Blockchain technology has great potential to change the esports industry by increasing the level of integrity in every match. The combination of blockchain technology and gaming creates more opportunities to scale the esports industry on a global scale. In fact, the esports industry is expected to do more than $1 billion in revenue for all of 2019. This growing industry can make it very tempting for savvy gamers to cheat when large cash prizes are on the line like Damion “XXiF” Cook who was fed easy kills in the qualifiers of the $3 million Fortnite World Cup.
Unfortunately, cheating has been happening in esports for a long time which ruins the fun for gamers who only rely on skill and play with integrity. Here’s how blockchain technology can reduce cheating in esports:
Documentation of every action taken
All transactions that happen on the blockchain are recorded and are protected from any changes. Any purchases that have been made stay on the blockchain and can never be removed. It’s an ongoing ledger that anyone can access at any time. This use of documentation can also be applied in different ways such as online gaming. For example, every attack and counter-attack you use in CryptoFights is recorded via blockchain technology. Gamers who know their movements are tracked are less likely to use unfair methods to win competitive matches.
Transparency for gamers, game developers, fans
Unlike traditional video games where matches happen on closed servers, blockchain games take place on decentralized servers. This means that online matches for blockchain games are easily reviewable. For well-known traditional video games like League of Legends and Counter-Strike, only the game developers can review the backend of an online match.
If a professional esports athlete uses cheats using illegal software, the only way he/she is caught is if the video game has anti-cheat software installed or the tournament administrators can detect it. Fans and other esports professionals might be able to report suspected cheater but they may not have the evidence needed to prove a cheater is guilty since they don’t have access to game servers.
The open nature of blockchain game servers gives all gamers, fans, and game developers the chance to review every action every taken. A blockchain game’s core logic and existing data are easily accessible to be analyzed and reused for future games. This unique ability makes it easier to identify and catch cheaters which increases the integrity of the game.
A better future for competitive gaming
Thanks to the increase and development of blockchain games, it’ll be easier to reduce and possibly end cheating altogether in esports. Greater documentation and transparency on multiple levels will make it possible to make esports more fun and rewarding for everyone.
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