Atari has partnered with crypto casino builder Decentral Games to build its own virtual casino in the Vegas City district of Ethereum-based virtual world, Decentraland.
The casino, which is scheduled to launch in May, will exist on land within the virtual world that has been secured on a two-year lease to begin with.
In a blog post confirming the move, Decentral Games said the Atari Casino will sit on a 20-parcel casino estate.
The unmistakeably Atari-themed casino will feature Atari-inspired games, and players will be able to earn Decentral Games’ $DG, by playing with Decentraland’s currency MANA, or DAI and Atari’s own token ATRI.
The Decentral Games’ community and $DG holders will benefit from an 88% profit share from the partnership contributing to the DG DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization) Treasury. While Atari will also be staking its newly swapped $DG in DAO governance to join the community in sharing rights to vote on decisions related to game development.
Decentral Games said it wanted to “scale our platform to accommodate more demand and maximise player satisfaction” and added that the partnership enabled it to combine “our expertise in building crypto casinos with Atari’s decades of experience in developing video games”.
Characterised by Decentral Games as a chance for players to have a “modern-day encounter with this nostalgic household name”, the casino will feature both games of luck and games of luck and skill, as well as an Atari special game where players win by skill instead of pure luck.
An official Atari casino launch party is tabled to be announced next month, featuring DJ and producer Dillon Francis, as well as a range of giveaways and exclusive NFTs as prizes.
Atari first revealed plans for a crypto casino in November and in January, a year after it announced its proprietary Atari blockchain token, the company revealed it was implementing a Closed Beta Test for the Atari Casino.
Atari's CEO Frédéric Chesnais has gone on the record several times in recent months to proclaim his faith in the blockchain and outline the company’s ambitions in the crypto and NFT space.
Chesnais has also said previously that the company has plans to expand activity in the gaming space, including launching bricks and mortar venues. For more details on Atari’s long-term strategy read CGN’s exclusive Q&A with Chesnais back in September 2020.