Blockchain Gamer Connects Helsinki 2018 – Introducing Paul Barclay

Blockchain Gamer Connects 2018 is fast approaching.

From the 11-12th September, PC and Blockchain gamers will descend on Helsinki to attend talks by over 40 speakers, including 500 delegates and what promises to be nearly 20 hours worth of exclusive content.

From now until the beginning of the event, we’ll be shedding some light on the influential speakers and people heading down to Helsinki!

Introducing – Paul Barclay of Dragon Foundry & Nova Token

Q: Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

A: My name is Paul Barclay, I’m the CEO of Dragon Foundry and Nova Token.


Q: What do you do?

A: We make Nova Token, a platform that allows any game developers (who don’t need to know about blockchain) to deliver blockchain in-game items to players (who also don’t need to know about blockchain). Our goal is mass adoption of blockchain by completely removing the barriers to entry. 


Q: If you could give a brief biography of yourself and your company, what would it be?

A: I’ve been in gaming for 20 years. Starting out at Wizards of the Coast, making Magic and D&D for more years than I can count. Then founding Dragon Foundry to deliver new and exciting collectible games. Nova Token is a natural progression of that mission – bringing truly collectible items to the masses!


Q: What excites you most about blockchain and its presence in gaming?

A: The ability for players to take true ownership of their collection of in-game items


Q: Could you tell us more about your presentation if you’re hosting one? Or about any panels that you’ll be participating in?

A: speaking about making blockchain more accessible for game developers and players. 


Q: What are your thoughts on the way the industry has grown in the last 12 months?

A: For blockchain gaming, we’re still in the infancy, with most “games” having no gameplay or being outright scams. 


Q: What are some of the challenges that face blockchain gaming?

A: Accessibility. The user experience for blockchain is a poor one. Until that’s solved, there will be no widespread adoption. 


Q: What major things do you see happening in the blockchain gaming world in the next 12 months?

A: More hype, and a few good games. A few new good platforms, including Nova Token. And most of the platforms that already exist will realise that they’re built on weak technology foundations, and will either pivot, or become irrelevant (they won’t die, because they raised stupid amounts of money, but they’ll become bad choices to partner with)


Q: Are there any parts of Blockchain Gamer Connects that you’re looking forward to and why?

A: Meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends is always my highlight.


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