WAX Lyrical, Episode 13: Michael Rubinelli, Head of WAX Game Studios

Listen to Michael discuss gaming, WAX, and give us some exclusive insight into Blockchain Brawlers and his ambitions for it!

We have decided it’s about time we had our first guest on the podcast, but we wanted to start off on the right foot; somebody interesting and worth listening to for people who love NFTs or blockchain gaming. On all charges, we have succeeded. John and I are joined this week by Michael Rubinelli, Head of WAX Games Studios.

Token Gamer and NFT Insider have decided to combine forces to launch a WAX-centric, weekly podcast, WAX Lyrical. John Nichols of NFT Insider and I will discuss a new topic every week, as well as feature special guests in the near future. If there’s a topic you’d like us to cover, make sure you let us know through the Token Gamer Discord or Twitter, or the NFT Insider Discord or Twitter.

In last week’s episode, John and I discussed where blockchain gaming goes from here and how it gets there. This week is in many ways a continuation of that discussion as the three of us cover the industry, gaming, and of course, Blockchain Brawlers!

Episode 13: Michael Rubinelli, Head of WAX Game Studios

In November of 2021, we announced the project Blockchain Brawlers, a collaborative game between WAX and Binance Smart Chain. The play-to-earn (P2E) wrestling game is the first title WAX has actively produced, utilizing its newly formed WAX Games Studios. Heading up this studio is a man with a staggering resume in the gaming industry: Michael Rubinelli.

After getting a relatively entry-level (albeit, dream) position at EA, working on John Madden Football for the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo, Michael had a hand in over 400 games, from Mortal Kombat through to the now more relevant WWF (WWE) games. He was front and center of the free-to-play (F2P) business model as it simultaneously endeared itself to gamers and confused its way around boardrooms. Now, he finds himself on the frontlines once again, pioneering another gaming revolution — one of potentially larger significance — blockchain technology.

Although John and I are both interested in Blockchain Brawlers, we wanted to know more about the man at the helm and his vision for the future, as well as his views of the present state of blockchain gaming. There are few people better suited to the big questions surrounding our emerging sub-industry and Michael delivers with some insightful answers.

What did you make of Michael’s answers? Join the #podcast-chat channel in our Discord and share your thoughts!

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Robert Baggs
Robert Baggs
Full-time professional crypto writer and Editor of Token Gamer. Co-host of the Mint One Podcast. Obsessed with MMOs. London based. Primary holdings: WAXP, ENJ, & BTC. Secondary holdings: ETH, GALA, & MATIC

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