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Former Metamask lead reveals HyperPlay Web3 game launcher

The gaming gateway disregards Apple’s fee structure in favor of monetising “convenience features.” A lot of metaverse news is being made about games.

Early access to HyperPlay, a Web3 gaming launcher, is now available. The app was co-developed by Web3 gaming DAO Game7 and the pseudonym JacobC.eth, a former MetaMask operations lead, and is compatible with all main platforms but optimized for MetaMask users.

Jacob, who prefers to go by his first name or .eth handle for privacy reasons, told Decrypt that HyperPlay is “solving the distribution problem and freeing game developers from the risk of deplatforming by these monopolies like Apple and Google, or Steam.”

“Unlike the Apple Store, we’re not taking a 30% cut of your developer’s in-game economy,” he explained. “We’re a super developer-loyal product.”

Jacob stated that HyperPlay will generate revenue by offering “convenience features” within the program, similar to how MetaMask generates revenue.

At launch, HyperPlay will offer a variety of games, including Undead Blocks, DeFi Kingdoms, The Sandbox, Voxie Tactics, and The Bornless, among others. The launcher will support both Web3 and non-crypto games.

It is available for Windows, Mac, Steam Deck, and Linux users, but HyperPlay is optimized for MetaMask wallets, according to Jacob. Additionally, it is compatible with WalletConnect, which facilitates over 40 distinct crypto wallet providers.

In addition to being a game launcher, HyperPlay is also an aggregator of game stores, providing access to the Epic Games and Guild of Guardians stores within its interface.

Gameplay experience

Similar to Steam’s in-game overlay, Jacob explained that HyperPlay’s launcher “paints” a MetaMask layer on top of the gameplay experience so that users don’t have to minimize their game or switch windows to complete transactions.

“We’re separating the keys from the game,” Jacob said. “If the game is malicious, you don’t want your secret recovery phrase exposed to the game.”

MetaMask mobile users will receive pop-ups for transactions on their phones when playing on a desktop, while browser extension users will be automatically detected.

“If you have the MetaMask browser extension on your computer, HyperPlay can actually detect that it’s already installed,” Jacob said.

What about security

Even though gamers don’t need a game launcher to play Web3 games, ones like HyperPlay’s can give them a better feeling of security. Each game that is sent to HyperPlay’s launcher for consideration goes through a process that takes about a week.

“We have a pretty intense security and malware review process,” Jacob said. “We’re not trying to make attestations that a game’s economy is a good sustainable economy. That’s really for players to decide for themselves. But we’re very opinionated on stopping malware and stopping any kind of malicious bad actors. And these games cannot access the keys of the wallet.”

HyperPlay is also making its own sandboxes, which will let it keep each submitted game and restrict any unwanted permissions or features that could face a security risk to users.

But Jacob also thinks that a Web3 game launcher is important for more people to start using crypto on a large scale.

“I think that gaming in many ways is a bridge by which people discover the larger decentralized web,” Jacob said. “In MetaMask’s data, the main markets which were playing games were the Philippines, Vietnam, Nigeria, Colombia, Brazil—these places where people have historically been locked out of the financial system.”

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