As one of the mascots of the 24th Beijing Winter Olympics, “Bing Dun Dun”, who successfully came out of the circle with his soft and cute shape, is undoubtedly the top trend at the moment. Today, “Bingdundun” is also catching up with fashion, applying blockchain technology across borders and becoming an NFT digital artwork.
According to official news, the International Olympic Committee officially authorized the BingdunDun digital blind box to be launched on the Flow on-chain trading market nWayPlay at 01:00 am Beijing time on February 12 for the majority of users to purchase.
In addition to buying NFT souvenirs, sports fans can also experience the atmosphere of the Winter Olympics through mobile games.
On February 8, the officially authorized blockchain mobile game “Olympic Games Jam: Beijing 2022” officially launched by the Beijing Winter Olympics. The game is built on the Flow chain, and players can win NFT digital badges by participating in the game. The NFT is officially authorized by the International Olympic Committee and supports resale and monetization.
The Winter Olympics, which was born nearly a hundred years ago, met the new technology of blockchain and collided with bright sparks. Technology empowers the Olympics and promotes the wider dissemination of the Olympic spirit.
Winter Olympics on the chain, all people participate
On the evening of February 4, the opening ceremony of the 24th Winter Olympic Games was successfully held at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing. Hundreds of millions of spectators at home and abroad witnessed the grand event, which also opened the prelude to the frenzy of ice and snow sports. In particular, on February 8, Chinese athlete Gu Ailing won the gold medal with a 1620-degree twist in the women’s big platform, which once again ignited the enthusiasm of the Chinese people for the Winter Olympics.
Just limited by various factors, not everyone can experience the charm of ice and snow sports. Therefore, the International Olympic Committee has begun to release video games in recent years to encourage all people to participate in and experience the Olympic spirit.
During the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee released the game giant Ubisoft’s “Olympic Road”. For this year’s Beijing Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee continued this tradition, and combined with the blockchain technology to keep pace with the times, and launched the chain game “Olympic Games Jam: Beijing 2022”.
As the first batch of early adopters, we also experienced the game in person, and summed up the relevant experience for the reference of readers.
Players first need to download the game on the official website. At present, the game supports Android and will soon support IOS applications. In addition, it is recommended that players go to the nWayPlay official website to register an account and use the registered account to log in to the game. Using nWayPlay ID to log in is to open up the account, which is convenient for later resale and purchase of NFT badges. Players can also choose Google ID to log in.
After entering the game, players can customize the image of the game character, and the features that can be changed include: skin color, hair, body shape (male, female), and can also replace the snow equipment on the body. Relevant ski suits need to be unlocked in the game, currently only default suits are supported.
After the appearance is modified, players can officially enter the game. There are four game modes to choose from: free version, amateur, professional, and championship. Different modes have different entry thresholds. The free version does not require any qualifications, and the amateur version needs to pay 100 Tickets, 300 for the Professional Edition, 1000 for the Championship. Of course, different competition modes have different rewards. The winners of the last three competitions can get different amounts of “gems” (GEMS). The function of gems will be introduced later.
There are two ways to get tickets: one is to participate in the free version of the competition, the winner can get tickets, and the highest one competition can get 12 tickets; the other is to equip the player with PINS (medal), the medal can be purchased from the official website of nWayPlay, the price is from a few From USD to hundreds of USD, the total amount of tickets generated by different types of PINS and the generation rate are different, mainly determined by their scarcity.
As a “stingy” novice, I directly choose the first method to obtain tickets. To enter the “Free Edition” mode, players need to pass four ice and snow game levels, namely: Snowboard-Slalom (slalom), Snowboard-Slopestyle (slalom skiing), Freestyle Skiing-Cross (freestyle cross-skiing) and Skeleton (slalom skiing) sled).
The four games appear randomly, so it is also called “MAYHEM EN MASSE”. The specific gameplay is very simple, similar to “Running Kart” and “QQ Speed”, players need to manipulate athletes to move left and right, surpassing opponents to get higher rankings. In the game, if the player hits an obstacle, the speed will be affected and reduced, so two “accelerators” are set up in the game to help the player increase the sliding speed, as shown below:
In addition, players need to be reminded that at the beginning of each round, they can click on the “Gain” that appears on the screen to charge up. Be careful to slow down when going through various corners.
There are four rounds of the game. In the first round, a total of 15 players participated, of which the top ten entered the second stage; in the second stage, ten into eight; in the third stage, eight into five; in the fourth stage, the top three were determined. The number of tickets a player gets depends on your ranking in each level, if you can keep the first place in each level, you will get the highest number of rewards (12). According to my personal test, basically one round of the game can get an average of 5-6 tickets, and it takes a total of 20 rounds to enter the “amateur” mode.
In the “Amateur” mode and the following two modes, players pay tickets to participate in the competition, and they can get “Gem” rewards for winning the game. Gems have two functions: one is to convert them into token tokens in the later stage, which can be exchanged with other cryptocurrencies in DEX; the other is to open the treasure chest dropped in the game, which contains NFT medals (PINS), support Resell in the nWayPlay market and exchange it for fiat currency income. Of course, you can also continue to hold NFT to generate new tickets to participate in subsequent competitions.
