Golder Games White Paper

The Crypto Gaming Revolution is Here

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

  • More than 2 billion people play video games. That’s more than one-quarter of the Earth’s population. It’s a $120+ billion industry with 10–12% annual growth. An enormous amount of value is created every day by developers and players, alike. Until now, there has been no convenient way for players to monetise that value.
  • With Golder Games, you no longer have to be a professional to make money playing video games.
    Using an ERC20-compliant cryptographic token called the GOLDER (GOLDER), Golder Games provide a comprehensive game economy that uses the power, trust, and transparency of blockchain to facilitate economic transactions both within, between, and beyond video games.
  • Players stake GOLDER on their gameplay. They can win them from opponents, move them from one GOLDER GAME to another, build their winnings, then cash in by withdrawing and selling their GOLDER on cryptocurrency exchanges – just like ether or bitcoin.
  • The GOLDER coin’s value is based on its utility – players need GOLDER to play and win more – and scarcity – the final amount will be fixed forever at the end of the GOLDER Token Sale (it runs June-November 2018). With more Golder Games in the pipeline, demand for GOLDER coins is set to increase. The coins are offered at discounts that decrease as the Token Sale progresses. The goal is parity between one GOLDER and one US cent by the end of the Token Sale (November 2018)…and further growth in its value beyond that date.
  • And, unlike other attempts to crypto-monetise gameplay, we are not relying on others to create great gaming content. We are doing it ourselves.
  • The first GOLDER game – WAR FIELD, a first-person shooter – is already online and available to play (in an ALPHA v. that requires no installation). WAR FIELD is not just fun and exciting. It showcases the potential of this revolutionary new approach to gaming.

The Revolution Begins

  • More than 2 billion people play video games. That’s more than one-quarter of the Earth’s population. It’s a $120+ billion industry with 10–12% annual growth. An enormous amount of value is created every day by developers and players, alike. Until now, there has been no convenient way for players to monetise that value.
  • With Golder Games, you no longer have to be a professional to make money playing video games.
    Using an ERC20-compliant cryptographic token called the GOLDER (GOLDER), Golder Games provide a comprehensive game economy that uses the power, trust, and transparency of blockchain to facilitate economic transactions both within, between, and beyond video games.
  • Players stake GOLDER on their gameplay. They can win them from opponents, move them from one GOLDER GAME to another, build their winnings, then cash in by withdrawing and selling their GOLDER on cryptocurrency exchanges – just like ether or bitcoin.
  • The GOLDER coin’s value is based on its utility – players need GOLDER to play and win more – and scarcity – the final amount will be fixed forever at the end of the GOLDER Token Sale (it runs June-November 2018). With more Golder Games in the pipeline, demand for GOLDER coins is set to increase. The coins are offered at discounts that decrease as the Token Sale progresses. The goal is parity between one GOLDER and one US cent by the end of the Token Sale (November 2018)…and further growth in its value beyond that date.
  • And, unlike other attempts to crypto-monetise gameplay, we are not relying on others to create great gaming content. We are doing it ourselves.
  • The first GOLDER game – WAR FIELD, a first-person shooter – is already online and available to play (in an ALPHA v. that requires no installation). WAR FIELD is not just fun and exciting. It showcases the potential of this revolutionary new approach to gaming.

Golder Games fundamentally changes that equation.

  • Cryptocurrency and the blockchain technology on which it is based are taking the world by storm. Governments and financial institutions have been caught flat-footed and are scrambling to keep up.
  • Where governments see risk in losing control of world currencies, citizens all over the world see an opportunity to have the financial freedom and flexibility many have only dreamed of. Where banks see risk of losing out on easy earnings, customers see opportunities for lower transaction costs and easier, faster access. More nimble fintech companies are springing up to meet demand and interest, leveraging blockchain technology for consumer benefit.
  • When it comes to blockchain technology and crypto-monetisation, at Golder Games we are ready for the next big thing: video games.
  • Where governments see risk in losing control of world currencies, citizens all over the world see an opportunity to have the financial freedom and flexibility many have only dreamed of. Where banks see risk of losing out on easy earnings, customers see opportunities for lower transaction costs and easier, faster access. More nimble fintech companies are springing up to meet demand and interest, leveraging blockchain technology for consumer benefit.
  • When it comes to blockchain technology and crypto-monetisation, at Golder Games we are ready for the next big thing: video games.
  1. First (and most importantly!), we bring you great games like WAR FIELD: a fully-functional, action-packed “first-person shooter” game (currently an online ALPHA v. that requires no installation) that uses GOLDER for in-game purchases and winnings. Players can win GOLDER from each other and use it to buy in-game items. WAR FIELD is the first game that showcases the new Golder Platform.
  2. Second, Golder Games will offer the possibility of withdrawing earned or saved GOLDER coins and selling them on exchanges or directly (peer-to-peer) using the Ethereum blockchain. Once unlocked, GOLDER can be traded just like ether and bitcoin.
  1. Third, the platform we are building will let other games use the same GOLDER coin for their economics, increasing its utility and value.
  2. Fourth, we will offer the platform and API to third-party game developers so they can make money by adding games to the Golder Games portfolio. .

