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Tony Zerucha

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Block.one, publisher of the EOSIO blockchain software protocol, today released Elemental Battles, a free online game-based tutorial designed to encourage more developers to adopt blockchain and EOSIO.

The learning toolkit consists of an eight-lesson blockchain tutorial and a demo of a fully-functioning blockchain-powered card game. The game is set in a fantasy world where players must compete against a computer-powered opponent to harness the power of three ancient elements – Wood, Fire and Water. With each move, the aim is to select a card that beats the card selected by the computer.

Players can use Elemental Battles to build their own complete blockchain app by finishing the lessons. In order to participate, all that is required is basic knowledge of C++ and JavaScript programming. Elemental Battles aims to encourage adoption of blockchain technology and on-board a new generation of blockchain developers by simplifying the developer experience and making the technology more user-friendly.

Users’ moves, game results and source code are recorded in real-time on the blockchain. Win or lose, players can then work through eight lessons to learn about blockchain and development on the EOSIO platform. Topics include initial setup of a development environment, the basics of EOSIO smart contract development, writing simple AI code, game logic validation and pre-designed graphical assets needed for the game. Each lesson is presented in split-screen format, with instructions on the left and a coding window on the right.

“Elemental Battles is an engaging, relatable and fun way to learn the basics of blockchain,” said Block.one head of developer relations Serg Metelin. “As blockchain is becoming more popular, there is also increased interest from developers to learn how to use the technology.

“Much of the world’s existing digital infrastructure is based on C++  and JavaScript, and our tutorial is an entry point to blockchain and EOSIO for this community of developers. The objective of Elemental Battles is to enable these individuals to gain knowledge and skill in this area through a user-friendly interface,”

Tony Zerucha

Tony Zerucha is an alternative finance journalist with more than seven years experience in the space. The author of more than 1,000 articles, Tony was named LendIt's 2018 Journalist of the Year.

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