I previously worked in professional gaming behind the scenes, here are some of the big problems that we get from big name game companies that fire 800 full time staff then hire thousands of new part-time staff…
I personally think that some of the problems listed below could be fixed by creating smart contract systems, escrow systems, and adding in comprehensive and diverse DAOs that determine whether or not any party or player engaged in foul play. Imagine there’s some kind of gaming token where it gets used as a DeFi protocol and stablecoins get involved. This is extremely abstract. Just somebody tell me whether or not this is a dumb idea.
**Making sure sponsors / companies pay up.**
You guys remember Azubu.TV? Well they ran a huge CS:GO online tournament in 2015 with a company called Efrag. [Efrag shut down because they owe money to players after the tournament concluded.](https://esportsjunkie.com/2018/09/04/efrag-shuts-down-with-no-word-on-the-money-it-owes-players-and-staff) Azubu.tv did not pay Efrag the money that they owed. Instead Azubu.tv bought a streaming site called “hitbox.tv” and renamed and relaunched it as “Smashcast.tv” for 35 million USD. The idea would be here that you use a smart contract / escrow contract that holds the money in a non-custodial wallet and then a DAO of several people would, in good faith, determine whether or not services, benefits, and labor were performed as requested and whether or not fines or deductions need to be made. DAO services would go to people who stake a reasonable amount of crypto (like 1000 USD worth).
**Intellectual property abuses:**
Imagine this – you play an MMORPG until one day a new update is made that you don’t like. You and some friends make a private server to play the old version of that MMORPG game. The game company sues you and your friends for doing it. [that has happened](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzT8UzO1zGQ) before.
**You run a gaming tournament and the cash prize pool is over 10,000 USD or the tournament gets televised:**
This was a thing from 2015 onward with blizzard entertainment. I’m not sure if they continue with this kind of trend or not but the I.P. holder (the game company) has the right to shut down your access to the game server if you do not comply.
**You Say Something Politically sensitive about the country you grew up in and then the game company aims to punish you.**
[that has happened before](https://liquipedia.net/hearthstone/Blitzchung). “Free Hong Kong, The Revolution of Our Times.”
**Egregious profits with micro-transactions:**
You want that collectible Apex legends skin, right? but you spend 500 USD and don’t get it. All 500 USD of your money went sraight to the game publisher and no one else.
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