Toronto, Canada, April 22, 2022 — Goons of Balatroon (GoB), a 2D-3D-hybrid metaverse featuring play-to-earn (P2E) card strategy gaming and land ownership built in the Elysium ecosystem, has just closed its most recent funding round with $2.46 million in seed and private financing. 

The funding included backers such as Merit Circle, Jun Capital, Vulcan Forged, Faculty Group, Maven Capital, and BullPerks, alongside a handful of founders of companies including The Husl, Lovelace and Rarestone Capital. The flagship product, a trading card game, is unique in its use of complex element-tile strategies, wacky characters and deep gameplay mechanics never before seen in the P2E environment. Alongside this project, GOB is working on a land-battler game that will also play a major part in the GoB ecosystem. 

Mark, co-founder of GoB, said, “With the recent surge in P2E games, we see an increased focus in the earn function, and while this is absolutely an aspect of our environment, we believe a focus on making the game fun to play, first, is of utmost importance.”

The project boasts some notable names in its collection of partners, with Vulcan Forged and Merit Circle putting forth effort and providing advisors in the process. Also included are The Husl, Lovelace, Unizen, GSR Capital, Mexc, Synaps, SkyVision Capital, PlayNity and Immutable X. 

“P2E gaming tends to have a very high-cost barrier of entry; we want to onboard users in a free-to-play (F2P) manner, welcoming Web2 natives to Web3 without any initial need for a wallet,” said Matthew, community manager. “They can choose to scale their reward rates through NFT ownership at their own pace. Gamers seek to optimize, and if we provide them the means, they will integrate at their own desired rate.”

The current iteration of the project has been developed in-house with a priority of being fun first and P2E second. Trading card games are the most natural fit for NFT products since unique, individual cards already hold value in paper collections. GoB now offers that same value system for digital assets as a digital card game built and tested in-house. The company thinks GoB will be a hit with competitive trading card game players because of its rich strategy elements and the introduction of 2D-3D aesthetics that will appeal to gamers from multiple platforms.

The cross-integration of gaming on the Elysium chain opens immense possibilities for trading card games. Combining the rich lore of a well-developed game with solid mechanics and replayability packed into a competitive, community-first game is a unique approach to crypto gaming. The core of the game is its players, and GoB recognizes this, creating a unique gameplay loop that utilizes the full power of the Elysium chain alongside a vibrant community supporting its development.

By integrating the game into the Vulcan Forged Elysium ecosystem, GoB opens the doors to an interchange of NFTs between other projects on the Elysium chain and its own. GOB is already partnering with Vulcan Forged to develop a wider metaverse based on the trading card and land-battler games. The wider metaverse is a key part of the Elysium chain and will allow for the seamless use of NFTs in GoB’s software offerings. Land NFTs and other small minigames are intended to form part of this extended metaverse, with collectibles being usable in the GoB trading card game.

At the heart of the project’s metaverse is the GOB token, an ERC20-protocol token dropped through a token generation event on the Ethereum network that is currently being bridged to Elysium. GoB expects to launch the token via several public launchpads: initial decentralized exchange (DEX) offerings, centralized exchange offerings and DEX listings are scheduled to happen by the end of April. The expected total supply will be 750 million GOB.

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