Blockchain gaming weekly roundup: June 7th

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Welcome to our weekly roundup where we contextualize some of the recent news in blockchain games.

7th June

Three weeks ago, we dismantled the preposterous claim that $988 million had been invested into web3 gaming in April 2024. We wrote, “Out of the $988 million, $600 million is from a16z games fund, which is not web3 specific”, continuing “Similarly, as for the $275 million-strong Bitkraft Ventures games fund, it’s aimed at “gaming and interactive media companies”.”

Now of course we don’t expect that every industry pr or journalist reads this weekly roundup, but it’s astonishing to see that the “nearly $1 billion of funding” claim is still flourishing out there as a sign of the health of the entire web3 gaming industry.

Why even point this out, you might ask. Well, it doesn’t build trust in the industry reputation to rely on false numbers for starters. The state of the industry should only be assessed based on reliable and relevant data. Secondly, when a fairly substantial investment round actually is announced, it will seem rather futile in relation to the overblown “April 2024 funding” number, and thwart any attempts at analysing market trends well.

On that note, let’s unpick this week’s most prominent funding news of $20 million into UGC-platform The Sandbox. Led by Animoca Brands, of which The Sandbox is a subsidiary, and Kingsway Capital, the funding was raised using convertible promissory notes with a $1 billion valuation cap. The noteholders have the ability to convert into equity of Bacasable Global Limited (the company that operates The Sandbox) at the same terms as existing preference shares.

For nuance, according to a Bloomberg report from April 2022, The Sandbox was then aiming to raise up to $400 million in funding at a $4 billion valuation, and its previous announced funding was a $93 million Series B at a pre-round valuation of $500 million in November 2021, so the current $1 billion cap on these notes underlines the difficult state of the sector, even for its top companies.

In other news, fully onchain turn-based RPG Pirate Nation from US-studio Proof of Play has announced its PIRATE token launch is taking place 13th June. PIRATE will be used to buy the game’s gem hard currency, with which players can purchase battlepasses, speed up timers, and more. Additional utility include the ability to craft and stake, which will be rewarded with PoP points.

Another developer building momentum and token utility is Boomland. Recently launching its Hunters On-Chain 250 million BOOM play-to-airdrop event – with emphasis on play – the team has now announced two more web3 games as part of its ecosystem. Its existing web2 mobile games Archery Club and Car Driving School are both set to gradually implement web3 through a soft tokenization process. All titles will deploy on Immutable zkEVM.

Chris Heatherly-led web3 game studio Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow has announced its social deduction game The Mystery Society is also joining Immutable, having previously been on Polygon. It hopes that Immutable “will be giving The Mystery Society a big push over the coming months”. 

Lastly, following on from breaking the 20 million-mark in terms of active user wallets earlier this week, Ronin has launched an early access program. Called Ronin Forge, it will grant emerging innovative web3 gaming studios $50,000 and technical support. Six teams will regularly be admitted to the program, with successful candidates having an opportunity to get additional funding, support and become a Sky Mavis partner developer.

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31st May

Continuing the Gala Games narrative from last week, this week Gamedia revealed more dirty laundry on its partnership with the game publisher. 

In an official statement from Dutch game developer Gamedia, which is the maker of tank brawler Spider Tanks and other titles, the team revealed a deteriorating collaboration tainted by unfulfilled promises, failed revenue payments, unwillingness to cooperate, also using the terms “greed” and “evil”.

To what extent this and similar revelations will impact the Gala ecosystem remains to be seen, but at this stage it’s obvious that the industry is better off without companies such as Gala.

Another week, and two new games. First out it’s Mojo Melee-developer Mystic Moose revealing its third title, squad RPG Prophecy of the Ancients (working name). The other title to be unveiled is Mythical Games and Pudgy Penguins “mobile icy party game” based on the Pudgy Penguins IP, expected to launch in 2025.

In other news, Grease Monkey Games announced its Torque Drift 2 expansion, including an integration with the Motorverse ecosystem and the addition of new licensed cars such as Honda and Toyota.

In our latest interview, we talk to Cosmicrafts CEO Omar Hernandez about its fully onchain cross-platform RTS launching imminently on ICP.


24th May

Following a weekend where recently launched idle RPG Guild of Guardians ran hot on our mobiles, we started the week with a Mavens discussion about social farming, and its impact on building community.

Before Gala Games changed the tone – with Gala president of blockchain Jason Brink dropping the news he was resigning from the company, although reassuring that he will remain as a Gala advisor, to set up a new entity. Brink, and the group following him, have the noble purpose to support the Gala ecosystem in a more decentralized manner. All good so far.

Moving on to Tuesday 21st May, coincidentally Gala was exploited with the unauthorized minting of 5 billion GALA tokens, worth $240 million – highlighting exactly the security issues Brink and co were pointing out needed to be addressed.

In an even more surprising turn of events, the following day the attacker returned some of the stolen funds he had converted to ETH, which Gala CEO Eric Schiermeyer said would “probably” be bought and burned on galaswap.

Obviously none of these events have officially been linked to the dirty laundry unveiled in the company in 2023, when Gala forked its GALA token to reissue it as GALA v2, followed by burning 42% of the new tokens. Although stating that this was done to enhance the security, it later transpired that the fork and burn was a way to render the $130 million worth of GALA tokens, which Gala co-founder and CEO Schiermeyer accused co-founder Wright Thurston of stealing, worthless.

As for the impact on GALA, the initial news caused a 19% price drop, but then DWF Labs – a market maker with a reputation for wash trading, and also a Gala investor – stepped in and bought 28 million tokens “to alleviate market pressure”. The price is now up 21% from the low and at an ATH for May…

The week continued in a more traditional manner with Aurory launching Citrine, its biggest update yet for Seekers of Tokane.

We spoke to Studio 369 director of marketing Hanny Duong about MetalCore’s recent playtests, its forthcoming MCG token launch, future expansion plans, and more.

PC extraction shooter Shrapnel kicked off its third playtest STX3, including new features such as craftable weapon skins, mission-based SHRAP rewards, and a new staking system.

Immutable announced its hit 1 million sign-ups to Immutable Passport, which is now close to 1.4 million. The traffic seems to primarily be driven by Boomland joining the ecosystem and increasing users with its Hunters On-Chain pre-launch activities.

Find Satoshi Lab unveiled its third title – Stepn Go – which is a revamped version of the initial move-to-earn mobile game with additional social features such as NFT lending.

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17th May

Taking centre stage this week is Immutable’s Guild of Guardians with its global launch on iOS and Android. Jon’s not only been head down playing the game and making some helpful videos along the way, but also checked in with game director Chris Clay to get his view on the game launch, how it’s been received so far, its NFT creation, and the team’s strategy moving into the liveops stage.

Not surprisingly, our biggest story was also from earlier in the week when Guild of Guardians became the top-traded gaming NFT collection across all blockchains.

In other news, the most popular blockchain game Pixels broke 1 million daily active users on 13th May – although the number has since decreased to 725,000. Axie Infinity still holds the record of 1.1 million DAUWs.

Hitting another milestone this week, Mythical Games’ NFL Rivals reached $5 million in NFT trading volume. Of course a range of factors would contribute to this, but the most obvious one seems to be the game’s recently introduced quick swap feature, which lets users store up multiple unwanted NFTs in their inventory until they reach the amount required to swap them with an NFT player they do want. Since this integration, NFL Rivals’ trading volume has accelerated notably.

Continuing on the theme of data… DappRadar has released its April 2024 industry report, and squeezed out some eye-watering headlines, claiming that $988 million was invested into web3 gaming in April 2024 alone. The only problem is, the funding is not only related to web3 gaming, indeed it might only be a minority of the funding on which DappRadar bases the number.

But before we look into the details, let’s look at why we even bother pointing this out? It’s not to discredit DappRadar or Blockchain Game Alliance who backs the report, of course, but because throwing out exaggerated numbers does no one a favour. Certainly not an industry which is already tainted by lack of trust and transparency – foundational values which the web3 gaming industry should promote more of, not less.

Firstly, out of the $988 million, $600 million is from a16z games fund, which is not web3 specific. It might be years before we know the numerous games and projects this fund actually invested in. This leads us onto the next problem. As game studios regularly announce funding rounds, these will in some part contain money from game funds such as a16z’s, but the exact amount is not disclosed. Instead, this gets counted as new funding into web3 gaming, and hence, inaccurately, gets counted twice. 

Similarly, as for the $275 million-strong Bitkraft Ventures games fund, it’s aimed at “gaming and interactive media companies”. That’s $875 million out of the $988 million.

Perhaps even more astonishing however is the numbers reporting on which games are currently leading in web3. DappRadar is a great data source which we regularly use to track daily and monthly active user wallets in games, so it’s odd to see how the data in the report is so wildly misrepresentative.

It claims that Pixels, which we mentioned above with its 1 million DAUWs, has over 20 million monthly active wallets. How does DappRadar add up to this number? By accumulating the same daily active users every day for a month, it seems, which is nothing like unique MAUWs. 

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10th May

Amid token airdrops, meme games, and community farming, it’s good to refill our motivation tank by going back to the fundamentals of decentralization. With the upcoming playtest of Project Awakening, CCP Games CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson does just that in a recent interview where he talks about real use cases of blockchain in gaming. Veigar Pétursson says, “There’s so much development that takes place around EVE Online, which is not orchestrated by us, and we don’t really provide extremely good tools to do it. They’re okay, but they could be better. Blockchains are very good at organising distributed development.”

More significantly however, he adds, “We aim for everything around EVE Online to go on forever (…) Blockchain is a good way to store value in a very anti-fragile way.”

Similarly, in another interview this week we spoke to mobile game publisher TapNation about the utility of web3 in mobile games such as Monster Squad Rush and Giant Rush

While it’s increasingly clear that game developers can’t remain successful at status quo and hope the market sorts itself out, TapNation Head of web3 Philippe Lenormand argues that staying on top of new innovation is key, pointing out particularly how “Web3 opens up new revenue streams, allowing us to diversify our value creation”

It’s that simple. Finding new ways to create value is fundamental to a functional market economy, and letting players themselves have agency over the value generation, is exactly what Stone Blade’s founder Justin Gary also spoke about in regards to the implementation of blockchain in mobile TCG SolForge Fusion, while emphasising how it enables “true digital ownership, much like physical card collecting, but with the added convenience of easy trading and management”.

