By leveraging Immutable’s cutting-edge Zero-Knowledge scaling solution, studios will be able to implement advanced web3 mechanics, rich economies, better game design, and reduce development costs
SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — Leading web3 gaming platform Immutable today announces that three new upcoming games — GensoKishi Online, Cursed Stone, and Sailwars — have committed to building on Immutable zkEVM, a Zero-Knowledge (ZK) proof-based scaling rollup that is fully compatible and equivalent to the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), tailored specifically to the needs of web3 game developers.
“It’s inspiring to see more studios embracing Immutable to really level up their game,” said Andrew Sorokovsky, VP of Global Business Development at Immutable. “This transformative tech offers game developers enterprise-grade security, massive network effects, lower development costs, and seamless interoperability with the Ethereum ecosystem — putting web3 games on par with their web2 counterparts. It’s a momentous step forward, and we’re delighted to announce that these exciting new titles have already recognized the immense potential of zk technology, choosing it to power the next phase of their development.”
“Based out of Australia and Asia, these visionary teams align perfectly with Immutable’s strategic focus of fostering the growth of web3 gaming across the Asia-Pacific,” added Sorokovsky.
Joining the ranks of Immutable zkEVM is GensoKishi Online, developed by Metap Inc. GensoKishi Online is the metaverse-native reincarnation of Elemental Knights Online — a well-acclaimed game that received the 2012 Game of the Year (Gold) award in Taiwan and garnered a total of 8 million downloads worldwide.
By tapping blockchain technology, GensoKishi Online developers aim to establish a new economic system in their fantasy world that will provide new spaces, experiences, entertainment, and full ownership that were made possible thanks to decentralization.
Recently, GensoKishi launched a new collaboration with SYMBIOGENESIS, an NFT art project created by Square Enix, a major Japanese game developer and publisher known for legendary series such as Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Star Ocean, and Dragon Quest.
Cursed Stone is a 3D open world web3 MMORPG featuring PvE, PvP, and Siege modes that offer players dynamic NFTs they can upgrade and equip on their characters. Since community members will wholly own these assets, players will be able to freely trade them, including their whole characters with all levels and items — all in one single transaction.
The game’s innovative role system will ensure that each class has its own set of roles that players can use to specialize even further, making every NFT unique and desirable. The developers also want to explore the possibilities of combining NFC and NFT technologies to revolutionize how users interact with the digital world.
Finally, inspired by naval battles and timeless classics like The Lord of the Rings and A Song of Ice and Fire, Sailwars is an exciting new web3 NFT game that will feature an immersive virtual world where adventurers can embark on a dynamic journey through diverse civilizations, transcending the boundaries of land and sea.
Sailwars combines blockchain technology with innovative gameplay, including various battle modes like PvE, PvP, and Guild versus Guild. The game invites players to engage in strategic warfare, navigate uncharted territories, unveil hidden secrets, and embark on thrilling treasure hunts alongside a vibrant community of like-minded explorers.
As a Web3 game, Sailwars allows players to convert their in-game assets, such as heroes, ships, and weapons, into NFTs that can be freely traded on the open market. As players progress and enhance their skills, they can also earn reward tokens for participating in battles.
To date, Sailwars has already received support from a total of 27 top-tier partners, including Disney China, Alibaba Cloud, Wanxiang Blockchain and Immutable, and established connections with many brands to provide more trading options for global players.
By leveraging Immutable zkEVM, builders can access all of the tools they need to begin enhancing their games through digital asset ownership. This includes full compatibility with the EVM and the full suite of Immutable tools, including APIs, SDKs, and solutions such as Passport, Checkout, and Orderbook.
Several game studios have already committed to building their web3 titles on Immutable zkEVM. These include Shardbound, SimWin Sports, Space Nation, S369, Moongaming, Sandbox, Eyeball Games, Magmabyte, and others. Immutable zkEVM ecosystem partners also include major platforms like AQUA Marketplace, TokenTrove Marketplace, BlockScout, GameStop, AtomicHub, and others.
Immutable is a global leader in gaming on a mission to bring digital ownership to every player by making it safe and easy to build great web3 games. Co-founded by James Ferguson, Robbie Ferguson and Alex Connolly in 2018, Immutable is headquartered in Sydney with a team of over 260 leading technologists, creators and innovators, and backed by top transformational tech investors like BITKRAFT Ventures, King River Capital, AirTree, Temasek, Coinbase and more.
