Kinguin Prime Time Wrestling #3 Ryucon

Kinguin Prime Time Wrestling #3 Ryucon

 

 

It was an amazing afternoon spent with an extraordinary audience! Kinguin Prime Time Wrestling #3 Ryucon, which happened on 31st of July, was the biggest gala of the Polish pro wrestling federation in history! The show was a part of the RyuCon Japanese culture and pop culture festival, organized in Tauron Arena in Krakow, Poland. 

Pro wrestling is an extremely exciting discipline that stands on the border between sport and entertainment, a show that engages the audience in the fights of extraordinary, characteristic, charismatic characters, who fight with each other to the delight of fans. Pro wrestling is also an interactive series with a plot straight from the best action movies.

At this year’s gala, fans could experience the incredible emotions accompanying as many as 7 duels of unmatched competitors not only from Poland, but also from distant corners of the world. You could watch both standard wrestling fights and some interesting, unusual duels.

Below are the results of the gala:

Axel Fox defeated Justin Joy

Robert Star defeated Syriusz Dziedzic

Sɪnɪster defeated Starboy Nano Lopez

Mike D. Vecchio defeated Marcel “Marcelito” Budzianowski

Pure Gold (Gabriel Queen & Vic Golden) defeated Disco Pablo & Diana Strong

Dawid Puncher Seńko defeated „Top Gun” Samson

Bad Bones defeated Taras

Gaming and esports industry legend David Yarnton joins pioneering digital entertainment company Kinguin to drive next chapter of growth

Gaming and esports industry legend David Yarnton joins pioneering digital entertainment company Kinguin to drive next chapter of growth

 

 

Kinguin is proud to announce that renowned games industry veteran David Yarnton has joined us in the newly created role of Partner & Chief of Business Development. David brings a wealth of experience from the esports and games industry, having previously worked at Nintendo, Edge Esports, UKIE, and the British Esports Association.

In his new role as Partner & Chief of Business Development, David will be tasked with driving Kinguin to new heights. He will act as Kinguin’s representative in front of various governments and NGOs globally and, as the main liaison for gaming and esports. He plans to uncover new business opportunities to continue the universal growth of Kinguin.

New Partner & Chief of Business Development, David Yarnton said: “Kinguin has seen tremendous growth over the last few years and I am looking forward to helping it continue on that trajectory. As Chairman of UKIE’s Esports Sub-Group and a Board Adviser to BESA, two organisations devoted to growing and developing UK talent and business, I believe Kinguin should be rightfully recognised as one of the global shining stars in esports and video games. I am very pleased to come on-board as a team member of Kinguin and look forward to working alongside Founder, Viktor, and the Kinguin team, in growing the business globally.”

Viktor Romaniuk Wanli, Founder of Kinguin said, “I’m personally thrilled with David joining our team as a Partner and Chief of Business Development. His vast executive and global business experience will play a major role in further scaling our capabilities, improving the efficiency of our business structures and opening new markets for Kinguin.”

David brings with him over 30 years of video gaming experience, having started working in the industry in 1986 in Australia as Sales & Marketing Director of a company selling 8 bit consoles and Nintendo Game & Watch handheld consoles. David was a Non-Executive Director of Gfinity helping them list on the London Stock Exchange in 2014 and prior to that worked for Nintendo for over 17 years, most recently as General Manager of UK & ROI and for 10 years Vice Chairman of UKIE, the only trade body for the UK’s wider games and interactive entertainment industry. David also has spoken on developing esports and technology at conferences all around the world.

Building Bridges – How Kinguin are forging long-term client relationships through the use of API

Building Bridges – How Kinguin are forging long-term client relationships through the use of API

 

 

Kinguin is one of the biggest gaming ecommerce markets in the world, with over 95,000 games and software products available on its website. Artur Żarko is Kinguin’s VP of Commercial and together with his team he is building long-term international partnerships with ecommerce businesses’ across the globe, ensuring that Kinguin is able to supply and sell its products in a wide range of international markets. 

It is through these partnerships that Kinguin is able to create strong supply chain networks for the digital goods on its platform, opening up revenue streams and further expanding access to promising markets. We sat down with Artur to discuss how Kinguin uses innovative API integrations to its advantage and how his team uses traditional relationships building methods to ensure that Kinguin is able to onboard and retain clients for the long-term.

Something that I’m incredibly proud of at Kinguin is the sheer volume of choice that we offer to our customers. We stock an incredible variety of products and are always looking for ways to innovate and expand our offerings, such as bringing our clients cutting-edge options that they can use to populate their own storefronts. This is one of the many reasons that we’ve been able to build such a strong international network of partners, improving our distribution networks and greatly improving our revenue streams. 

