Gaming evolved: Blast is taking Play2Earn into uncharted territory

The satisfaction of winning is what drives gamers. But while beating your high score is fulfilling, nothing compares to winning against friends and challengers. Well, until now. Because Blast is adding an extra dose of adrenaline to online battles… the chance to put your money where your mouse is, and to prove once and for all that “To the winner go the spoils”! Blast is a Web3 platform that provides Play2Earn dynamics for any type of game. We connect to on-chain data for a variety of games, enabling decentralized tournaments, challenges and other P2E features for all kinds of gaming experiences. 2021 will be remembered as the year the Play2Earn trend exploded. Expectation for promising projects like The SandBox and Star Atlas is running high, and we can already see games like Illuvium, Guild of Guardians and others gaining meaningful traction. The year has provided plenty of external validation of a concept that some teams and projects have been working on for the last couple of years, and it is now reflected on key indicators such as monthly revenue, active users and overall growth. - Axie Infinity had greater revenue in 2021 than any DeFi protocol.- The Sandbox LAND sales floor price is 3 ETH.- Players spend $100 billion each year on in-game items they don’t truly own. Axie Infinity proves the concept The Axie Infinity mania played a big role in validating this new concept, in which games powered by NFTs and blockchain mechanics shifted the power and economic gains from the developers and publishers towards the users. In recent months Axie Infinity generated more revenue than many major DeFi protocols, hitting figures of over $360 million in monthly revenue in August. With over 2 million daily active players, and new promising features released (Katana Dex, RON token and farming) the game is on its way to becoming one of the most powerful and fast growing drivers of crypto adoption. Around this successful new blockchain use case, a whole ecosystem of scholarships, gaming guilds and extremely active online communities spun up, changing the idea of playing just for fun… to playing for fun and profit. There are also numerous testimonials of people who relied on P2E games to survive through their loss of employment during the pandemic, impacting their lives and incomes substantially. But something is still missing… At Blast we believe a key component is missing: the ability to enable Play2Earn features to any gaming experience. To play existing games competitively for fun and earn income at the same time. Various investment funds, major gaming publishers and other industry leaders are starting to think about their crypto incorporation and engagement strategy. How would Web3 integrate or onboard every game developer and publisher into this fast growing trend? Is every gaming company going to have blockchain developers to jump into the P2E model? Ubisoft Launches “Digits” We believe some of them definitely will, some will probably acquire or partner up with crypto-native gaming companies, but others will need the proper infrastructure and services to enable Play2Earn dynamics into their games and franchises. Blockchains like Ethereum are scaling to enable such use cases, and long-awaited roll-ups, dedicated side-chains and other L2 solutions released beta version and services. Once Axie released the Ronin Network, the impact on growth rate in terms of user adoption was spectacular. It became clear that lowering the barriers to entering a new space completely correlates to generating mainstream appeal. So where does Blast fit in? Blast.gg is building a platform for gamers to participate in Web3 native tournaments and challenges for the games they already love to play. We want to allow gamers to monetize their skills and the time they spend playing games. Legacy tournament platforms are often cumbersome and time consuming for participants to use, and players need to trust a centralized settlement and payment process. Powered by a set of smart contracts and oracles, Blast gives gamers a reliable, friction-less and secure platform to confidently play, compete, and win prizes… by implementing automatic and transparent handling of fair outcome, settlement and fulfillment/payment. We believe the gaming community will start interacting with Web3 through scenarios they already know and enjoy (i.e Tournaments and Challenges). As we progress through our roadmap, we will incrementally enable different Play2Earn dynamics and integrate them with the biggest games in the industry. Blast is also an open platform for game developers to integrate and unlock new value for their communities, host tournaments, and generate rewards in the form of tokens and NFTs. We firmly believe this is a better approach for game studios to start experiencing the benefits of Web3 gaming. Enabling users to monetize their skills and in-game assets without changing their games is our core principle. Not every game will be a good fit for Play2Earn, but almost every game can leverage the power of a decentralized platform to create new player dynamics and closer engagements with their communities. We are launching in April, stay tuned! Join us on Discord

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Blast partners up with Polygon Studios to provide the best gaming experience

