Seascape: The Origins
Commonly, we are asked about the origin of Seascape. Where did it come from? Where does its name come from? Who are the people on the team? These are the questions we want to confront today so that our users can have a clear picture of the history and makeup of the Seascape Network.
Our story begins with two passionate gamers working together in the gaming industry of Shanghai, China. Our protagonists are David Johansson and Nicki Li, putting forth their best efforts in the gaming industry with a good mix of studios and publishers before setting off on their own and founding a new company. While both of them had a background in game design, David followed a path on the creative direction side of things while Nicky worked his way up to being a producer. As fortune would have it, they each received two separate “Game of the Year” awards from Facebook in 2014 and 2017 and became experts in the browser and mobile F2P segment.
It was at this time that David became deeply interested in the Bitcoin and Ethereum communities. Excited by the prospect of decentralization, and the potential impact this could have on gaming in the future, he and Nicky with whom he’d been sharing a parallel career, started discussing and planning different ideas for blockchain games. Together, they quickly landed on the concept of adding cryptonomics to the setting of medieval warfare. This would turn out to be the birth of the world’s first blockchain Grand strategy game, BLOCKLORDS.
The two began developing BLOCKLORDS in early 2018, and were able to finish a prototype within just a couple of months that they would then show to potential investors. Unfortunately this was right at the start of the infamous bear market, which had deflated economic enthusiasm. Nonetheless, the dynamic duo remained steadfast and believed in their idea to bring cryptonomics to the world of gaming. They continued pitching it and refining the prototype. Their luck changed during the summer of 2018, when NEO announced a game competition for devs who could develop innovative and interesting blockchain games on their protocol. The fledgling team entered the contest and won the “Best Blockchain Design” prize. This earned them $100k in grants. That was the seed funding they needed, and so they got to work!
Soon after, they created launched versions of BLOCKLORDS and received award grants from many other blockchain protocols and layer-2 solutions, such as Tron, Icon, Loom, Matic and more, while also forging partnerships with top-class blockchain institutions such as Chainlink and MakerDAO who helped us make BLOCKLORDS the first and most ambitious blockchain strategy game ever made.
But all was not well in the land of crypto and games, as developing an MMO game was and remains an extremely complicated affair. Meanwhile, adding blockchain economics to it makes things even harder. They learned the painful way that development tools for blockchain protocols are nowhere near ready to welcome new game devs to the industry, which is clearly vital in order for blockchain to reach mass adoption.
And thus we have the birth of the Seascape Network! In 2020 they decided that they needed to build a platform that would make better and actually usable development tools that game developers could easily incorporate into their games, while also being able to easily add DeFi mechanics and tokens to their game economies as they wished. The new Seascape team designed a system that would use the Crowns (CWS) token to incentivize players and devs, making it available to all gamers who want to take part in the decentralized economy!
The Seascape Network is still in its infancy, but it will grow and expand into the Ultimate Gaming Platform centered around DeFi and NFT economies. Early adopters will get the opportunity to ride along the journey, and become part of the pages of its history.
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