On March 14, 2023, Sara Campbell, a top video game journalist, interviewed D&E Games CEO Tyrell R. Greene at the Campaign Games Summit (CGS). During the interview, Greene shared his thoughts on the gaming industry’s future. According to Greene, “the integration of blockchain technology into gaming is inevitable. D&E Games would soon launch Legend of Constellations, its latest blockchain game, In the next era of the game industry, this game has extraordinary significance.”
Sara Campbell (S.C.): Currently, the traditional gaming market is growing more popular worldwide. However, Metaverse and blockchain games don’t have a large audience yet. What makes you so confident that your game Legend of Constellations represents the future of video games?
Tyrell R. Greene (T.G.): In 2020, the game industry grew rapidly due to the COVID-19 lockdown. In 2022, the global game market is worth 196.8 billion U.S. dollars, but the year-on-year growth rate is only 2.1%. we saw that the gaming industry has almost stopped growing after the COVID-19 dividend disappeared.
Regardless, I am very optimistic about the gaming industry. Mobile games have been a developing trend since 2008, which is almost 15 years now. And this development started due to the emergence of smartphones and the infrastructure of the mobile internet. Today, there are 3.2 billion gamers worldwide, This is a huge force played by the mobile Internet as the infrastructure in the global market. Obviously, these infrastructures are still indispensable, but they will no longer be the core fuel for the growth of the game industry.
I believe the new infrastructure for the game industry are blockchain technology, NFT applications, and new smart terminal devices—especially blockchain technology, which hasn’t been widely used yet.
But just as people initially lacked faith in the internet, only a few people believe that it has a future. These people are pioneers and wise men.The combination of games and blockchain is an inevitable trend, but at the moment, only a few people become pioneers in this field .Zuckerberg is one of them. I must say, I respect him so much.
Many people thought Zuckerberg was stupid to believe and invest in the metaverse. In fact, they called Zuckerberg’s vision a fraud and an unrealistic dream. But I understand that the truth always rest with the minority.
For instance, when Steve Jobs designed the iPhone, Nokia and Motorola thought Jobs was stupid at the time. But just look at iPhones today; with their growth and popularity, can anyone look back and still ridicule Jobs?
When I led my team to create Legend of Constellations, we weren’t just making a game. We were also practicing one of blockchain technology’s core values—which is to make every ordinary participant a real beneficiary.
Gamers devote so much time and energy to playing video games daily; they are also the pillars of gaming communities. So, in addition to enjoying games, shouldn’t the value and contribution of the game community belong to every player? Shouldn’t game equipment and characters be better protected as virtual assets? I believe they should, and so does every visionary game player, producer, and expert I’ve discussed this with.
Metaverse and Web3.0 are trying to solve these problems. This is also our original intention of developing this game. Let the participants as gamers become the biggest beneficiaries of the game community. Through the game mechanics, let players enjoy the fun of the game At the same time, the time and energy spent can be exchanged for currency of the same value. Let the effort be exchanged for real returns.
The project token launched by Legend of Constellations is called ASTR, and players can obtain it through the game mechanics. As Legend of Constellations develops and its number of players increases, ASTR will become more valuable. That way, players can get rich, realistic returns just by playing the game. I’m convinced this play-to-earn model must have great representative significance for the game industry.
S.C.: You just mentioned the token of the game Legend of Constellations, which you called ASTR. Obviously, this is a cryptocurrency. Since the beginning of this year, the cryptocurrency market has suffered greatly. It was so bad that Bitcoin and Ethereum devalued by over 60%. Even FTX, the well-known cryptocurrency exchange, filed for bankruptcy. With these in mind, how will you protect the value of ASTR held by players? How much value can ASTR attain if it develops healthily?
T.G.: I believe cryptocurrencies without any relevant use cases are worthless. So, if ASTR will rise in the future, it must be because of its sufficient applications. I’ll explain how ASTR’s use cases can protect its value later.
Today, Bitcoin is the face of blockchain technology and the gold of the digital world. Also, Ethereum is widely used to write various smart contracts and has become the underlying platform for several blockchain applications. Many people own these cryptocurrencies, so they’re no doubt valuable.
This year’s crypto crash occurred because of the sharp increase in interest rates due to the U.S. inflation crisis. But since Bitcoin’s creation, the value of 1 Bitcoin has risen from $0.0025 to $17,000. Likewise, if you bought Ethereum when it was launched, you might now have a return that’s a hundred or even a thousand times its original value.
Our ASTR has just been born, and I don’t know how much its value can rise in the future. But it will definitely rise, and my confidence is centered on the fact that the ASTR has rich use cases in Legend of Constellations.
The creation of player accounts is not yet open to the public, but I believe many players will use Arena – a PvP mode in the game – in the future. Players will be keen to spend ASTR in the arena, which is just one of the token’s many use cases. According to our roadmap, we still have a lot to do. However, every time we meet a target, this project’s and ASTR’s value will be more consolidated.
S.C.: I admire your vision and drive, but it takes a great team to create an amazing product. What strengths does your team have that will make Legend of Constellations a success?
T.G.: One of the things I am most proud of is the team I built. Our team members come from top game studios worldwide, and each member believes integrating blockchain technology into games will significantly impact the game industry. We are all participating in this vision, and every team member is defending their faith in its actualization with their hard work.
Take Eberle Ryan, one of our members, for instance. Ryan has more than 10 years of experience in the game industry and worked on the World of Warcraft and Hearthstone projects. He eventually scaled the corporate ladder to attain a senior position at Blizzard.But now, he joins Legend of Constellations and he is the producer of the game. Together, we are making Legend of Constellations even better.
Another vital team member is John Kirilenko, our chief economist. Kirilenko has served as a senior consultant in major financial institutions in the United States, so he has a wealth of economic knowledge and unique philosophical theories. Because of his profound knowledge, he is keener on pursuing simple and pure values. Our game’s economic system incorporates his ideas. And the result? Those who play our games describe them as simple but wonderful.
We currently have around 200 amazing members. I believe in them just as they believe in me, and, together, we will make Legend of Constellations great.
S.C.: One last question: I downloaded your Legend of Constellations before the interview and noticed the game is still undergoing beta testing. When will it be available to gamers worldwide?
T.G.: As I mentioned earlier, we still have several tasks to complete, according to our roadmap. However, we will hold public beta testing without deleting any data in the first quarter of 2023. Then, we will finally launch the game in the third quarter of 2023.
S.C.: That sounds wonderful. Thank you so much for having this interview. I wish Legend of Constellations great success!
Information about Legend of Constellations produced by D&E Games.
Official website: https://www.loc-game.com/#/