Blockchain Game Alliance Elects The Sandbox COO, Sébastien Borget, as President and Announces Ubisoft, AMD, Animoca Brands, and MakerDAO as 2020 Sponsors
Blockchain Game Industry Organization Kicks Off 2020 with Goal of Participating in Major Videogame Industry Events to Drive Blockchain Adoption
GENEVA, Switzerland – March 26, 2020 – Blockchain Game Alliance (BGA), a coalition of game and blockchain companies advocating for blockchain technology within the game industry, today announced the election of Sébastien Borget, blockchain evangelist and co-founder and COO of The Sandbox, as President following his appointment to the Board. The organization further announced that Ubisoft, AMD, Animoca Brands and MakerDAO have returned as 2020 sponsors, which will further BGA’s goals to represent blockchain gaming at major game industry events.
Founded in 2019, Blockchain Game Alliance (BGA) is an organization committed to the adoption of blockchain technologies in gaming by promoting the creation of common standards, facilitating networking and knowledge-sharing and encouraging cooperation and the implementation of best practices. Over 90 companies are members of the alliance.
Newly announced BGA President and board member, Sébastien Borget, is the co-founder and COO of The Sandbox decentralized virtual world gaming platform. The Sandbox is a subsidiary of Animoca Brands, an innovative gaming and blockchain company based in Hong Kong that is ranked fifth on BlockchainGamer.biz’s list of Top 50 blockchain companies 2020. A passionate advocate for blockchain technology, gaming, and education, Borget is an active speaker and evangelist for the benefits that Non-Fungible Tokens bring to gaming. In his role on the BGA board, he will use his experience as a serial entrepreneur with 10 years in the gaming business to evangelize and contribute to the industry adoption of blockchain technology in ways that expand player possibilities without introducing barriers to play.
“Sébastien Borget has been an active community member in the blockchain game space for years, and we're delighted to elect him as the new President of the Blockchain Game Alliance,” said Manon Burgel, outgoing President of Blockchain Game Alliance. “The BGA seeks to foster collaboration opportunities and encourage blockchain adoption in video games. In 2020 we’re looking to represent blockchain game companies at traditional video game industry events and the support we’ve received from industry luminaries like Ubisoft, AMD, and MakerDAO strongly facilitates that goal.”
“I’m a strong believer in aligning the interests of players, creators, and game developers and will continue to encourage true ownership for game players and creators through the inclusion of the blockchain industry,” said Sébastien Borget, BGA President and co-founder of The Sandbox. “I’m honored to lead Blockchain Game Alliance and my goal is to make BGA’s effective advocacy even stronger as blockchain gaming moves forward, leveraging my track record, network and influence in the industry to increase its reach globally.”
Board Members from the Blockchain Game Alliance: Sebastien Borget (The Sandbox/Animoca Brands), Marc Coupal (Enjin), Shaban Shaame (Everdreamsoft), Ludovic Courcelas (Consensys), Manon Burgel (B2Expand), Nicolas Gilot (Ultra), Alex Amsel (Valerian Capital), Gabby Dizon (Altitude Games) and Nicolas Pouard (Ubisoft)
About Blockchain Game Alliance
The Blockchain Game Alliance (BGA) is a coalition of over 90 game and blockchain companies committed to advocating for blockchain technology within the game industry. Our goal is to spread awareness about blockchain technologies and encourage adoption by highlighting their potential to foster new ways to create, publish, play, and build strong communities around games. The BGA also provides an open forum for individuals and companies to share knowledge and collaborate, create common standards, establish best practices, and network. For more information, please visit blockchaingamealliance.org and follow on Twitter.
Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s video game series, Rayman, Far Cry and Watch Dogs. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2018-19 fiscal year Ubisoft generated Net Bookings of €2,029 million. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoft.com.
Blockchain algorithms require compute platforms, PCs and servers – more specifically CPUs and GPUs to run on. AMD is in a unique position to offer the best combination of CPU and GPU technologies to make blockchain transactions increasingly faster and more secure. We are working with existing ecosystem partners to bring blockchain compute solutions to market for a large variety of use cases and exploring opportunities with new and innovative platforms using blockchain. www.amd.com/en/technologies/blockchain.
Maker is a decentralized organization dedicated to bringing financial stability and transparency to the world economy. Maker enables the generation of Dai, the world’s first unbiased currency and leading decentralized stablecoin. MakerDAO.com.
About Animoca Brands
Animoca Brands leverages gamification, blockchain, and artificial intelligence technologies to develop and publish a broad portfolio of mobile products including games such as The Sandbox, Crazy Kings, and Crazy Defense Heroes as well as products based on popular intellectual properties such as Formula 1®, Garfield, Snoopy, Thomas & Friends™, Ever After High and Doraemon. Animoca Brands’ portfolio of blockchain investments and partnerships includes Lucid Sight, Dapper Labs (creators of CryptoKitties), WAX, Harmony, and Decentraland. The Company is based in Hong Kong, Canada, Finland, and Argentina. For more information visit www.animocabrands.com or get updates by following Animoca Brands on Facebook or Twitter.