Dapper Labs, creators of the massively popular Ethereum game, Cryptokitties have announced a hackathon for their latest creation, inviting developers to build on top of the game for the chance to win cash prizes, limited edition crypto-collectibles and the chance to have their projects reviewed by the Dapper Labs team and their investors including Union Square Ventures and Andreesen Horowitz.
Cheeze Wizards is the 2nd NFT powered game from Dapper Labs and will see players using ETH to summon wizards, forming parties and duelling against one another for the chance to win the “Big Cheeze” grand prize which currently stands at 600 ETH, increasing as every wizard is summoned. The game was officially launched in May 2019 during New York Blockchain week, attracting over 1,000 ETH within a week.
The hackathon which runs from the 1st of August to the 1st of September aims to showcase the game’s open ecosystem to developers and show how easy it would be for someone to build on the platform, for example by hosting their own tournament or running a prediction market based on the outcome and thus Dapper Labs have partnered with a number of companies including 0x, Augur, Sigma Prime, OpenSea, Alchemy, DAOstack, Kyber Network, Hashed, AppWorks, and Aragon.
“It’s important to us to enable developers around the world to create their own applications and extend upon games like Cheeze Wizards.” Joe Lau, CTO & co-founder of Alchemy commented via press release, “We see this type of collaboration as exemplifying a core property of the blockchain space as a whole.”
Similarly to how the company has encouraged those who want to build with Cryptokitties, or even produce Kitty themed art or products, Dapper Labs have committed to releasing all art and frontend components under the company’s NFT license to ensure that products look stellar and so those who use them have full commercial rights to build on top of Cheeze Wizards intellectual property. commenting via press release, Roham Gharegozlou, CEO at Dapper Labs explained the benefits of collaboration within the ecosystem
“In an open ecosystem, users, developers, and the original creators can all capture value,” says Roham. “Users ultimately decide what’s important. Developers who build for an existing community tap into an existing user-base, bootstrapping their product’s adoption and also adding value to the original community. This cyclical relationship between original creators, third-party developers, and the broader community builds trust and a stronger network.
For more information about the hackathon, visit https://coinlist.co/build/cheezewizards