And speaking of market changes, Jon had a great podcast conversation with Yield Guild Games co-founder Gabby Dizon – who was instrumental in the early growth of guilds in 2021 – and its recent investor Shi Kai WEI from LongHash, about the evolving role and future prospect of guilds in the industry.

In other news this week we looked at the 127 blockchain games now listed on Epic Games Store, including newly listed sandbox RPG DECIMATED from Fracture Labs.

Ahead of its STX3 playtest, FPS extraction shooter Shrapnel announced it’s integrated a new feature that enables players to get SHRAP tokens directly via its website instead of purchasing through an exchange.

When it comes to the most popular blockchain games in terms of onchain activity, the only game in town is currently Ronin-based Pixels, breaking 800,000 daily active unique wallets during April.

In closing, we also talk about our excitement of next week’s launch of idle RPG Guild of Guardians, which is a 14-month long work of Chris Clay and his Immutable team, although the game goes back longer than that.

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3rd May

Crypto sentiment has changed as we’re now a third through 2024. However, it has been said that volatility creates new opportunities, at least for those who know what they’re doing. To that end, market correction is a healthy thing, as we like to point out, as it sorts the wheat from the chaff, ultimately allowing more room for the former to bear fruit.

Meanwhile, those knowing less well what they’re doing and seemingly lacking a long-term vision are likely to fall off at this point.

In terms of web3 gaming then, investments have taken a new shape too, with numerous rounds of smaller amounts, certainly compared to the hey-days of 2021, but with an increasing number of participating investors. Most notable investment this week was Spanish developer GFAL raising $3.2 million from Supercell and Mitch Lasky for flagship RPG Elemental Raiders and additional games it’s working on.

Swedish-headquartered Patriots Division also raised $5 million for 5v5 hybrid third-person action game Shadow War, while web3 infrastructure companies Holograph raised $3 million, and Style Protocol $2.5 million. 

Animoca Brands and Darewise unveiled new Bitcoin protocol OPAL and its Rune token BLIF, which is already integrated in Darewise’s MMOG Play Beyond. As for its broader vision, OPAL aims to become the leading Bitcoin-based web3 ecosystem spanning across gaming, entertainment, defi, and education.

In more Animoca news, Singapore-based Saakuru Labs announced it’s integrating gaming-centric L2 blockchain Saakuru Protocol, which is already leveraged by Japanese gaming blockchain Oasys, in some of Animoca Brands’ portfolio games.

Our interviews contain Jon’s in-depth conversation/podcast with Midnight CEO Steve Wade about the studio’s Evergreen multiverse and its intriguing concept springing from a desire to make “something that was so ridiculously hard and challenging that no-one would pitch it to investors”.

Meanwhile, Jenny has been talking to Playmint CEO David Amor following the fully onchain AA24 hackathon, about his takeaways from the event, Playmint’s own autonomous world Downstream, and why fully onchain games make him go to work each morning.

While speaking of fully onchain games, we also had a great guest column from Dacoco CEO and Alien World’s co-founder Saro McKenna this week, which discusses the illimitable potential of self-governed blockchain worlds. Lastly, Lattice launched its Redstone mainnet, accompanied by the release of a handful of fully onchain games and autonomous worlds.

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26th April

British economist David Ricardo wrote, “Possessing utility, commodities derive their exchangeable value from two sources: from their scarcity, and from the quantity of labour required to obtain them.”

To this end, game developers would do well in thinking about how to attach utility to their initial product in order to create a higher demand for it, rather than launch and give away something which lacks value, only to end up depleting their ecosystem.

William Stanley Jevons was another English economist contributing to the theories of utility. Known for his, then pioneering, view that more efficient energy production leads to more, not less, demand for energy, he stated that “Value depends entirely upon utility”.

Along the same line was French economist Jean-Baptiste Say (Say’s law) with his seemingly straight-forward thesis that “It is production which opens a demand for products”.

Starting a discussion on value, in our case in the context of web3 gaming, tokens, and more generally digital ownership, is worthy of much more than the 10 minutes we devote to it in this week’s roundup. We barely touch the surface. Nonetheless, in our days of token-mania and increasing desperate attempts to build community, it is valuable to revisit the intellectual roots from which this industry is sprung.

For instance, to Ricardo’s point, what’s the quantity of labour required to get hold of some of the digital freebies project’s frequently use to attract new members? And how will holders value those assets?

Dive further into this topic with our panel of blockchain gaming Mavens in this month’s discussion on how tokens can add long-term value beyond initial speculation.

Now to the news of the week. A handful of investment rounds were announced, including InfiniGods raising $8 million to support the expansion of its web3 mobile games. In conjunction with announcing its migration from BNB to Ronin, Puffverse also announced it’s raised $3 million. Web3 gaming company Tevaera announced a $5 million funding round, data layer platform Carv has secured $10 million in a series A round, and chess-with-a-dash-of-magic game Anichess has raised $1.8 million.

Currently with its NFTs on Ethereum, South Korean developer NDUS Interactive announced a partnership with Mysten Labs, which will see its Unreal-built shooter Xociety launch on Sui. Good news not only for Sui, but this could prove a smart move from NDUS too as currently there’s a lack of highly anticipated or successful games on Sui, which might help Xociety stand out, without having to compete with a myriad of other web3 shooters in the same ecosystem, thinks Jon.

Immutable is the latest in line to launch its rewards program, The Main Quest, including a claimed $50 million worth of rewards. More significantly, the initial games announced in the program include Blast Royale, Hunters on Chain, Illuvium, MetalCore, Pixelmon, Pool Masters, Space Nation and Treeverse.

Along the same path is the Mon protocol with its mission program, which launched with partnering game MetalCore to enable players to earn mission points that will eventually be converted into MON tokens. Notably, MetalCore is also running its own quest system during its current closed beta test. This allows players to earn Marks, which will be used to claim MetalCore’s MCG tokens when they go live later in 2024.

And South Korean developer Delabs Games has joined the chorus by kicking off an airdrop campaign for its forthcoming GAME token. Players can either earn points by playing Rumble Racing Star, or by holding an Adventure Pass or Metabolts NFT.

Finally, Pixels is closing in on Axie Infinity’s record 1.1 million daily actives by hitting 870,000 DAUWs this week while also breaking 3 million life-time wallets. More significantly, as Jon points out, Pixels now has over 200,000 VIP members which pay $10 worth of RON every month to play the game. Seems CEO Luke Barwikowski did his homework in economics.

In our deep-dive this week, we interview Freeverse and LAOS Foundation CEO and founder Alun Evans on bridgeless minting, interoperability, and much more.

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19th April

Not that it’s the only factor, but as the Bitcoin halving is imminently upon us, the narrative in tokenland has certainly changed during this week. A large majority of gaming tokens have taken a plunge, but as we discuss in today’s roundup, this is not an entirely bad thing. Being able to differentiate signal from noise is useful, and helps us to see projects for their utility beyond initial speculation. Notably, not all tokens are hit as badly, with Guild of Guardians’ GOG and Parallel’s PRIME tokens defying the curve and remaining strong performers.

US-based game developer Faraway Games announced the acquisition of Yuga Labs’ IP Legends of the Mara and HV-MTL, while also onboarding Yuga chief gaming officer Spencer Tucker as new chief product officer. The move can be seen as part of Yuga’s general downscaling of gaming in exchange for a bigger focus on its NFT collections. Regarding Faraway, its team consists of numerous gaming veterans which should be well equipped to discern the future of LotM and HV-MTL, starting with a new points system. 

Sky Mavis news keeps rolling out steadily, with the latest announcement that OG web2 gaming IP Ragnarok is entering web3 by launching MMORPG Ragnarok: Monster World on the Ronin blockchain. Developed by Singapore-HQed 0X&, which has licensed the IP from original developer South Korean studio Gravity, the game is set for launch in Q3 2024.

A recurring guest on Jon’s Blockchain Gaming World Podcast, this week The Sandbox co-founder and COO Sebastien Borget was accompanied by CCO Nicola Sebastiani, in a great in-depth conversation about the state of The Sandbox, what to expect from the metaverse in the near future, and how the attitude towards blockchain games has changed since the project’s inception in 2021 – and more.

Funding news of the week comes in the shape of Avalon announcing a $10 million funding round, co-led by Bitkraft Ventures and Hashed, for the studio’s eponymous UGC-focused AI-heavy MMORPG Avalon.

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12th April

Daffodils and tulips are not the only new addition colouring the seasonal landscape as of late. Plenty of web3 gaming news, particularly surrounding token launches, add a splash of spring as the market is moving ever further away from the crypto winter. 

Sadly though, some studios are still hit hard in the aftermath of it. This week Trailblazer announced it’s sunsetting Solana-based PVP game Eternal Dragons. In conjunction with the news, the team also confirmed it will implement a buyback program for NFT holders. If nothing else, it’s good to see a mature studio showing responsibility and respect to its community, and ultimately the industry, and not exiting with a rug pull.

On a more upbeat note, we’re now into Q2 2024, and a recent industry report from the Big Blockchain Game List shows strong industry growth spanning across funding, gaming tokens and new games revealed. Perhaps the strongest takeaway from the report however, is the different outcomes among projects depending on their long-term strategies. “Projects that can combine playerbase and revenue with an overall vision and the delivery of new features, while wrangling the currents of crypto sentiment and the peculiarities of their own communities, will be the best placed for long term success”, as per the report.

Arguably one of the most prominent games in the industry is PC extraction shooter Shrapnel. This week Jon Jordan had the pleasure of talking to Neon Machine head of studio Don Norbury about how the game is shaping up, its current STX playtests, its broader UGC vision, the strengths of deploying on Avalanche, the prospect of going console, and much more. Dive in!

Lattice dropped more details about its forthcoming Redstone mainnet launch – now slated for 1st May. Based on the Optimism OP stack, Redstone is mainly home to fully onchain games and autonomous worlds, with multiple titles going live alongside the mainnet release.

Ubisoft also teased more details – including gameplay footage – of its tactical turn-based RPG Champions Tactics. Behold, it’s certainly one of the best looking web3 games in the making.

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22nd March

As the first days of spring approach (in UK) the bees are not the only ones buzzing. Numerous news dropped this week in conjunction with GDC in San Francisco.

