eGaming and Blockchain: BBC Studio’s Foray into Next-gen AR VR Mobile Games
BBC Studio has picked UK publisher Reality Gaming Group to develop Doctor Who digital trading card game for PC & mobile using Blockchain technology. As part of the deal, Reality Gaming Group has secured an exclusive global license from BBC Studios to develop and publish what’s branded as a groundbreaking digital trading card game based on global smash hit television series Doctor Who.
Who’s Doctor Who?
Doctor Who is one of the longest-running action-adventure British TV series in the world. It spans 56 years and has won over 100 awards. The show has a huge global following, with 9.6 Million fans across social platforms/channels and 100 million video views on YouTube in the last year alone.
Guinness World Records has honored Doctor Who TV show as the longest-running science-fiction series in the world. Doctor Who has live entertainment with over four and a half million Sonic Screwdrivers sold in the past eleven years, over 13 million action figures sold since 2005, over 19 million DVDs sold globally and over one million tickets sold for live events.
At the time of this announcement, John Kavanagh, Licensing Manager, Gaming and Interactive, BBC Studios, said –
“This is what BBC Studios does so well, exploring new technologies and bringing our most iconic brand to an area of the gaming industry which we’re sure will engage and thrill fans.”
The partnership will enable fans to collect and trade digital versions of their favorite characters for the first time, before adventuring through the Doctor Who: Worlds Apart game as the Doctor, battling friends in turn-based contests.
How Blockchain Fits into this Egaming Model?
Doctor Who Reality Trading game is a unique mobile gaming experience for new-gen players.
Well, firstly, each trading card a player collects will be tokenized into a non-fungible token (NFT) secured and protected on the blockchain, which means there can be no copies or disputes about ownership.
Which means, Doctor Who: Worlds Apart players will own unique digital collectible items that can be used in the game or traded with other players.
Secondly, as with physical trading cards, some will be rarer than others, and all will feature Doctors, companions, allies and enemies from across Doctor Who’s expansive history.
Limited edition packs containing five digital cards will be available for fans to buy from October 2020. Once these limited-edition cards have sold out, they will not be available to purchase again, except by trading with others.
The accompanying Doctor Who: Worlds Apart trading card game will be released for PC in 2021 with mobile to follow, allowing players to go head-to-head with their card collections. More cards will also be made available at launch.
UK-based publisher Reality Gaming Group’s Digital Asset Trading (DAT) Platform uses innovative blockchain technology to turn any IP into a rare and collectible digital asset that can be traded between fans using dedicated marketplaces.
Its debut title, mobile AR combat game Reality Clash, was released in 2019 and pushed the boundaries of what’s possible when AR, VR, geo-location and blockchain technology are combined.
Tony Pearce, Co-Founder of Reality Gaming Group, said: “We are tremendously excited to be working with BBC Studios to bring Doctor Who’s huge global community an exciting new digital experience based on a pastime we all know and love – trading cards. The cards used in Doctor Who: Worlds Apart are both functional and collectible, so fans can actually own a piece of the game while they play.”
The Reality Gaming Group is the developer and publisher of mobile AR combat game Reality Clash, which was released in early-2019 and utilises exciting blockchain technology. It is also the creator of a ground-breaking Digital Asset Trading (DAT) Platform, which can be deployed across a huge range of content types. The Reality Gaming Group development team has more than 20 years’ experience across Mobile, PC, Console, AR and VR games platforms.