record for largest prize pool in esports on a yearly basis at The International (Dota’s version of a world championship).

    Street Fighter (House Targaryen)

    “Fire and Blood.”

    The original esport, Street Fighter has shown incredible longevity but has struggled to stay relevant with it’s dated business model. Charging users $80 every few years for access to the updated version of a game doesn’t fly in the world of esports. For the last few years, it seems like Street Fighter has been surviving on nostalgia alone. If Street Fighter could successfully execute a free to play business model circa just about every other esports title, then re-ascension to the Throne of Games is not out of the question.

    Counter Strike (House Tully)

    “Family, Duty, Honor.”

    The undisputed king of FPS, Counterstrike is currently in the midst of a full frontal assault on their Kingdom by Overwatch (House Frey). With its aging game modes, can CS hold onto its crown or will we see a repeat of the Red Wedding?

    Overwatch (House Frey)

    “We stand together.”

    In a genius move by Blizzard, Overwatch combines a MOBA style game mode with an FPS format, which has proven to be an explosive success. In less than a year, Overwatch has gone from zero to one of the top 5 esports titles. At this rate, it’s only a matter of time until Overwatch usurps CS as the king of FPS.

    Hearthstone (House Tyrell)

    “Growing Strong.”

    This notoriously well mannered, if not a little bit pompous, game has a vast and heavily populated player base. Largely due to the game’s ease of access in both device choice (available on PC, Mac, iOS, and Android) and game design; if you’ve ever played MTG, Pokemon cards, or Yugioh, you’ll pick it up in an instant. Hearthstone seems to hang around, never making any obvious major moves, but for some reason always feels like it could be a threat to the throne.

    Rocket League (House Arryn)

    “As High As Honor”

    “High” is definitely a word I’ve heard thrown around by people describing the state you’d have to be in to come up with Rocket League and actually think it would be a success. Despite this, the bizarre racing sim/soccer hybrid has developed a legion of loyal players and fans.

    Smite (House Greyjoy)

    “What Is Dead May Never Die”

    While Smite seems engaged in an inexorable assault on the top MOBAs, it never seems to gain any ground as the LoL and Dota 2 powerhouses continue to outperform it.

    Smash Bros (Night’s Watch)

    “Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.”

    How does a game that is available exclusively on a 15-year-old console (no, that Wii U bastard child version does not count) still attract hundreds of thousands of players, massive viewer bases, and tournaments with prize pools in the tens of thousands? This is an absolute anomaly, I guess for some, standing steadfast and unchanging is the best defense.

    Other Nobel Houses?

    Did we miss anyone? Who are the up-and-coming games that may eventually wrest control of over the esports world away from the current giants?

    Dev Update

    The last week has seen the start of a massive refactoring effort. We’re redesigning the way we write our front-end code to make our app render flawlessly across most browsers and devices and to make pushing out changes and updates a breeze from here on out.

    We have also been developing some great new business relationships with our head of business development Marco presenting at the ICE gaming conference in London this week.

    We’re Hiring!

    If you have a mad skillz and a burning desire to change the face of competitive esports, then we want you! We are currently in the process of expanding our team and have a few key roles that we would like to fill immediately.

    1. Director of Marketing
    2. Senior Full-Stack Engineer
    3. Social Media Internship

    If these roles fit your skill set, fear not! We’re expanding quickly, so keep an eye on firstblood.io/careers as we post more position.

    Want to learn more? Join our community!

    Slack | Discord | Forum | Twitter | Facebook



  • Learn you some Dota 2

    Step 1 to Competing on FirstBlood

    Two weeks back we did a short primer on Dota 2 to help introduce some of you guys to the game. Now that you’ve had a couple of weeks to get familiar, you’ve probably realized that Dota 2 is hard and you still suck. If you are ever going to successfully compete on the FirstBlood platform, you will have to learn how to consistently win games. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

    As promised, we’re going to start introducing some more diverse Dota 2 content to get you well on the way to not sucking at Dota. SkaiHighGaming, our lead caster aka The Dota Doc, is going to be providing some rock solid educational advice. Everything from explaining some of the more nuanced mechanics of the game to deep diving the current meta and how it applies to different MMR ranges. Listen closely to his advice and you’ll see your MMR moving in the right direction in no time. Skai also runs a weekly stream called Teach You Tuesdays over on his twitch channel, twitch.tv/skaihighgaming.

    On top of that, we’re adding another section to the blog called 1v1 Solo Mid, designed specifically to showcase some of our communities’ experimental (and often downright clowny) builds as they try to exploit the latest patch changes to push the limits of the current meta. 1v1SM will be your key to staying a step ahead of the meta and the memes. If you come up with a build you think is a game changer, we’d love to hear it!

