UAE Blockchain firm, O1X, and cloud based AI gaming entity, The Game Company has partnered to create a decentralized economy within the Game Company’s cloud-based AI platform, transforming the way users are rewarded for their active participation and engagement on the platform.

The collaboration brings forth player-driven curation for esports tournaments, restructuring the competitive gaming industry. Players take an active role in creating the gaming experience when they have the ability to design and manage tournaments.

According to the news,this taps into a booming business, taking advantage of the enormous expansion of the global esports market, which is projected to reach USD 6.75 billion by 2030. Through the decentralized nature of the platform, tournament hosts can establish their own rules, formats, and reward structures, creating a dynamic and diverse competitive environment.

Osman Masud, CEO of The Game Company, shared his excitement, stating, “Our collaboration with 01X is a turning point for the esports sector. By integrating blockchain and decentralized economies, we are putting the power back into the hands of esports players. They can now create competitions, take control of their gaming experiences, and alter the competitive landscape. We’re dedicated to building a player-centric ecosystem where their voices are heard, and their contributions are celebrated.”

Joachim Godet, Managing Director of 01X, added,  “Our collaboration with The Game Company signifies a pivotal moment in the gaming industry. By merging our expertise in blockchain and game economics, we’re paving the way for a future where players have unprecedented control over their gaming experiences and reap tangible rewards for their engagement.”

UAE DMCC, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, has launched the DMCC Gaming Centre in support of the increasingly growing global and regional video games industry. Members of the center who are developing blockchain games will be able to access $150 million funding from VC firm Brinc. Currently standing at USD 1.8 billion, revenues generated by the gaming industry in the MENA region are expected to reach USD 5 billion by 2025.

Launched during the Dubai Esports Festival, the DMCC Gaming Centre formalizes DMCC’s efforts in the gaming and esports space, creating a supportive environment in which all gaming and esports companies can thrive. DMCC is currently home to over 50 gaming companies, from game developers and producers to esports teams and tournament organizers.

The DMCC Gaming Centre will be based in DMCC’s free zone, providingaccess to a vibrant community of gaming industry peers to unlock new opportunities for collaboration. Gaming companies looking to expand their global reach and connect with audiences across the world will also benefit from DMCC’s fully digital setup process, world-class infrastructure, and commitment to increasing the ease of doing business.

 Under the DMCC Gaming Centre, members will have access to the wider esports community through regular events and esports tournaments and industry support from DMCC’s ecosystem partner YaLLa Esports, a leading esports organization in the UAE. Furthermore, members will have the opportunity to join gaming specific acceleration and market entry programs through our ecosystem partner, AstroLabs, a leading tech ecosystem builder in the MENA region. 

Earlier this year, DMCC partnered with the global VC firm Brinc to provide members with access to USD 150 million in funding through their accelerator programs ZK Advancer and The Sandbox Metaverse. Those programs will also be open to DMCC Gaming Centre members developing games on blockchain and web3 technologies.  

 “Gaming is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, with nearly 3.2 billion people playing and spending a combined total of USD 196.8 billion in 2022. The size and growth of the industry today is staggering compared to when video games first appeared in the 1970s,” said Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DMCC. “These passionate communities are constantly looking for greater immersion and storytelling in their chosen form of entertainment. As our roster of gaming companies expands rapidly and as we see more of our DMCC Crypto Centre members enter the blockchain gaming space, there is no better time to formalize our efforts by opening the DMCC Gaming Centre. Through this facility, we will solidify Dubai’s position as a global hub for all forms of gaming and esports.”

Prior to this announcement UAE Cypher Capital and Phoenix Group  invested with others into the new blockchain Web3 gaming platform, Fenix Games. Led by a group of industry veterans from gaming, blockchain, and financial markets, Fenix Games plans to acquire, invest, and publish both existing games and blockchain games of the future. Cypher Capital also invested $1.5 million in Rekt Studios which is also taking Web3 gaming to a new direction.

