Atari, the legendary entertainment company behind Pacman, has announced plans to launch a cryptocurrency casino with new partner Decentral Games.
The Atari Casino will be built in a virtual gaming district in the Ethereum-based Decentraland metaverse. The gaming district, known as ‘Vegas City’ will be host to Atari Casino on an initial two-year deal starting in May of 2021.
The virtual Atari Casino will feature Atari-themed games and Atari non-fungible Tokens (NFTs). Players will be able to play games using MANA, DAI, and ATRI (Atari) tokens. Prizes will be offered in Decentral Games’ native token $DG.
Players who earn $DG will be able to use the tokens to get involved in the running and management of the casino.
Atari’s CEO Frederic Chesnais has overseen the gaming giant’s efforts to modernize recently. Last October saw the launch of ATRI, Atari’s token, which raised $1.5 million in a token pre-sale and it’s no secret that the brand views blockchain as key to its future development.
Speaking of the news Chesnais said:
“Through collaborating with Decentral Games, we can move the Atari gaming experience onto the blockchain”
Atari and Decentral Games expect as much as $150 million in bets during the first year with projected figures showing revenue of over $400 million over the initial two years of the deal.
Decentral Games is backed by Digital Currency Group that manages the largest Bitcoin fund and owns CoinDesk.