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The president of blockchain at Gala Games, Jason Brink,  says he believes blockchain is a critical component to helping communities worldwide.

Brink outlined his thoughts at the Play-2-Earn (P2E) Expo in the W Bangkok hotel that runs from 10 -13 August.

9 August 2022: Gala Games says The Walking Dead Empires playtest is ‘coming’

Gala Games has announced that its long-awaite” playtest of The Walking Dead Empires is “coming”.

The game is set in the world of the AMC’s The Walking Dead TV show, which has its final 11th season expected to be released in October 2022.

The Walking Dead Empires is said to be a survival game where to survive you must “Draw up your shelter plans, ready your arsenal, and look out for walkers!”

Walkers is the name given to zombies on the TV show, which is based around people attempting to survive a zombie apocalypse. 

Players can team up with friends to create a home in the blockchain-powered game, as well as fight rivals.

1 August 2022: Gala Games NFT secondary market collections hosted by OpenSea

OpenSea, the world’s largest marketplace for non-fungible tokens (NFTs), has teamed up with Gala Games to host the blockchain gaming ecosystem’s NFT secondary market collections.

In a blog post, Gala Games said: “An entire world of Web 3.0 games powered by reward-based economies and player ownership is coming together before your eyes. With so many great games in development or nearing release, Gala is overjoyed to see our vision of player empowerment becoming a reality.”

Gala’s motive behind this was to offer its users an “easy way to exercise your Web 3.0 right to list and purchase items as often as you’d like on a robust secondary market”.

4 July 2022: Gala Games promotes Gala Film

Gala Games has promoted the release of Gala Film via Twitter as an addition to its music and games platforms.  

Gala Film claims it will “create a win-win-win economy that overcomes several challenges in the film and TV industry today” and also states it will give fans the chance to "earn real rewards for supporting the content they love".  

Gala Film is said to make it easier to get “discovered” as “emerging filmmakers will have new opportunities to monetise their hard work and create ways to reward their earliest supporters,” as well as fans and collectors earning rewards for “content streams”.

Gala Games said Gala Film is “the next phase of Web 3.0 entertainment”. 

28 June 2022: Gala Games’ Jason Brink: P2E is ‘absolute game changer’

The president of blockchain at Gala Games, Jason Brink has said the play-to-earn (P2E) crypto is “an absolute game changer”.

Whilst speaking at a TEDx talk in St George, Utah in the US, Brink said despite there being “about three billion gamers globally” many people who grew up playing computers were told “gaming was a waste of time”.

However, with P2E gaming, said Brink, “you could actually earn a living from playing video games” and that GALA is “without equivocation an absolute game changer”.

7 June 2022: GALA rises as Epic takes Grit game

Gala (GALA) has avoided the slump dominating the crypto market on Tuesday 7 June 2022 as Gala Games, the Web 3.0 and game NFTs developer, announced a partnership with Epic Games.

Epic, the North Carolina-based video game and software developer and publisher known for titles such as Unreal and Fortnite and its battle with Apple over in-app fees, is to bring Gala Games’s Grit, described as “the first-ever Web 3.0 and NFT game”, to its Epic Games Store.

Grit, described as “an upcoming ride-or-die battle royale”, allows players to play as gunslingers and potentially earn rewards “as they shoot up a storm and dominate the frontier,” according to Gala.

The 10,000 Grit characters, consisting of ERC-721 one-of-one NFTs, are pricedfrom $600 to $1,500, with an NFT airdrop ending on 9 June.

According to CoinMarketCap, at 9:30 BST (+1 UTC) on Tuesday 7 June Gala (GALA) was changing hands at $0.08284, up by almost 5% over the previous 24 hours. GALA's market cap was $577.7m while trading volume was at $449.4m up by 220% over the previous 24 hours.

25 February 2022: GALA surges by 20% as Gala Network reveals details of new blockchain

Gala Games’ description of the network’s upcoming new blockchain as a ‘game-first blockchain’ sparked positive sentiment among investors with GALA price skyrocketing by 20% to around $0.25, putting it among the top crypto gainers on Friday, 25 February.

“Gala’s chain is the first blockchain developed by game developers specifically for the requirements faced in-game, but it also lends itself beautifully to ideas like Listen-to-Earn, Watch-to-Earn and more,” said the network.

