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While the crypto markets continue to operate on uneven footing, global interest in play-to-earn gaming isn’t slowing down. There are hundreds of projects in development today, although the following titles all try something different to make the industry more appealing.
Spells of Genesis
EverdreamSoft released Spells of Genesis several years ago and continues to be at the forefront of innovation and new ideas. Their vision of building a blockchain-based card battle game has proven incredibly successful among mobile players. Furthermore, the team has created the EverdreamSoft Crystal Suite to let users explore, create, share, and manage Orbs, representing rare digital items linked to blockchain tokens.
In addition, EverdreamSoft minted its “vintage” NFTs in 2015, confirming its forward-thinking approach to this technology before the world was aware it existed. Spells of Genesis, launched in 2017, is still a very popular game today, and its card-based battle system continues to engage players worldwide. The recent addition of its Crystal Spark products to enable blockchain-agnostic services and facilitate cross-chain information transfers further lowered the entry barriers to play-to-earn gaming.
One crucial aspect of Spells of Genesis is its blockchainization. That process lets users transform their in-game cards into standalone blockchain-based assets they can trade outside the game. It is a solid approach to empowering users and giving them more control over their in-game assets to use as they please.
In today’s play-to-earn market, Splinterlands is the dominant force. It is the most-played blockchain game with over 350,000 daily active users, miles ahead of any other title in the industry. Like Spells of Genesis, it represents a collectible trading card game, a concept that proves rather popular among P2E enthusiasts worldwide;
A recent addition to Splinterlands is getting much attention. The team plans to enable support for SPS validator node software. Nodes will be put up for sale and fund a $1 billion SPS program. A whopping 80% of the proceeds will go toward burning SPS tokens and 20% is used for the Splinterlands DAO. Anyone can access and run the SPS validator software, as it is open source and supports the Delegated Proof of Stake governance system.
Holders of SPS tokens have voting rights and can elect those responsible for validating all SPS transactions. The Splinterlands team is confident this move will bring more value to existing users as they can earn extra from staking or become part of the voting process. This development is another boon for Splinterlands, which secured a partnership with Warner Music Group in February 2022.
Bringing a free-to-play battle royale game to the Web3 ecosystem and infusing it is play-to-earn mechanics creates an interesting industry precedent. FirstLight Games, founded in March 2019, is the team behind Blast Royale and aims to build up revenue through in-game treasuries. Both players and the company share these treasuries when it is staked.
Following successful fundraising from investors and VCs, the team confirmed interest in battle royale gaming in the Metaverse. Moreover, combining the free-to-play approach with play-to-earn mechanics puts Blast Royale on many people’s radars, as it caters to P2E and Battle Royale enthusiasts alike.
Blast Royale will enable players to buy NFTs or rent them from other players through the native marketplace. There is no requirement for an upfront investment, as new players receive a set of free equipment, which cannot be traded. The free gear enables players to earn in-game currency, new equipment, and tokens to obtain NFT equipment and unlock higher-earning capabilities.
Game of Silks
Although the Web3 ecosystem has a few horse-themed racing games, Game of Silks raises the bar significantly. It is an ecosystem tied to real-world thoroughbred horse racing and serves as the first-ever derivative play-to-earn Metaverse. Silks digitally clones and tokenizes real-world horses born through the Tropical Racing horse farm. Users can acquire these horses as non-fungible tokens.
Tokenization of these horses lets holders track performance, training, and other facets tied to one’s earnings. Furthermore, Silks has built the foundation for its SIlks Avatars, 3D NFTs, representing every user’s identity in the Metaverse. NFT holders will earn tokens and rewards based on their horse’s performance, training, breeding, etc.
Furthermore, the Silks NFTs are scarce by default, as there can only be as many as the number of horses born at Tropical Racing in the real world. Furthermore, Silks operates as a DAO, ensuring the community owns all revenue.
Plutonians is the next MMORPG Metaverse with a strong focus on providing a space strategy game. It combines RPG, shooter action, multiplayer, and social alternative reality game elements into one compelling package. What makes Plutonians different is how it will continue to thrive due to user-generated content. Players have access to tools to build new worlds, assets, stories, etc.
In essence, Plutonians players can create their own expansion packs for the game. These packs can be shared for free on the marketplace or sold to generate an income. In addition, the game developers will continue to introduce new content through free expansions, which require players to burn the tokens they earn in-game. That burn mechanic also applies to unlock higher-tier missions and rewards, as bigger spaceships require burning more fuel tokens.
The Plutonians MMORPG offers ample customization to players, as they can modify their spaceship and components through custom NFTs. Play-to-earn mechanics include in-game yield farming, in-game lending, a native DEX AMM, markets, trading systems, and more.
Arker: The Legend of Ohm
Strategy and RPG elements come together in Arker: The Legend of Ohm. Players prepare their heroes for battle and duke it out in PvE and PvP content. There are many options to upgrade characters and equipment by using runs, skills, equipment, pets, and more. Additionally, gamers can collect various NFTs to use them or make a profit from them through the marketplace.
While one may think Arker: The Legend of Ohm is just another turn-based fighting game, it provides much more. Whether one wants to earn through the gameplay or enjoy a good time battling PvE or PvP enemies, the game offers both options. Moreover, it is a solid gateway to bring more people into the NFT fold.
Blockchain games will only succeed if they check the right boxes. Arker: The Legend of Ohm prides itself on top-tier graphics and audio, with a clean user interface. Furthermore, the game has solid tokenomics to avoid senseless click-to-earn efforts. The tokens – ARKER and FOA – have clearly defined use cases, confirming the team’s focus on long-term sustainability.
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