Collect, Upgrade and Sell Playable NFTs for Cash or Crypto; Alpha Phase of Peer-to-Peer NFT Marketplace Announced, Bolstered by New Hires Stoyan Stoyanov, Matt Nutt and Cristina Lee
Los Angeles, Calif. – April 6, 2021 – Mythical Games, a next-generation technology studio creating universal gaming ecosystems around playable NFTs, led by industry veterans and former executives from Activision, Oculus, EA and Zynga, today announced the Alpha phase of its proprietary Marketplace. Mythical’s Marketplace will facilitate peer-to-peer sales of playable NFTs from Blankos Block Party, an open-world multiplayer party game with an emphasis on player-designed levels. A new video released by Mythical provides a small preview of the Marketplace’s functionality:
Blankos Block Party offers NFTs with utility in a AAA game experience; with playable NFTs, collectors take an active role in increasing the value of their digital vinyl toys by leveling them up, competing in special events and more. Players have invested billions of dollars into digital items in other online games without a tangible way to benefit from it beyond occasional gameplay advantages; content remains locked behind their account because their purchase is really just a lease or licensing agreement, with no ability to transfer or sell. And while other secondary marketplaces have existed in the form of grey and black markets, players who participate are exposed to unsafe transactions, scams and even the threat of losing their accounts for Terms of Service violations. Through the proprietary Mythical Marketplace, players can unlock the value of monetary, rarity and time-based investments by selling their Blankos to other players for real/fiat or crypto currency in safe and secure transactions, with proof of authenticity.
“Rolling out the Mythical Marketplace is the next big step for us toward creating true player-owned economies in games,” said John Linden, CEO and co-founder, Mythical Games. “With the recent boom of NFTs and digital assets in pop culture, we’re happy to be at the forefront of introducing these concepts to AAA games and leading the way to new sources of revenue and value creation for players and creators.”
With Blankos Block Party and its Marketplace, Mythical aims to drive mass adoption of ownership in games through NFTs and Proof of Stake (PoS) blockchain technology, opening the door to a new kind of global game economy where creators are owners and players are investors. In the Blankos open beta, the community currently holds more than 60,000 NFTs for over 300,000 registered players, but there are fewer than 5,000 of each artist-designed Blanko in circulation. As the game’s audience continues to grow, earlier assets and specialized releases will become more scarce and likely more valuable in the secondary market, creating rarity on a mass market scale.
To facilitate its Marketplace, Mythical recently welcomed to its team three new executives focused on developing world-class systems that have never before been available in a game, including unique intelligence tools to help players better understand the value of their items through sophisticated but accessible data, dashboards and other valuable insights.
Vice President of Marketplace Stoyan Stoyanov joins Mythical from StubHub, bringing 13+ years of expertise in cross-cultural leadership and global business operations. Stoyanov is an accomplished Marketplace Leader knowledgeable in marketplace management, product innovation, inventory strategy and pricing across e-commerce marketplaces. He is focused on both the consumer-facing NFT Marketplace for Blankos and the Mythical platform, both powered by the company’s proprietary engine.
Matt Nutt joins Mythical as Vice President of ‘NFT Engine’, working with Stoyanov and the Marketplace team to empower other games and interactive media companies to build their own economy engines leveraging Mythical’s proprietary platform. Nutt began his career at Microsoft, where he focused on product and partner development as part of the team that created Expedia, before transitioning to the games industry. Prior to joining Mythical, he was the Vice President and Group General Manager for EA Mobile. Previously he oversaw studios at Glu Mobile, ran indie studio Cie Games (sold to Glu in 2014), and held management positions at Blizzard Entertainment and Square Enix, in business development roles.
Cristina Lee joins the company as Vice President of Finance, following nearly a decade at Warner Bros. Entertainment and more than six years at Fox Filmed Entertainment. A highly experienced finance and accounting executive with divisional and product-level financial management across emerging and established business models for content distribution, Lee brings a diverse background in mobile and digital gaming, home entertainment digital distribution and international television to Mythical, paired with substantial strategic and analytical expertise in financial planning & analysis and driving business growth from the early phase in fast-growth, dynamic environments.
Mythical is continuing to hire for select roles on its game, marketing, and Marketplace teams. For a listing of open positions, please visit: mythicalgames.com/careers.
Blankos Block Party and the Marketplace are built on EOSIO blockchain using a Proof of Stake model that is more environmentally friendly and sustainable than the Proof of Work model used for mining (neither the game nor Blankos NFTs require any crypto mining to participate). Mythical’s Marketplace will launch to all Blankos Block Party players later this year.
More information on Blankos Block Party and the Mythical Marketplace Alpha is available on Blankos.com.
About Blankos Block Party
Blankos Block Party, the debut title from Mythical, is an open-world multiplayer party game with an emphasis on player-designed levels. Unlike other games where the content you pay for licensed and leased, Blankos Block Party offers players ownership of digital assets through NFTs, allowing the community to not only buy and sell their items in secondary marketplaces for fiat or crypto currency, but to dictate the value and scarcity of their collections.
The stars of Blankos Block Party are collectible vinyl toys called Blankos, designed by some of the world’s top vinyl toy artists including Jon-Paul Kaiser, Tara McPherson and Pete Fowler. Each Blanko is part of a limited mint, recorded to blockchain as a non-fungible token (NFT). Coming to PC first in 2021, the immersive world is styled like a giant block party where players can compete on levels created by the community or Mythical, build their own minigames to share, take on challenges and more!
Acknowledged by Forbes as one of the Disruptive Technology Companies To Watch in 2019, Mythical is a next-gen games technology company creating a universal gaming ecosystem by leveraging blockchain technology and NFTs for tools that enable players, creators, artists, brands and game developers to become stakeholders and owners in new game economies.
Led by gaming industry veterans, the team specializes in building games around player-owned economies and has helped develop major franchises including Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Guitar Hero, DJ Hero, Marvel Strike Force and Skylanders and a marketplace team of experts from Stubhub, Charles Schwab, QuantCo and Cloud9 Technologies. Blankos Block Party is Mythical’s first flagship title. Blankos transforms the relationship between game economies and players, brands, content creators and game developers and showcases Mythical’s vision of player-owned economies.