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Creating the Ultimate Web3 Game with Unity & PlayFab

Creating the Ultimate Web3 Experience with Unity & PlayFab: Bridging Reliability and Innovation

At Apollo, our journey in game development is one of continuous exploration and innovation. We’re driven by the thrill of pioneering uncharted territories and embracing emerging markets.

A crucial aspect of game development is selecting a backend service that efficiently manages player progression, in-game economy, statistics, and more. 

As we lay the groundwork for the Moonbase ecosystem, we’re confronted with pivotal questions like, 

  • Will the chosen service scale seamlessly?
  • Does it offer the responsiveness demanded by modern games?
  • Can it demonstrate a proven track record?
  • What about its compatibility with Web3 integrations?

Web3 Gaming

The landscape of Web3 gaming is still relatively unexplored, and finding a single service that satisfactorily addresses all these queries remains a challenge. Thus, our focus shifts towards identifying elements that Eastedge can build upon existing platforms, narrowing down our options. 

Our confidence is bolstered by the prospect of merging the reliability of a well-established backend service with the allure of Web3 gaming.

Enter PlayFab. Our choice is rooted in its proven scalability, evidenced by its use in prominent games like Sea of Thieves. Playfab is a Microsoft product, so we’re assured of sustained support and continuity. Familiarity is an added bonus, as our development team has previously leveraged PlayFab’s capabilities in projects tied to notable brands such as the Eh Bee Family and FGTeeV. However, while PlayFab’s prowess is proven, it’s not intrinsically designed to seamlessly support Web3 gaming. 

This is where the Eastedge team steps in, proactively filling in the gaps.

In the realm of Web3, one of its pillars is the implementation of wallet-based anonymity and authentication. With our voting platform contests serving as a testament to our adeptness at gas-less authentication (illustrated in the diagram above), we’re now primed to enable users to effortlessly access or recover their Moonbase accounts using their wallets. Another pivotal aspect of Web3 is the empowerment of wallet holders, granting them full ownership of assets and the autonomy to utilize them as they see fit. This is our next focal point. Although it involves meticulous planning, our strategy revolves around PlayFab’s cloudscript capabilities. Built upon Azure, PlayFab seamlessly integrates with Azure Functions, which is Microsoft’s solution for cloud scripting. This pivotal integration empowers us to relocate Web3 operations away from the client. Minimizing client-side functions is pivotal, as it not only accelerates gameplay but also considerably raises the bar for cheating prevention. Within Azure functions, we establish a synchronization mechanism between wallet/blockchain assets and PlayFab, creating a dependable backend ecosystem exclusively tailored for gaming purposes.

In our relentless pursuit of innovation, we’re forging a path where PlayFab’s reliability converges with the cutting-edge advancements of Web3 gaming. Through strategic integration and innovative solutions, Apollo’s Moonbase ecosystem aspires to provide players with an unparalleled gaming experience that’s fortified by PlayFab’s solid foundation and enriched by the limitless possibilities of the Web3 frontier.

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