Cantina Royale launches free-to-play P2E game on Elrond

abdelaziz Fathi

Popular play & earn game Cantina Royale has just launched on Elrond blockchain ecosystem, which enables its players to also participate in DeFi opportunities and later on enjoy direct interaction with GameFi and web3 apps.

Elrond features a unique blockchain architecture, designed from scratch to bring a 1,000-fold cumulative improvement in throughput and execution speed. Cantina Royale team will utilize these capabilities to their full capacity.

Playable like a traditional game on mobile (iOS/Android) and desktop operating systems, Cantina’s free-to-play model has been designed to eliminate friction while at the same time supporting the blockchain ethos of interoperability.

In addition to game fun, Cantina Royale relies on Verko’s payment and wallet management system to ensure compatibility with Apple and Google stores policy. As such, users will be able to purchase NFTs directly through Apple and Google in-app purchases while items are stored on the Elrond blockchain and thus remain in the possession of the players.

Cantina Royale says it introduces the first-ever play-to-earn blockchain gaming platform that is absolutely free to play for all users. The free-to-play feature allows players to create an account with no wallet requirements, hidden fees, or costs to jumpstart their adventure.  This approach is expected to create a new industry standard for the future of gaming, as players will be able to get in on the action without having to shell out thousands of dollars to start playing.

The milestone comes hot on the heels of Cantina Royale raising $4.5 million in funding through a round led by Elrond and Mechanism Capital (Play). The fresh capital was also bankrolled by a clutch of reputable crypto-centric investors including Crypto.com, Morningstar Ventures, Animoca Brands, Skynet EGLD Capital, GBV Capital, Good Games Guild, Chingari, and more.

Dan Bojan, Game Designer of Cantina Royale said that “Cantina Royale strives to bring together traditional gamers and the latest technological advances in order to make NFT games accessible for everyone. We are proud to collaborate with Elrond and Verko to fulfill this purpose.”

“The adoption model put forward by Cantina Royale has very high chances of breaking through the relatively narrow blockchain gaming space and reach global audiences, offering millions of gamers with exciting entertainment experiences and zero added friction from the crypto side of things, thanks to the seamless integration of Elrond’s internet-scale blockchain technology.” added Lucian Todea, Elrond Network Co-Founder and COO.

Andrew Kang, co-founder of Mechanism Capital, also notes: “As Play-to-earn has barely penetrated the gaming market, this will change in the next few years with mobile leading the way.”

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