The Convergence of History and Blockchain for Creating a One-of-a-Kind Gaming Experience: Interview with Colin Helm, CEO and Founder of CaesarVerse

Colin Helm, CEO and Founder of CaesarVerse

The evolution of society throughout history has been marked by significant changes in customs, laws, and ways of living. The past serves as a valuable repository of knowledge and experience that allows us to learn and draw inspiration from it. In the era of blockchain technology, it has become easier than ever to connect with the distant past and even partake in a process of shaping history.

As a GameFi project, CaesarVerse utilizes blockchain technology to create a virtual world set in the epoch of Ancient Rome. By leveraging the Ethereum blockchain and ERC-721 standard for non-fungible tokens (NFTs), CaesarVerse offers a wide range of in-game assets that can be bought, sold, and traded on various NFT marketplaces. GameFi projects like CaesarVerse offer players an immersive experience that provides the next level of technology-driven entertainment meant for players to enjoy the historically-accurate setting and feel themselves a crucial part in the development of the vast Roman civilization.

However, the CaesarVerse experience is not solely about gaming. The community plays a crucial role in fostering a sense of belonging and being part of the great historical epoch. Players can participate in gladiator fights and collect unique assets that provide enhanced abilities and improved appearances. The core idea behind the platform is ownership, which allows users to truly own their in-game accomplishments and convert them into real-world value. CaesarVerse offers a wide range of in-game assets, including weapons, armor, and gladiator classes, which can be bought, sold, and traded on various NFT marketplaces. 

In this sense, CaesarVerse represents a paradigm shift in gaming towards a more open, community-driven, and value-oriented experience. The platform’s ultimate goal is to empower users to have a tangible impact on the world around them in contemporary times. By blending history, gaming, and blockchain technology, CaesarVerse offers a unique and sophisticated experience that sets it apart from other GameFi projects. 

To learn more about the unique advantages of and how the platform is changing the way we think about gaming and NFTs, we sat down with CEO and Founder Colin Helm for an in-depth interview.  

1. Hi Colin, it’s a pleasure to meet you! Can you tell us about the inspiration behind – what motivated you to choose Ancient Rome as the setting for your game?

I’ve always been fascinated with the vastness and complexity of Roman society, which still has a lasting impact today. With hundreds of years of well documented history, we have a wealth of content for updates and additions to the game. 

2. How does differ from other GameFi platforms, and what unique advantages does it offer to players and investors?

The main advantage of CaesarVerse is the gameplay experience. Players have access to international trade, commodities markets, and a political influence system that all factor into the in game economy. This helps build a much more realistic world with a functioning society.

3. How does leverage blockchain technology to ensure the security and authenticity of its NFTs – and what challenges have you faced in implementing this technology?

Due to the fact that all usable CaesarVerse NFT’s will be minted in-game, we have tight control over the assets and their authenticity.

4. Can you walk us through the various types of NFTs present on the platform?

Currently we are working on an initial gladiator collection for the playable demo. In the future, we will have various cosmetics, chariots, horses, property, and businesses.

5. What role do you see playing in the wider world of gaming and NFTs landscape, and how do you envision the platform evolving in the coming years?

I believe that the CaesarVerse has the potential to revolutionize not just the Web3 gaming landscape, but gaming as a whole. Our approach is to build a quality Web2 game as the foundation and to build the Web3 aspects on top. This focus on gameplay provides an enjoyable user experience and added value through asset ownership. In the future we will add other time periods to our IP, with assets being interchangeable between these games. A Roman gladius could become a katana in a game set in the Sengoku period of Japan, or a scimitar during the Crusades. 

Another key way that the CaesarVerse offers a different approach from traditional Web3 gaming is in education (because CaesarVerse is a historically accurate game). We have a companion tool under development that allows educators to build course curriculum in the game, therefore replacing traditional homework assignments with educational missions. We are looking to not only gamify education, but build immersive classroom environments that completely overhaul traditional learning. We believe gameplay engages the student and is able to demand attention, increasing information retention and providing a more memorable educational experience.

6. Can you talk about any exciting partnerships or collaborations that has in the works, and how these will benefit the platform and its users?

We have multiple potential partnerships in the works with wallets, L1’s and L2’s, prominent Web3 games, historical societies, top universities, and a leading educational software company that I cannot announce just yet. I will announce them as the deals are made official so follow us on Twitter to stay up to date!

7. What do you see as the biggest challenges facing the NFT and blockchain gaming industries in the years ahead, and how is positioning itself to address these challenges?

The greatest impediment to the growth of Web3 gaming is the focus on purely the Web3 native market. Globally, gaming is a $200 billion industry and the intimidating and overwhelming nature of Web3 gaming limits access to this market. The user journey for a Web2 user is tedious and overly complicated, with a curious and potential user having to create a wallet, link a wallet, buy tokens, and buy assets. This is a long and confusing process for someone who just wants to play a game. Our goal is to onboard conventional Web2 gamers to Web3 with a smooth and simple signup process that automatically generates a wallet for them. This will drastically lower the barrier to entry for those who are not Web3 native and are simply looking for an enjoyable gaming experience. If a gamer is familiar with an EA or Ubisoft account, they can easily navigate our onboarding process.

8. How do you think NFTs and blockchain technology will continue to disrupt traditional industries and reshape the way we think about ownership and value?

I believe that ownership of any digital asset you pay for outside of a subscription model is a right. Gamers should not be bound by user licensing agreements to buy in-game cosmetics, characters, or other items that they do not truly own. Blockchain is the clear answer to this problem and we have set out to remedy this issue. I believe that in 2030, all gaming will use blockchain technology to provide players with asset ownership.

9. Can you tell us about any upcoming events or initiatives that is planning, and how interested parties can get involved?

Gladiators will be available in the coming months alongside a demo of the open world and arena combat! Our philosophy is to provide tangible value alongside anything we release and provide players with a taste of what is to come. We will be at NFT NYC and I look forward to meeting anyone with questions, suggestions, or feedback at the convention. We may be in Austin for Consensus and will announce our travel plans in AMA’s and through our channels. 

10. Finally, what advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs and developers who are interested in building their own blockchain-based platforms and applications?

Build something you love and be prepared to work! Obviously it is not easy to build a game or application, but passion and dedication are essential to succeed. Go to events and meet as many people as you can, as networking is crucial to finding potential partners and quality team members. Anything worth doing will be difficult, so make sure you have the right people alongside you and focus on the small details that truly differentiate your product or service from the competition. Focus on long term success and not short term profits, as a long term vision is sustainable and will be of much higher value and quality.


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