On a number of fronts, 2021 was an exciting year for Open Web gaming, and its momentum will continue into the future. Blockchain-based gaming is gaining traction with gamers and becoming more accessible, thanks to a steady stream of new developments. Based on recent Near Blockchain activity, the following are three noteworthy trends.
Pay-to-win video games
An arcade platform built on Near’s Web 3 technology, OP Games, changed the way users buy, own and trade in-game assets this year. OP Games is transforming digital assets into collectible non-fungible tokens (NFTs), which players can own outside of the OP Games platform, in contrast to typical AAA games produced by major publishers and mobile games.
For the first time ever, OP Games is allowing gamers and fans alike to co-own the projects they care about. Decentralized autonomous organization in the game allows players to have a say in how it develops if it becomes popular and lasts for a long time (DAO). As long as a game’s DAO exists, the OP Games ecosystem creates a Kickstarter that can continue indefinitely. OP Games plans to have 500 play-to-earn games available on OP Arcade by the end of 2022. It’s a lofty goal, but one that will revolutionize gaming, whether it’s a AAA title or a simple mobile game.
For its online marketplace, Vorto Network follows the same strategy as the Near app. In-game items and digital assets can be purchased using a crypto wallet. The Hermeian galaxy-themed real-time strategy game Hash Rush will be released in January 2022. A great example of how to create a digital goods economy for players using a play-to-earn model.
Gaming and social media collide
Hybrid social media platforms are another aspect of Near’s games. A land-based open world game called Near Lands allows players to participate in the community as much as they do the actual gameplay. In the game’s open world, players are able to create characters and items as they explore.
Reality Chain, a multi-chain, social gaming metaverse recently launched on Octopus Network, also explores this concept. The combination of non-immersive, multiplayer 2D and 3D experiences in Reality Chain raises the social and gaming status of its users.
NFTs can be used in blockchain games.
The NFT gaming sector received $2 billion in investment from the crypto industry in 2021. NFT games are being developed in a variety of styles and genres by a number of developers on Near.
The Inite platform received a $50,000 grant at the end of 2021 for its innovative approach to NFT gaming. Players in Inite rewarded with NFTs for completing daily tasks that help them improve their creativity, enhance their cognitive abilities, and increase their productivity.
On the other end of the spectrum is the competitive third-person shooter Battlemon. To fight, Battlemon uses Unreal Engine 5 and the Near blockchain, with each player’s character being a rentable NFT.
Blockchain gaming is still in its infancy.
Blockchain gaming is still in its infancy. Even more so because the Near ecosystem is only a year old. Gamers and crypto’s early adopters can look forward to a lot of excitement as the world moves toward mass adoption. Fast, low-cost, and carbon neutral sustainability will all be possible thanks to Near’s unique sharded platform.