The world of gaming is united by the aspiration to have fun in virtual worlds, compete with other players, discover new stories, and become better as a gamer. This power of entertaining, adventures, and self-improvement connects everyone in the gaming community. Still, it’s not mighty enough to remove everything separating us - and often, this is to be part of smaller communities of various brands.
It seems like big companies in the game industry try to keep gamers inside of specific circles, making rushing out of them quite an uncomfortable task. Thus ecosystems appear, similar to galaxies in the vast gaming universe. They have some things in common but mostly they are far away from each other, keeping gamers inside by (almost) any means.
Still, another trend gets popularity. It’s making more gaming ecosystems interconnected and bringing gamers back into one holistic community. Caer Sidi is following this trend. We don’t like to make new barriers and limitations for our users and prefer to remove existing ones. Are you with us?
It seems like some games are made to catch players forever and ever. They even can be compared to traps, in which players will spend hundreds of playing hours. They are not some evil traps that keep you by force - on the contrary, these games are super attractive and promise lots of fun.
Games as a service do not offer the limited-time experience of story-driven games. They are endless adventures and often use the free-to-play monetization scheme. Keeping players inside of this ecosystem is crucial for such products to survive.
There are different ways to do so, such as:
Of course, this is not a full list, and many games combine various features to not lose players from their ecosystem. Remaining inside becomes so satisfying. Starting new games is so insecure and difficult.
Gaming platforms are even more of a trap than ecosystems of games (sweet, sweet traps). You buy a PlayStation or Xbox, you build a gaming PC or dive into mobile gaming - and then you find yourself absorbed in everything on this particular platform. Everything becomes so convenient inside the ecosystem of your choice that moving away seems just impossible and totally unnecessary.
Have you heard about the constant fight between some members of the PlayStation and Xbox communities? Have you heard about the constant arguments of some console and PC players? These are the consequences of being deeply stuck in one ecosystem.
VR gaming is still in its early days, but slowly it evolves into a specific part of the gaming culture. If you have a VR headset, you are definitely more tend to buy VR games and remain in them.
Tabletop games gather around themselves community of fans. Real-world gatherings are very interesting to participate in (such as Sliel’19 in Essen, Germany). Collections of real-world games and their attributes are so beautiful and promise so much joy. There is no reason to leave this ecosystem and start your “gaming career” in virtuality from scratch. Vice versa is also true.
Ecosystems of gaming are not bad in any way. They have something that divides gamers - that’s for sure. But they also have many uniting aspects. Do you remember them from the start of this article? Fun playing time and hot competitions are present in ecosystems of games, platforms, and realities. This is a common ground for us to unite once again.
Cross-platform matches and cross-platform saves in particular games - these are examples of strong connections between ecosystems. Creating them is a great work of many people, and it’s totally amazing to see them happen.
Caer Sidi is also an ecosystem, but we have some global thoughts in our mind while creating it. We don’t want to build another closed community. Caer Sidi is an ecosystem that unites games, platforms, and realities. It’s a mighty step towards the idea of One Gaming.
What an ambitious project that Caer Sidi is! Still, we don’t rush the process of implementing our ideas, so we are moving forward in the most efficient way. The first step in developing our ecosystem and uniting gaming is adding more 3rd-party gaming content to Caer Sidi and partnering with game developers for producing phygital assets for their IP.
We already negotiate potential partnerships with many companies. The results will be highlighted on the Caer Sidi blog.
If you are interested in our offer for your products, check out this page for developers.
Also, it would be nice to meet you in the real world. The schedule of October conferences with our participation has been posted in Paracosm Digest #26.
Another way to stay in touch with Caer Sidi is to join the Paracosm Community on Discord. There, you can communicate directly with key people in our company.