Shown above is a captured image of Kingdom Under Fire on Steam, which is expected to launch the blockchain technology-based game later this month.

Bloom Technology blazes trail once again

Global video game digital distribution service Steam plans to launch a South Korean online game “Kingdom Under Fire” powered by a blockchain platform this month.

Bloom Technology, the creator of the game, announced on Nov. 7 that the popular online game would be operated on its blockchain called Locus Chain without relying on game servers.

South Korean companies Blueside and Phatagram debuted Kingdom Under Fire in 2000 in over 30 countries, attracting fans in the United States and Europe.

“Steam has carried out various tests with Kingdom Under Fire, which runs on blockchain. Steam recommended us to fix one thing. As soon as the task is done, players will be able to enjoy the game later this month,” a Bloom Technology official said.

Earlier this April, Bloom Technology disclosed that Locus Chain was the first blockchain to operate servers for online games. And it took half a year to make the blockchain-powered game available to end customers.

“As blockchain replaces the servers, we don’t have to pay for servers. And as players work as nodes, they can play Kingdom Under Fire whenever they want,” the official said.

“Thus far, blockchain could not solve the problem of slow speed and lack of scalability, and this prevented blockchain from replacing servers. But our technological breakthrough via Locus Chain enabled it. In fact, no other companies have ever tried to replace game servers with a decentralized blockchain network.”

The official added that Bloom Technology had yet to find any problems in running the game on its Locus Chain and planned to operate other games on its blockchain down the road.

Founded by U.S. game publisher Valve Corporation, Steam is a famous platform, which offers almost 30,000 games to players from across the world.

“As one of the developers of Kingdom of Fire, my heart is filled with emotion because the game will last for good based on the blockchain technology of Locus Chain,” Bloom Technology CEO Lee Sang-yoon said.

Prof. Yoon Seok-bin at Sogang University said that blockchain platforms would replace an increasing number of services based on conventional technologies.

“Many companies are working on dealing with the slow speed problem of the public blockchain. Some are coming up with solutions like Locus Chain,” Yoon said.

“In the future, more and more services will be available through blockchain, which is both speedy and secure.”