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Exploring the Blockchain with the Ubisoft Strategic Innovation Lab (Presented by Ubisoft)

Nicolas Pouard  (Strategic Innovation Lab - Blockchain Initiative Manager, Ubisoft)

Robert Falce  (Senior Developer , Ubisoft)

Pierre-Armand Nicq  (Technical Artist/Programmer, Ubisoft)

Location: Room 2020, West Hall

Date: Thursday, March 21

Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Conference, GDC Summits, Expo Plus, Audio Conference + Tutorial, Indie Games Summit - Get your pass now!

Topic: Business & Marketing, Programming

Format: Sponsored Session

Tutorials: N/A

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

During the past couple of years, a lot has happened in the blockchain ecosystem. The most striking was the emergence of a small, but real, gaming ecosystem trying to use blockchain for the benefit of gamers. This talk aims to explain why and how Ubisoft decided to explore the blockchain's potential for games, despite the proliferation of buzzwords.

The non technical part of the talk will be the occasion to share, in short, some basic advice to those who would like to explore the field by themselves. What does it mean to choose a decentralized mindset in a centralized world? What kind of protocol should you go for?

In the technical part, the Strategic Innovation Lab's prototyping team "Les Makers" will present HashCraft. The project was built with one huge constraint - use blockchain as the chief online technology. The result was to make blockchain and procedural generation work together for best results.


The talk will give real pieces of advice for anyone who would like to explore the blockchain technology for gaming. The team will share the obstacles but also the tips they had to use to overcome some of the strong limitations of blockchain.

Intended Audience

The talk is for anyone - skeptical, enthusiast or just curious- who wants to know more about how Ubisoft approaches the blockchain ecosystem and is trying to find the best from it. No deep technical knowledge required.