The next generation of platforms is being ushered in by play-to-earn games

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Games built on the blockchain that allow players to earn cryptocurrency as they play are ushering in a new era of gaming.

For good reason, the online gaming business has been on the increase in recent years. More people are spending more time online, thanks to a worldwide pandemic driving an online revolution and ever-increasing mobile and internet penetration.

It’s no surprise that the sector is huge business, with sales forecasted to exceed $20 billion in 2020. Experts predict that by 2025, there will be 1.3 billion active online gamers, up from an estimated 1 billion now.

The figures are self-evident. Gamers are so invested in their favorite games that they will pay hundreds of dollars to enhance their avatar or gain access to a sought in-game item that would give them an advantage.

Play-to-earn (P2E) games built on the blockchain are set to transform the game by providing a fair playing field for all participants, giving players ownership as well as a source of money and making the time they spend playing profitable.

Here are some of the most popular play-to-earn games now sweeping the gaming industry.

Axie Infinity

Due to its expanding popularity, Axie Infinity is leading the way for play-to-earn games, with over a million players joining on a daily basis. Axie Infinity’s phenomenal popularity is mostly due to the fact that gamers may earn real money while playing.

Axie Infinity is an Ethereum-based game with two modes: player vs environment (PvE) and player vs player (PvP). The player battles against the game’s built-in environment or creatures in PvE mode. A PvP mode is one in which the player competes against other players in a metaverse-like setting.

Players must get “Axies,” which are creatures that are meant to fight hordes of other little spherical monsters.

The game may be played on both desktop and mobile platforms, and it uses a play-to-earn approach in which each monster and item of equipment is represented by a nonfungible token (NFT).

The winners of the skirmishes take home the spoils of war in the form of Smooth Love Potions, a cryptocurrency (SLPs). The aim for players is to amass a collection of the most valuable and strong Axies, with the price of Ether (ETH) determining their worth.

Players can earn money in the form of SLP tokens, which can be swapped for fiat currencies, or they can sell their Axies after their worth has increased as a result of winning battles.

An Axie was sold for 300 ETH, or over $1.2 million, in November 2020, igniting a surge of enthusiasm among gamers in Vietnam and the Philippines, who turned to the game as a method of producing revenue amid a global epidemic.

Gods Unchained

Gods Unchained is a free-to-play card battle game in which players acquire and trade cards of varying rarity and worth in order to vanquish their opponents.

Gods Unchained is a near clone of Blizzard’s very successful “Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft,” but it adds a crypto element to the game, providing Blizzard’s game’s users a familiar introduction to crypto and blockchain technology.

Although the gameplay of God’s Unchained isn’t based on blockchain, the cards are, and the cards are created on the Ethereum blockchain, allowing players to trade the cards they possess on secondary markets.

After Blizzard’s notorious Hong Kong breakup, this turn-based card battle game grew in popularity in 2019, with its player count nearly doubling. One of the in-game cards sold for 137.8 Ether at its peak, which is now worth more over half a million dollars.

Gods Unchained has grown to this point, with the recent release of the Trial of the Gods expansion set.

Plants vs. Undead

Plant vs. Undead is a free-to-play tower defense game set in a post-apocalyptic world infested with zombies. Players must carefully organize the plants in order to prepare for an invasion by a zombie colony. Plant versus Undead’s play-to-earn concept seeks to capitalize on this component, which offers a lot of replay potential.

Plant versus Undead has acquired a lot of traction in Brazil and other regions where P2E games may make a substantial difference in people’s income, similar to Axie Infinity’s rising popularity in the Philippines and Vietnam.

Seeds, which may be acquired using PVU tokens (the game’s native token) on the platform’s marketplace, are required to begin playing.

Another feature that attracts players to this PvP game is the ability to earn and collect NFTs. By offering players unlimited control over in-game assets, NFTs have already sparked a revolution in the video game industry. All in-game assets in Plant vs Undead may be sold or exchanged on the platform’s own marketplace.

Along with the Gods

Along With The Gods is a role-playing P2E game based on the Polygon blockchain that pays players with NFTs and cryptocurrencies. The game centres on five different classes of powerful action heroes.

Each hero has unique characteristics, talents, and special powers that must be employed in battle. Players are supposed to assemble teams of heroes of their choosing, strengthen them, and use various techniques to win fights.

On Polygon’s blockchain, all in-game assets are constructed as NFTs, allowing for improved transaction finality and lower transaction costs.

Farmers World

Farming games have become increasingly popular in recent years as a result of its basic gameplay techniques, which demand you to just plant, harvest, and improve crops, or simply enjoy building barns.

Farmers World is a P2E game in which players may upgrade and harvest crops using a range of equipment. Furthermore, as farmers wait for their harvesting season, they may attack other farms.

Farmers may mine or manufacture GOLD (the game’s native coin) and NFT-based in-game products by simply engaging in the game’s built-in activities.

Farmers are also given the opportunity to defend their land from invading wild animals and monsters. Farmers may use the GOLD tokens they mine to make their own NFT-based agricultural tools to improve their fields and nurture crops.

The game contains a subscription component, in which users must purchase membership packs ranging in price from $322 to $514. Players may earn NFTs and other in-game tokens by becoming members.

The gaming industry’s next phase

Blockchain-based peer-to-peer games are the wave of the future. These games provide players more control over the in-game assets they work so hard for, as well as the possibility to generate money while playing by earning bitcoin and NFTs.

As more firms in the gaming industry implement blockchain technology, the number of games available will grow tremendously.

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