Crypto-Monetising Gameplay

  • Blockchain technology and a specialised gaming cryptocurrency take video games to a whole new level, allowing players to actually make money playing video games.
  • WAR FIELD – the first GOLDER GAME – is an exciting first-person shooter (FPS) game that uses the versatile Unity gaming engine, enabling cross-platform gaming with no hassle and showcases the revolutionary potential of the Golder Platform. Ethereum blockchain-powered in-game economics give players not only the thrill of action-packed FPS combat, but the added excitement of real stakes represented by an ERC20-compliant cryptocurrency they can win for skilful play. Each player is required to stake a certain amount of GOLDER on his or her “life”. Whoever “kills” or “injures” him or her in the game wins that GOLDER.
  • Unlike the so-called “freemium” business model, which allows players to play a slow or limited version of a game for free, while a full version can be unlocked only as a result of in-game purchases, WAR FIELD offers a fully-functional, full-featured game to all players, along with some free GOLDER coins during the Token Sale Event (TSE) for every new player to try the game. We want everyone to see the revolutionary potential of combining video games and blockchain technology.
  • Blockchain technology guarantees a transparent and finite supply of GOLDER coins. Only a maximum of 2,571,428,571 GOLDER will ever be created, 70 percent of which available for purchase by the public at heavily discounted rates (up to 60% off) during the WAR FIELD Token Sale Event.
  • The purpose of the TSE is to raise funds for the further development and marketing of the WAR FIELD and the Golder Platform as well as new games that will be added to the keep growing the platform and the value of the GOLDER coin.
  • During the Token Sale Event, GOLDER can be used in-game. Once the Token Sale Event has ended, they will be unlocked and tradeable directly between players on the GOLDER MARKETPLACE or on crypto exchanges.

Market Size & Growth

  • In 2017, the global market for video games surpassed the US $116 billion mark. More than 2.2 billion gamers play video games worldwide. And the market continues to grow by 10–12% per year.
  • Even conservative estimates of overall annual market growth are 8.2%. The market is predicted to reach $143.5 billion by 2020.
  • Twenty-eight percent (28%) of all video games are played on desktop platforms, which comprise a $32.3 billion market share. And the browser PC gaming segment is the fastest-growing (9.4% in 2017).

2017 Global Games Market
per Device & Segment with Year-on-Year Growth Rates

  • Shooter games (which include FPS like WAR FIELD) command the largest market share in the video games industry. In 2016 in the United States alone, shooters constituted 27.5% of all video games sold.
  • At Golder Games, we strongly believe that the successful introduction of a gaming cryptocurrency will accelerate this market and push it to new heights, as it will increase the turnover of funds: game licences and in-game purchases will be complemented by funds moving between players themselves.
  • We are also convinced that the key to the successful introduction of a gaming currency is combining a blockchain-driven economic platform with great gaming content. That is the Golder Games formula for success.

2016-2020 Global Games Market
Forecast per Segment Toward 2020

Business Model

  • The Golder Games business model is like no other gaming business model. It combines the best of classical game economics with the advantages of the new world of cryptocurrency.
  • Our games are and will be built around the GOLDER, which is the basic element of Golder Games economics. GOLDER is both an ERC20-compliant cryptographic token that runs on the Ethereum blockchain and an in-game digital currency that can be used to purchase digital goods for use within games like WAR FIELD.
  • The GOLDER is a payment (utility) token that has no speculative value and cannot be classified as a security as it will not generate passive income for the bearer.

  • However, due to the transparent and open nature of the Ethereum blockchain, it will be tradeable without any control on the game developers’ side. Therefore, once unlocked, GOLDER coins can be exchanged freely among owners of ERC20-compliant wallets around the globe.
  • Golder Games do not require any user authentication other than a chosen username and password, both to ensure player anonymity and to comply with personal data protection rules in various jurisdictions. Popular social networking profiles can be used to log in, as well. “Know Your Customer” procedures will be obligatory for large purchases and withdrawals.

In the game environment, GOLDER can be used for the following:

  1. To purchase in-game digital goods like, weapons, armor, and other items
  2. To purchase styling or enhancement items for one’s character
  1. As a participation/entry fee for special in-game events including tournaments and other competitions
  • GOLDER are transferred between players of the game in accordance with the rules of gameplay for certain achievements (please refer to the rules of each game).
  • Players can keep their GOLDER coins either in their in-game account, or, once the Token Sale Event has ended, withdraw them to their own ether wallets for savings or exchange.

