The gaming and collectibles company, Sequoia Games, has roped in Algorand as the digital ledger behind its new Flex NBA product, a National Basketball Association-licensed board game powered by augmented reality.
Flex NBA is a turn-based board game played with a physical board in combination with a mobile app and is similar to the traditional Catan.
Players create their own roster using “Flexagons,” the physical collectible tiles representing different NBA players. These tiles are also digitally represented on the game’s companion app. The app uses augmented reality to bring the Flexagons to life and create additional value within the game.
“There is a missing bridge between the ‘old school’ [board games] and the technology that exists today, a bridge that also connects our need to own something physical in a world that is moving too far into the digital,” said Sequoia Games founder Daniel Choi. “In today’s gaming landscape, we either have 1960s board games or mobile apps and PS5s. There is no reason these worlds need to be separate.”
This initiative by Sequoia Games to amalgamate augmented reality with a traditional board game is just one amongst many instances of companies looking to evolve such games using blockchain. For example, Solana-based Genopets is combining the virtual world of GameFi with physical wearables that reward steps.
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