Fenix Games is a next-generation games publisher facilitating the transition of the next billion gamers into a blockchain-integrated future. Whereas traditional, “Web 2.0” games have mature distribution platforms and markets that bring billions of players and developers together, Web 3.0 lacks the infrastructure, tools and support to facilitate mass adoption. As more and more quality developers embrace blockchain technology and design principles, we see an opportunity for the role of Publishing to elevate its value in the design, go-to-market and operations of games.

At the time Munaf Ali, CEO at Phoenix stated, “Despite the recent challenges in crypto, Cypher Capital Group remains optimistic and bullish about the future of web3 and blockchain projects.”

The chairman of Belobaba, a crypto native hedge fund with a regulated security token, believes that Banks will become Dapps, and that this was the year of building crypto not a bearish year.

Five year old, Belobaba utilizes big data and AI in its investment decisions… The company is currently setting up its headquarters in the UAE as it seeks to get regulated in GCC region. The hedge fund is already regulated by the Gibraltar Financial services commission and operating legally in the USA, as well as in Spain and Estonia.

Lluís Mas, chairman at BELOBABA spoke to LaraontheBlock expressing his views on the crypto market,the banking sector and why they are setting up their headquarters in UAE.

The hedge fund which currently has just $5 million under management is seeking to grow and expand. According to Mas, “I don’t consider it a bad year for crypto and I wouldn’t call it a bullish or bearish market, because just remember in the bearish markets of 2017-2019 Uniswap was created as were NFTs. For me this year is a building year as we see Ethereum merge and global regulations pick up.  Companies like Black Rock are entering the crypto space and financial actors such as Coinbase are offering crypto products to institutional investors. So for me it is definitely a building year.”

He also states that it is absolutely unfair to talk about a crash of Bitcoin. He says, “Bitcoin is at $20,000 today, it is a far cry from where it started out. We also see billions of dollars being invested in esports, DeFi and blockchain with many projects performing well.”

While he doesn’t foresee any significant changes in the crypto market in the next few months, he does see a pick-up in the middle of 2023.  Mas states, “While I don’t see much change in the crypto scene today, what I do know is that Ethereum is super cheap, and things should start to pick up in mid-2023.”

When touching on the topic of banking and its evolution, Mas mentions a well-known phrase in the crypto community, “ Banks are necessary but bankers not” As he explains, for some time bankers have not been taking care of their customers, which has led to the rise of neo banks. For him the future of banks is Dapps. He explains, “ Banks will slowly become dapps first they have the money and collateral, secondly they are working hand in hand with regulators, so in the next few years they will move to decentralized applications. Bitcoin is not here to destroy, but to make things more efficient and more user friendly. This is unstoppable and our role is to educate as many people as possible.” 

According to Belobaba chairman Dapps stand as the new paradigm and DeFi represents a change in the business model of traditional banking giving the opportunity to put the user at the centre of the value model. 

He notes that the banks of the future will not be huge with 1000 employees, but might be as small and nimble as entities such as Uniswap which has just a dozen or so employees. 

While Belobaba seeks to build one day a crypto bank, the company is also bullish on NFT gaming industry which will reach $800 billion by 2024. Belobaba also sees Security token offerings as a huge opportunity given it has grown by 84 percent. As for crypto, it is expected to become a $24 trillion market by 2030.

In terms of expansion, Belobaba is moving its headquarters to Dubai UAE, and are in the process of seeking a license. Mas says, “We are working with local partners to move our headquarters here. There are two reasons for our move; first given we are originally from Spain, the GCC as a geographic region is a comfort zone. In Gibraltar we are accustomed to the Commonwealth laws, as is the situation in UAE.”

He adds that the region is connected to Asia and other continents, and most in the region are open to investing.

While it might not be easy to get a license says Mas, he is confident that given their track record and strong partnerships such as that with RSM their efforts will be fruitful. He explains, “We are actively looking into Abu Dhabi regulatory ADGM, VARA in Dubai and Bahrain.  RSM is a global network of audit, tax and consulting experts that help us ensure our investors are protected.”

Recently Belobaba invested 1 million Euros in Team Queso, a leading esports club in mobile gaming.