Finite Token Supply

  • The supply of GOLDER will be limited and finite in order to protect their value. GOLDER will be the only means of payment within Golder Games. The final amount of GOLDER generated will depend on the outcome of the Token Sale Event. The amount will be fixed forever at that point and will be no more than 2,571,428,571. After the Token Sale Event, a portion of GOLDER earned by Golder Games for in-game purchases may be returned to the GOLDER MARKETPLACE for sale, but will be sold at no less than 1 US cent per GOLDER.
  • Since GOLDER are divisible, the minimum stake required to start a game can always be adjusted so new players can join and enjoy the action, GOLDER appreciation notwithstanding.
  • Game development and server infrastructure, marketing, management, and other expenses shall be covered using proceeds from the sale of GOLDER as well as in-game sales.

What Makes the Coin Valuable?

  • The GOLDER’s utility – players need it to play and win more – and scarcity – the final amount will be fixed forever at the end of the GOLDER Token Sale – mean increasing value for token holders.
  • With more games coming soon to the Golder Platform, demand for GOLDER is sure to increase, making it an attractive investment opportunity.
  • During the Token Sale, GOLDER are offered at substantial discounts that will decrease as the sale progresses. The goal is to achieve parity between one GOLDER and one US cent by the end of the Sale November 2018…and to further grow its value beyond that date by adding more games to the Golder Platform.

Fully-Functional First Game

  • WAR FIELD is the first Golder Game. It is an exciting first-person shooter (FPS) – a type of three-dimensional shooter game featuring a first-person point of view. Each player sees the action through the eyes of his or her player-character. This type of game is to be distinguished from “third-person shooter” in which a player can see (usually from behind) the character he or she is controlling. The primary design element is combat, mainly involving firearms. First-person shooters have a long and glorious history in the gaming industry.
  • Starting from the legendary Wolfenstein, Doom, and Quake series, they have evolved into mega-hits like Half-Life, Call of Duty, Counter-Strike, Battlefield, Halo, and many others.
  • FPS games are pure games of skill. Their outcome depends on the physical and mental skills of the player controlling his or her character, choosing the right tactics and strategy, and interaction with other players in multiplayer versions, and not on chance or randomness generated by a computer.
  • The WAR FIELD game is not a blueprint or a concept. It’s already a fully-functional online game (ALPHA v.) with all the necessary features to provide quality gameplay. It was created in 2017–2018 by a team of experienced developers, designers, and game engineers. Its development was funded by the company’s own capital and a few angel investors. The game can be found and played at: http://play.warfield.com.
  • You can jump right into the action. No installation or configuration is required.
  • The WAR FIELD game is available to try for free. No installation is required. It is a great way to explore the vibrant gameplay environment and to find out how engaging gameplay for crypto can be. During the Token Sale Event, every new player gets at least 100 GOLDER free to try the game. Additional tokens will be offered to players for sharing WAR FIELD with others and helping to spread the word.
  • WAR FIELD’s core was developed using the versatile Unity game engine, which makes it ideal for multi-platform use. This stable and scalable server platform ensures the necessary server capacity to meet the needs of a global community of players.
  • Currently, the game is available as a browser version only. No installation is needed and everything works best in the Chrome browser.

The minimum requirements are as follow:

  1. Intel i3 processor or higher
  2. 4 GB of RAM
  3. 250 MB of free disk space
  1. At least Intel(R) HD Graphics 530 video card
  2. Chrome browser updated to newest version
  • More versions will be added soon, with iOS and Android coming first, then gaming consoles (for details, please see the Roadmap).

Gameplay & In-Game Economics

  • The WAR FIELD game includes a number of different battle environments – so-called “Battlegrounds”. New Battlegrounds will be developed during the course of the TSE and beyond (see the Roadmap for details).

Players can play deathmatch games in various configurations:

