OP Games is a suite of tools that enable HTML5 game developers to connect their games to web 3. We call this the Game Legos, a repository of open source codes and SDKs that enable games to add tournaments, PvPs, leaderboards, NFTs and a whole lot more. OP Games is also a platform where all of these games coalesce, for now we call it the OP Arcade.
Imagine walking into a games arcade and you find hundreds of arcade machines to play with, the only difference is, in the OP metaverse, these games are owned by developers and DAOs using game legos to enable further web 3 integration. To do this, OP turns these HTML5 games into entire NFTs, fractionalizes it into multiple pieces and offers it to the community for part ownership, hence the individual game DAOs. The Arcadians will have a place in the OP Arcade, as playable characters in a game currently being developed as well as user avatars that provide special access and privileges to the platform in the near future.
What sets the Arcadians apart from other NFTs? What can we do with our Arcadians?
One thing that makes these Arcadians valuable is that they’re composable and they’re built to have games built on them. So if you guys have been following NFT trends, currently there’s this project called Loot Project and it’s a perfect example of what we wanna do with OP Arcade with what we call game legos. In the context of Web 3.0, legos are like these small pieces of code that developers can build on top of each other to create bigger experiences. In Web 3.0 we’ve seen that happen with DeFi, with tokens, and exchanges for example like UniSwap. All of these are built on money legos and with OPGames what we want to do is for Arcadians to be one of these game legos that people will build on top of. Loot’s value is high precisely because there’s a lot of potential on games being built on top of them. We’re going to be doing the same thing with Arcadians.
Also, a very important point that sets us apart from 90% of NFTs is the fact that these Arcadians are created by a legitimate gaming company with a full, experienced and professional team turning the screws. We have significant backing from a couple venture funds and we are only growing the family further to realize our goal. We are also all completely non-anonymous. We are reachable and accountable. What does all of this mean to owners of Arcadians and members of the Arcadian Community? Long term value and utility. This is our career. We’re in it for the long haul and this is just the beginning.
What are the plans for the OPGames Metaverse?
When we think of the OPGames arcade metaverse it’s like we’re imagining what it would look like for us to just play games online. We’re looking at other platforms that went before us like Kongregate or New Grounds which used to be Flash game portals – those were the early versions of what OP Arcade aims to be. We want to model it similar to what they did wherein we have creators, partner developers, and the community to really co-create with each other. And I think that’s what Web 3.0 allows us to do.
Why the focus on web3 gaming?
If you’re building on Web 3.0, it’s good to take a look at philosophies because to us, Web 3.0 allows us to create and build technology with a humanist view. With web 2, sometimes games may be free-to-play but it’s not really free. You’re paying with time and attention, participating in a casino-like environment, bombarded with in-app purchases and not getting any compensation in return. Almost everything is taken by the platforms and by the developers. But this time around, the evolution of Web 3.0 would tilt into the middle between developers, creatives, and communities because each one of these people would start adding value to create a better gaming experience. We want to create a platform where gamers, creators, creatives and regular community members can connect, bounce and build ideas and games off and on top of each other and just thrive in a space we can all actively build together.
How does OPGames scale in the future? How does the team grow and get funded?
We’ve actually secured our funding goal for the next few months. We’ve partnered with a couple of venture funds who have belief in what we’re doing and have decided to help us realize this really huge universe we’re trying to build. We’re definitely excited to announce in the coming days, who our partners in the venture-building side of things are. Having secured this, we are already looking for and hiring many different talents to join the team as early as now. The team is expanding and it really is a very exciting time for all of us. If any of you who sees/hears this is interested to share your skills with us, you are more than welcome to shoot the team an email or a Discord message.
Any collaborations the community can be excited about at the moment?
We were able to partner with Jake Foushee, who’s the voice of Optimus Prime. I think that’s really in the spirit of the nostalgia around the ‘80s and the ‘90s arcade-vibe we’re going for. We also are doing something with Josh Blaylock, who was the comic writer for one of the Transformers comics among other things and known in the NFT space for his work at Punks Comic. We’ve also linked up with a few other projects who we’ve created custom Arcadians for (and them for us) like NFT Dungeon (created by Sam Ellis, one of the artists behind Adventure Time and Archer) and Moonshot Bots.
