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Blockchain technology is about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity, from health care to our Internet of Things devices. In this podcast, host Laura Shin talks with industry pioneers across tech, financial services, health care, government and other sectors about how the blockchain and cryptocurrency will open up new opportunities for incumbents, startups and everyday people to interact more efficiently, directly and globally.

Dec 15, 2020

Marguerite deCourcelle is co-founder and CEO of Blockade Games, which is releasing the role-playing game game Neon District the day this episode comes out. She discusses her background in art, how her love of video games led her to discover Bitcoin in the early days of the cryptocurrency, and how she helps create the next phase of web 3.0 content creation and distribution. Topics include:

  • how Marguerite became involved in crypto and what led her to co-found Blockade Games
  • her work on Pineapple Arcade and Plasma Bears
  • the problems she sees with gaming and how blockchain technology can solve them
  • how Blockade Games is utilizing blockchain tech
  • Neon District, a blockchain-based RPG game with active gameplay and animation that uses NFTs and farming
  • the difference between ERC-721 and ERC-1155 tokens and how each is utilized in Neon District
  • how they have been marrying NFTs with DeFi through the NIFTEX exchange
  • how an open economy challenges the dynamics of gameplay and how they account for this in their game design
  • why a decentralized profile can be so powerful in gaming
  • the types of users Blockade Games hopes to attract with Neon District
  • why they are using the Matic Network
  • how blockchain tech within a game changes the business model for Blockade as opposed to a traditional gaming company
  • whether she thinks conventional gaming companies will be disrupted by blockchain technology
  • the problems in content creation business models and distribution and how she thinks blockchain can solve them
  • her personal token, COIN, how it is connected to CRED and how the two work together and people earn them
  • what Coin Artist Liquidity Mining is and how it works


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CoinDesk podcast network with Marguerite:


Delphi Digital podcast with Marguerite:


Delphi Digital report on Coin's E-den syndicate:


OpenSea store for Alex Botez chess pieces:


Blog post about the Alexandra Botez collaboration: