Fig Acquires Ownage
Fig, the independent game publisher announced recently that it would be acquiring Ownage, the UK-based blockchain development company.
As the game publisher puts it, it is “a community funding and publishing platform for independent video games. Fans back games on Fig to get exclusive rewards, or invest to earn returns from game sales.”
The company has helped and intends to continue helping multiple game developers with marketing, investing and community building.
It has already published a few popular games such as Phoenix Point, Wasteland 3, and Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire. With the help of the external funding received from Adam Powell, the creator of Neopets, it now aims to use the blockchain technology for developing Shard, a new decentralized platform.
Justin Bailey, the CEO of Fig, believes that by acquiring Ownage, the company would move further towards its goal of building a huge community. He said:
“Shard seeks to accomplish what we set out to do with Fig, center the publishing process around the people who are most passionate about the properties being created – the community.”
He then added:
“Shard will be offering a unique community-based approach to the funding, engagement, and cross-promotion of games. We’re really excited to add the talents of Alex, Jack and the Ownage team to help Fig develop this platform for the games industry.”
If it goes by the plans, Fig would expand the platform by working with marketing companies and game developers.
Alex Amsel, the creative lead for Shard said:
“While Fig is sponsoring the development of Shard as an open, decentralized platform, it can be used and modified by publishers, developers and gamers completely independently of Fig […] Fig intends to support the growth of the Shard community throughout its early development, with a focus on working with game developers to explore new innovations and opportunities enabled by the platform.”
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