Speaker profile: Ronan Sandford, Etherplay

Ronan Sandford, Web3 Developer at Etherplay, is one of 40 world-class blockchain gaming speakers appearing at Blockchain Gamer Connects San Francisco on May 14-15.

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After working in the free-to-play casual game industry (Facebook, and then mobile) for seven years, Ronan Sandford discovered Ethereum and saw a huge potential for disrupting that space with a fairer system that preserves the full game design. 

He co-founded Etherplay in 2016 and since then, spends most of his time designing blockchain systems and coding the one that can have a meaningful impact.

BlockchainGamer.biz: What do you do?

Ronan Sandford: We continue building our skill game platform. It has been live for a year with more than 70 competitions. We are now tweaking it for scale with an easy to use game developer SDK.

What makes you most excited for blockchain gaming?

I am most excited with the synergy that this will allow among game developers. I am excited to see the first games that use assets from other games, including achievements. I am also excited with the possibility of players competing among themselves without intermediaries.

What are your thoughts on the way the sector has grown in the last 12 months?

I was surprised to see many blockchain companies at GDC this year. But we are still at a a very early stage with issues like blockchain scalability that many game developers might not be aware of.

What major trends do you predict for blockchain gaming in the next 12 months?

I see the use of side chain and bridges to rise in order to alleviate the scalability issues. While this temporarily sidestep the issues, works such as Plasma will be able to be used in that context later. I also hope to see more decentralised games appear with Etherplay hopefully playing a role.

Which part of Blockchain Gamer Connects San Francisco are you most looking forward to?

What I found most valuable is to connect with other people working in the space with their own vision and learn from them.

About Blockchain Gamer Connects San Francisco

More than 400 blockchain gaming delegates will gather at the Bespoke venue on May 14-15 for Blockchain Gamer Connects San Francisco. Over the two days of the event, there will be 40 expert speakers addressing the key issues for the blockchain gaming  industry, from global trends and new tech to tips, tricks and strategies. Tickets are selling fast, so don’t miss out – get yours now!

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