  1. BOCO (Bellum omnium contra omnes), i.e., war of “all against all”
  2. Team vs. team (in development)
  3. Competitions and tournaments
  • Players can start playing with as little as 1 GOLDER. Every player is provided with a set of free weapons at the start of each game. Ammunition is currently free in unlimited quantities. Players can upgrade their weapons for GOLDER at the GOLDER MARKETPLACE. Useful items for sale will also include protective armour, medical kits, apparel and other character customization elements. Players do not lose any items they have bought even if they “die” in the game. They are theirs for as long as their accounts are active.
  • Every player is required to choose an amount of GOLDER to stake on his or her life. This amount represents an initial “Life Cost”. When “injured” in gameplay, a player loses (surrenders) a certain amount of the GOLDER (s)he has staked. A player gains GOLDER from another player by “injuring” or “killing” that player. Every “hit” from a bullet or other weapon causes “injury” to a player’s character and a certain amount of GOLDER is transferred to the player who has caused the “injury”. If the balance of GOLDER a player has staked as his or her or “Life Cost” reaches zero, the player’s character “dies”. In the event of “death”, gear that a player has purchased is not forfeited. It remains with the player and can be used for new “Lives”.
  • The amount of GOLDER a player may lose as a result of each “injury” or “death” depends on a number of factors including type of weapon used, distance of the shot, body part which has suffered the “injury”, etc. Additional armour and other protective gear (available for purchase in-game) can reduce the amount of “injury” an attack causes. At the same time, the use of special ammunition, aiming devices, and explosives may increase the damage caused by a weapon. For example, a limb hit by a bullet from a pistol will cause damage equal to 20 percent of one’s Life Cost. A headshot with a sniper rifle from a medium distance will cause damage equal to 100 percent of one’s Life Cost.
  • To avoid one player’s excess advantage over others, we will introduce a ranking system which will create balance between players and prevents experienced players from disproportionately dominating new ones.
    The most experienced and advanced players will be invited to special events with high stakes and special prizes.
  • Stats pages and leaderboards will show players’ overall progress and achievements.

Transparent Accounting

  • Once in the private wallets of players (available after the Token Sale Event has ended), GOLDER can be handled like any ERC20-compliant token. Once transferred to the game, GOLDER are managed by the Golder Platform which makes in-game transactions instant and cheap. This ensures the transparency, accuracy, and speed of the in-game economy.
  • All in-game transactions are handled by a tamper-proof internal database that ensures security, transparency, and data integrity. Transactions are recorded on the game’s internal blockchain, which does not require mining and, consequently, is much faster and offers transaction costs close to zero.
  • Once the Token Sale Event has ended, players can withdraw up to their full balance of GOLDER to their personal ether wallets at any time. The minimum amount of GOLDER available for withdrawal will be 1,000. Withdrawal will be subject to an administrative fee of 2 percent of the withdrawn amount.

The GOLDER Coin: Gaming’s Future Gold Standard

  • Not only will WAR FIELD be the world’s first FPS game to use real cryptocurrency to fuel its economy, the ERC20-compliant GOLDER is a gaming cryptocurrency that can power the internal economies of other games.
  • Our plans include the development and release of additional games (like the upcoming DIRT FIELD demolition derby game along with games from other popular genres like racing, air combat, classic board and strategy games etc.) as well as the development of a proprietary API that will be offered to third-party game developers along with the possibility of using GOLDER as their in-game currency. This will give them access to our player base and the power to test new games and raise funds for the development of new games.
  • How fast we can get there depends on the success and velocity of our Token Sale Event.

The Roadmap

Token Sale Details

  • GOLDER (GOLDER) will be offered to the public during the Token Sale Event (TSE). During the Token Sale Event (also known as an “Initial Coin Offering” or “ICO”), GOLDER will be offered at significantly discounted rates (up to 60% off their regular price of USD 0.01:1 GOLDER) and will be immediately available for use in our game(s). Withdrawal of GOLDER to external ether wallets will be restricted until the end of the Token Sale Event.The overall supply of GOLDER will depend on the amount of GOLDER sold during the Token Sale Event, which will constitute 70% of the total supply. That is, for every 7 GOLDER sold, we will generate 3 additional GOLDER for bounty, referral, advisors, and founders (details below). In any event, the maximum supply will be 2,571,428,571 GOLDER (a maximum of 1.8 billion of which shall be available to the public for purchase during the Token Sale Event) and will be fixed forever at the end of the TSE.

Legal

No Gambling

  • All Golder Games, including WAR FIELD are a game of skill with no element of chance.
  • The outcome of our games is determined only by the skill of the player, including the physical ability to control the character, and the mental ability to choose effective game tactics and strategy.
  • All our games, including WAR FIELD, cannot be classified as a game of chance. Therefore, no licensing or registration of players is required in any jurisdiction, unless implicitly stated otherwise in the laws of the respective country. No such country or territory is known to the authors of the game at the time of publication of this White Paper.

Taxation on Withdrawal

  • As the game economy is based on an internal GOLDER token which has no other monetary value outside the game, no taxes are applicable to holders of GOLDER tokens.
  • However, if a holder of a GOLDER token chooses to sell his or her tokens for fiat or digital currency, he/she may be subjected to taxation, depending on jurisdiction of residence. The creators of our games bear no responsibility for any taxation issues arising from surrendering of GOLDER tokens on a secondary market.

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