But first, Ronin has hit a new all-time high of 1.2 million daily active unique wallets, beating the previous peak of 1.1 million DAUWs from 21st November 2021, which was generated during the height of Axie Infinity. A significant difference is that Ronin’s peak in 2021 immediately dropped, whereas in 2024 the chain’s activity is spread across multiple thirdparty games and native Sky Mavis’ titles, as well as token sales and continuous airdrop events.

Jon has been following the early development and more recent makeover of Immutable’s anticipated mobile squad battler Guild of Guardians. This week an official launch date was announced – 15th May. In addition, Immutable unveiled an onchain crafting system that allows players to burn existing Guild of Guardians NFTs to generate a new series of in-game characters. This is due to begin on Monday 25th March. 

In more Immutable news – and more significant to the games currently building on Immutable’s zkEVM rollup – the company announced a partnership with crypto exchange OKX to launch a GameFi launchpad. Effectively, this means Immutable’s zkEVM and Passport solution will integrate with OKX’s NFT marketplace, and more generally be supported by the OKX ecosystem.

Much anticipated PC extraction shooter Shrapnel announced the launch of its marketplace, alongside three days of STX2 playtesting. Initially, 10 cosmetically-enhanced weapon skins, which can all be used in the STX2 playtest, will be up for sale in the marketplace. 

Best not to ask about Jon’s progression in Sharpnel so far, but it certainly made HyperPlay founder JacobC giggle as the two mentioned it in this week’s podcast interview, which mainly focused on native web3 game distribution platforms. 

Talking of which, in an exclusive interview with, Animoca Brands chairman Yat Siu shared some valuable insight of his experience of games distribution via centralised app stores too, and why he thinks they need to adopt instead of resist blockchain technology.  

In terms of chain migrations, Pixelcraft announced its forthcoming L3 rollup Gotchichain is moving to Base from previously building on Polygon. Also migrating its game portfolio from Polygon, including mobile title King of Destiny, is game developer InfiniGods, which has found a new home at Arbitrum.

This month, our prominent blockchain gaming Mavens discuss how to leverage the current positive sentiment in web3 gaming.

Notably, or maybe not so, this week also marked Jenny’s debut year, and Jon’s first year back since the website’s inception in 2018, as editor and editor-in-chief for Thus, plenty of reasons to pop the champagne!

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15th March

What’s caught our attention this pre-GDC week?

Well, while we had planned to mainly focus on the global launch of Wemade’s MMORPG Night Crows, the news was overshadowed by a more recent announcement from Sky Mavis’ co-founder and COO Alexander Larsen, that the company is immediately parting ways with two developers – ACT Games and Although not too surprising in itself, the rather sharp statement on X sparked a discussion about Sky Mavis’ web3 market strategy and increasing confidence as leading gaming blockchain.

In other weekly Ronin news:

Moving on, we do go into some depth about Night Crows, particularly looking at its ambitious tokenomics and progressively challenging gameplay. Naturally, it’s also our Game of the Week.

We were also excited to get more details this week of CCP Games’ EVE Online blockchain game Project Awakening. Described as a single-shard survival game, Project Awakening is set for a playtest in May 2024, which will allow players to engage with programmable game systems and build their own features within the world. More than that, it’s built on Lattice’s MUD framework, which is designed for fully onchain games on Ethereum and EVM blockchains, and aims to become an open source project as part of CCP’s broader web3 vision.

On the investment front:

  • Apeiron raised $660,000 in its first round token sale, followed by $1.98 million in its second round,
  • Pangu announced a $10 million funding round for MetaCene
  • Studio 369 raised $5 million for MetalCore,
  • 9 Lives Interactive announced a $3 million funding round for Nyan Heroes, and
  • Carbonated has raised $13 million for MadWorld.

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8th March

In a bull market there are products whose actual value we’re quick to question. In our digital era this has become even more tangible. But whether it’s little plastic toys with just the right branding or silly animal jpegs, what even is actual value if not a social construction? 

On this note, we kick off this week’s roundup circling back to a great conversation Jon has had with Animoca Brands chairman Yat Siu, of which one of the highlights is Yat jumping into a philosophical defence of meme coins. Indeed, this interview/podcast has so many highlights you best just go and read/listen to it yourself.

Following this, we look at Apeiron’s announced APRS token launch on Ronin, which also marks the first token sale on the network. There are currently three third-party games with tokens on Ronin, including Pixels‘ PIXEL and CyberKongz‘ BANANA, aside from Sky Mavis’ own AXS and SPL tokens. The forthcoming sale is aimed at Apeiron NFT holders as well as the wider Ronin community.

Talking of Ronin, Pixels remained the most popular blockchain game in February. This week it also reached a new high of 1.1 million players of all time, followed by an ATH of daily active players exceeding 350,000.

Another game reporting new highs is 2024 mobile web3 hit Heroes of Mavia, which announced 2.6 million MAU earlier in the week, and later on claimed breaking 3 million app stores downloads.

This week, Jenny gets an opportunity to feature the Mojo Melee cap due to indie developer Mystic Moose announcing a new game title, endless runner GoGo Mojo, as well as minting out its first ETH collection, War Banner, on Magic Eden, and launching new season The DAO of War. Go Mojo, or GoGo, rather.

Aurory’s production team has taken to X to announce it’s shutting down Aurory Tactics due to widespread cheating and matchmaking. In fact, it’s gotten to the point where it’s become a hindrance for Aurory’s other title, RPG Seekers of Tokane, which will now get a chance to grow in areas where it’s been banned before. However, despite cancelling Tactics for now, the team remains open to rebooting the game in a 2.0 version sometime in the future. 

In closing, Jon gives us an overview of one of our most anticipated fully onchain games, Soccerverse, which has launched open beta. This vast soccer game certainly contains some complex management and economic sim aspects worth looking more in-depth at. Its open beta will be the last ahead of the game’s full launch in summer 2024.

Finally, don’t forget to check out our Game of the Week: Axie Champions.

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1st March

As astoundingly as it may seem when you live and breathe the industry, it struck us this week that some people are unaware just how different the crypto sentiment is compared to 2023. So yet again, that’s our starting point for this week’s recap.

In terms of gaming specific tokens, we talk about PORTAL which launched, to much hype. The project has mainly garnered utility through its heavy marketing on social platforms such as X, where a majority of the web3 gaming crowd hangs out. Portal’s functionality lies in being a web3 gaming discovery channel, launchpad, that aims to connect gamers with web3 games. As you would expect, Jon has one or two words of caution about the team in terms of its balance between sizzle and actual functionality.

In contrast, following a BLAST airdrop campaign announced at the start of 2024, Ethereum L2 blockchain Blast also launched its mainnet this week. Similarly to Portal, Blast has attracted a large following among degens, but differentiates in that its founder is Tieshun Roquerre, aka Pacman, who built NFT marketplace Blur. As such it has more credibility and experience of delivering on promises, although remains a highly degen-focused project.

This week, we’ve also dived into one of the fastest growing ecosystems in the space, Sky Mavis’ Ronin network, and its growing games portfolio.

Three TCGs made headlines on this week with Parallel launching open beta, Gods Unchained launching a mobile companion app via app stores, and Cometh CEO Jerome De Tyche explaining how recently launched space-themed Cosmik Battle stands out from the growing catalogue of web3 TCGs, its forthcoming mobile plans, and more.

In Jon’s latest podcast, he had a great chat to head of ecosystem at Moonbeam Sicco Naets, about building on Polkadot, gaming on Moonbeam, and third-person shooter Animo Stars Arena. And in another interview, Jenny’s been talking to Double Coconut CEO David Fox following the team’s acquisition of Splinterlands-integrated TD Soulkeep.

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23rd February

The narrative of the week is the continuing bull case for gaming tokens. However, it’s not all up, because as we discuss this week there’s a clear division between tokens that launched in 2023 and 2024, and more established ones. To that end, Pixels’ PIXEL token launched this week to a market cap of $400 million, while other gaming infrastructure tokens such as BEAM, RON and XAI being some of the best performers.

However older tokens such as SAND, AXS, GMT and WEMIX are down from the start of 2024, although overall they’re obviously still significantly up since their launch. One could argue that the latter’s longer lifespan and proven robustness is to their advantage, compared to the more recent offshoots. As always, Jon provides some nuance and complexity where many (degens) otherwise tend to see things in black and white.

We’ve also been playing games this week, namely

  • Neon Machine’s STX1 playtest of loot-extraction FPS Sharpnel, and 

Our interview this week dives into Angry Dynomites Lab and its CEO Oli Loffler, where he shares great insights on building through the bear, his conviction of blockchain technology, the team’s forthcoming meta economy game called Craft World, and plans for interoperable tokens, and more.

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16th February

One can’t really discuss current web3 gaming news without taking general crypto sentiment into account. As we’ve seen many times before, when Bitcoin surges, other coins follow suit, which is more generally reflected in one of the dominant genres of web3, namely gaming. As Jon rightly points out however, the recent funding rounds are longer in the making than the last few months of bull market. With a foot in the field, Jon knows all too well that it can take years before these deals come to light.

Looking at the investment deals then, this week contained no less than four of them, of the roughly 15 raises announced so far in 2024.

  • Firstly, Overworld, which is led by Xterio co-founder Jeremy Horn, raised $10 million in a seed round. While not much has been revealed about the game yet, it’s described as an anime-inspired multiplayer sandbox RPG, to which all the funding is earmarked. The game has gained positive momentum and minted out its free Incarna PFP NFTs to much hype at the end of 2023.
  • Secondly, Pixels announced Pixels Foundation raised $4.8 million. The round was led by crypto investor Framework, which also led the AI Arena funding round revealed at the start of 2024.
  • Thirdly, the less defined AI and blockchain gaming project Ultiverse announced it raised $4 million via a private token sale. Led by IDG Capital, investors also included Animoca Brands, Polygon Ventures, and more.
  • Fourthly, new web3 game studio Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow announced a $3 million funding round for The Mystery Society. Founded by noted Disney and Universal gaming exec Chris Heatherly, The Mystery Society is a social deduction game currently available on browser and PC, with mobile planned in the future. The team also received a grant from Polygon Labs, with its forthcoming launch on the Polygon blockchain.

