Tiltyard Gives Web3 Games Tournaments and Fantasy Sports Features

The team behind Crypto Raiders, an early Web3 gaming hit on Polygon, is taking its talents to Avalanche with Tiltyard. Tiltyard is an ambitious platform for the Tiltyard team’s and third-party Web3 games, giving them the ability to host poker-like tournaments with thousands of players, and weaving in elements from the daily fantasy sports craze.

Tiltyard’s first game, Midnight Heist, launches in January. According to Tiltyard co-founder and CEO Nick Kneuper, the game is 100% on-chain.

“It’s a fully on-chain game,” he said. “This opens the door to all sorts of value props and opportunity.”

How? Here’s one example. Nick is an avid poker player. Several years ago, a scandal gripped the online poker world. On a few poker sites, insiders accessed the cards of opposing players in real-time. With this unfair knowledge, these insiders had an insurmountable advantage. By bringing more game elements on-chain, Nick and Tiltyard aim to prevent such a scenario from happening. 

“Since our game is fully on-chain, we have no way to turn ‘God mode’ on,” Nick said. “When you get your hand and submit your lineup, it’s hashed and cannot be revealed until the match runs.”

All games on the Tiltyard platform will be fully on-chain. Following Midnight Heist, Nick and his team plan to release a sports game, and then a few others over the coming years. In the future, they plan to open the platform to third-party games, who can benefit from not only the level playing field but the host of competitive elements Tiltyard provides. 

Games on Tiltyard will be able to offer players a range of tournaments. “We’re going to have our own tournaments that Tiltyard runs,” Nick said. “But anybody can create their own tournaments. As time goes on, there’ll be more and more customization. Eventually you’ll be able to mod the game and play your version of the game with your own tournaments.”

In regard to tournaments, Nick says Tiltyard aims to merge blockchain games with the online poker and DraftKings model, expanding how people play games and earn from them. Tiltyard gets a matchmaking fee for organizing these games, which it will split with game developers. 

Nick says this business model could only work with Subnets. 

When games are fully on-chain, transaction fees must be reliable and cheap. Subnets isolate activity away from the broader network, protecting apps from fee spikes resulting from third-party congestion. Further, Subnets can support gas-less transactions, giving builders total control over fees. 

“Gas-less transactions are huge, because one of the biggest issues with fully on-chain games is the expense,” said Nick. “By Building on a Subnet, we can take gas costs down so that we can do sizable tournaments. With 1,000-man tournaments on other blockchains, gas costs would eat our matchmaking fee and we wouldn’t be making money as a business.”

Tiltyard intends to scale to numerous games and many simultaneous big tournaments.

“The amount of matches we’ll be running on-chain, it’s only feasible on a Subnet,” Nick added. “That’s massively powerful. And that’s why we went with Avalanche.”

From the beginning, Midnight Heist plans to offer daily Tiltyard tournaments. The game is a card-based strategy game melding “team fight tactics with the strategy and feel of Rainbow Six Siege.” 

You get a draft of cards to choose from, armor and weapons, and gadgets to equip for your operators (engineers, sentinels, or assassins). You choose your cards and decide on your team, then drop them into a map. What’s your positioning on your map versus your opponent’s? There are dimensions of strategy. For instance, a gadget deployed wisely, like a timely blow-back grenade, could dislocate the enemy tank, allowing you to attack weaker units. 

Midnight Heist is scheduled to launch in January. To learn more about the game and when you can first play, follow Midnight Heist’s Twitter. 

This post is based on materials provided by Tiltyard. For more info and keeping up with Tiltyard, visit Tiltyard’s Twitter.

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