These NFTs were launched by nWay in cooperation with the International Olympic Committee in June last year. They include mascots, logos, pictograms, etc. of the past few Olympic Games. They are divided into four levels: common, rare, epic, and legendary. The prices are as follows. Show:
Olympic gymnastics medalist and game enthusiast Nile Wilson will introduce the game in detail to overseas users in a Twitch live broadcast on February 16, and interested users can follow.
Out of the circle game, there are many highlights
As the first Olympic-themed blockchain game, “Olympic Games Jam: Beijing 2022” has attracted much attention at home and abroad. Just two days after its launch, the Google App Store downloads exceeded the 10,000 mark; with the advancement of the Winter Olympics project, its downloads are bound to continue to rise.
Regarding this chain game, we believe that the following innovations and highlights are worthy of attention.
The first is to use the blockchain without feeling, which is more friendly to users outside the circle. In the past, some blockchain games usually required users to import wallets or require new users to register blockchain addresses and record mnemonics/private keys, which caused a lot of trouble for users outside the circle. Although “Olympic Games Jam: Beijing 2022” is based on the Flow blockchain, it does not pose a barrier to users. Users can log in directly through their Google account without connecting to an external wallet. If you want to sell NFT, you need to link nWayPlay ID. It should be noted that if you want to buy NFT medals in the game, the nWayPlay platform not only supports Coinbase for payment, but also supports credit card and fiat currency payment, opening up the gold deposit channel.
This way of handling reminds more people of the “NBA Top Shot” launched by Dapper Labs, which was popular in early 2020. It also supports fiat currency payment and is popular all over the world. It is still ranked first in the NFT market transaction volume.
The second is to creatively use the “Play to earn” model, introducing NFTs and tokens as incentives. Last year, “Axie Infinity” used this model to gain tens of millions of users in Southeast Asia, driving local employment and increasing the income of the poor. Today’s “Olympic Games Jam: Beijing 2022” takes the Winter Olympics as an opportunity and is expected to drive income growth in poverty-stricken areas through sports.
The third is that the team has rich experience in operation, which is conducive to promoting the long-term stable operation of the project and becoming a new explosion.
The game publisher nWay has an extraordinary performance in AAA-level games. The main achievements are “Super Squad: Power War”, “Super Warrior: Legacy War” and “ChronoBlade”; nWay’s parent company Animoca Brands is known as the “Sequoia in the field of chain games”. Capital”, and it is active behind the top chain games.
In addition, the underlying public chain of the game is Flow, which is the ace public chain of Dapper Labs, aiming at the traditional mainstream users, trying to bring increment to the encryption market, and has harvested 3.7 million in just over a year. above users. As the first application of the Flow public chain, “NBA Top Shot” has become a hit in 2020, successfully out of the circle, and initially realized the concept of Dapper Labs. Since then, Flow has continued to develop, and the number of applications and users has grown exponentially.
Under the strong alliance, “Olympic Games Jam: Beijing 2022” is far superior to general chain game projects in terms of playability, ease of use and underlying technical performance. Moreover, now that it is bound to the world-class large-scale IP of “Olympics”, it is conceivable that it is bound to become a hot item in the chain game market this year.
IP top stream, enlarge imagination
Due to the short launch time, “Olympic Games Jam: Beijing 2022” also has some minor issues that still need to be resolved.
For example, due to the small number of players currently, the game has a long waiting time, and nearly half of them are robots. From another point of view, this is also a “welfare” for early players – the difficulty is less, and the prizes are more generous.
According to the official plan, the game will also launch two sports in the second quarter of this year – sledding, short track speed skating, NFT equipment and more novel clothing, etc.; in the third quarter, new games such as alpine skiing, ski jumping, and figure skating will be launched. ; In the fourth quarter, the team system was launched to support players teaming up to compete.
In addition, the game publisher nWay also recently announced the launch of the “Bing Dun Dun” digital blind box on the Flow chain.
It is understood that the International Olympic Committee officially authorized the Bingdun Dun digital blind box to sell EPIC BOX on the Flow chain trading market nWayPlay at 01:00 am Beijing time on February 12, with a total of 500 EPIC BOXes, each of which is 99 US dollars, and the purchase limit is 5 pieces. . It is reported that the Epic Box will contain 3 officially licensed digital brooches: 1 Epic and 2 Rare, which include 15 versions of the officially licensed mascot (Bing Dun Dun) performing various winter sports such as skiing, squatting Tobogganing, snowboarding, etc., 5 versions of the official emblem of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and 1 version of the poster.
Whether it is the “Bingdundun” NFT, other Winter Olympics badges or “Olympic Games Jam: Beijing 2022”, to some extent, it has promoted blockchain technology to the mass and mainstream, and it has also changed the stereotype of outsiders. In the future, we hope that more and more mainstream IPs will cooperate with the blockchain to further open up the imagination of the industry.