Notable speedrunner Eric “Omnigamer” Koziel and business partner Kristopher Cost has announced the upcoming launch of Game Ventures, a community-driven platform dedicated to challenging and expanding the idea of what’s possible in gaming through speed and challenge runs.
Game Ventures takes the idea of accomplishment in video games and creates a unique, user-based marketplace where any gaming fan can create a monetary award for any incremental gaming goal. These goals include completing a game in the fastest time, achieving the highest score, and more. Users can create Ventures by specifying the goal and rules, then funding a monetary award towards its completion. Once the Venture is listed publicly, other Game Ventures users are able to add to the award and raise the stakes for competition. A small fee is added to each funding contribution to cover platform operational costs and development.
Prospective challengers can browse through available Ventures and awards that they’d like to pursue as well as track progress of the competition via Twitch streams. Once a credible claim is made on a Venture, the submitted video and other evidence is rigorously verified via public review. During this review, other competitors can submit new claims that exceed the current best time or score, which restarts the review period. This process places a large focus on community involvement and a fair, collaborative vetting process, which should ultimately lead to higher-quality submissions.
Eric “Omnigamer” Koziel suggests that “the idea of speed and challenge running has always been about bringing fans of any game together in new ways of appreciating it. Giving fans the ability to incentivize runners with a real monetary reward is going to help push discovery, accomplishment, and competition to the next level.”
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