The GALA token also witnessed an increasing transactions volume, despite low volumes witnessed by lead cryptos during the Friday trading session. At the time of writing, GALA reported a trading volume 7.2% higher in the last 24 hours with a market cap of $1.7bn (£1.3bn).

“Gala’s chain will increase efficiency, reduce environmental impact, and lower both cost and time of transactions in [the] Gala ecosystem. It will allow new functions and new opportunities for the Gala World to scale. It will enhance security for our players and make it easier for developers to interact with our Ecosystem’s assets,” said the network.

Gala blockchain test phase

The network also announced that its community-wide test program, a pilot play-to-earn game with no-value tokens, will be launched in the forthcoming weeks, although it did not reveal the exact timing of the launch of the blockchain. The test phase will help the network gather information from the community and fix potential bugs.

“We cannot yet announce an exact time frame or roadmap for the migration. [However] We’re very close to releasing Project GYRI, in the form of a community-wide playtest for a new game. This Town Star-themed game has been created entirely to prove the efficacy of Gala’s blockchain.”

“When testing Project GYRI, users will be playing to earn a temporary new token called TEST that will exist on the Project GYRI test net. It will have no real value and it will not be transferable,” explained the network.

A ‘permissioned decentralised blockchain’

Gala Games said its new blockchain, built for the Gala Ecosystem, will be become decentralised over time, marking the distance from the “not decentralised” Ethereum. The network also anticipated that the blockchain will be a permissioned one and will work with Node operators rather than operating with Proof-of-Work or Proof-of-Stake protocols.

The operators will ultimately empower NFT owners to get rewards by pairing their track with a Player Node in the Gala Music Listen-to-Earn economy.

“Gala blockchain was designed to leave behind the most unnecessary and inconvenient aspects of Ethereum while embracing the quintessential foundations upon which the player empowering vision of Gala Games is built,” said the network.

Moreover, “Gala’s chain will begin its existence as a permissioned blockchain, meaning that the game developers and platform curators of Gala Games will agree on any changes to the blockchain”.

“As the various functions of Gala’s chain are refined and proven in action, they will be gradually delegated to Node operators, coinciding with the increased workload expectations outlined in the Gala Games Nodemap”.

21 February 2022: Gala Games set to launch its own ‘games-first’ blockchain

Gala Games Ecosystem has announced the launch of Gala’s own ‘games-first’ blockchain.

The network said the blockchain, which will power the Galaverse, aims to provide users with faster transactions, lower network fees and lower minting costs, while reducing its impact on the environment, and allowing interoperability throughout the Gala World and transferability to and from Ethereum.

While the final and official name of Gala’s chain is not yet determined, the network chose to call the initial stages of the launch ‘Project GYRI’, after the folds or ridges in the cerebral cortex of the human brain.

The network said it is going to launch a fun community-wide test to introduce the new blockchain, a temporary play-to-earn game event, within the next few weeks.

“This temporary game will offer an excellent demonstration of how Project GYRI will operate. Players will be able to play-to-earn a token called TEST, then spend their TEST on a few different in-game upgrades and bonuses. TEST cannot be transferred or sold anywhere. There are no sales or real money involved in this test, but it should be both fun and enlightening for everyone involved,” said the network.

A new GALA token?

The development, which comes as Gala expands into music ‘and beyond’ and will see GALA rewards extended to listeners, supporters, artists, fans adn collectors, has received positive feedback from the community. However, it has cast doubt on the launch of a new Gala token alongside the blockchain and sparked investor fear over GALA, the current Gala Games coin that is held on the Ethereum blockchain.

But according to Gala Games, users “will have the option to lock their assets into the Ethereum blockchain, in most cases, but they won’t be as readily usable within the gaming platform”.

Despite recovering in the last few hours, soon after the announcement the GALA price fell from a $0.2953 level to a $0.2464 resistance, with sales further exacerbated by some profit-taking after the positive reaction to the Galaverse announcement.

At the time of writing, GALA is trading up by 2.4% at $0.2593 with a trading volume of $1.3bn (£955m), higher by 33% in the last 24 hours, with a market cap of $1.8bn.

With additional reporting by Raffaele Redi.

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