Published on: 02/11/2021
Adam Kling Interview: FYX Gaming Founder & CryptoFights CEO
We recently reached out to Adam Kling the founder and CEO of FYX Gaming, the company behind the crypto game CryptoFights, to get his thoughts and insights into CryptoFights, crypto gaming, and where he’s looking to take it.
Adam Kling on: Scaling
One of the key things that makes FYX Gaming’s CryptoFights stand out so much is that it uses the BitcoinSV blockchain whereas most other crypto games use Ethereum or Ethereum-like blockchains. Adam Kling explained that CryptoFights started out on the Ethereum blockchain but chose to port over to the BitcoinSV network to alleviate scaling issues rather than starting an Ethereum-like side chain like so many other crypto gaming projects. This means that “When you make a move in our game, you’re essentially doing a Bitcoin transaction. That Bitcoin transaction goes straight to the network and there’s no other parallel network or side chain, it’s straight to the base layer of the blockchain.”
This switch to BitcoinSV has proven to be successful at solving scaling issues. Kling said “At our peak when we first launched we did a little over 2 million transactions a day. That was more than Ethereum and several of the networks combined, including BTC.” This ability to scale is Kling’s proudest accomplishment in the crypto gaming world so far. It’s down to the UTXO model that is “very multithreaded compared to the Ethereum type model which is very monolithic or linear.” Kling looks forward to scaling this up to “ten million or thirty million [transactions] a day” and explains that “the world needs these high-volume transactions to be able to create applications like this”.
A cheat-proof platform for a cleaner esports ecosystem
One of the goals of FYX gaming is to clean up the esports industry from the integrity issues that have plagued it. Cheating, collusion, and match-fixing have all been problems in the industry and Kling puts this down to the “fragmentation of the industry”. FYX gaming intends to put all those data points into one place and achieves this by getting players to “essentially use a Bitcoin wallet to perform their moves”.
The use of a Bitcoin wallet “combines three very important things”. The first is identity, “you actually have to sign your moves with a private key that only you have.” The second is the “data of what you do in the game”. The final part is money, in what is “essentially a microtransaction” that could be “a millionth of a cent for example.” The blockchain ledger then stores this data in a “linear timestamped fashion” that is immutable “that no one at any point in time can alter, modify, delete, hide, or obfuscate.” Kling goes on to say, “the future of esports I believe will be using a universal system like this that puts transparency and trust into what happens.” While Kling admits that he doesn’t “think it’s going to be a technical barrier to cheating because that’s an arms race,” “it will be more of a holistic view into the data to know when something is afoul.”
On the horizon
While Adam Kling can’t disclose much of FYX Gaming’s plans for the future he did say that they “have plans for adding in a lot of other game modes such as a 3 vs 3 team-based play”. He believes the major improvements and additions to the game in development will help it to really compete with some of the current biggest crypto games. He finishes up by saying “we’re one of the few games that are actually using a 3D game engine. We’re doing motion-capture for the animations of the characters and there’s a lot more art and lore that we want to add. We really want to build up this new experience that can’t be completed on these other technology platforms or other blockchains.”