Some of DeFi’s most prominent names have backed a new play-to earn (P2E), blockchain game that aims to replicate the addictive success of Flappy Bird, the mobile app sensation from 2013.
Kain Warwick, Stani Kulechov, Tyler Ward, and Santiago Santos, an angel investor (ex-ParaFi Capital), joined a pre-seed round for Fancy Birds this week. It is expected to launch in about a month.
Fancy Birds is a mobile game for one player with 8888 randomly generated NFT characters. These characters were initially created with custom features. They fight through levels to become the “fanciest bird in their nest”.
The Fancy token supply will be increased by 40% for successful players. This game will launch multiplayer mode with breeding, staking, and tournaments. It is currently being discussed with the team to launch it on Ethereum NFT layer 2 project Immutable X.
Fancy Birds, like many other meme projects that could be big, appeared to emerge out of nowhere on Twitter two weeks ago after Illuvium founder Kieran warwick asked on Twitter: “How can someone not create a play in order to earn Flappy Bird?”
It’s simple, addictive, and lots of fun. At its peak, it was used by 100 million people daily. It turns out that someone is actually working on it, and it’s currently in beta. “Right now. Launching soon @KieranWarwick pic.twitter.com/N1mH10VMq7
Play2Earn (@Fancybirdsio) September 27, 2021
Warwick joined the board as an advisor. He helped organize the pre-seed, and now the team is reaching out to Framework Ventures and Delphi Digital for the next round.
This snowballing project recalls Tyler Ward, a Barnbridge founder and Flappy Bird investor,’s Non Fungible Pepe project. It made millions in just a few weeks before it transformed into Universe.xyz. Copyright reasons.
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Warwick’s Illuvium project is another blockchain-based P2E game. It’s rapidly growing. The ILV token’s price has increased from $33 to $800 in June, and now it boasts a half-billion dollars market cap and 200,000 Discord users.
Warwick advised them to establish community governance using the Synthetix and Illuvium models.
He said that the team was very open to change and is now going completely decentralized, including a DAO first and a governance council. 100% of profits (collected platform fee) will be returned to stakers.
“We have reworked tokenomics so that it makes more sense. I believe they are ready to be really big players.”
Official partner of Illuvium, fans can use an 8-bit version Rhamphyre from that game to play in Fancy Birds.
Fancy Birds hopes that it will appeal to the large P2E community of countries such as the Philippines. Warwick stated that the game taps into the same things as Axie Infinity, and is mobile-friendly so anyone can play. He also said that he expects a lot of players to join.
Only a few more weeks are left for production of the gameplay trailer. We couldn’t be prouder of all the hard work that our Core Contributors have put in to make the trailer a reality. We appreciate your patience. You won’t regret it. pic.twitter.com/Ek8Btl0Nn3
— Illuvium (@illuviumio) October 11, 2021
Warwick stated that the Illuvium team was preparing for the release of the first trailer, which will show the world how the game works.
“We have built up a lot of hype. We have almost 200,000 Discord users now, and things are really going well.” He says that the only thing we haven’t shared is our gameplay trailer.
“There will be many people who are sitting on the sidelines, and this should help us get them to the point where we can say, ‘This really is happening. It is happening. It’s a triple-A game.”