Community Spotlight: Unity Integration

Hathor Labs
Jul 13 · 7 min read

Hathor Network has reached another frontier: developers can now integrate the HTR with the Unity game engine.

Mauricio Nunes

This integration was developed by our community member Mauricio Nunes, where the plugin enables game developers to integrate their creations with Hathor Network for in-game micro-transactions.

According to Mauricio Nunes:

I’ve always been very involved with private game servers (Ultima Online, Ragnarok, WoW, etc…) and programming for me is a hobby.

Knowing how difficult it is to maintain a private server,
we often took it out of our own pocket to afford servers and extra bandwidth fees due to DDoS attacks.

Then came Hathor, seeing the speed of transactions, ease of development (token creation and API), and the main thing… ZERO fees!

I thought how beneficial this would be for private server owners, and we launched ( Felipe Tufani and I ) Hathor’s integration with Ultima Online.

I ended up getting more and more involved with the community, sent some PRs (pull requests), and saw that the integration could be more impactful not only for private servers but for indie developers, that we took the integration to Unity3d, although not having a lot of knowledge about the engine, hopefully, I can bring more visibility to Hathor and of course… make game developers´ lives a little easier and with a possible financial return.

You can find the integration on Mauricio´s Github

/UnityHathor on Github

What is Unity and why it matters

Unity is a cross-platform game engine developed by Unity Technologies; The engine has since been gradually extended to support various desktop, mobile, console, and virtual reality platforms.

It is trendy for mobile game development and used for games such as Pokémon Go, Monument Valley, Call of Duty: Mobile, Beat Saber, and Cuphead, and cited to be easy to use for beginner developers and is popular for Indie game development.

The Game Industry

The games industry is one of the biggest entertainment industries nowadays, surpassing the movies and the music industries. It is an exciting market where power is not as concentrated as in some others. We can still find a lot of independent studios creating amazing products with extremely high standards.

An interesting subset of games is e-sports, a booming global industry where skilled video gamers play competitively. In the same way that traditional sports have competitions in baseball, basketball, and football, e-sports encompass competitions across various video games.

Pic by Alex Haney on Unsplash

Contrary to the common perception among the elder folks, e-sports is not simply a phenomenon occurring in the basement of a dozen youngsters. Still, a flourishing market globally, in which lies multiple investment opportunities.

Over 380 million people watch e-sports worldwide, both online and in person. In fact, more people watched the 2016 world finals of the blockbuster game League of Legends (43 million viewers) than the NBA Finals Game 7 (31 million viewers) in the same year. With its fragmented landscape and digital platform, the e-sports sector holds promise for a multitude of monetization layers too.

In addition to that, numbers from Venture Beat put the whole video game valued at the impressive amount of 162 billion dollars. It is expected to reach the 300-billion valuation mark worldwide before the end of this decade. Some metrics help to understand this massive growth. Today, there are more than 2 billion mobile gamers. What was once considered a passing hype by old-school PC gamers, for example, is now more than two times bigger than console gaming in terms of audience. All these mobile devices are already being used for payments in multiple ways, specifically why to the road of new experiences.

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What tokens and NFTs are about

A token is nothing more than a unit of account transacted through a blockchain network. This technology can be used to register and transfer digital currencies such as Bitcoin and others. Still, it also has applications in the financial industry to register shares in a company, national currencies such as the dollar, and precious metals such as gold. It can even represent and count votes in an election or a decentralized digital governance system, like that of certain startups that only exist on the internet.

Just as you cannot spend the same Bitcoin transaction twice, it’s also impossible to spend other people’s Bitcoins. What makes any practical fraud attempt in this and other applications unfeasible is blockchain technology. In other words, when a digital asset, a purely virtual representation of value, is built and managed using blockchain technology, it becomes impossible to defraud the sending and receiving of its units, no matter what they represent.

NFTs are nothing more than a special type of token. The name represents an acronym: non-fungible tokens. Being equally secure and tradable via a blockchain network, the only particularity of an NFT is its unique and exclusive character.

Bitcoins, for example, are fungible tokens. There are millions of them globally, and they are all worth the same when exchanged for euros or dollars at an exchange, no matter if they belong to an ordinary person, a renowned artist, or a large company. NFTs, in turn, as they are not fungible, do not have this same equivalence, as they always exist in limited quantities, whether to 1000 or 100 units or even to a single unit.

From a technological point of view, it is the transparency and inviolability of a blockchain network responsible for ensuring that an NFT is truly unique or that, if there is a small number of copies integrating a limited series of NFTs, it will never be able to be destroyed.

These are the main characteristics that base the use of NFTs as a vehicle of a new digital economy around scarcity and exclusivity, allowing the properties of audiovisual works of art, game items, virtual characters, innovative collectibles, and many others to flourish in digital media, no longer being restricted to the physical possession of objects in the real world.

Where tokens Meet the Game Industry

Tokens can be an amazing tool within the context of a game, allowing competitors or contributors to receive tokenized assets or even points that can automatically be taken out of the virtual realm and be used for trading, collecting, exchanging for physical products etc. Moreover, you could create interoperability with multiple e-commerce platforms, cryptocurrency exchanges, gaming platforms, and e-wallets, as you would not be tied to a specific provider.

Your tokens can live in a network like Hathor, where they only belong to you, and only you can transfer them for the chosen purpose. 24/7, with no transaction fees at all. Creators and game studios can create entire economies inside their games. Gold coins become valuable collectibles when they become a token, exclusive items can have real utility value being used in the game or change hands when their ownership is secured by a non-fungible token (NFT), and tokenized rewards can bring the attention economy inside any title, as well as the augmented-reality surrounding them, to new levels.

From digital trading card games to complex metaverses full of digital characters that their token holders can only access, there are several examples of how the games industry is not merely “innovating” on top of what was already here but trying something totally new in some cases.

DappRadar did a great job in partnership with the Blockchain Game Alliance (BGA) by putting together impressive statistics from this skyrocketing industry in their latest report.

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Finally, one could argue that it is not possible to point out where exactly this revolution will lead, as there are so many things being created simultaneously. But I would say there is a high chance that the Hathor Network is an important piece of it all.

On Hathor, a token can be created in seconds, with no hidden or dynamic costs for its creation, no fees for transactions after that. It is way easier and quicker to integrate to legacy and novel systems (an app, a browser extension, etc.). You do not need to learn any new blockchain-specific programming language to create more complex integrations. We have a full set of APIs that can easily be used within the most widely used languages.

On Discord: #🎮game-development

We invite all game developers from our community to join our newly born #🎮game-development channel on Hathor Network´s official discord.

https://discord.gg/buRu7yehbC

Too good to be true?

Check by yourself by reading the instructions on integrating Hathor tokens with games created using two of the most popular gaming engines, trying our wallets and development documentation, or even book a demo of our tools for gamers and developers by reaching out to us at contact@hathor.network!

/UnityHathor on Github

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