Opis Group Explores Blockchain Games and Mobile Cloud Computing
By now, almost everyone is familiar with cryptocurrency and blockchain. However, many are unaware of just how massive the blockchain gaming market has become. Opis Group believes in the future of blockchain gaming, but more than that, it believes in creating great games. OpiPets is proof of that, with the game focusing on quality content that players will enjoy with P2E, game ownership, and asset ownership on the side.
Opis Cloud is another innovative project led by the Opis Group, which aims to be the world’s first crypto-based decentralized cloud computing network. It uses mobile technology to make the world a greener place, provide decentralized computing, and allow participants to generate passive income. Learn more about these topics and more in the engaging interview below.
Daily Grit: The current state of cryptocurrency has had a big impact everywhere, but blockchain gaming seems to be growing with a big increase in investment. Why do you think the game stands out?
Vince Howard: That’s a very good question. Gaming, in general, has long been an industry at the forefront of innovation and is always ripe for experimentation. Much of what we love about communications and technology has been tried and tested with games. Let’s take Discord as an example; it unlocked real-time communication. Gaming is the #1 use case for cryptocurrency, paving the way for international payments and transfers. There are between two and three billion gamers in the world. For people looking to make money and profit via P2E and in-game tokens, there is enormous potential value if even some of this massive audience can be converted.
The other side is gambling and wallets; this is where the data shows that the game is growing steadily and doing quite well. There are two types of wallets: DeFi wallets and gaming wallets. Notably, the majority of wallets are related to gaming and not DeFi, which is a distinction. There is potential for adoption because, by nature, gamers are early adopters and adopt new technologies before others. The beauty of the game is that those who participate in it generally feel more comfortable with the “new” things. They can also educate family, friends, and others in their networks, which increases adoption.
Daily Grit: When it comes to assets earned through games like OpiPets, do the assets remain stable or do they have the same volatility as other crypto assets?
Vince Howard: Like all of life’s assets (houses, art, land, etc.), prices reflect supply and demand. You own the assets and you have the ability to trade them in the open market where they fluctuate. Rare items require elements of luck and skill. They will go up and down like other asset classes. We hope to create value through this. The players are experimental and OpiPets are a reflection of the games of the future.
Daily Grit: What challenges does the P2E aspect and the inclusion of blockchain present when it comes to creating a great game that appeals to players?
Vince Howard: First of all, Play to Earn (P2E) is not designed for gambling. Basically, it is speculation. The problem is that you have NFTs in games. Players, for the most part, don’t have the money to speculate. Speculators don’t put gambling first. If you don’t attract a game to train players, you won’t get the players. Plain and simple. Real gamers don’t like the term P2E. For true gamers, the games are a fun escape. What we try to do through OpiPets is play AND win. Ideally, you’re someone who loves worlds being built – the lore and the fact that you can earn your assets too.
We are implementing something special using Web3. When you think of Web1, it was all about login and password; Web2 offered social logins (login with Twitter and Google). Web3 connects wallets to the game, which becomes irrevocable. As Web3 grows, it’s much more transparent and it’s all about ownership (eg game tokens). It’s something we haven’t experienced yet.
Daily Grit: What are the biggest obstacles to the adoption of blockchain games? How does Opis Games approach them?
Vince Howard: First, you need to create a great game and find the right product for the market. You shouldn’t market it as a “blockchain game”. No one goes out of their way to look for a blockchain game. Create something innovative and enjoyable and give users a unique experience. This is exactly what we try to do with OpiPets. We took people from the gaming world, who are engaged in lore and who are basically storytellers. The mechanics of creating a game require skill and must be entertaining. The success of the user should be highlighted. It is important to understand this part well. You can earn tokens but, at the end of the day, it has to be a game people want to play.
Daily Grit: Blockchain technology and environmental friendliness raise many concerns. How does Opis Cloud solve these problems?
Vince Howard: There is a lot of talk about proof-of-work being less environmentally friendly than proof-of-stake. Enter Opis Cloud, where one can potentially earn points as rewards for helping with scientific research and reducing the environmental impact of cloud computing. This will happen by connecting your mobile device to the Opis Cloud network in order to perform tasks while it is charging and idle.
With blockchain, people use various calculations to validate transactions. It should be noted that we do not have a blockchain for the Cloud. The green element comes into play when choosing our network – when it is operational – because it will use a significantly lower amount of energy than those like AWS (Amazon Web Services). Completing a task with Opis Cloud, where we basically use power by the owner of the devices, will be more environmentally friendly.
And it does not stop there. We take action; don’t just say we do. With that, we’ve partnered with an absolutely brilliant organization that plants redwood trees in the UK to offset the carbon footprint.
Daily Grit: Opis Cloud is designed to use a mobile device’s processor while it is charging or idle. Are there any security issues around allowing this type of access, and what measures are in place to ensure privacy concerns?
Vince Howard: A mobile phone is the most important device we own today. At Opis Cloud, we recognize our responsibility to users. We will not request access to track location, media, files, etc. Our goal is to ensure that user data is completely private. If you imagine how peer-to-peer file sharing works, you would not know where you will get the files. Likewise, you will not know where you are getting it from. It will be fully encrypted and scrambled. You wouldn’t have anything intelligible at all. It is sent back to Opis Cloud and verified, then sent back to the customer. Similar to blockchain, it is an unfettered process.
Daily Grit: Will someone be able to use the Opis Cloud computing network to accomplish their tasks? Can contributors decide which tasks their processor is dedicated to?
Vince Howard: Yes, we will absolutely offer it as a feature. Generation Z is aware of the impact we have on society. We were committed from day one. All Opis Cloud computing power will go to charity and good causes. We can’t generate any revenue until we prove that the blockchain-inspired network is reliable. We will have a number of projects to contribute to that are close to our users’ hearts.
Daily Grit: When and how can people get involved in these projects? Will they need knowledge of blockchain technology?
Vince Howard: We hope that by the fourth quarter of 2022, interested individuals will be able to begin interacting with OpiPets and Opis Cloud. The best way to participate is to register on our website and follow our social media.
The user experience is at the forefront of our technologies. No blockchain experience is necessary.
Daily Grit: Is there anything else on the horizon that Opis wants to share?
Vince Howard: There is a lot on the horizon, especially on the environmental front. Our game team is busy telling a story and creating worlds we’re excited to share. Our work is precision driven and we won’t let go until it’s ready. But stay tuned, because we have some very special stuff in the works!
Spencer Hulse is editor at Grit Daily News. It covers startups, affiliates, viral and marketing news.