Following a year of downsizing and restructuring, the Splinterlands team announced its forthcoming tower defense title Soulkeep has been acquired by Double Coconut, the studio who originally developed the game. Soulkeep will remain part of the Splinterlands platform and ecosystem, but its launch, tokenomics and future operations will all be handled by Double Coconut from now on.

This week we dived into a discussion with our blockchain gaming Mavens on the theme of trust, and how projects can maintain reputation and the trust of their communities, particularly in bull markets. We had some very thoughtful and relevant responses shared in light of the criticism surrounding certain projects lately.

Finally, Jon had a great chat/podcast with Planetarium founder and CEO JC Kim about the story of idle RPG Nine Chronicles, and building fully onchain.

Jon’s also been talking to Big Time executive producer Hunter Hudspeth, about the team’s approach to tokens, and a different way to build community.

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9th February

Are we already so blinded by the buzz around airdrops and token events that we’ve forgotten about the games themselves? 

Three airdrops top our headlines this week, with the first being Heroes of Mavia’s MAVIA token distribution among early players and NFT holders. Indeed, the game has broken 1 million downloads on the app stores within a week after launching and the token price keeps increasing, much in line with Bitcoin and the general web3 market uptick. Proof of a game’s quality? Time will tell.

Next up is PC strategy game Blocklords, which dropped its first round of LRDS token to players and NFT holders this week. In contrast to Skrice Studios and its MAVIA token’s speculative approach, the ERC20 LRDS token is not live on exchanges yet, but serves purely as a utility token, for now. Players can leverage it to buy in-game currency Influence, other game resources and eventually NFTs. 

Clearly this is a strategic move by MetaKing and CEO David Johansson, who has been straight from day one about prioritising gameplay and ecosystem sustainability. Indeed it will be interesting to see how these two approaches pan out in terms of growth and sustainability.

On that note, Pixels announced this week its highly anticipated PIXEL token will be listed on Binance on 19th February. More significant news however, is the developer’s plan to phase out its current BERRY token and effectively replace it with PIXEL and off-chain in-game currency coin. The reason given for this, not uncontroversial, move is that BERRY – as an inflationary token – is no longer aligning with the idea of long term sustainability. 

If nothing else, Luke Barwikowski and his team shows that decisions and products launched on the blockchain are in fact not irreversible, as long as you’re willing to think anew and rip up what doesn’t work. Is BERRY too rooted in the community that this will have a knock-on effect on the game though? We’ll have to wait to see.

Back then to question one. Is token hype a distraction? Clearly it can be, but not necessarily, if the tokenomics align with a game’s core values and community. As such, it’s potentially the feature that will make web3 games, if they’re any good, what makes blockchain technology irresistible.

It’s not only these airdrops that gets Jon buzzing this week. He’s also published what he calls his best podcast to date, with recurring guest John Linden from Mythical Games. Due to the two knowing each other for some time, Jon challenges Linden in ways that brings about a more authentic conversation and interesting exchanges of ideas. Most noteworthy takeaway is Linden’s belief in web3 games distribution via app stores and the increased revenue game developers can see through NFT trading, and much more.


2nd February

Another week, another new gaming blockchain, game launch and airdrop controversy in the world of web3.

Let’s start on a good note, with our Game of the Week. Vietnamese Skrice Studios has launched its Clash of Clans-inspired mobile strategy game Heroes of Mavia, which is already proving popular within 48 hours of going live on the app stores. With Land NFTs offering in-game perks and an airdrop of the forthcoming MAVIA token offered to early users, will the game prove deep enough in terms of web3 to be sustainable in the long run? Jon also explains why the gameplay experience of web3 games can’t simply be compared to that of web2 games.

Certainly we’re given a good insight into a successful blockchain game – indeed the most popular one right now – in Jon Jordan’s recent podcast with Pixels founder and CEO Luke Barwikowski. As you’ll find out in the interview, in addition to its migration to Ronin, Barwikowski’s background has a lot to contribute to Pixels’ current popularity, but perhaps the most striking feature is his entrepreneurial attitude in combination with the new and yet unknown possibilities of web3.

And then there was drama. Firstly, a few weeks back, ahead of its NFT drop, Singaporean game developer SkyArk Chronicles announced a $15 million funding round led by Binance Labs. This week however, it was revealed that funding round wasn’t recent at all, but is the project’s total funding from 2021 onwards. When Binance asked SkyArk to clarify this, the team simply deleted the announcement from its X account, but didn’t give any clarification. It wasn’t until after its NFT mint that the details were fully revealed, and many NFT holders feel peeved off and claim they wouldn’t have purchased the NFTs if they had known the whole story.

One day later, controversy arose around PFP collection Valhalla, where NFT holders instead of the benefits they were expecting as early supporters of the project, were merely getting a 10% discount on a very expensive keyboard, which had never been part of the roadmap to begin with.

Following this, AOFverse ended up in the heat, questioned by certain outspoken NFT whales on X about its sparse airdrop allocation, which was far from what said whales felt entitled to. Now this is just the short version. For more details on the back and forth of this, listen to our full conversation and read our more in-depth coverage.

Arbitrum-based gaming ecosystem TreasureDAO is in the process of building new gaming L2 blockchain Treasure Chain. This has led L2 ecosystem Optimism to eye the opportunity and propose why TreasureDAO is the perfect fit for them. Intriguingly, just hours later a similar proposal came from zkSync. In true web3 spirit, it’s all transparent and gives us a good insight into the thinking behind aligning values and the expansion of blockchain gaming networks.

In this week’s investment news, Pixelmon announced an $8 million funding round, and Merit Circle DAO and Duckland Games’ joint venture Vermillion has raised $7 million for its F2P social party game Forgotten Playland.


26th January

Not so much of an industry headline, but most significant to the team this week was our revelation of the Top 50 Blockchain Game Companies of 2024

Editor-in-chief Jon Jordan entered the stage at PGC London on Tuesday to announce the full list, and today we dive into his thinking behind the creation of Top 50’s. Our long-time readers will be aware this is not the first time he’s undertaken the task – and hopefully not the last – but his experience spans all the way back to 2009 and Jon’s time at our sister site

More relevant to the broader web3 gaming sector is the news of Polygon’s surging NFT trading volume, driven by STEPN developer Find Satoshi Lab’s Gas Hero

Like everybody else, Polygon has not been immune to crypto winter effects, with its NFT sales remaining consistently low throughout 2023. Now 2024 is shaping up to be a different chapter however, with Gas Hero driving Polygon NFT sales beyond $100 million this week. The game accounts for $91 million of Polygon NFT trading in the last 30 days, which is higher than any month alone during last year. What’s its recipe for success?

Most recent developer to announce an airdrop campaign is one of our current favourites Blocklords. With two tiers of players being eligible to the LRDS token airdrop, has the team found a way to excite both long-term players as well as new ones?

We’ve discussed it before, and will do it again, because it’s a relevant and significant question; are play-to-airdrop campaigns of the likes we’re currently witnessing a way to build sustainable growth of player engagement? Spoiler, we don’t know, but Pixels is doing a good job of proving that it might be.

Gaming-centred blockchain Immutable has started the year with a big push, announcing this week that Endless Clouds titles Treeverse and Capsule Heroes will deploy on its zkEVM. Plenty more game developers are finding a home within the ecosystem, with Cool Cats and Imaginary Ones being some of the more prominent names among the 250 that are claimed to be building on the network.

Deep-dive: In the latest episode of his Blockchain Gaming World podcast, Jon talks to Playmint CEO David Amor about building fully onchain autonomous world Downstream, which Amor intriguingly labels a godless game. Amor is an industry veteran with a wealth of knowledge – which he now has to unlearn. A must-listen for anyone interested in fully onchain games.

In light of Yuga and Faraway unveiling Dookey Dash Unclogged last week, we contacted Faraway CEO Alex Paley to found out more about the integration of its creator tools and the value of UGC.


19th January

Yuga fans were delighted this week by the news of Dookey Dash’ sequel Dookey Dash Unclogged. In contrast to its precursor, Dookey Dash Unclogged will not be NFT-gated but free-to-play and cross platform. It’s expected to release via app stores and PC sometime during Q1 2024. One of its new features builds on Yuga’s collaboration with Faraway, and will see the latter’s UGC tools integrated and launched in conjunction with the game. These will enable users to create their own avatars and other in-game items which can then be sold via their own store-fronts. 

In a somewhat surprising move, two of the leading South Korean social/entertainment app competitors Kakao and Line announced a proposal this week to merge their blockchains Klaytn and Finschia, in order to create “Asia’s largest Web3 ecosystem”.

Following on from last week’s update on the number of discontinued and canned blockchain games, this week we’ve been crunching the Big List’s data on which chains added most games during 2023. While all blockchains on the list added new games, many also saw a large number falling away. For that reason, some chains came out on top in terms of net growth, meaning they didn’t have as many games discontinued, while other chains are still dominating the market due to the large influx of new titles and/or games having been added before 2023.

Lastly, we look at the rising tide of games and ecosystems announcing play-to-airdrop campaigns. What is play-to-airdrop, how’s it different to play-to-earn, and what are the benefits to developers, as well as players? With L1 blockchain Saga, Solana-based shooter Nyan Heroes and Ronin’s god game Apeiron still to launch their campaigns, Pixels has just finished its two-week PIXEL token airdrop leaderboard and Nifty Island kicked off its ISLAND token airdrop event in conjunction with launching open beta this week.

Deep-dive: In the latest episode of his Blockchain Gaming World podcast, editor-in-chief Jon Jordan talks to Manish Agarwal, the founder of Kratos Studios, which is building gaming communities using blockchain, starting in India but also expanding globally into countries such as Brazil, Nigeria and Indonesia.


12th January

Uncomfortable as it may be, 2023’s crypto winter and general market conditions will continue to taint the industry for some time despite changing winds. In that light it was interesting to crunch recent data from the Big Blockchain Game List which revealed about 31% of blockchain games have now been discontinued or canned. In this week’s episode we look closer at our method for collecting the data, which games tend to dominate the discontinued catalogue and why it’s a relevant metric to predict future trends for web3 gaming.

And on that topic, the number of games migrating to new chains keeps increasing, with game and creator platform Hytopia the most recent one. Following Polygon dropping its support for Polygon Edge software, Hytopia is now moving to Arbitrum.

