Companies in industries ranging from iced tea to image processing to fast-casual dining are jumping on the recent blockchain-mania as a way to try to revolutionize often-moribund businesses. Now, startup Robot Cache wants to bring that same technology to bear in revolutionizing the way we buy and sell PC game downloads, with the backing of game industry luminaries like InXile's Brian Fargo and Atari founder Nolan Bushnell.
Robot Cache CEO Lee Jacobson said in a press release that "expertly leveraging the power, flexibility, safety, and transparency of blockchain technology" will bring benefits like lower fees for game publishers and the ability to resell digital purchases for gamers. But despite the buzzword-heavy promise, there are a lot of risks involved that have us skeptical of whether Robot Cache can actually deliver on its vision.How it works
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