It is absolutely critical for Kinguin that we onboard and retain as many partner businesses as we can, and whilst our product portfolio is able to give us a significant advantage, my team and I believe that a key factor in securing business is through fostering relationships – both offline and online. By taking the time to meet our partners in person, we are able to build relationships founded in mutual trust and respect, allowing us to better illustrate the strengths of our distribution channels and better understand customer needs. We are able to follow this up with industry leading customer support channels, ensuring that our partners are able to receive online help and counsel when dealing with any of our products that they use in their storefronts.

Another key way in which we ensure we meet our clients demands is through the use of our many application programming interface (API) solutions. In a world where customers expect instant gratification, we need to have the tools available to be able to automatically supply and distribute digital goods to our partner’s storefronts. Recently we were asked by over 5000 of our existing and prospective clients to integrate the WooCommerce API Plug-In to the Kinguin Marketplace. We immediately began the process of implementing this service, greatly improving the range of clients we appeal to but also setting up Kinguin for mass market ecommerce success. We are also taking steps to integrate the Shopify API Plug-In which will be ready to use by the end of 2022, effectively offering Kinguin customers access to the two most commonly used ecommerce API Plug-In’s in the world, greatly expanding the utility of our marketplace and offering our customers more ways to automate their stock supplies. It is the combination of our customer service, relationship management, and innovative API technologies that we are able to onboard and retain a global portfolio of partners.

We also recently launched our Kinguin NFT Marketplace which has greatly expanded the range of digital products that we have been able to offer to prospective customers. Many of our current partners have been greatly interested in NFTs and have discussed how they can utilise the products on our marketplace to help propel their own businesses into a web 3.0 future. As we continue to innovate and future-proof our product offerings, we set ourselves up as an ecommerce business equipped to tackle the challenges and opportunities that web 3.0 will bring. I firmly believe that the steps Kinguin is taking now as a business, including immersing ourselves in the metaverse and world of NFTs, will pay off in huge volumes in the years to come. By preempting market demands, and ultimately client needs, we can cement ourselves as an ecommerce industry leader that can not only provide high quality service to our customers, but also be the access point for the future of online retail.

Kinguin on the Blockchain: How Kinguin is positioning itself as an industry leader in a Web3 future.

Kinguin on the Blockchain: How Kinguin is positioning itself as an industry leader in a Web3 future. 

 

 

In May, Kinguin launched their NFT Marketplace, offering its customers an entirely new range of products and positioning Kinguin as a company building for an NFT and Web3 future. Krzysztof Pająk, Technical Leader at Kinguin, who was responsible for developing and implementing the Kinguin NFT Marketplace. In just three months, Kryzsztof and his team were able to work with Immutable X to take the Kinguin NFT Marketplace from an idea, to full-scale implementation. 

Throughout the development process, Krzysztof placed great emphasis on the importance of awareness as a team leader. Being tuned in to both his teams, and the wider Kinguin companies’ activities, allowed him to effectively manage and upskill his colleagues, as they tackled the challenges that came with the implementation of the Kinguin NFT Marketplace. We sat down with Krzysztof to chat about the project, its challenges, and the long term advantages both his team and Kinguin will benefit from.

I was initially briefed on the Kinguin NFT Marketplace idea in March 2021. We had just begun our conversations with Immutable X and the reality of a fully implemented Kinguin NFT Marketplace was still a long way down the line. It wasn’t until February 2022 that we were asked to begin the process of building a fully functional NFT marketplace. Throughout the three month implementation process I was able to significantly grow my team, starting with a few in-house developers, and ending with a fully capable blockchain development department.

When we began the project, we entered into a series of calls with our partner Immutable X. Our team had very little experience developing on the blockchain and almost no experience of dealing with layer 2 protocols. Immutable X was able to provide us with ready-to-use API solutions, a full Software Development Kit (SDK) and a suite of fantastic documentation that allowed us to effectively and efficiently implement their system to our Marketplace. Parallel to the development benefits of our partnership, Immutable X also enabled us to list NFT’s from popular blockchain games such as Gods Unchained. The future of gaming is decentralization, and games such as Gods Unchained give the players the ability to genuinely own items and products from within a game that they can sell or trade, like any other asset. Kinguin has always been a future-focused company, looking forward to what is next, rather than catching up with what has already been, and the NFT marketplace is a great example of how we are preparing for the Web3 future and beyond.

