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Chainstack x XPAD: Web3 Tech Partnership
Jan 24th, 2023
December's Web3 Gaming Monthly Report
Jan 4th, 2023
December Digest; In December, the number of unique active wallets on blockchain games was around 26 million, with an average of 830,000 players per day. This data is consistent with previous months. Coinbase Wallet launched Gaming Days, an event featuring a selection of web3 games. Players were able to link their Coinbase Wallets to the gaming platform to participate in special activities, quests, and earn in-game rewards. Solana has been facing a number of challenges in recent months, including developers leaving the network, exposure to FTX bankruptcy, exploits, and network disruptions. Despite the resilience of the web3 gaming sector, 2022 was a rough year across the board, as seen through data from the Big Blockchain Game List. Out of the 717 games tracked, 57 (8%) have apparently ceased all meaningful activity. BLOCKCHAIN GAMING ON-CHAIN DATA In December, there was an aggregate of about 26 million UAW of user activity on blockchain games, putting the daily average at around 830k players. This data confirms the trend we have observed over the past few months of slowed growth. According to DappRadar statistics, most of the top ten games have remained the same, with just two new entries, Planet IX and Tiny World. Coinbase Wallet Gaming Days Coinbase Wallet launched a new initiative called Gaming Days in collaboration with several blockchain-based gaming companies. The event took place from December 17th to 30th and featured a variety of web3 games, including a Solana based FPS, a Polygon based RPG, a BNB Chain based RPG, a popular web3 esports title on the Ethereum network, and a Polygon based PVP racing game. Players were able to link their Coinbase Wallets to the gaming platform during each event to participate in special activities and quests or earn in-game rewards. This initiative was a great opportunity for Coinbase's user base, many of whom may have been familiar with cryptocurrencies but unaware of web3 gaming, to discover and engage with these titles. The event featured a range of rewards, including cash prizes, mystery boxes, avatars, NFTs, and skins, ensuring that there was something for every type of gamer. From December 17th to 18th, players competed in Ev.io, the Solana-based browser FPS tournament with a $5,000 prize pool. On December 19th, the first 5,000 Coinbase wallet users to connect to Pixels, a Polygon based RPG, received a mystery box. On December 20th, the first 3,000 Coinbase wallet users to complete tasks in the BNB Chain based RPG, MOBOX, received an exclusive avatar. A MOMO NFT was also given to the first 2,000 players who completed a special in-game campaign. Starting December 21st, the first 10,000 players to complete special event tasks in Spider Tanks, earned special skins. This event ended on December 28th. Finally, starting December 22nd, the first 1,000 users to complete event assignments by December 30th in the Polygon based PVP racing game Evaverse received an exclusive “Purrtle Pack NFT”. Web3 games have proven to be a valuable element of the cryptocurrency industry. These games not only provide entertainment but also offer unique opportunities for players to earn and utilize cryptocurrencies. Coinbase, a well-known cryptocurrency platform, recognized the potential of web3 games and launched this initiative to expose players to games from various blockchain networks and reward them for their engagement. Coinbase's effort with Gaming Days was a positive step towards the adoption and growth of cryptocurrencies, specifically web3 games. Not only did this initiative promote the use of cryptocurrencies within the gaming industry, but it also encouraged players to become more involved with the technology through interactive and meaningful activities. The success of web3 games in the cryptocurrency industry demonstrates their resilience and value, and Coinbase's efforts to support and promote their use was a promising development. Solana Active Developers Down 90% Solana, the popular Ethereum competitor, has experienced a number of difficulties in recent months. Developers have been leaving the blockchain in search of more promising opportunities, and the network has had a number of problems, including exposure to FTX bankruptcy and exploits, as well as multiple recorded disruptions since its launch. One of the longest outages occurred in September 2021, lasting about 18 hours. The network's co-founder has also noted instances where the network was operational but unable to be used due to heavy traffic. This is a significant problem, as heavy traffic is generally seen as a positive sign of growth and adoption, but if the network is unable to handle it, it can lead to problems for users. Before the FTX scandal, the value of SOL, the network's native cryptocurrency, was already in decline. Developers were initially drawn to Solana due to the support provided by SBF, Alameda Research, and FTX Ventures. These organizations would invest in prospective Solana projects, list them on their exchange upon launch, and use Alameda Research to inflate the price of these products. This led to an overall increase in the TVL (Total Value Locked) in the Solana ecosystem and the value of SOL. However, with SBF no longer involved, the ability to pump and dump these projects has been lost. As a result, there needs to be a compelling reason for developers to continue building on the Solana chain given the network's negative reputation. According to Token Terminal, the number of daily active developers on Solana has decreased by 90% since January 2022, though this information has been disputed by Solana developers. Regardless of the exact number, it is clear that there has been a significant drop in developer activity on the network. In addition to this, the network has also been exploited, with the most recentattack affecting Raydium, a Solana DEX, and resulting in a loss of over $2 million. This further damages the credibility and security of the network. Competition from other blockchain networks is also a concern for Solana. Cairo, a new Ethereum Layer 2 programming language, recently surpassed Solana's Rust in terms of TVL. Additionally, two of Solana's major NFT projects, y00ts and DeGods, left the network for Polygon and Ethereum on December 26, 2022. This migration of projects and developers to other networks is a concerning trend for Solana. The price of SOL has plummeted over 90% from its all-time high, and the TVL has followed suit, decreasing from $10 billion to around $200 million now. These