" I SEE A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR THE CARIBBEAN IN TERMS OF INNOVATION, SPECIFICALLY HERE IN ANTIGUA WHERE I CALL “HOME.”- JASON CASSIDY - CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, GAME CREDITS
Living inside of the cryptocurrency sector for eight years gives one a unique perspective on innovation. Things move so quickly with blockchain technology that innovation tends to happen right in front of our very eyes. I grew up in the Caribbean when I was younger and there was virtually no technological footprint to speak of in the 80’s and 90’s Returning back down here over twenty years later, it was like stepping into a new World.
Smart phones were in the hands of all the locals and tourists and the islands were becoming digitally connected. Since my focus is on blockchain technology, I have made it a goal of helping to raise the collective awareness of this transformative technology in the Caribbean. There are some real lessons to be learnt here with regards to innovation and a lot of that stems from a thirst for knowledge, embracing curiosity and always looking towards the future.
Blockchain enables so many different areas and games are probably the most obvious and fun application. One in three people globally play some type of game, it is ingrained into virtually every culture. Gaming on the blockchain can be a real winner as it allows gamers, the target audience, to take ownership of their in-game items. This also allows gamers to have full assurity that no cheating is happening when results for games are recorded on a public ledger.
Once a technologies time has come it is often difficult if not impossible to stop that evolution, and innovation is the key ingredient in achieving this all, We are now witnessing this taking place as NFT (non-fungible tokens) replace in-game items and digital wallets replace the need for numerous username and passwords. Even esports is getting a shot in the arm from blockchain as it allows players, teams and leagues to monetize their brands in numerous new ways previously not possible.
The Caribbean has a rich history with football, cricket and several other sports including the Olympics and now there is a new generation of youngsters who are competing on the virtual pitch. Embracing blockchain gaming will allow entrepreneurs and the youth of the region a new outlet, one that comes with near limitless potential.
The geography of the region also lends itself well to being a venue for esports tournaments and festivities, and could serve the same purpose for blockchain-based games that begin to find their way into the traditional esports realm. The future is very bright when it comes to the Caribbean and for a change, it’s not solely due to the sunny weather.
I look forward to helping continue the narrative of innovation in the Caribbean.