The trading card game, which features NFT cards, will now be available to Epic Games. As per the announcement on June 21, Gods Unchained, a Web3 trading card game developed by Immutable Games, has been added to the Epic Games Store, making it accessible to Epic Games’ vast customer base of 230 million users.
Similar to popular games like Hearthstone or Magic: The Gathering Arena, Gods Unchained revolves around collectible trading cards that players can own and trade. Notably, each card in the game is represented by a unique nonfungible token (NFT) on the Ethereum layer-2 network known as Immutable X. Since its launch in June 2019, Gods Unchained has steadily expanded its player base, attracting 80,000 weekly active players as of January 2022.
Daniel Paez, executive producer of Gods Unchained, sees the Epic Games listing as a pivotal moment in the game’s history. “It is hard to overestimate the significance of Gods Unchained’s launch on Epic Games Store, one of the largest PC gaming platforms in the world,” he stated. “We are extremely excited to present our game to a completely new and truly massive audience of traditional PC gamers and TCG enthusiasts.”
The listing comes at a time when Web3 publishers continue to counter hostile actions from Steam, the world’s largest PC game distributor. In October 2021, Steam announced that Web3 games were not welcome on its platform while also delisting Age of Rust due to the perks the game offered to holders of its NFTs.
In March, former MetaMask team members released a rival distribution platform called Hyperplay to combat Steam’s action. Hyperplay provides access to the Epic Games and GOG.com stores from within its interface and offers its own list of Web3 titles. On June 8, the Hyperplay team raised $12 million to further the platform’s development and expand its reach.