Online gaming has seen a rise in popularity over the last few years. More people spend more time online, thanks to a worldwide pandemic that sparked an internet revolution and the increasing penetration of mobile phones and internet access.
The industry is a huge business, with over $20 billion in annual revenue in 2020 alone. Experts predict that there will be an additional 1 billion gamers online by 2025, with a total of 1.3 billion gamers.
The numbers speak for themself. Gamers are so passionate about their favorite games that they will spend hundreds of dollars to upgrade their avatars or get a rare in-game item.
Blockchain-based play to earn (P2E), games will literally alter the rules of the game. They offer an equal playing field for all players, giving them ownership and a source of income. This makes the time spent playing the game worthwhile.
Here’s a look at the most popular games to play and earn that are taking over the gaming industry.
Axie Infinity has become a leader in play-to-earn gaming thanks to its popularity, which has seen over a million people play the game every day. Axie Infinity’s meteoric success is largely due to the fact that players can make real money playing.
Axie Infinity, an Ethereum-based game, has both a player against environment (PvE), and a player against player (PvP). The player is competing against the game’s built-in environment, monsters, in PvE mode. PvP mode allows players to play against other players in a metaverse-type situation.
Players must acquire “Axies”, which are small, round monsters that can be used to battle other smaller monsters.
Origin Mystic  Axie #3511 Sold for 29.6 ETH($123065.26 USD) Seller: Lunacian #79136 Buyer: Herman Tinkler Tx: https://t.co/48pBOv9Eh3#AxieInfinity #Play2Earn #Ronin #NFT $AXShttps://t.co/tLx9TFkEaF pic.twitter.com/iCSerOVTOa
— OuchieAxieBot, @OuchieAxieBot October 22, 2021
You can play the game on your desktop or mobile device. The game’s play-to-earn model means that every monster and each other piece of gear in the game come in the form a nonfungible token, NFT.
The winners of the skirmishes take home the prizes of the battle in the form cryptocurrencies called Smooth Love Potions. Players aim to collect the most powerful and valuable Axies. The value of each Axie is determined by Ether (ETH) price.
You can earn money by trading SLP tokens for fiat currencies, or selling your Axies when the Axies’ value increases due to winning battles.
An Axie was purchased for 300 ETH in November 2020. This transaction was worth more than $1.2 million. It attracted a lot of interest from gamers in Vietnam, the Philippines and other countries who were looking to generate income during a global pandemic.
Gods Unchained, a card-battling game that’s free to play, allows players to sell and buy cards of varying rarity and value in order to defeat their opponents.
Blizzard’s popular “Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft” is a close replica. Gods Unchained adds a crypto edge to Blizzard’s game, giving players a familiar introduction into crypto and blockchain technology.
Tartessian Minotaur or Caged Berserker? Which one would you choose for your War deck’s player? pic.twitter.com/690As3kYFx
— Gods Unchained October 21, 2021 (@GodsUnchained).
While God’s Unchained gameplay is not based on blockchain, the cards were built on Ethereum blockchain. This allows players to trade their cards on secondary marketplaces.
The popular turn-based card battling game was almost tripled in popularity after Blizzard’s Hong Kong disaster. One of the in-game cards was sold at a peak for 137.8 Ether, which is more than half a billion dollars.
Gods Unchained has seen continued growth since the launch of the expansion set Trial of the Gods.
Plant vs Undead
Plant vs Undead, a tower defense game for free, takes place in a postapocalyptic setting populated by zombies. To prepare for an attack by a zombie colony, players must strategically arrange their plants. This aspect of Plant vs Undead has a lot of replay value.
Plant vs Undead is gaining popularity in Brazil, like Axie Infinity in Vietnam and the Philippines.
PVU is proud to be a winner of MVBIII Monthly Stars. This is a win both for the Dev team as well as the community. Thank you, everyone!#pvu #plantvsundead #nft $PVU pic.twitter.com/PCJ2ZjfzsH
— Plant vs Undead (@vs_nft) September 13, 2021
To get started, players can purchase seeds on the platform’s Marketplace with PVU tokens (the native token of the game).
The fact that players can earn and accumulate NFTs is another aspect that is attracting attention to the PvP game. NFTs are already revolutionizing the videogame industry, giving gamers complete control of in-game assets. Plant vs Undead allows all in-game assets to be traded or sold on the native marketplace.
Long with the Gods
Along With The Gods, a role-playing P2E gaming platform built on the Polygon blockchain is available to players. Players will be rewarded in NFTs or cryptocurrencies. The game centers around five classes of powerful heroes who take on action.
Every hero has unique traits, skills, and special abilities that can be used in battle. The players are expected to form teams of heroes and strengthen them while using different strategies to win the battles.
— Along with the Gods – Knights of the Dawn (@AWTG_PlayDapp), October 6, 2021
All in-game items can be built using NFTs on Polygon’s blockchain, which allows for faster transaction completion and lower transaction costs.
Because of their simplicity, farming games have become increasingly popular. You can plant, harvest and improve crops or just enjoy building barns.
Farmers World is a P2E-based game where players can choose from various tools to improve crops and harvest them. Moreover, farmers can launch attacks on other farmers while they wait for their harvesting period.
We deliberately made it cheap for farmers who are just starting out. Chances are still there for you, keep it up.https://t.co/PoDUi6l82c pic.twitter.com/rrKv1gCRcO
— FARMERS’ WORLD (@FarmersWorldNFT), August 30, 2021
Participating in the games’ activities can allow farmers to mine and mint GOLD, a native token.
Farmers can also protect their farms against wild animals and other monsters. Farmers can use the GOLD tokens to create their own NFT-based farming tools to build and cultivate their farms.
A membership option is available in the game. Users can purchase packs that cost between $322 and $514. Members can play the game and earn NFTs, as well as other tokens.
Next step in the gaming industry
P2E-based blockchain-based games are the future. These games give players greater control over the in-game assets that they have worked so hard for. They also offer the chance to earn cryptocurrency and NFTs while you play.
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We will see an exponential increase in the development of games as more companies adopt blockchain technology.