    Happy Little Trees

    One of the most perplexing items for Dota 2 newcomers that are almost universally recommended is the Iron Branch. Maybe I’m just an idiot, but for the for the life of me I couldn’t figure out what they were for. What possible use would there be for an item that lets you plant “happy little trees” planting trees?

    I recognized quickly that they are actually the most efficient stat for gold item in the game (+1 Strength, +1 Agility, +1 Intelligence for only 50 gold). But my issue initially was thinking that I had to plant the tree to get the bonus. NOOOOOOOB! So I was running around trying to strategically place them around where I thought I would be fighting in order to give myself the bonus. So for anyone else that is wondering, NO, you do not need to plant the trees to get the bonus. The stats bonus is a passive you get from holding the item in your inventory. On top of that, they build into a couple of common core items (Headdress, magic wand, and buckler).

    So if I don’t have to plant the tree to get the bonus, what is the point of planting trees? The obvious answer is that there is a nice synergy between iron branch and tango; an early game item that heals by consuming trees and wards. You actually get more health for consuming an iron branch tree than a regular tree or a ward.

    Beyond that, there are some really creative uses for the happy little trees you make with iron branch. You can use them to hide behind, to obstruct or control vision (blocking enemy wards or removing tower agro), to cut off pursuing enemies (kind of like throwing a chair in the path of your sibling during a chase around the house), and to displace characters for various reasons. On top of that, there are several character-specific uses like extending the range of Treant’s invisibility, creating extra launch pads for Monkey King’s jumps, or pulling off the elusive blink shackle with Windranger. Needless to say, I now understand why this at-first-glance simple item is almost an automatic pick in most builds.

    Dev Update

    After a massive refactoring effort over the past couple of weeks, we have decided to redesign much of our UX in preparation for the upcoming alpha. We’re in the process of putting together mockups and designs for the new front end, along with redesigning the backend to accommodate the new UX changes.

    The biggest change we are implementing is a solo matchmaking queue, which was originally planned for a little later in our dev cycle. On top of that, we are also laying the groundwork for our 5v5 competition modes and matchmaking.

    We’re Hiring!

    If you have a mad skillz and a burning desire to change the face of competitive esports, then we want you! We are currently in the process of expanding our team and have a few key roles that we would like to fill immediately.

    1. Director of Marketing
    2. Senior Full-Stack Engineer
    3. Social Media Internship

    If these roles fit your skill set, fear not! We’re expanding quickly, so keep an eye on firstblood.io/careers as we post more position.

    Want to learn more? Join our community!

    Slack | Discord | Forum | Twitter | Facebook



  • 03/09/2017: Dev Update

    In the interest of making our communication a little more accessible, we have decided to separate our dev updates from our other content (big thanks to some of the supportive members of our slack community for the suggestion). These updates might be a little less frequent every couple of weeks to a month and to many they might simply sound like “hey we’re coding”. But we will make a good effort to keep you informed of what we are working on in our current sprint without giving away any of our secret sauce before it’s ready for primetime.

    Matchmaking

    Our solo & party queues are powered by a sophisticated matchmaking engine. We’re done with the initial design and mockups for matchmaking, so our task now will be integrating the front and backend that will bring our matchmaking engine to life.

    Mockup of the matchmaking process.

    User Profiles

    They are a feature that is often glossed over, but the way we set up user profiles will have a far-reaching impact on how the rest of the platform looks and feels. We have our initial specifications for user profiles done and are now working on mockups. From a design point of view, there is an interesting dichotomy between displaying relevant information and keeping user profiles both free of clutter and aesthetically pleasing; contrast a how crazy and cluttered myspace profiles used to be with the simplicity of a twitter profile. We think we have found a happy middle ground that will allow users to show off their own personality and display any relevant information, without having profiles become hulking unnavigable behemoths.


    Steam profiles are a good example of a user profiles that are both personal and avoid irrelevant clutter.

    Friends & Chat

    By its nature, FirstBlood will be a social app. So having the ability to curate a friends list, along with creating a party of friends to play with or even a predefined team is going to be an integral part of the system. Our dev team is currently implementing the backend of the friends system and will move on to implementing the backend for the chat features next.

    Infrastructure deployment

    As we scale, there will be a pretty significant infrastructure load that will need to be carefully considered. Zack is currently exploring and refining how we will roll out our server infrastructure, including load balancing, CDNs, and DDoS mitigation.



Looks like your connection to Cryptocentral was lost, please wait while we try to reconnect.