Combining elements of Play-and-Earn with live social play, Gamestar+ is packed with interactive versions of classic titles, from TV game shows such as Family Feud and The Price is Right, to traditional board and card game favorites, as well as some newly-released projects.
Titled “Q&A with Gamestar+: The Future of Game Night on Avalanche,” the session featured Gamestar+ Co-Founders Luke Lombe and Todd Young, along with Ava Labs Head of Gaming Ed Chang and newsletter author/podcast host Scott Melker a.k.a. The Wolf of All Streets.
The session covered a variety of topics regarding the platform, here’s what we’ve learned:
One of the highlights of the Q&A focused on goals to make Gamestar+ more “approachable” to a wider range of audience from hardcore gamers to senior citizens.
The team honed in on making Gamestar+ more user-friendly. They cite streaming platform Netflix’s easy signup process and gaming store Gamestop’s payment system as examples.
“Gamestar+ is not focused on the crypto audience, it’s focused on the mass market, so we need to make sure that it is simple to use,” Lombe said. “All of those pain points that we all know well within the crypto space, we’re hiding those and obfuscating that as much as possible so that it doesn’t interfere with the overall gameplay.”
Driven by the world’s need for human interaction, the team designed Gamestar+ as a platform to promote social experiences.
“Game Star uses app screens, content and technology to actually activate and enable true social experiences,” Young said. “I think the world needs that now more than ever, and I think that that’s why game nights have been surging. Even pre-pandemic, you saw major spikes in the traditional board and card game market.”
As a platform built on the blockchain, the team explained how they “embraced the idea of Play-and-Earn.” They believe the new model focuses more on enjoying the game, as opposed to playing for solely for money.
“These games stand on their own, the blockchain Play-and-Earn component is ancillary, it’s additive, it’s incremental. It’s just like it’s a sweetener,” Young added.
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