For even more on market trends, dive into’s editor-in-chief Jon Jordan and editor Jenny Jordan’s conversation about blockchain gaming predictions for 2024.

One of the indicators of the state of web3 gaming is NFT trading volume. This week, recently launched Gas Hero from Find Satoshi Lab, took trading on Polygon to new heights and even surged past Ethereum for two days. Joining in the choir was also GamePhilos’ Ethereum-based Age of Dinos which raised $5.7 million via its first NFT mint, followed by Solana card racer MixMob selling out its 10,000 MixBot NFT packages for a total of $2,5 million.

Moreover, ArenaX Labs, the developer of browser-based Super Smash Bros-styled AI-centric AI Arena, announced a $6 million funding round, which was led by Framework Ventures. 

One game that’s kept us busy at the start of 2024 is Blocklords from MetaKing Studios. With its Bearslayer season in full swing, we discuss its NFTs, gameplay and approach to building sustainability, and more. Check out why this grand strategy game is one to watch this year

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15th December

As tempting as it is to put a Christmas hat on, we’re not going to run ahead. This week there was news from both Ultra and Mojo Melee, which means I could have gone for either of their caps. In terms of Mojo Melee, it’s launched new season Frozen Fates this week and with it the anticipated Mod-able Mojos and Mojo Maker features.

On Ultra’s behalf, it announced its first tradable ‘tokenized’ game – web2 beat’em up title Josh Journey – and its own exclusive FPS Project Citadel, which is due to launch sometime in 2024.

While other investments into the web3 games sector in 2023 could be seen as more significant, Line Next certainly hit a new record with its $140 million raised from local private equity company Crescendo Equity Partners for its mobile based gaming platform DOSI. Other planned products include an AI-based social app that will use the platform’s avatars, and new games using the popular Brown & Friends IP.

Games we’ve been playing include Nine Chronicles M, which has now exceeded 250,000 mobile downloads and together with Nine Chronicles broken 1 million total users and 115,000 MAUs.

We’ve also ventured in to the world of Lummelunda in My Neighbor Alice’s alpha season 4, which in conjunction with the launch also announced a complete migration from BNB to Chromia Appnet.

Games our featured blockchain gaming experts have been playing in 2023 vary, but number one by far seems to be NFL Rivals. No wonder CEO John Linden recently announced the game has now hit 4 million users.

On that note, our end-of-year 2023 features this week include Playmint’s David Amor, Animoca Brands’ Robby Yung, MetaKing’s Davd Johansson, Delabs’ Joonmo Kwon, Mystic Moose’s Mike Levine and Reality+’s Tony Pearce.

For the curious, a deeper look at the state of web3 gaming in 2023 (and all the way back to 2017) was provided this week by Game7’s head of research George Isichos in Jon Jordan’s latest podcast. Furthermore, Blockchain Game Alliance also launched its state of the industry report for 2023.

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8th December

Accompanied by the inevitable bugs of winter, this week we’ve started rolling out our end-of-year features. A week in, we’ve published some insightful and rather varied span of views from web3 gaming’s forerunners. Looking back at 2023, what’s been the most significant industry news; the huge increase in web3 games being made? The quality of these games? The settling of FTX/SBF gate, or the controversy surrounding Unity’s pricing model

With the general crypto sentiment very much on the up, and really very different in Q4 compared to the rest of the year, how will blockchain gaming be impacted? Dive into these questions and (lots of) opinions by watching the full video.

Nearing the end of 2023 also means we’re looking back at the year beyond just what made headlines. In doing so, we’ve been crunching data on the most downloaded blockchain games in 2023 through PC game stores and app stores. One of the top games is not surprisingly mobile-based American football title NFL Rivals from Mythical Games, which coincidentally also just broke $2 million in NFT trading volume.

Another developer is leaving Polygon for Ronin. Following Pixels Online and ACT Games, this time it’s Singapore-based Foonie Magus who’s announced it’s bringing debuting card-battle god game Apeiron to Sky Mavis’ quickly rising Ronin blockchain.

Another chain switcher, although technically a cross-chain expansion, is gaming DAO Merit Circle announcing this week its Avalanche-based Beam subnet will be integrated with Immutable’s zkEVM.

Noticeable investments from the week include Endless Clouds raising $2.5 million for Treeverse and Capsule Heroes and Animoca Brands raising an additional $11.88 million for its membership NFT project Mocaverse, bringing the total to $33.88 million.

The Sandbox has launched a major update, 0.9.7, to its Game Client, while also announcing plans to develop “support for lower-end mobile devices”. Since publishing the story, we’ve had confirmation that The Sandbox is indeed working towards a mobile release in 2024.

Finally, an old favourite with lots of new features for our Game of the Week Splinterlands.

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1st December

Our Top 50 Blockchain Game Companies of 2024 awards are in full swing. To nominate your favourite company, fill out this form. Results will be revealed live as part of PG Connects London on January 23rd 2024.

Happy, sunny and frosty start to December. As usual, we kick off by looking back at what blockchain games were most popular last month. Prominently, since launching on Ronin, Pixels has surpassed both Alien Worlds and Splinterlands in terms of DAUWs. A known contributor to this is obviously bots, but the social farming game is certainly hot. This week it launched a new guilds feature as well as its Mocaverse integration – Moca Clubhouse.

Following the Slush-warm up event Future of Gaming in Helsinki this week, Jon shares some takeaways from various industry talks he attended.

Significantly, it seems everyone now agrees the differences among blockchain game studios – spanning from web2.1 to 100% onchain – are equally as significant, if not more, than the fundamental division between web2 and web3. How do these dynamics impact decisions around user acquisition, scaling, monetisation, and such?

Most breaking news of the week however was the lawsuit surrounding Shrapnel-developer Neon Machine. While it’s often tricky to grasp all the ins and outs of legal issues, in large it comes down to a battle of corporate control between directors and shareholders. In this case majority shareholder Cort Javarone. It’s well worth diving into the details, most importantly for gamers however, Neon Machine has assured that Shrapnel is on track and still set for early access during December.

Although we’ve not had time to play it yet, Illuvium’s highly anticipated PVP autobattler Illuvium: Arena launched early access on Epic Games this week, and the team announced it’s joining forces with esports heavyweight Team Liquid, which will playtest the new mode.

Bitcoin gaming payment network ZBD announced a partnership with PC-based portal shooter Splitgate – which will enable players from US and Brazil compete for a share of a 0.5 Bitcoin ($16,500).

Finally, we’ve been earning heroes and SOL in mobile-based casual PVP Summoners League, from South Korean developer Nyou, which recently launched on Wemix.

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24th November

Our Top 50 Blockchain Game Companies of 2024 awards are in full swing. To nominate your favourite company, fill out this form. Results will be revealed live as part of PG Connects London on January 23rd 2024.

From a practical viewpoint, how does the choice of blockchain affect a game? This week we published Jon’s podcast/interview with Shiti Manghani who’s COO of Find Satoshi Lab, the studio behind STEPN, MOOAR, DOOAR and Gas Hero. Interestingly, move-to-earn app STEPN is built on Solana and later expanded to Ethereum and BNB, while FSL’s most recent title, social mobile game Gas Hero, is set to deploy on Polygon. The main reason for this, according to Manghani, is the team doesn’t want to be restrictive in “imagination, building capabilities, development or community growth”. Overall a great in-depth conversation well worth a listen.

Something that indicates that choice of blockchain matters is our chain tracker, which recorded two switchers this week. Fully onchain tycoon sim Cryptopia is integrating with Skale and Tezos’ biggest game Dogami Academy is expanding to Polygon.

Social RPG Pixels has sparked headlines for a third consecutive week due to breaking 100,000 DAUWs since its Ronin migration. However, CEO Luke Barwikowski reckons about 40% of these players are bots – and he argues that’s not an entirely bad thing. Additionally, the Pixels team announced a collaboration with Animoca’s flagship NFT collection Mocaverse which will see the launch a Moca Clubhouse including various mini-games and exclusive rewards in the Pixels universe.

Finally the day arrived when Planetarium’s highly anticipated RPG Nine Chronicles launched on mobile – in the version of Nine Chronicles M. Of course we’ve been playing eagerly and, it appears, fallen in love again.

Two prominent web3 gaming investments announced this week include an extended seed round of $5 million for layer1 blockchain Saga and the closing of a second series A round of $10 million for Matr1x’s web3 mobile games, including FPS Matr1x Fire.

We’re also joined by one of Jon’s OG friends – but who is it, and why is it featured today?

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17th November [listen to the podcast here]

Our Top 50 Blockchain Game Companies of 2024 awards have been announced. To nominate your favourite company, fill out this form. Results will be revealed live as part of PG Connects London on January 23rd 2024.

In light of the recent funding news of $5 million into Bazooka Tango, we discuss what practical impact this size of investment has to a small/medium game developer.

Two more web3 gaming investments were announced this week. Early stage VC Transcend closed its second seed funding round of $60 million and Amazon Web Services announced a $1.1 million investment into new startup accelerator MoonRealm, which is a collaboration with Animoca and Polygon Labs.

Blowfish’s space mecha RPG Phantom Galaxies launched its early access two days ago. Now available via its own website, Epic Games, HyperPlay and Ultra, plus a web2 version on Steam – it’s no surprise that the latter has stirred up a wave of negative reviews. Why web2 gamers can’t just get on with playing the games they love but have to slag off NFT games doesn’t bother Blowfish CEO Ben Lee however, who simply said “We’re here to change that attitude and we have thick skins!” during a recent AMA.

Ubisoft has revealed details of its first NFT drop for forthcoming tactical RPG Champions Tactics: Grimoria Chronicles (one of our most anticipated blockchain games). Consisting of 9,999 Warlords, the collection will be distributed via a free mint on Ethereum in Q4 2023, and Ubisoft is trying to build community momentum by rewarding access to those who interact via its social channels. But is this really the best strategy to build a genuine community? Jon has opinions.

We touch briefly on gaming DAO Game7’s State of Web3 Gaming report. Similar to the research we’ve been doing on the Big List for the last two years, the study is based on public data including more than 1,900 blockchain games, 1,000 funding rounds, and 170 ecosystems. We leave it quite sparse on details as we want to encourage people to read the full report for themselves.

