Illuvium, an Ethereum (ETH)-based decentralized gaming platform, has joined forces with Team Liquid, a globally recognized esports organization, to beta-test the early access version of its game, Illuvium: Arena, according to a Dec. 1 statement shared with CryptoSlate.
The collaboration aims to introduce blockchain gaming to a broader audience by showcasing gameplay through Team Liquid’s prominent gamers like Midbeast, SnoodyBoo, and Broxah.
Over the past years, several blockchain-based games have failed to achieve mainstream success due to their perceived inferior quality. CoinGecko research showed that three out of every four web3 games launched during the past five years have failed, with more than 2000 games failing during the reporting period.
However, Team Liquid’s Co-CEO Victor Goossens expressed confidence in Illuvium: Arena‘s detailed design and competitive nature. He said the game could help shift gamers’ perception of blockchain-based games while highlighting its focus on skill and strategy.
Illuvium’s gaming ecosystem comprises three main stages: starting with Illuvium: Zero for acquiring fuel, followed by exploration in Illuvium: Overworld, and culminating in player-versus-player (PvP) matches within Illuvium: Arena using acquired assets.
The game’s high-quality graphics and strategic depth position it as a contender against popular titles like Pokémon and Teamfight Tactics. Additionally, players can earn in-game assets convertible to real-world currency, enhancing its appeal.
Beyond game testing, users can obtain exclusive Team Liquid digital collectibles, Illuvitars, from Dec. 12, which unlock rare in-game cosmetics.
Kieran Warwick, Illuvium’s CEO, emphasized the significance of delivering exceptional gaming experiences to dispel skepticism surrounding blockchain games. He sees the collaboration with Team Liquid as a milestone, demonstrating that blockchain games, including those with NFTs, offer immersive experiences comparable to traditional games.
While the primary focus of the current partnership is game testing, Illuvium hinted at potential future tournaments within Illuvium: Arena as part of their collaboration with Team Liquid.
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