Despite the excellent support we received from Immutable X, there were many challenges throughout the development process; most notably team capacity and baseline knowledge of both first and second layer blockchain solutions. In order to effectively tackle the problem and deliver the completed product on time, we onboarded additional team members quickly and collectively researched and upskilled each other when it came to handling the 2nd layer protocols we were less familiar with. I believe our collective awareness, of not only our strengths and weaknesses but also the gaps in our knowledge, allowed us to quickly and effectively source solutions to problems we had never encountered before. Throughout the development process, my team and I were able to learn a whole suite of new skills, effectively equipping us to manage any future blockchain related demands that Kinguin may face. 

As I reflect on the completed project, I also reflect on how we adjusted our development goals to better focus our efforts. At the start of the project we had a single goal in mind – to finish the integration of the marketplace in time. However, as we began to problem solve and discuss implementation of the project, we also began to think about the marketplace in terms of ‘customer stories’ – i.e. the different ways in which our customers would be able to interact with the marketplace. In total we had 14 different ‘user stories’ to make a reality, and our goals were to ensure that the customer could follow any one of those 14 scenarios by the time we were ready to go live with the integration. By thinking about the implementation in terms of how our customers would experience the product, and how each of these scenarios would provide value to our customers, we were able to focus our efforts and solve problems more effectively to ensure we met the tight deadline. I think this reflects Kinguin’s wider attitude to customer service and showcases how we develop and implement ideas with the customer’s experience a priority.

I am extremely proud of my team and what we were able to accomplish in such a short time frame. By analyzing problems with a customer-first approach and having the awareness as a team to collectively support and upskill each other we were effectively able to future proof our development skills and support Kinguin on its journey into the NFT industry. As Kinguin begins to develop more products and initiatives in this area, I believe we will truly be able to build something special and unique for our customers, which is really exciting for everyone at Kinguin. The completion of the Kinguin NFT Marketplace firmly plants our stake as a key player in the future of Web3 ecommerce and as we continue to develop and grow, our position will only get stronger.

Kinguin Launches NFT Marketplace in Partnership with Immutable X

Kinguin Launches NFT Marketplace in Partnership

with Immutable X

 

 

Kinguin is launching its NFT marketplace, in partnership with Immutable X. Featuring 40+ collections and over 200,000 unique NFTs, it will give gaming and esports customers access to a vast array of exclusive NFT offerings. 

The marketplace, built on top of the Immutable X protocol, is mixing the familiarity and practicality of web2 with the freedom and potential of web3. Kinguin offers its users the stability and security of an established digital goods marketplace. Some top NFT games like Gods Unchained, Guild of Guardians, PlanetQuest and Habbo Hotel will all offer NFTs on the marketplace, with more to be announced in the coming months.

But there’s more than just the high-quality content that will appeal to Kinguin’s vast community. Immutable X, created by Immutable and Starkware, is the technologically leading layer 2 scaling solution for NFTs on Ethereum. The combination of Immutable’s deep knowledge of blockchain technology with Starkware’s cutting-edge ZK-rollup technology, means the Kinguin NFT Marketplace will be lightning fast (at 9,000 TPS) and carbon-neutral, without compromising on security.

The partnership presents mass adoption opportunities for both developers and end-users. By combining Kinguin’s 13 million registered users with Immutable X’s scaling solution, you don’t have to compromise your assets’ security, transaction speed, gas fees and negative impact when diving deeper into NFT, making it easier to scale the game and NFT industries together.

Other features include a dedicated search option, making it easy for everyone to buy and sell NFTs. Users can also connect their MetaMask crypto wallet with the Kinguin NFT marketplace, a free hot wallet service available as a smartphone app or web browser extension. With that, every user can buy NFTs or deposit Ethereum for purchase purposes and also check their NFT balance. 

Robert Kalbarczyk, Chief Operating Officer & Acting CEO at Kinguin said “We remain focused on our community’s interests and passions. With Play and Earn on the rise, this felt like the natural next step for us. We’re thankful to have partners that share our vision and we’re looking forward to working with Immutable X to offer our customers a range of exclusive NFT gaming assets.”  

“We’re thrilled to welcome Kinguin’s 13 million users to Immutable’s open order book, and help power the next generation of mainstream gamers to truly own their in-game items,” said Robbie Ferguson, Co-Founder at Immutable. “This is an incredibly significant move — one of the powerhouses of digital goods trading from web2 is expanding their offering to NFTs, and they’ve chosen layer-2 Ethereum as the way to do it. We look forward to helping Kinguin scale this marketplace across hundreds of games and millions of players.”

The NFT marketplace may still be in early stages but long term plans are being considered to ensure its continuous evolution. As well as collaborations with big marketplaces, Kinguin also hopes, in time, to develop its own NFT games.