Finally, game studio Avalon has revealed more details this week of its UGC-focused “interoperable and multi-genre” MMORPG. This leads us to think about what impact AI-integration will have on game studios and their (potentially) revised roadmaps.

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10th November [listen to the podcast here]

October is generally seen as a tide-changer, but the bullish momentum has only increased despite being almost halfway into November. Crypto is up, Ethereum is really up, and most prominent gaming dedicated blockchains and tokens have followed suit. 

Ronin has remained in the spotlight this week, with social RPG Pixels attracting headlines for its rapid growth of >50,000 monthly active user wallets since launching on the blockchain last week.

Meanwhile, as the first TCG on Ronin, ACT Games’ Zoids Wild Arena launched this week. We’ve been playing the mobile-based web2 version, as well as been looking into its NFT integration and rewards structure.

We’ve also been playing PC-based strategy MMO Blocklords – Jon since 2019 and Jenny since this week – and Jon recently spoke to Metaking CEO David Johansson about the game’s on/off development and where it’s heading in the next 6 months. Originally from Sweden, Johansson has plenty of experience from working in the film industry as well as the Chinese F2P gaming market and has a very down-to-earth cautious approach to web3 integration many developers would do well to learn from.

Moving on to another project on the up, we look at gaming DAO Merit Circle and its launch of subnet Beam. While a bunch of games have recently been announced to build on Beam, another much larger set of blockchain games seems to be promoted via its platform and Sphere marketplace. All-in-all, judging from its development in 2023 and recent treasury report, Merit Circle is a steadily growing web3 project with lots of potential moving into 2024.

Odin gets blockchain son Heimdall. Wait, what? Ahead of the imminent mobile release of Nine Chronicles, developer Planetarium has revealed it’s launching a new blockchain called Heimdall, which has been built for Nine Chronicles M. As it turns out, the mobile launch doesn’t just mean that currently PC-based Nine Chronicles, which is deployed on Odin, will be available on mobile. Planetarium is essentially launching a new title it calls Nine Chronicles M, which will also be available on PC, but deployed on its own chain. All the while, PC-based Nine Chronicles will also be distributed on mobile but remain on the Odin blockchain – with assets that remain on Odin and can’t be bridged to Heimdall. Seems confusing? You’re not alone.

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3rd November [listen to the podcast here]

And just like that we’re into November and winter time, and in the silence of night (at least UK-time) The Sandbox dropped the news that it’s opened the doors to self-publishing of UGC. This is a milestone The Sandbox has been working towards for years. In short it means LAND owners can now publish their UG experiences on The Sandbox map without needing to go through any application. For more details of what this move actually entails, listen in to our conversation and read our full coverage here.

During its annual Breakpoint event held this week, Solana Labs launched open beta of its web3 API GameShift. Aimed at game developers, the API helps to integrate blockchain assets into their games code-free. 

Plenty of news surrounding Sky Mavis’ gaming blockchain Ronin has been released recently. This week former Polygon-based Pixels launched successfully on the network, and South Korean game developer ACT Games announced it’s migrating its game portfolio to Ronin. Its first release on Ronin will be currently-Polygon-based PC/mobile TCG Zoids Wild Arena.

In even more exciting news, the studio also revealed its working on a web3 game featuring the Hello Kitty IP, which is set for launch in 2024. In true web3 community-driven spirit, Jenny’s had some fun and scribbled down a few suggestions for brand collaboration and design features, including DapperLabs’ Cryptokitties. Just remember where you heard it first guys.

Moreover, Zillion Whales’ mobile-based Wild Forest is the first RTS to launch open beta on Ronin.

Planetarium’s open source RPG Nine Chronicles has opened pre-registration for its mobile release later this month. Jon’s been playing the PC version of the game for years, and dives into why this platform shift is exciting.

Animoca Brands also has a lot going for it at the moment with a recent partnership with Saudi city ecosystem NEOM, which also involves an investment of $50 million. Further, this week the company announced it’s acquired blockchain-based streaming platform Azarus to integrate its vast game portfolio on the platform.

Lastly, we explore what’s up with the recent update of metaverse-optimized blockchain Lamina1, and get trashed in its first browser-based playable demo Space Lasers. Jolly fun!

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27th October

Terms like spooktacular and spookylicious have flourished generously on social channels this week, but perhaps the most fitting term to describe the current mode is still Uptober. Let’s see if the momentum continues as we approach the end of the year.

On that note, three web3 gaming projects have raised recent funding, including 

  • Uplandme with $7 million for its metaverse Upland, AI-integration and token expansion, 
  • Hytopia with $3 million for its creator tools and Minecraft-style voxel-world builder, and 
  • Neon Machine with $20 million for its third-person shooter Shrapnel.

Due to Delabs’ upcoming open beta launch of lawnmower racer Rumble Racing Star, we checked in with CEO Joonmo Kwon to recap 2023 and revisit his vision for the future of web3 gaming. 

In our interview highlight, and Jon’s latest podcast, we dive into a conversation with gaming veteran Kevin Chou about the Superlayer investment incubator, its latest project gamer ID and rewards platform Trophy, and much more.

Moreover, we had an interview with Saltwater Games CPO Chris Abbot about building Celeros: its Fortnite for motorsport, and how the company aims to create social awareness through gaming.

Lastly, we’ve been speaking to crypto platform’s gaming team about the recent launch of its Cronos-based tycoon simulator Loaded Lions: Mane City.  

And with whatever time that remained, Jenny squeezed in a few battles of Animoca Brands’ TOWER-powered Chaos Kingdom, which is based on tower defense game Crazy Defense Heroes, but also differs significantly from the original.


20th October

New week, new cap. This is the first cap Jenny’s purchased with her own hard-earned ETH, by bridging it from Ethereum mainnet onto Base, and then by minting an NFT on Zora, which served as a token for the physical cap. Although it was far from a joyful experience for someone who’s even reluctant to create a new account for simple online shopping, it’s all part of the ever important learning curve. And the delivery was quick.

Now to our recap of the past blockchain gaming week…

Three investments were announced; climate change focused Zeedz raised $1 million in seed funding and Darewise raised $3.5 million for advancing its Bitcoin-based economy in PC-based metaverse Life Beyond. A third announcement was web3 social gaming platform Forge, which raised $11 million in a seed round led by Makers Fund, Bitkraft and Animoca Brands. While nothing note-worthy in and of itself, what was more interesting with this announcement was that nowhere were the terms blockchain or web3 mentioned. This appears to be a growing strategy for web3 developers wanting to win the hearts of traditional web2 players. Will this tactic prove successful, and more importantly, what’s at stake?

It’s pretty difficult to hide a technical feature that requires users to connect their blockchain wallet. Would it not be better to actually highlight the advantages of web3, such as added depth, security and transparency of digital ownership just to mention the most obvious one? Well, this is a favourite topic of Jon, as our faithful listeners will know.

This also brings us onto this month’s Mavens feature which looks at the need for blockchain education and wider awareness of its benefits to players. By far the Mavens topic with most responses from our range of blockchain gaming experts so far, including Animoca CEO Robby Yung, Unstoppable Games Jean-Paul Farraj and Immutable VP and game director Chris Clay, among others.

Next up we look at fully onchain games (again!), and due to two interviews this week highlighting this quickly advancing set of games, we dive into fantasy world MMORPG Dragginz from the original Neopets-creators and why it’s deploying on ICP, as well as Proof of Plays’ better known social RPG Pirate Nation and CEO Mahitt Mahajan’s larger vision for 100% onchcain gaming.

On this note, we’ve also compiled a list of the top 10 fully onchain games currently live or in development.

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13th October

No cap this week. Instead we’re accompanied by our new Pudgy Penguin buddies.

Two prominent web3 games investments were announced this week. Firstly, blockchain gaming platform Game of Silks, which mints NFT versions of real world race horses and base rewards on their performance, raised $5 million in a series 2 seed round. Secondly, Wemix and Mirana Ventures invested $6.4 million, of its $30 million blockchain gaming fund, into five Chinese blockchain game developers. Which ones are yet to be revealed.

This leads us onto Jon’s piece this week looking at blockchain gaming tokens and their 2023 performance so far. Together with Sky Mavis’ RON and Hytopia’s WRLD, WEMIX is highlighted as one of the projects with solid utility and ecosystem growth.

With that in mind, it’s hard not to notice the growth of the Asian web3 gaming market more generally, aligning well with Yat Sui’s comments from earlier in 2023, stating that “pro-capitalist Asian countries both invest in and adapt to web3 more willingly than countries in North America and Europe”. This is further affirmed by The Sandbox‘s Sebastien Borget revealing that 40% of its player base is in Asia, especially Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, and Thailand. In related news, we published a conversation this week between Shuji Utsumi from Japanese gaming giant Sega and Double Jump’s Hironobu Ueno on upcoming title Battle of Three Kingdoms and its prospect of reviving Sega IP Sangokushi Taisen. Moreover, Japanese game developer Drecom announced that its Wizardry IP is entering The Sandbox through Eternal Crypt — Wizardry BC.

Some of the most interesting (and quirkiest some might say) blockchain games emerging lately are fully onchain games. We briefly discuss the reasons developers choose to deploy 100% onchain and look at one such title; 3D MMORPG Dragginz from former Neopets-developers Adam and Donna Powell. Another example is Sage Labs from the team behind Star Atlas, which has seen a significant rise in onchain transactions, and accounted for 15% of all Solana transactions earlier this week. Another fully onchain game is our Game of the Week Pirate Nation, which is currently available in beta.

Jon has had a great in-depth podcast featuring Skale co-founder Jack O’Holleran, where they talked about the growth of Skale, how blockchain games have evolved, games deploying on the Skale network, and much more.

In additional news:

6th October

A new month is upon us, which means we look back at the one that was. September’s most popular blockchain games include the usual suspects – Alien Worlds, Splinterlands, and Nine Chronicles – but for some reason we don’t exactly know, Farmers World has seen a record high number of active wallets and overtaken them all. Though this could simply be down to DappRadar changing its tracking of the game.

During September we also saw an increase of 90 games to the Big Blockchain Game List, with the TON blockchain topping the charts of most new games added.

Star Atlas’ fully onchain economic sim Sage Labs which launched recently has seen 6,000 new game profiles added as well as breaking 1 million in transactions on Solana. It’s also unlocked access to its open source modding tools.