The Immutable gaming platform makes it easy for game studios and independent developers to safely and confidently build and launch successful games on Ethereum. The product suite includes pre-built solutions, optimized for usability, that help developers get to market faster without sacrificing security or player experience. Builders get personalized web3 guidance, live support for their communities, and access to the largest ecosystem in gaming.
Immutable was the first gaming platform to deliver a zero-knowledge (zk) scaling solution to the Ethereum community and provides developers with multiple zk-based scaling options, including Immutable X, a rollup based on StarkWare technology, and Immutable zkEVM, powered by Polygon.
For more information, please visit: https://www.immutable.com/
Al B. Sure! & Rev. Al Sharpton: Championing Health Equity in Transplantation
Al B. Sure! and Rev. Al Sharpton unite to oppose Medicare cutbacks, advocating for health equity in transplantation to benefit minority communities.
In a powerful display of solidarity and determination, music legend Al B. Sure! and global civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton have come together to announce the formation of the “Health Equity in Transplantation Coalition.” This coalition aims to oppose the recent Medicare cutbacks for transplant patient blood tests that detect early signs of organ rejection, particularly affecting minority and underserved communities. With their shared commitment to justice and equality, Al B! will serve as the Executive Chairman, while Rev. Sharpton will play a vital role as the Senior Advisor.
The Impact of Medicare Coverage Restrictions:
On March 2, 2023, a private contractor known as a “Medicare Administrative Contractor” (MAC) announced restrictions on Medicare coverage for transplant patient blood tests. These tests, essential for detecting early signs of organ rejection, have been instrumental in safeguarding the health of transplant patients since 2017. However, the sudden change linking coverage to invasive surgical biopsies has caused confusion, delays, and cancellations, primarily affecting Black, Hispanic, Latino, and underserved transplant communities.
The Voice of Al B!:
As a successful organ transplant recipient and advocate for the transplant patient community, Al B! understands the importance of these blood tests firsthand. Having received a life-saving liver transplant in 2022, he emphasizes the need for accessible and non-invasive blood tests that can be conducted at home. Al B! believes that tying Medicare coverage to invasive biopsies places an undue burden on underserved transplant recipients, necessitating expensive travel, time off work for patients and caregivers, and hospital procedures.
The Support of Rev. Al Sharpton and Newt Gingrich:
Rev. Al Sharpton, renowned for his tireless work in defending the rights of minority communities, welcomes the support of former Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich in restoring Medicare coverage for surveillance blood tests. Their alignment, along with a broad bipartisan group of transplant patients, physicians, and members of Congress, highlights the urgent need to reverse these detrimental rollbacks. Rev. Sharpton emphasizes that these non-invasive tests provided a lifeline to Black, Hispanic, Latino, and underserved communities, and it is essential to expand access to better tools, not restrict them.
Addressing Disparities in Transplant Care:
Transplant care plays a critical role in the lives of Black, Hispanic, and Latino Americans, who account for 40% of transplants in the United States, exceeding their representation in the general population. The battle against organ rejection is a daily struggle, with half of all kidney transplants failing within ten years. The issue is further compounded by the severe organ shortage, disproportionately affecting these communities. Approximately 50% of individuals on the transplant waiting list are Black or Hispanic/Latino, highlighting the urgent need for equitable post-transplant care and access to transplantation.
Broad Support and National Attention:
The coalition led by Al B! and Rev. Sharpton has garnered widespread support from transplant patients and the medical community. Leading national professional transplant medical associations, including the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the American Society of Transplantation, have expressed opposition to the Medicare coverage restrictions. Additionally, a bipartisan group of representatives in Congress, along with grassroots transplant patient group “Honor the Gift coalition,” have raised concerns and demanded answers from CMS regarding the rollbacks.
Al B! and Rev. Sharpton express hope that the House Congressional Black Caucus and other influential bodies will join their efforts to restore Medicare coverage for these vital blood tests. To amplify their cause, hundreds of transplant recipients will gather in Washington, D.C., from December 4-6 for a series of activities, including meetings with congressional leaders and a press conference. The ultimate goal is to ensure that all transplant recipients, regardless of their background or socioeconomic status, have access to the necessary tools and care for a healthier future.
The formation of the “Health Equity in Transplantation Coalition” led by Al B. Sure! and Rev. Al Sharpton marks a significant step toward addressing the disparities faced by minority and underserved communities in transplant care. By opposing the Medicare cutbacks for transplant patient blood tests, this coalition strives to ensure that all transplant recipients have access to early detection of organ rejection, regardless of their background. Through their collective efforts, they aim to build a more equitable and inclusive healthcare system for all.
