External: Where’s the fun in that? How blockchain gaming can transcend play-to-earn

For blockchainDevelopers must think beyond NFTs in order to create games that have a mainstream impact. With new tools and creative approaches, decentralization doesn’t have to limit theYou have many options. 

It’s an exciting time for decentralized games. IndieStudios are producing titles that use distributed ledger technology. BigNames starting at Ubisoft(creator of) Assassin’s Creed() Square Enix (Final Fantasy() are looking for ways to use blockchain. And InvestorsAre pouring cash intoThis segment is small but growing fast. theGlobal gamingMarket, which is currently worth $198 billion overall. SoWhy does it feel so unloved? 

ForMany gamers theProblem solved: blockchainMore games are needed fun! DevelopmentIt has been hampered technologically by challenges can make gameplay feel sadly limited – a far cry from theRich experiences are what audiences have come to expect. ThoseWho are already excited about it? WeYou might be attracted to b3 by theReal participation and ownership. in theGovernance of games ButBeyond the much-trumpeted play-to-earnTraditional gamers might miss out on these opportunities, which could make a hobby a second job. the attraction. 

What blockchain games do best

It’s worth considering why game developers should care about blockchainAll of them. Given that it’s a new, complex technology with a steep learning curve and a lot of hurdles to overcome, what makes it worth the effort? 

JustAs inDecentralization in other sectors inItself DrawbackMany see this as a chance to change power structures and improve security and privacy. ButIt canIt is difficult to unravel theArguments around the ownership angle. Blockchain gaming is often assumed to mean simply “games with NFTs” and is reduced to thePotential financial rewards available But theOn-chain gaming gives you more control. Beyond tradable resources, ownership in blockchain gamingThis means that players have more control even over their opponents. theThe game itself. It canGive them a shout in deciding how thegame develops, ensure that the game continues long after theStudio ceases to provide it (as long there are enough committed players). theRunning costs the network). It canEven better, they make it fairer. gamingSincerely, experience blockchainOffers some innovative countermeasures against Cheating. TheseThese are big pluses. TheyProvide a strong incentive for players to explore blockchain games – and a way to build serious engagement, which has obvious value for theGame creators ButThey are not sufficient to propel decentralizedization gamingTo maintain market dominance ToCompete with your traditional competitors. blockchainAll games must be of equal quality. Engaging stories, immersive gameplay and stunning graphics – these are theThe foundations of a good sport. UnfortunatelyThey are often lacking in blockchain titles. 

WhereThey struggle

TheSpeed is the biggest problem Blockchain-based systems are slow by nature, which is a problem given the massively multiplayer games that are now available. the norm. TheMost popular game genresToday’s games feature fast-paced action such as racing, first-person shooters, and battle royale. the like. However, blockchainIs by nature unsuitable to theThis is the kind of responsiveness that these games require. DecentralizedNetworks can’t keep pace with theVolume of transactions inThis is a typical game. GamersExperience latency (whether it’s on or off). blockchainor regular, central networks) as a frustrating time lag between an act and its effect. Their characters won’t respond as they were commanded. ThisLimitations theScale thegame and limits game design to simple activities like creating and trading resources or turn-based games. 

Another challenge is transaction fees – do thePlayers have to pay rising costs if their time is spent playing, or it could mean high charges. the developer? AndWhat about confidentiality? InMany other things. thePlayers may have secrets they wish to keep. Does blockchainTransparency means their competitors canSee literally and figuratively theWhat cards do they have? 

TheIt is also difficult to understand technical details. BuildingA sophisticated blockchainYou will need to have a lot of expertise to make a game from scratch. Choosing the right network, designing a token and creating a system for safely storing gamer assets – these are just some of the challenges. TeamsComing from the traditional space don’t always have theKnow-how, or the mindset. Decentralized gamingDevelopers need to let go of preconceptions about what makes a great game and focus on different aspects like building a community and managing the marketplace. ThisThis means that anyone trying to create a new product or service will likely face skills gaps blockchain game, wherever they’re coming from: while traditional game designers will have a lot to learn about blockchainTechnology and philosophy blockchainDevelopers may need help in creating a satisfying game. 

So what’s a winning strategy?

Given theThere are many ways to overcome these challenges. OneThe solution is to simply focus on theThis is the kind of gameplay you should be playing It isIt is well-suited for blockchain: hence theThere are many games that focus on NFT assets, such as trading, earning, breeding or mining. OfThat cements, of course. theIdee that NFTs can be what blockchain gamingIt is all about. ButIt canIt is a lot more fun than it sounds. The unique qualities of NFTs cancan be used to generate excitement and unpredictability (such in horse racing game ZED Run, in which players’ breeding choices result inDifferent horse characteristics) or creative expression (as in crafting game My Neighbor Alice). TheNFTs are a real-world asset that can be used to create real-world value canComplex economics underpin inSimulation or role-playing games like Mirandus. Even battles canSo long as theStrategy is more important than reflex when determining the outcome. ChainThis is Alliance.

StillTo make a real difference, blockchainThe scope of games will need to be expanded. GamesLike Axie InfinityThey are expanding beyond the NFT trading they were built on, with increasing emphasis on adventure, quest and roleplay elements, and that’s where it gets harder to take on theTraditional titles  

SomeThis is theScalability issues canYou can avoid this by tackling each element separately. For instance, theChain canbe used for storage only in-Game assets, theAs demonstrated by theNFT-focused platform Enjin. ThatIt does improve performance, but it also limits your options. the advantages. Similarly, BluzelleProvides a distributed data cache to speed transactions using a delegated evidence of stake blockchain. 

XayaGo theAnother way is to prioritize pure decentralization theSpeed is expensive PlayingTo blockchain’s strengths that way could well work out for games that are targeted at crypto true believers, even if it doesn’t serve to widen theAppeal of theSector in general AnyDeveloper with their sights set upon theMass market would however need to be approached from theTraditional gamers’ point-of-view, not the blockchain community. ThatIt is about prioritizing user experience and overcoming challenges blockchain’s hurdles. 

ThatIt’s getting easier. ToStart with blockchain’s sluggishness is an issue for all industries that depend on high-performance processing systems. ThisIt means that there are many minds working on this. theThere has been progress on the problem. BottlenecksThese have been reduced through developments that include sidechains, new types of cryptographic process and other changes to network design. AndOn theInfrastructure side gamingCompanies that are focused on creating bridges are creating tools theSkills and performance gaps TheseThe range is from the Sandbox – a “no coding required” platform for creating simple games, comparable to behemoth Roblox – to Ajuna’s sophisticated toolkit for building blockchain games using the familiar Unity Unreal engines. 

WeWe are at a turning moment in gamingWhere is it? blockchainIt still holds theUser empowerment, strong collaboration and deep immersion are the promises WeYou could even be allowed to enter themetaverse is an immersive virtual world that combines many aspects of our daily lives. ButTo get there, blockchainThe games will need to prove that they are. canNFTs are not all that you need.

PROFILE AUTHOR 

Nicholas DouzinasCo-founder and head for business development Ajuna Network, SwitzerlandPlatform for decentralization based on a -based platform blockchain gamingGameFi. BeforeHe co-founded or founded the company. the companies Ebakus Blockchainemaginal AG, hoolio, emaginal AG HeHolds a B.S. inEconomics starting the UniversityThis is WarwickAnd an M.Sc. inInternational Health Management Imperial College London.  







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