Axie Infinity Origins Season 6 has kicked off, and with it comes a whole bunch of new rewards to engage new players as well as encourage more active gameplay among existing axie holders. Other new features include a Battle Pass system, shorter tutorial and quicker turn-duration, speeding up the battles significantly.

As the gaming market continues to struggle, with Epic being the latest to announce more cutdowns, the blockchain gaming space is in no way immune. This week we looked into how Splinterlands aims to tackle the increased pressure by splitting the company into two separate ventures, downsize its staff, and hand over ownership of its forthcoming Rebellion card set to the SPS DAO.

From soft launch to season one, Mythical and CM Games’ car racing collectible Nitro Nation World Tour has officially launched through the app stores and finally Jenny can get it to load. But will it do better than Mythical’s other mobile title NFL Rivals? Jon thinks so, although it might take a while.

Also from the week, our interviews with Bazooka Tango CEO Bo Daly about rebooting its TCG Shardbound with NFTs, and NOD Games’ Dan Lee about how the South Korean developer is adding interoperability to its mobile/browser 4X game League of Kingdoms, as well as becoming a publisher, and web3 strategy advisor for companies such as NHN.

Shoutout to Mojo Melee for this week’s cap – to mark the launch of its new season Harvest of Doom!

29th September

A quick memory-scan through H2 2023, and I don’t think there’s been a week without news of a blockchain game launch. And hot off the press comes the announcement that Peter Molyneux’s studio 22Cans is now preparing for the launch of Legacy on 26th October. The game is deploying on GalaChain, which is not ideal given recent news, but still exciting to see what this PC-based business simulation game has to offer.

In this week’s roundup we also discuss some people’s favourite avocation; NFT bashing. As tedious as it is to our ears, the fact that people care so much about hating blockchain that they (still) see a need to exaggerate headlines about the fad value of it, is itself perhaps a sign of its disruptive power.

We also look at monopoly themed blockchain game Upland and the proposal to introduce a new Ethereum-based ERC-20 called Sparklet.

Two headlines surrounding The Sandbox included the announcement that MotoGP world champ Valentino Rossi’s VR46 Metaverse and Animoca Brands are collaborating on motorsport metaverse experiences and will bring their first one, ValeVerse, to The Sandbox. The other is that the team behind Cardano-based NFT collection Clay Nation has developed a bridge, where blockchain is proving NFT ownership on Cardano for Polygon compatibility with The Sandbox.

Part of our daily blockchain game grind is Boomland’s mobile and browser-based action RPG Hunters On-Chain, so we were excited to explore its new features, including daily missions and the ability to build and join clans.

We’ve recently been talking to Zillion Whales CEO Andrey Korotkov about its mobile-based RTS Wild Forest, F2P vs blockchain, and why it’s deploying on Sky Mavis’ Ronin blockchain. In another interview from this week we talked to Space Nation CMO Barry Hoffman about building web3 MMORPG Space Nation Online and its use of linear media.

In additional news:

Thanks to Angry Dynomites for the cap!

And here’s a podcast version.

22nd September

One of this week’s features, Jon’s interview with ATMTA CEO Michael Wagner, was headlined The reignition of Star Atlas. Although it certainly feels like more than just the Solana-based space game has caught fire lately. Web3 gaming is buzzing with announcements, new titles and investments – and competing PC distribution platforms are more eager than ever to claim exclusivity and promote their blockchain game catalogues.

On that note, this week F2P battle royale shooter My Pet Hooligan launched early access via PC Epic Games Store. Its developer AMGI Studios also announced a 12-month deal with Amazon Prime Gaming, offering Prime members free monthly drops of My Pet Hooligan in-game assets.

Distribution platforms is also a hot topic in our interview with Mythical Games CEO John Linden. Its mobile title NFL Rivals launched on app stores earlier in 2023, and Linden enthusiastically shares numbers of its success to date, and how the game is driving synergetic IAP monetization through its NFT sales. He also shares what’s behind PC-based Blankos’ switch to mobile, and much more.

PC game distribution store Ultra is making waves by not only promoting web3 PC titles, but also turns them into NFTs, making them tradeable on secondary marketplaces. Games which have recently been tokenized include Mars4, R3v3nge, and Cards of Etherenity.

The largest investment since December 2022 was announced this week, with US developer Proof of Play securing $33 million in seed funding for fully onchain action RPG Pirate Nation. Co-led by a16z and Greenoaks, the investment round also included Anchorage Digital, Mercury, Firebase, Zynga, Alchemy plus angels such as Naval Ravikant, Balaji Srinivasian and the founders of Twitch. Former Twitch CEO Emmett Shear also joins the board.

Although small in comparison, but nonetheless significant, game startup Spectarium has raised $5 million in a seed round. The team is working on cross-platform RPG Myths. The round was led by Bitkraft, with other investors including Delphi Digital and Framework Ventures.

In additional news:

Listen to the podcast version here.

15th September

Somewhat telling of the gently turning tide we’re seeing, this week 2023’s blockchain gaming investments broke $1 billion. Although nowhere near the $8.2 billion invested during 2022, it’s nonetheless encouraging for an industry that’s still largely trudging uphill. 

Three major investments contributed to this, including $20 million for Animoca Brands’ membership NFT collection Mocaverse. The other two were $8 million in seed funding for GamePhilos’ mobile and PC strategy game Age of Dino and $6.5 million seed funding for Mythic Protocol’s action-shooter RPG Riftstorm, its creator platform Dumb, and DeFi product Legacy.

Two games announced they’re switching blockchains. The first one being farming game Pixels, which leaves Polygon behind for Sky Mavis’ Ronin. The other is Darewise’s sci-fi metaverse Life Beyond, which with its assets currently on Polygon announced plans to build a new Bitcoin economy.

Because of the growing number of web3 games and projects now migrating between blockchains, we’ve created a new feature called Chain Switchers. Yes, we do like lists and keeping things tidy.

Zynga’s Sugartown sold out its Ora collection mint, with NFTs now priced at $300. Less in demand were nWay’s Wreck League which also launched this week, and only saw around 8% of the possible 10,000-odd NFT mechs created on launch day. In terms of the game itself, well, Jon’s got a few things yet to get the hang of.

In additional headlines:

Finally, don’t miss our interview this week with Tiny Rebel CEO Susan Cummings who talks about its social pet game Petaverse, and why the industry needs to scrap the web3 vocabulary and focus on fun and engaging games instead.

Listen to the podcast version here.

8th September

First full week of September gone, and despite a late summer heat-wave (in the UK), judging from the amount of industry news, there’s certainly a sense of a new season approaching. This week we talk a lot, about lots of games.

  • To start off, we look at which blockchain games were the most popular during August, and what metric is used to rank them. What’s behind Alien Worlds‘ drop in active wallets, what are the new blockchain games breaking into the top and why is NFL Rivals, which recently broke $1 million in trading volume, not among them? Jon explains it all.
  • Without dwelling on it, we couldn’t not mention the lawsuit surrounding Gala Games and the (now) obvious reason behind its token fork and burn. Of course Gala hopes this won’t affect its business, but what impact it has remains to be seen. Although painful for the wider industry in the short term, sorting the wheat from the chaff is probably better in the long run.
  • Further, we dive into the pre-beta release of Axie Infinity: Homeland which is accompanied by a new rewards system, the removal of seasons and a significant change in staking structure. With 20% of staking rewards being diverted into game rewards, Sky Mavis is looking to encourage more gameplay. Good news for active Homeland players.
  • Due to nWay Games’ upcoming launch of anticipated mech-battler Wreck League on Thursday September 14th, Jon has had an in-depth conversation with nWay’s CEO Taehoon Kim about its web2/web3 strategy, how the company is bridging F2P gamers and its focus on esport.
  • We’ve been playtesting Shardbound from Bazooka Tango this week. Check out our Game of the Week for more details.
  • Zynga’s mini-game platform Sugartown‘s first Ora collection mint begins 13th September, but why is it restricted to US, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam?
  • Plenty of web3 gaming news are released in light of Korea Blockchain Week, and no doubt more is to come, but the most prominent so far is that Nine Chronicles developer and web3 game publisher Planetarium is working on two new RPGs, Verse8 and Immortal Rising 2.
  • On top of this Krafton has partnered with Circle and AngelHack to announce new Cosmos-based blockchain Settlus. Described as a “transparent settlement system for the creator economy”, Settlus will settle transactions using the USDC stablecoin. The first project to adopt the system is Krafton’s own Migaloo metaverse.

Listen to the podcast version here.

1st September

  • 39 new games were added to the Big List this month, and in light of the announcements surrounding a bunch of big blockchain titles recently, including Ubisoft’s Champions Tactics, Zynga’s Sugartown and nWay’s Wreck League, we discuss the current state of blockchain gaming. We’d argue that these games, and the remarkable fact that so many developers are still building despite recent market conditions are an encouraging sign for the industry.
  • To further emphasise our point, we’ve compiled a list of our most anticipated blockchain games in 2023.
  • Since the launch of its in-app marketplace, Jon has been tracking NFL Rivals, comparing the prices of NFTs in its marketplace vs. in-app.
  • Mojo Melee launched its second free NFT with Amazon Prime Gaming, also launching its web marketplace using Sequence’s tech.
  • Animoca Brands announced its 2022 financials. Bookings were up 32% to $402 million.
  • Apart from NFL Rivals, we’ve been playing Com2uS’ casual mobile game Minigame Party, which is also our game of the week.
  • Don’t miss this week’s opinion piece by Ultra CEO Nicolas Gilot on how web3 can thaw the esports winter.

Listen to the podcast version here.

25th August

As Gamescom 2023 is drawing to a close, the team returns to native soil. However full service won’t commence until next week. This mean that our roundup lacks a video and audio this week, but we’ll still highlight some of our favourite topics from the week, including:

  • Our list of the top 10 most anticipated blockchain games has gone live. While this has been in development for some time, we’ve had to remove some games that went live along the way, as well as make room for more recently announced titles, the list is dynamic and includes 10 really exciting titles we can’t wait to play.
  • Following its soft launch in June, NFL Rivals has quickly climbed the ranks and become one of the biggest mobile titles in web3 with nearly 2 million downloads. Mythical Games has now launched the proper season, Kickoff, and alongside the launch also introduced an in-app NFT marketplace. After a few weeks of holiday from the game, Jenny is excited to be back on the pitch, with the added bonus of smoother gameplay and an easier-to-navigate dashboard.
  • In other news, Mighty Action Heroes has enabled social logins using Sequence integration and Sky Mavis’ Ronin ecosystem welcomes thirdparty developer Zillion Whales and its mobile-based RTS Wild Forest.
  • Don’t miss this week’s opinion piece by Playmint UK CEO David Amor on building fully onchain autonomous world Downstream, and why decentralization is the way forward in games.