We are proud to announce a strategic partnership with Polygon Studios. Blast partners with Polygon Studios to enhance its capabilities, collaborations, and offer gamers a wide range of experiences. Web3 is all about ecosystem sinergies. Initiatives like Polygon Studios allow for different projects and teams to connect, collaborate and build things together. With new games, guilds, and gaming infrastructure being launched every day this fast growing community will help us fulfill our goals. We chose Polygon PoS from the very beginning to build and develop our products. We believe gaming is the way the next billion users are going to be onboarded to web3, and we need the right infrastructure to be able to scale our applications appropriately. Polygon is working in many different approaches in terms of scalability with various solutions and technologies, in an amazing effort to boost the layer 2 ecosystem. Over 10k+ dapps have used Polygon to scale up their performance. We are launching our Beta on Polygon this Friday, GLHF! About Polygon Polygon is the leading platform for Ethereum scaling and infrastructure development. Its growing suite of products offers developers easy access to all major scaling and infrastructure solutions: L2 solutions (ZK Rollups and Optimistic Rollups), sidechains, hybrid solutions, stand-alone and enterprise chains, data availability solutions, and more. Polygon’s scaling solutions have seen widespread adoption with 7000+ applications hosted, 1B+ total transactions processed, ~100M+ unique user addresses, and $5B+ in assets secured. If you’re an Ethereum Developer, you’re already a Polygon developer! Leverage Polygon’s fast and secure txns for your dApp, get started here. Website | Twitter | Ecosystem Twitter | Developer Twitter | Enterprise Twitter | Studios Twitter | Telegram | Reddit | Discord | Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn About Polygon Studios Polygon Studios aims to be the home of the most popular blockchain projects in the world. The Polygon Studios team is focused on supporting developers building decentralized apps on Polygon by providing Web2 and Web3 teams with a suite of services such as developer support, partnership, strategy, go-to-market, and technical integrations. Polygon Studios supports projects from OpenSea to Prada, from Adidas to Draft Kings and Decentral Games to Ubisoft. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Telegram | Tiktok | LinkedIn

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Blast aims to further decentralize its web app using IPFS

Lorem ipsum dolor sit - Spanish Version Here At Blast our goal is clear: to provide users with the best play & earn gaming experience with the power of blockchain. To achieve this, we needed to partner with those who share our vision for the future and help us build a resilient, upgradeable and increasingly decentralized platform. That’s why we chose to join paths with Protocol Labs and make use of amazing tools like IPFS, a peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol specially designed to improve web speed and security while making it more open. What we loved about it? IPFS purpose: to surpass HTTP and build a better web for all of us to use. Today´s web is not only inefficient but is also expensive, something that IPFS quickly resolves with substantial bandwidth savings, enhancing the efficiency with which we are capable of distributing large volumes of data. IPFS help us guarantee a decentralize experience Using IPFS, Blast hosts its web app on a decentralized network of storage providers, which provides us with an easy and reliable way to build our web app on the underlying protocols that power the new Open Web (Internet Computer, IPFS, Filecoin, Fleek, Ethereum), guaranteeing a decentralized experience with the same performance, resilience, trustlessness, and censorship-resistance benefits. In two years of work, Fleek has managed to accumulate more than 30,000 sites, 1 million monthly file uploads, reaching more than 40,000 users. (quote or data format) This is how Fleek boosted Blast The first thing to note about Fleek is that it is easy to use and low code, which makes it a perfect decentralized alternative to the centralized infrastructure services of the current web. In this sense, we found a reliable ally for energy and data storage needs using Web3 protocols. In addition, we needed a system that would help us streamline processes and update content hashes automatically, which Fleek enabled us with every implementation (deployments). Great CI/CD processes make for great apps! An extremely important factor for us is support. With Fleek we have the guarantee that the Blast web-app is backed up on its own servers and automatically archived in Filecoin, which is the decentralized storage network of Protocol Labs. This is an additional backup system within the open web, which offers us the tranquility and security that we need and want to offer to our users. Some design aspects we solved with Fleek For Blast, Fleek allowed us to squeeze all the potential that Web3 offers, making it the easiest way for us to develop, host, store and power our web app on the open web. We believe that it is the perfect technology to adopt the transition to the open web without experiencing the possible headaches that this can bring, especially at the development level due to certain technical complexities inherent in the process. Blast next steps with IPFS and Fleek Our north star remains to create the best possible play & earn experience for our valued users. It is in this sense that we plan to host all the data of our web app in IPFS with the aim of continuing to decentralize the platform and deepen its transparency. amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.

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We were at NFT.NYC!

First of all, what is NFT.NYC? Well, some people are calling it the SuperBowl of NFTs. It's actually the biggest NFT conference/event of the year, and 22' was no different. Hosted around Times Square, with tons of speakers, panels and celebrities to go around, NFT.NYC was the place to be in this bear? market, with more than 15000 attendees, the city was taken by the nft mania for a whole week. One cool thing about this event was that there were different 'tracks' (Art, Music, FInance, Gaming, etc) for people to focus on their particular interests. Given the broad application range of the tech, this was a smart move. Blast was obviously in the gaming track, attending the gaming panels and events which were mostly held at The Palladium Hotel. The color coded concept was also really helpful to quickly find the content and people of your track. In the gaming panels, one concept kept coming up over and over again: "games should be fun first, earning should be a plus". It was the tagline of all the talks around web3 games, that the experience and gameplay should be the priority if this industry is going to fulfill its full potential. Another interesting idea on the stage was "let's build games that can also be played without having no clue of what is an NFT". We believe that to be a really interesting idea, to enable a "web2" track on web3 games for people who are not familiar, don't care, or just want to try the game out without any investment. Our friends from Polygon Studios hosted a great panel explaining their roadmap and plans for the future of web3 gaming. It was great hearing from industry experts and gaining insight of what's to come. Web3 gaming studios and key players in the industry also shared their thoughts and design process, and promising titles like Metalcore shared their roadmaps on stage. Aside from the main conference, the team was invited to many side events and got to meet with amazing people IRL, builders, promoters, investors and marketers shaping the future of the space. Truly a great experience in one of the most exciting cities in the world!