Dave Bautista Teams Up with the ASPCA to Raise Awareness for Animals in Need
This GivingTuesday, Dave Bautista and the ASPCA call for animal lovers’ support, helping to provide meals, shelter, and care for thousands of rescued animals
NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Today, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is announcing its collaboration with acclaimed actor, animal advocate, and pet parent Dave Bautista to raise awareness and encourage support for rescued animals in honor of GivingTuesday, the global movement that inspires people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. This year, the ASPCA is hoping to encourage the public to keep animals top-of-mind and to help support their journeys from rescue to finding the loving homes they deserve.
Dave Bautista and the ASPCA call for support, helping to provide meals, shelter, and care for rescued animals in need.Tweet
Dave, whose passions both personally and professionally have led him from a career in wrestling to acting to animal advocacy, is a well-known dog-lover who proudly voices his support for pet adoption and animal protection. Dave is the proud pet parent of four adopted pit bulls and is a consistent champion for the breed. His passion for his pets and his compassion for all animals in need make Dave an ideal partner for a day like GivingTuesday.
Starting on GivingTuesday and continuing through the holiday season, Dave will be calling on the public to help animals by donating funds or supplies, adopting homeless animals, or volunteering their time – in hopes of giving more animals the second chances they deserve.
“My first rescue dogs were Ollie and Maggie, and I’ve had them for about five years. I adopted them, and after becoming so connected with them, I started to be more aware of how many dogs are just waiting for someone to give them good, loving homes,” said Dave Bautista. “You get so much in return when you adopt a pet, and I’m going to preach for adoption for the rest of my life. Every second chance for these animals starts with someone like you, or me.”
This GivingTuesday, the ASPCA is calling for support of the thousands of animals across the country who need meals, shelter, and care before their happily ever after becomes reality. Every rescued animal’s journey starts with the support of compassionate animal lovers.
“Dave Bautista’s compassion for homeless animals and advocacy for pit bulls in particular make him a powerful ambassador for GivingTuesday, inspiring his fans and many others to adopt, foster, and contribute to the health and welfare of shelter animals, even before those animals are ready for new homes,” said Matt Bershadker, ASPCA president and CEO. “We thank Dave and everyone speaking out and stepping up this holiday season on behalf of dogs and cats in need and commit our strong support for those animals now and always.”
To support shelter animals who need food, toys, and so much more before they can find loving homes, visit ASPCA.org/BeforeYou.
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) was the first animal welfare organization to be established in North America and today serves as the nation’s leading voice for vulnerable and victimized animals. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with more than two million supporters nationwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and farm animals throughout the United States. The ASPCA assists animals in need through on-the-ground disaster and cruelty interventions, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and the advancement of the sheltering and veterinary community through research, training, and resources. For more information, visit www.ASPCA.org, and follow the ASPCA on Facebook, X, Instagram, and TikTok.
Maverix Havik Control Paddle Review: Elevate Your Pickleball Game
Join Mike Sleeves Sliwa as he tests the Maverix Havik – 16 mm CONTROL paddle, a game-changer in pickleball. Watch now for expert insights and reviews!
In the latest episode of Sleeves Senior Pickleball Report, renowned pickleball enthusiast Mike Sleeves Sliwa takes us on a thrilling journey as he revisits the Maverix Pickleball company. Having previously tested their Power Paddle back in October, Mike now sets his sights on the Havik – 16 mm CONTROL paddle. This eagerly anticipated review aims to provide valuable insights into Maverix’s latest offering.
Diving into the Havik – 16 mm CONTROL Paddle:
Mike Sliwa’s first impressions of the Havik paddle are overwhelmingly positive. The 16 mm CONTROL surface offers exceptional maneuverability and precision, allowing players to achieve greater control over their shots. The paddle’s design, incorporating Maverix’s signature craftsmanship, ensures durability without compromising on performance.
Unveiling Unmatched Performance:
During his rigorous testing, Mike discovers that the Havik paddle excels in both power and control. The paddle’s unique technology minimizes vibration upon impact, providing players with a comfortable and responsive feel. Its wider sweet spot enhances shot accuracy, making it ideal for players looking to fine-tune their game.
The Maverix Havik – 16 mm CONTROL paddle emerges as a game-changer in the world of pickleball. Mike Sleeves Sliwa’s review showcases its exceptional performance, reaffirming Maverix’s commitment to innovation and quality. Whether you’re a seasoned player or just starting out, this paddle promises to elevate your game and enhance your overall playing experience. Stay tuned for more exciting pickleball updates from the Sleeves Senior Pickleball Report.
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