The DGA is an informal association of teams and individuals whose raison d’être is to encourage the advancement of decentralized blockchain games. It is our belief that decentralized games can have the same complexity as the traditional online games we already play. The group congregates around a Discord chat channel where we exchanges ideas, thoughts, and news on gaming.
The group came together in November 2019 when the founding members met online to discuss what should be done to further promote fully decentralized games. The technology is poorly understood and the games virtually unknown, yet we have the belief that the technology will bring great benefits that outweigh the problems.
There was unanimous agreement from the founders that more had to be done to promote decentralized gaming and the best way to do that was to work together as collaborators rather than competitors.
The founders of the decentralized gaming group are:
Edward writes extensively about decentralized gaming, and has participated in working group calls and podcasts on the subject. Currently, he is running a technology consultancy company in the blockchain space. Previously, he worked at the Web3 Foundation, covering the grants program (which he helped to create in 2018). Before working blockchain professionally he worked as a security consultant (pentesting + GRC) for Cisco in London, and in finance before that.
Kijun is the co-founder of Planetarium, a team creating open source and peer-to-peer online games powered by the community. Before founding Planetarium, Kijun worked for Dropbox and Nexon, crafting real-time collaboration tools and mobile games. He is a graduate of California Institute of Technology with a degree in Computer Science.
Andrew (Andy) is a founder of the Xaya project and serves as the creative lead on Taurion, a fully decentralised MMORTS that runs on Xaya. He was a pioneer in the sale of virtual assets in MMOs, such as EverQuest, from 2000 onwards. After mining Bitcoin and Namecoin, Andrew published the first concept of a fully decentralised game running on blockchain, known as Chronokings on the bitcointalk forum. This latter project evolved into Huntercoin which launched in February 2014 as the world’s first blockchain game.
Cartesi – Cartesi is special in the blockchain universe because it allows decentralized applications to run within a Linux environment. Complex processing can be executed off-chain, free from a blockchain’s computational limits and corresponding fees. Cartesi is chain-agnostic and developers won’t need to worry about the longevity of particular blockchains.
Planetarium – Planetarium is an open source gaming platform set to transform the longevity and the profit model of games. Rather than simply introducing open source model into games, we intend to make the games run forever through peer-to-peer networks and pioneer a new form of community-powered games.
Xaya – The history of XAYA starts back when team members became involved in the Namecoin project in 2011, and became voluntary leads in the project in 2013. Later on the team would fork Namecoin and build the world’s first blockchain game, Huntercoin.