Unity integrates the Tezos blockchain into its game engine

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Unity has integrated its verified Web3 Software Development Kit (SDK) built for the Tezos blockchain into the Unity Asset Store.

The announcement marks the first blockchain SDK co-developed with Unity in a new Web3 game development initiative.

The Tezos SDK gives game developers a path to focus on Web3 games with a full suite that enables them to do things like connect to the Tezos blockchain wallet.

Using the SDK’s wallet pairing feature, developers can allow users to authenticate with their Tezos blockchain credentials. Tezos said players can securely authenticate themselves in-game, sign blockchain transactions, access all assets on the chain, and use cryptocurrency to purchase in-game services, features, or assets.

The SDK also enables game developers to capture data on the Tezos blockchain, such as checking which game features or in-game assets a user owns. Most importantly, users can manage the storage of their assets via smart contracts or call offerings off-chain, which gives access to any data stored in the blockchain.

The SDK enables developers to connect to smart contracts. Games will be able to make calls to Tezos smart contracts, to be signed by the user, which opens up unlimited possibilities for smart contracts on Tezos. From simple transactions such as purchasing additional features using cryptocurrency, to creating in-game assets based on achievements, this feature will allow users to trade on public markets, transfer in-game assets or participate in multi-game challenges.

Tezos said it allows real ownership of in-game assets. Through the SDK, users will be able to easily own and verify the authenticity of in-game assets via the Tezos blockchain. Signing data through smart contracts allows games to ask users to validate data signed by other users.

Tezos SDK supports desktop, Android, iOS and browsers. In addition to allowing game developers to interact with the Tezos blockchain, this SDK is aimed at any application developer who is creating a Tezos decentralized application (dApp).

“We are excited to see this SDK released in collaboration with Unity, to bring Web3 games to the most popular game development platform,” Jeremy Foo, Global Head of Games at Trilitech, said in a statement. “This is the first comprehensive blockchain SDK co-developed with Unity, providing game developers with a complete and easy-to-use solution for adding a wide range of Web3 features that will make games more enjoyable for players.”

The Web3 SDK jointly developed by Unity and the Tezos ecosystem is among the first to be added to the Unity Asset Store and shows the growing momentum of players to build on the future blockchain.

Unlike traditional proof-of-work blockchains, Tezos’ proof-of-stake mechanism is an energy-efficient approach to securing its network, ensuring that new apps and games built on Tezos do not lead to unnecessary power consumption, the company said.

Tezos is one of the blockchains with on-chain governance, allowing community members to propose upgrades to the protocol to continuously evolve and meet users’ needs without disrupting or dividing the network.

Popular gaming companies and organizations currently being built on Tezos include Ubisoft, CCP Games (Eve Online), esports teams Team Vitality, Misfits Gaming Group, and indie Beat Em games like Blockxer, among others.

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