Trip Hawkins, the videogame behemoth To Make NFT Game Elemental Raiders

Subh Rath

February 28, 2023

Do you enjoy playing video games? Are you interested in trying out cutting-edge video games that capture the spirit of fun in the modern world? Then you’ll be happy to learn that an incredible NFT-based video game called Elemental Raiders has just been released on the market, and it has so much more to offer than just an amazing gameplay experience.

Today, the crypto world has attracted a number of video game industry icons, including well-known developers such as Will Wright and Peter Molyneux, who are now working on NFT-based games. But that’s not all, as now we have another huge name to add to that list: Trip Hawkins, the original founder and CEO of the video game conglomerate Electronic Arts (EA).

Hawkins worked for Apple from the company’s inception until 1982, when he left to found Electronic Arts, now one of the largest video game publishers in the world. Popular series from Electronic Arts include the sports game brands FIFA and Madden NFL as well as games like Battlefield, The Sims, Need for Speed, and Mass Effect. Hawkins recently announced that he would be joining Games for a Living, a company that develops games based on NFTs and blockchain-based currencies, as co-founder and chief strategy officer.

After Hawkins’ involvement in Elemental Raiders, Games for a Living’s first release has recently been launched. This NFT-based video game is now available on Steam in a traditional free-to-play version without tokenized elements, though the publisher has previously launched promotional Ethereum NFTs tied to the game and will release an NFT “battle pass” alongside its own GFAL token in March.

An official Elemental Raiders tournament with NFT and token payouts will be held in early March, but not in the Steam version of the game. It has also promised a second game called Diamond Dreams, which will be a matching puzzle game powered by NFT.

What’s Next for Games for a Living? 

Manel Sort, formerly the first vice president at Candy Crush Saga maker King, co-founded Games for a Living. Hawkins’ old mobile gaming business Digital Chocolate previously employed the two-game industry professionals.

According to a Games for a Living official, the GFAL token, like most in-game NFTs, will be created on BNB Chain. Other NFTs, such as the aforementioned combat pass, will be minted on Ethereum but will eventually “convert” to an NFT on BNB Chain via the company’s user interface.

According to the publisher’s whitepaper, it would eventually employ its private blockchain for gaming instead of an open, permissionless network like Ethereum or Solana. According to Games for a Living, it will establish a foundation to monitor the blockchain network and set regulations for other developers who can deploy their NFT-powered games on the network.

However, private (or permissioned) blockchains, on the other hand, are considered antagonistic to the Web3 concept by many crypto architects because they are not open and permissionless networks on which anybody can freely develop. 

In some circumstances, networks built by a centralized firm can be gradually decentralized and handed over to the community, although the publisher’s whitepaper makes no specific mention of this.