challenges have also impacted the web3 games being developed on Solana, with the largest likely being Star Atlas. Despite the network's issues with exploits, disruptions, FTX exposure, and competition from other networks, as well as the decrease in developer activity, we remain optimistic about the potential of these projects and their ability to adapt and work across different blockchains. However, it is important for investors to exercise caution due to the current difficulties facing the Solana network. Tracking the shuttering of blockchain games Despite the resilience of the web3 gaming sector, 2022 was a rough year across the board. The Big Blockchain Game List has provided us with some new insights into what’s going on, particularly about the number of projects that have been abandoned. According to their findings, out of a total of 717 games that were monitored over the course of the past nine months, 8% of them, or 57 games, do not appear to have any meaningful activity at all. EVM chains are the most popular among the top blockchains for games, with BNB, Polygon, and Ethereum taking the top three spots, followed by Solana. BNB is especially popular among small developers in the APAC region, who often create GameFi-style experiences that may be more affected by the crypto winter. Some games were originally listed without a designated blockchain, but have since announced which blockchain they will be using. Others are still listed without a blockchain, but their recent social activity and updated game reports show that they are still in development. If a game had not formally announced that it was discontinued, their social activity was assessed, mainly on Twitter and Medium, and if there were no updates since August, the project was considered discontinued unless it had an active Discord group or an updated roadmap. Some games are rebranding or partnering with other projects, while others have run out of funds and can no longer continue development. This demonstrates the dynamic nature of the blockchain gaming industry, which can be both positive and negative. It is difficult to predict the sustainability of the large number of new blockchain games entering the market, especially given the current crypto market conditions. It is important to note that this data was collected prior to the FTX collapse. So, it's safe to say that this data has more to do with the crash after Luna and the crypto winter that followed than with November's further drop in sentiment. If we consider the period after the FTX collapse, it is likely that Solana would now be among the top three blockchains in terms of abandoned web3 gaming projects. Projects fail, but it's a reminder that the web3 gaming space is still in its early stages, and there will inevitably be growing pains as the industry matures. The remaining projects can and will continue to push the boundaries and drive innovation in the sector this new year. 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The Gaming Wishes for 2023
Dec 28th, 2022
Out with the old, in with the new! As you drink some bubbly champagne, and murmur some resolutions you hope to keep, but deep down, know won’t last past January, it might not be time to fully reinvent yourself, but maybe you can reinvent your gaming plan with some XPAD suggestions of the best Web3 Games coming in the upcoming Year! The web3 gaming space is so much more beyond the adversities, it is a Market that thrives on Innovation - and it’s up to Gamers to take the best of it. So, what can we expect in general for next year in terms of web3 gaming? What games will keep the XPAD and Web3 enthusiasts busy during the next year? Without further adieu, let us dive in. Decimated If you are an enthusiast of the Role-playing Video Game genre, this multiplayer third-person survival game might be the one keeping you up at night going through energy drinks. Get ready for the dystopian vibes and gear up! Find the game here Follow what they’re up to here Shrapnel A competitive multiplayer first-person shooter, SHRAPNEL is bundled with a rich set of player-creation tools, and by combining combat, creation, curation, and connection into a community where players own the platform and decide its future, it promises to be a unique adventure for anyone who wants to dive into this thrilling universe. Find the game here Follow what they’re up to here Illuvium Illuvium is the collectible NFT RPG game, as well as an auto-battler, all mashed up into one experience. This is the open-world RPG ordeal in the overworld where you mine, harvest, discover, capture, and fight over 100+ "Illuvials", deadly beasts who rule this alien world—each possessing hybrid synergies and unique abilities. Are you ready? Find the game here Follow what they’re up to here Cross the Ages Cross The Ages is a trading card game where players travel to a dystopian universe filled with mystical creatures and meet masters of magic with AI-powered cyborgs. Fight for the last resources. Are you up for the challenge? Find the game here Follow what they’re up to here Guild of Guardians If your preferred gaming platform is your mobile phone, the XPAD doesn’t judge. Guild of Guardians is the blockchain mobile RPG with 230k+ players on the waitlist. Play&earn tokens and NFTs. This game allows you to turn your earnings into real earnings, all while on-the-go Find the game here Follow what they’re up to here Mummy Some of you might be history buffs but find Ancient Egypt didn’t have enough of an edge? Mummy.io takes players on a journey across ancient Egypt with tons of mysteries to unravel and powerful enemies to slay. You might find yourself in a cross between History and Epicness. Does that sound like your speed? Find the game here Follow what they’re up to here TreeVerse If you are needing a break from reality’s rules and hierarchies, maybe a corner to escape to for a while, we might have the answer. Treeverse is a top-down open-world classless Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game built for mobile with social features and an emphasis on cooperative gameplay. Are you ready to unite? Find the game here Follow what they’re up to here Thalon Do you have the wish to immerse in a Real-Time Strategy? Thalon is a free-to-play game set in a science-fiction scenario in which players collect resources, command armies, and compete for bounty prizes. If you have always felt like Planet Earth is too small for your mind, this is definitely the game for you. Find the game here Follow what they’re up to here Do you agree with the XPAD’s wishes? Did this list leave you eager to play any of these Games? Which ones are you looking forward to?