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How to compete in PUBG tournaments

In this guide we’ll go over the step by step process to be able to compete in Player Unknown - Battlegrounds tournaments in Blast! For Blast to be able to track your game data, you will need go over the profile section. Clicking on profile under your username will take you there. roll down to the Integrations section, where you’ll need to provide your gaming account, depending on which platform you use to play the game. For example, if you play it on Playstation you'll need to chose that option on the Platform field, and provide your in-game username in the 'PUBG ID' field, and click connect. You can always find your PUBG ID inside the game itself. It can vary depending on the platform, for instance while playing on Playstation it could be the same as your PSN username, but on PC it can be different from your Steam ID. The easiest way is to just to open the game however you play it and see it there! Next step is to click 'Connect', we'll verify that we are tracking your matches correctly. If you encounter any issues in the process, please contact the team on Discord help channels. And that is it ! You will always find an active PUBG tournament on the app to Join and start competing, GL&HF !

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How to compete in COD tournaments

In this guide we'll go over the step by step process to be able to compete in Call of Duty tournaments in Blast! For Blast to be able to track your game data, you will need go over the profile section. Clicking on profile under your username will take you there. Scroll down to the Integrations section, where you'll need to provide your Activision ID. We'll check if your ID is correct when you click Connect. If it fails, please refer to your Activision profile and check if the ID is correct. Also check your account visibility settings in the Privacy & Security section. The 'Game Play Data' setting should be set to "FRIENDS + ACTIVISION PROPERTIES AND THIRD-PARTY PARTNERS' Once this is set up correctly, head back to Blast profile section and try again, it should work now! If you find any issues, please contact the team in Discord help channels. Once you have your Activision account ready, just chose a tournament and start playing! Your matches will appear in the leaderboard about an hour after the match is played.

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The wait is over, Blast is launching a public beta on April 29th!

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete i Since our last post, the team at Blast has been working heads down to release its first public beta. It’s a big milestone in our journey to fulfil our vision of becoming a play & earn platform for any game. Starting this April 29th, Call of Duty players will be able to set up a Blast account, join a Tournament Pool to showcase their skills, and become part of a growing community of gamers that want to play, connect, and earn some income while having fun. Here is a quick how-to guide of all you need to join our beta: All you need is a wallet and COD Warzone, we’ll take care of the rest. Not a COD player? Well, keep an eye for new games coming soon 👀 The web app is currently deployed on the Polygon mainnet. If you don’t have any Matic to pay for gas on Polygon don’t worry, Blast will drop you some as soon as you setup your account, and we’ll help you configuring the chain on your wallet smoothly. For gamers that are not really into web3 yet, we got everything covered from installing a wallet on your browser, to joining a tournament and seeing your position on the leaderboard. Just join us on Discord and ask for assistance there! t, then start writing!

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The Campus Party Experience!

The Blast experience at Campus Party UY was a hit! Thousands of gamers visited our booth at the tech event, played, competed and won incredible prizes! Just a few weeks before our official launch, we decided to have a in-site tournament during the Campus Party weekend in Punta del Este, Uruguay. The games chosen were Mario Kart 8 and Smash Brothers Bros Ultimate, two of the greatest titles of the Nintendo Switch, and gamers of all ages joined to tournament and learned about the upcoming launch. We also went on stage to share our experience and vision building Blast, what we aim to achieve and how. It's always great to be able to share directly with our community about our progress and roadmap ahead. This events are truly inspirational for people building new and exciting stuff, we are definitely going back next year! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Blast (@blastgmi)

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How to create your Blast account

1. Head to app.blast.gg and choose a Sign-in method.You can sign-in to the app using a web3 wallet such us Metamask, or a variety of social sign-in options. 2. The first time you Sign-in to Blast, a modal screen will pop-up. Here you'll need to choose a Nickname which is unique in our app, and agree to our Terms and Conditions, then just click Next. Of your chosen nickname is already taken, you'll need to choose a different one. 3. The next step is connecting your gaming accounts for the different games available. You’ll be redirected to your Profile section, you can always come back here clicking at the top right corner button where you’ll see your new nickname.On this Profile page you’ll see your activity, earnings and more. In here you’ll see your wallet address, the nickname you chose, and you can optionally include and email and your Discord handle. You can also upload a picture or avatar. In order to connect your gaming accounts, you’ll need to provide your user info depending on the games you want to play in Blast. User IDs are different for each game, in this example in order to compete in Warzone tournaments you’ll need to connect your Activision Id. For PUBG it will depend on the platform, for instance if you play the game in PS4, you’ll need to choose the PSN platform and include your PS4 User ID. You'll find specific user-guides for each game in this blog, and If you encounter any issues you can always reach out in our support channels in Discord. Verify your accounts and we’re ready to go!

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