Tezos Co-Founder Hints Trading Card Game to Be Built on Alternative Blockchain


Tezos co-founder, Kathleen Breitman, has alluded to the possibility that her upcoming blockchain-based trading card game may not be built on Tezos. Although the game’s white paper cites the use of Tezos’ native cryptocurrency, Breitman told the community on Apr. 5, 2020, that she hasn’t “decided on the platform” for the game. 

Tezos Community Confused over Card Game

Although Kathleen, and her partner Arthur Breitman, helped build the Tezos blockchain, it appears that she may not tie her upcoming card game, Emergents, to the smart contract platform. 

Emergents was first announced in March and has been described as a blockchain-based competitor to card games like Magic: The Gathering and Hearthstone. In-game payments were reported to be made in XTZ, Tezos’ native token. 

Now, it appears this may no longer be the case. 

“I haven’t decided on the platform for Emergents,” she wrote on Reddit yesterday. Adding:

“The alpha doesn’t have a marketplace, it’s an alpha. The white paper doesn’t describe any feature that could not be satisfied by any other smart contract platform. I have an obligation to my investors to pick a platform with certain properties, and I am not bound to Tezos.”

This news comes amid several other developments within the Tezos community. The primary of which has been Arthur Breitman’s recent exclusion from the Tezos Techincal Advisory Committee. It has yet to be confirmed, but he stated that he “bowed out from [his] already minimal activities after receiving veiled threats.”

Both announcements have caught the community off-guard. Many assumed that due to the close connection between Emergents and Tezos, the game would be built using the Tezos blockchain. The white paper, which outlines some of the details of the game, cited the use of XTZ 25 times

Another user wrote to Kathleen, saying, “you have had several opportunities to state [that Emergents might not be built on Tezos], and finding out now is a slap to the face of the entire community.”

It should be said, that Coase, the company building Emergents, has no clear ties to Tezos except that Kathleen is leading the firm. “Candidly, I have a lot of concerns about the platform and an obligation to my investors to make sure that we choose the right one for the game,” she wrote

In 2017, Tezos concluded one of the largest initial coin offerings (ICOs) at $232 million. It’s native token, XTZ, is currently trading at $1.74, up 2.8% in the last 24 hours. It is the 11th largest cryptocurrency by market cap, according to CoinGecko.

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