Atari to make blockchain versions of popular games, including RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch

Atari is teaming up with Animoca Brands to produce and publish blockchain versions of the popular Atari mobile game titles RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch and Goon Squad.

Atari has a powerful IP portfolio in the video game industry, including history-making franchises such as Asteroids and Pong. Since 1972, the brand has enjoyed global appeal across multiple generations, and is still going strong today with four core business units: Atari Games, Atari Casino, Atari VCS, and Atari Partners.

RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch is a popular theme park management simulation game for iOS and Android devices, with over 19 million downloads globally. It is one of the recent instalments in the video game franchise RollerCoaster Tycoon, which since 1999 has spawned several top-ranking sequels and spinoffs across multiple platforms.

Goon Squad is a card-based, multiplayer brawler video game for iOS and Android devices, launched in 2017, in which players navigate an underworld ruled by mobsters and fast-paced card battles in order to build the ultimate criminal empire.

Animoca Brands will produce and publish blockchain-based versions of RollerCoaster Tycoon and Goon Squad worldwide (excluding China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau). The new titles will feature the integration of non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

An NFT is a special type of cryptographic token which represents something unique; non-fungible tokens are thus not interchangeable. This is in contrast to cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, and many network or utility tokens that are fungible in nature.

Animoca Brands and Atari expect to begin publishing the games in the latter half of 2019.

Animoca Brands and Atari have also entered into a memorandum of understanding to “develop a strategic partnership to explore mutual opportunities in gaming, product development, blockchain, and other areas”.

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