Zilliqa has announced the launch of its gaming division into a new standalone business, Roll1ng Thund3rz. The company stated that this is a significant milestone as it pursues a strategy of building and incubating internal businesses that demonstrate innovative use cases of Web3 and blockchain technologies.
According to the press release, Roll1ng Thund3rz will be headed by Zilliqa’s Head of Gaming Technology, Valentin Cobelea, who has led the establishment and development of Zilliqa’s gaming division over the past year. Cobelea will also continue in his role with Zilliqa to develop the technical gaming capabilities of the company.
Zilliqa’s CEO, Matt Dyer, commented:
“All of us at Zilliqa are delighted to be able to announce the completion of the Roll1ng Thund3rz spin-off. Gaming in the blockchain and Web3 space has been a key area of focus for us at Zilliqa, representing an underserved and largely untapped market brimming with potential.
“Since joining Zilliqa, Valentin has built a division that has gone from strength to strength, leveraging his significant experience to establish a foothold in a still-developing but highly competitive landscape. Today’s announcement is the culmination of a year of hard work by the whole team at Zilliqa, but just the first step on the journey for Roll1ng Thund3rz.”
Roll1ng Thund3rz Co-Founder and CTO, Valentin Cobelea, added:
“It is a great honour for me to be leading Roll1ng Thund3rz and be empowered to pursue a vision for Web3 gaming that truly puts gamers first. Our philosophy from day one has been to ‘build fun games first’ that leverage blockchain technology to provide genuine utility to the players, not create thinly veiled financial products that masquerade as games.”
Roll1ng Thund3rz stated its plans to release its first flagship title, Web3War, on March 31. Currently in open beta, the game will be a free-to-play, cross-platform, first-person shooter. The open beta has attracted close to 7,000 players, with new content and features added ahead of its official launch.