EverdreamSoft CEO Shaban Shaame on the value of NFTs in games

The blockchain pioneer talks about the tribalism of technologies and his presentation on NFTs at Pocket Gamer Connects Digital #7

EverdreamSoft CEO Shaban Shaame on the value of NFTs in games

Shaban Shaame is the founder and CEO of EverdreamSoft, a Swiss-based company that is pioneering the use of blockchain technology in the global games industry.

Shaame has over eight years of experience in what he calls the 'blockchainisation' of digital assets. He is considered one of the fathers of the non-fungible token (NFT) and is a founding member of the Blockchain Game Alliance.

Shaame is one of over 250 industry leaders and pioneers speaking at Pocket Gamer Connects Digital #7, which takes place from July 12th to 16th 2021. The team spoke to him about the company's work in NFTs and the topics he'll be discussing at the event. Can you tell us more about your session at Pocket Gamer Connects Digital #7?

Shaban Shaame: I'll be talking about why and how we decided to build our blockchain agnostic NFT solution. If you’re familiar with blockchain, you know the tribalism that reigns among supporters of different technologies. Choosing to build on a particular blockchain is more often an emotional, rather than rational choice.

Each public blockchain is not only a technology but also a political and social structure. Let’s imagine it as a country-nation system. Assuming this metaphor, deploying software on multiple blockchains can be similar to establishing a business on an international level, rather than focusing on a national market. A company going international has to accommodate multiple regulations, cultures and markets.

Before the age of the internet, our activities were very tied to the ground where we are located. Now it’s different. We believe people all over the world will opt-in to one or several 'blockchain states' to govern their online activities. There will not be only one winning technology or governance system, but as many as there are diverse community governance beliefs.

Our goal is to provide tools for individuals and companies to manage, create, tokenise, and exchange game assets on an inter-blockchain level. I will give you a glimpse behind the scenes to explain how we are tackling this challenging matter.

In that context can you give us more background on your EverDreamSoft and what it does?

EverdreamSoft (EDS) is a swiss-based company founded in 2010 as a game studio. Since 2014 EDS has been pioneering the integration and use of blockchain tools in the domain of games and digital collectables.

In 2015, we organised one of the first-ever initial coin offerings (ICOs), the BitCrystals token sale, in order to fund the development of our mobile game Spells of Genesis.

With Storms of Genesis, launched in 2017, we set a trend of 'true ownership' of digital assets. We’re currently developing the EverdreamSoft Crystal Suite, an integrated suite of tools allowing you to explore, create, share and manage 'orbs' – rare digital items (art, game items, collectables) linked to blockchain tokens.

As CEO what is your day-to-day role?

Being the CEO of a small company is not a clearly defined role. I’m doing a bit of everything from the strategic decisions, financial management but I’m also the lead developer.

However, my favourite role is as a visionary. I love to let my creativity express itself and I’m the one who brings constantly new ideas and projects.

Why did you want to work in the games industry?

I have always been passionate about games and game development! I also like to think outside the box and I’m a great 'techno-believer'.

I developed my first game, Moonga, during my studies and launched it right afterwards. Its success filled me with even greater enthusiasm and I have not stopped exploring new technical solutions since.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to work in the games industry?

Imagine the future like you’d like it to be like and then make it real.

What are your thoughts on the impact of the last 12 months on the global games market?

This is specific to blockchain gaming, but we can see that blockchain technology is maturing and becoming more solid. As blockchain enthusiasts, we at EverdreamSoft are very happy to see this trend.

Can you share your predictions for the next 12 months in the world of games?

I believe that the border between creators and consumers will become thinner and thinner. We're tending towards a paradigm shift, where users become more 'consum-actors', actively contributing to their favourite game projects.

How has the games industry changed since you joined it?

A lot. When I released Moonga back in 2009, it was one of the first games available on the App Store. Mobile games development was in its infancy. Look at it now.

What part of Pocket Gamer Connects are you most looking forward to?

Meeting interesting people who share the same passion. Sharing and brainstorming new ideas.

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Shaban Shaame is just one of more than 250 incredible speakers taking part in Pocket Gamer Connects Digital #7, which takes place online from July 12th to 16th 2021.

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Brian has been working in the games industry since the mid-1990s, when he joined the legendary studio DMA Design, as a writer on the original Grand Theft Auto. Since then he's worked with major publishers, founded his own digital agency, helped numerous startups with PR, marketing, communications, narrative design, branding and making money.

Back in 2004 Brian created the Scottish Games Network, the industry body for the country's videogames sector. He also lectures at Napier University on the transformative power of interactive media on the creative industries, is a board member of Creative Edinburgh, and helps to organise games, tech and creative industries events.

In his spare time he plays videogames and is usually, proudly, at least one generation behind the cutting edge consoles.