Atari, one of the pioneering video gaming companies, partnered up with Decentral Games to open a cryptocurrency casino in Decentraland, an Ethereum-based blockchain platform.
Atari will run its virtual casino in Vegas City, a special gambling district in Decentraland’s metaverse. The land on which the casino is built was given to Atari as part of a two-year deal.
Players will be able to create avatars and play various casino games such as live blackjack, while also interacting with other players, purchasing customization options, and more.
3D Virtual Platform Operating on the Ethereum Blockchain via Decentraland
Atari is best known for being one of the pioneers of arcade games and video game consoles, introducing the latter to the world in the late 1970s. However, the company struggled to stay afloat and was relatively inactive in the past decade.
Atari Casino will not only be a brand new approach to casino gaming, but it will also represent the reemergence of Atari as a company.
The new virtual casino will be set up in the Casino Quarter of Vegas City in Decentraland’s user-owned Ethereum-based virtual real estate. Players will be free to create their own avatars and walk around the 20-parcel establishment that will consist of multiple floors.
The casino will be packed with Atari-themed games and interior elements and will include all the casino classics like roulette, blackjack, baccarat, and many more. Atari also announced the release of its own special game that will be based entirely on skill rather than luck.
Apart from games, the casino will feature a DJ set and dance floor, letting users enjoy performances from real DJs.
Casino players will be able to play with DAI, MANA, and Atari tokens and have a chance to earn DG’s native token $DG. Atari will also launch a number of NFT blockchain collectibles represented through various artwork from classic Atari games. All you need to do to start playing is go to Decentraland’s website and connect it to your MetaMask wallet.
According to an estimation from Atari and Decentral Games, the casino is expected to create over $150 million in bets by the end of 2021 and around $400 million over the next two years.
Atari Continues Its Push Into the Crypto Space
Atari Casino is the latest attempt of CEO Frederic Chesnais to revitalize the company, trying to bank on the nostalgia factor mixed in with the popularity of blockchain and NFTs.
The casino represents the company’s continuous incursion into the cryptocurrency ecosystem that started with its own ATRI token, launched in October of 2020. The crypto space push was continued by the Atari VCS, a hybrid console that allows online gaming, blockchain connectivity, and crypto spending.
Meanwhile, cryptocurrency has tickled the interest of online casino players. There are now numerous crypto-exclusive casino sites, as well as many long-term casinos that have started to accept crypto payments.
Whether Atari Casino will be a success or a complete flop, only time will tell. For now, it seems that the company is back on track, utilizing the full potential of its old glory and combining it with brand new technologies.