How did you come up with the idea for this project?
We looked back into what common experiences we have as a team and what we enjoyed the most back when we were younger. That was definitely the 8-bit, 16-bit gaming experience we have with Nintendo and SEGA Genesis for example. That paved the way for us to really look into the characters that we loved, that we enjoyed playing. A lot of these Arcadian characters that you’ll see are a homage to the characters we’ve played in the past.
As for the gaming and platform concept, we really just wanted to merge the good old days of playing arcade games for fun with the evolving technologies and advantages Web 3 has to offer. We’re creating an open metaverse where all kinds of people and creatives can interact and have a say. The Arcadians will be the genesis NFT of the OPGames metaverse.
You can take a look at one of OPGames’ Game Legos, or open-source code we share with our partner game developers here.
This article represents what OPGames stands for: nostalgia, open-source, collaboration among game developers and community-owned games.
What Makes this project unique?
Our project is unique because it is built by a team of web 3 founders who have been building games for 20 years and creating blockchain tools for developers for over 3 years. The Arcadians will be the genesis NFT’s of the OPGames Metaverse with utility far exceeding your typical PFP. They will be characters in the OP Arcade and be usable across games built by OPG’s partner developers.
All proceeds from the NFT sale will go into funding game developers, DAOs and open-source game engines that will help build the open metaverse.
How Big is the team and what are their roles?
We have a Leadership Team of 4, namely:
Chase Freo, CEO – Game Publisher / Former CMO of a mobile gaming company
Paul Gadi, CTO – Game Developer / Executive Management for about 20 years, co-founder of several game companies including Altitude Games. 4 years blockchain and web 3 experience
Rick Laig, Head of Tokenomics – CFO with 25 years experience in financial management in various startups and Fortune 500 companies. CFO for regional game publisher Level Up! Games, financial adviser for Altitude Games, CFO for Alto.io, Cryptocurrency enthusiast since 2013
Frances Han, Head of Partnerships – Game Marketer / Previous growth lead at Gumi/ Biz Director Facebook Games – https://www.linkedin.com/in/franceshan/
And a Development Team of 8 (including Paul):
- Team github profiles:
- https://github.com/polats – 20 years game dev, 3 years blockchain
- https://github.com/marcpolican – 20 years game dev, 3 years blockchain
- https://github.com/inn3rGames – 5 years game dev, 1 year blockchain
- https://github.com/rexrodriguez – 20 game + app dev, <1 year blockchain
- https://github.com/yuri-alto – 20 years game dev,3 years blockchain
- https://github.com/ealmario – 1 year full-stack + blockchain
- https://github.com/JoshMatthew – 2 year game dev, 1 year blockchain
- https://github.com/Sam-DeGuzman – 6 months full-stack + blockchain
What is the price?
0.055 ETH It’s considerably less than most other NFT pfp projects, and Arcadians will definitely be more than just a pfp!
What is the Mint Size?
10,000 (with 200 set aside for giveaways and the team).
Are there any mechanics we should know about?
For the 10,000 Arcadians we’re going with the five (5) classes and two (2) genders. So we have the following classes: the Knight, the Gunner, the Assistant, the Tech, and the Wizard. And we’re using these five (5) classes to build games around on the avatar battler. Each one will have different skills and strengths. We’ll start with that and continue to explore what other things we’re gonna build on top of them.
Eventually, a breeding system will be in place. We’re still figuring out the name, probably “descendants” or “scion”.
As for the drop, we are currently exploring a couple of scheme options. On our radar are future airdrops, special NFT’s for the first how x number of mints, maybe a super class for holders of all classes. We’ll get back to you soon as we’ve polished the mechanics. We will have a presale to mitigate gas wars.
Where can collectors learn more about your project?
Arcadians Website: https://arcadians.io/