18th August

This week we go all in on Zynga’s announcement of its first web3 title Sugartown, which was announced on Monday.

  • The game will launch its first 10,000 NFTs on Ethereum via the Forte platform as a free mint later in 2023. These will be required to access Sugartown – users will stake the NFTs to generate energy – which is described as a platform consisting of mini-games. More NFTs will be made available as the game scales up.
  • A few weeks on from the news that Star Atlas dev ATMTA is cutting back significantly on staff and visionary strategy, our blockchain gaming Mavens shared their varying in-depth knowledge on how this might impact the perception of the blockchain game sector as being both inexperienced in terms of development skills and financial management.
  • In our interview this week we speak to head of game design at Parallel, Kohji Nagata, who gives us a look behind the scenes of this exciting sci-fi TCG and why the studio is focusing on building best, not wide.

11th August

Starting off with a look at three different blockchain mobile games:

  • An early mode of one of our most anticipated blockchain games, Nitro Nation: World Tour, released through the app stores this week. Season 0, called Head Start, offers players a glimpse of this mobile-based racing car and collection game, and its NFT Club feature. Despite our excitement tapering off somewhat due to the underwhelming experience of incomplete menus, and more, we look forward to the full release of what has the potential to be a great game appealing to F2P mobile gamers and web3 gamers alike.
  • We talk about game developer Com2uS and its high-profile Summoners War: Chronicles. Jon recently had a chat to Com2uS US president Kyu Lee about how the company’s XPLA blockchain was born in light of the Terra collapse, Com2uS’ radical move to deploy all of its games on blockchain, and how this wasn’t well received by everyone, and more.
  • This week also had an interview with Moonlit Games’ co-founder Patrick McGrath, who deep-dives into the studio’s F2P rougelike RPG Rogue Nation, talks about his love for games and explains how web3 adds much more value than just asset ownership. Rogue Nation is another title adapted for mobile, which launches its new chapter Proteus Thursday 17th August, available on Google Play and Apple App Store.

In other news this week:


4th August

In this week’s episode we dive into:

  • New mech combat game Wreck League was announced by Animoca Brands’ nWay studio. While players are incentivised to construct, and deconstruct their mechs using 10 various parts which are NFTs, the game also includes PVP battles. Notably, season one incorporates Yuga Labs’ renown collections Bored Ape Yacht ClubMutant Ape Yacht ClubBored Ape Kennel Club, and Otherside Kodas. Significantly, Wreck League will be adapted for both for web2 and web3 players, with NFT rewards as well as the ability to sell NFTs mechs as non-NFT assets.
  • Following in the footsteps of Mythical’s Blankos Block Party, Mystic Moose announced this week that its autochess battler Mojo Melee is coming to Amazon Prime’s games promotion. While still early days, will this strategy work for web3 games looking to go mainstream?
  • Elaborating on the theme of blockchain games blurring the line between web2 and web3, we also look at the highly anticipated Nitro Nation: World Tour and Guild of Guardians.

28th July

Gm and happy Friday yet again. This week:

  • We look into the news that one of the most ambitious web3 games in the sector, Solana-powered Star Atlas from ATMTA, announced it’s going through a major restructuring, which includes cutting back 73% of its staff and downsizing its vision. Are more projects still suffering in the wake of FTX, and is this just a sign of more to come?
  • Solana-based Aurory revealed its cross-chain expansion plans will start by adopting Ethereum scaling tech Arbitrum.
  • 3,000 of CyberKongz’s Genkai NFTs have launched on Sky Mavis’ Ronin blockchain (and Ethereum), selling out in an hour and generating $1.4 million. As part of the news, CyberKongz and Sky Mavis also revealed plans to release a Genkai-themed game together.
  • South Korean game dev Delabs announced a $4.7 million seed round this week. Jon has been chatting to Delabs’ head of web3 strategy, Quinn Kwon, about its passion for web3, the studio’s kart-rider game Rumble Racing Star and forthcoming titles Space Frontier and Meta Bolts.
  • In closing we take a brief look at our Game of the Week, MetalCore, which kicks off its live playtests today, Friday 28th July.

July 21st

While the team is on mini holiday there’s no video or podcast roundup. Still, some noticeable blockchain gaming news broke this week, so let’s do a quick recap.

  • The Sandbox reached a core milestone in its vision to become a truly open metaverse by enabling its Landowners to create and submit their user generated content for early approval. The big launch is scheduled for later in 2023.
  • Jon has been chatting to Bright Star CEO Mark Laursen about MMORPG Ember Sword, his vision of the game and about its onboarding strategy.
  • In light of Ubisoft recently announcing its first web3 title, our blockchain mavens discussed its impact for future adoption of blockchain technology in the gaming sector.
  • In investment news, Pangu Software announced the closing of a $5 million seed round for its MMORPG MetaCene. This brings total investments into blockchain games during 2023 to $894 million.
  • As part of its PlayGG event in San Diego, Solana Labs announced new web3 game technology GameShift. In collaboration with real-time engine MetaGravity, Solana-powered Star Atlas also used the event to stress test its space metaverse, with 5,000 users interacting in a single non-instanced environment within Unreal Engine 5.
  • Finally, our Game of the Week, BoomLand’s Hunters On-Chain, successfully launched on Polygon mainnet for its Genesis Hunter holders.

July 14th

  • Following on from Mystic Moose’s launch of Mojo Melee last week, we share our early impressions of the game so far. One of us is winning, one’s not.
  • Mighty Bear Games announced earlier this week that its battle royale Mighty Action Heroes is switching from Polygon to Arbitrum and the TreasureDAO ecosystem. Arbitrum seems to be gaining momentum as an increasingly popular blockchain for games, something Jon also wrote a short opinion piece about this week.
  • Some play it up as highly significant, and it’s certainly welcomed by the industry, but what does Google Play’s new policy on NFTs actually mean and what are the practical implications for blockchain games?
  • We look into the three titles NFT collection Cool Cats announced it’s working on this week. 
  • Finally, we discuss Binance Labs’ $15 million investment into Xterio, the titles it’s working on, token launch, and more. 

Also check out our 

  • Game of the Week, Mighty Action Heroes, which launches open beta Friday 14th July. 
  • Jon’s in-depth chat with Moonstream’s co-founder and CEO Neeraj Kashyap about how to build strong blockchain game economies and stop them from blowing up.

July 7th

  • We’ve mentioned it many times, but this week we take an in-depth look at the Big Blockchain Game List. As we’ve crossed the half year mark we elaborate further on H1 2023 data on discontinued blockchain games as well as new games by chain. We talk about metrics, multichain projects and why Polygon has overtaken BNB as the top blockchain for gaming.
  • Mojo Melee has launched season 1 on Polygon and is working towards a full mobile release later in 2023, but how can blockchain technology enhance this autochess battler?
  • Similarly, we ask the question regarding Eyeball Pool in light of Eyeball Games announcing this week the game is coming to Immutable. How can blockchain be successfully integrated in a pool game? And is there room for another top pool game such as Miniclips’s 8 Ball Pool?
  • In closing we look at our Game of the Week, multiplayer browser FPS Mini Royale: Nations. Running on Solana, the game has recently launched season 5, Pirate booty. We continue on the topic of blockchain integration, and how this game has embraced interoperability and user created content since its launch in late 2021.

June 30th

  • We’re excited about it, but why is everyone else so quiet about the announcement of Ubisoft developing its first blockchain game?
  • And additional news breaking from Oasys’ special event this week.
  • Of course we dive into Jon’s favourite topic: Mythical Games, and the recent series C1 round of $37 million.
  • Pixion Games also announced that it’s raised $5.5 million for Fableborne, and Jon’s been talking to CEO Kam Punia.
  • We briefly touch on Heroes of Mavia‘s open beta launch as well as the global launch of Anipang Blast, our Game of the Week.

June 16th

  • Our starting point this week is Gala Games, and the company’s approach to blockchain game development and publishing as we understand it. We talk about Gala’s game catalogue and focus particularly on our Game of the Week: Eternal Paradox, currently on a three week playtest.
  • We briefly touch on the upcoming playtests of Synergy Land and Legendary: Heroes Unchained, which leads us onto a discussion about the range of blockchain integration in games, the spectrum of mobile-first games just using NFTs to hardcore fully on-chain games.
  • Our Mavens this week also joined in the discussion about mobile blockchain games, and more specifically shared their outlook on mobile app stores as a key distribution channel for web3 games in 2023.
  • With all that’s going on with the SEC, its crypto resistance and security labelling of The Sandbox’s SAND token, Animoca Brands’ Yat Siu has shared his bright vision on the future of blockchain in other parts of the world. Here we also refer to a great interview Jon did with Siu earlier in 2023.
  • And don’t miss our interview this week with Ultra’s co-CEO Nicolas Gilot on building ‘blockchain Steam on steriods’.

* We regularly refer to the Big List, but obviously not everyone’s familiar with what we mean. So, just to make sure we’re on the same page, this is the Big Blockchain Game List.

June 9th

Does the web3 gaming sector need another game launcher?

  • This and more is up for discussion this week in light of game store launcher and aggregator HyperPlay’s recent announcement of $12 million series A funding
  • Is CM Games and Mythical’s Nitro Nation: World Tour car sales, which went live this week, worth being bullish about? At least one of us is.
  • Jon has had a great in-depth conversation with Laguna Games’ CEO Aron Beierschmitt about Crypto Unicorns and the recent launch of Unicorn Party, its IP extension including “funnel” games Bumpercorns and Mob Run
  • We mention this week’s interview with The Sandbox COO and co-founder Sebastien Borget, and
  • Lastly, do you have to be a full time gamer to enjoy Crypto Unicorns? Check out why it’s our Game of the Week.

June 2nd 2023

It seems we’re not the only ones who have had a few days in the sun this week. The whole blockchain games industry is a bit thin on news. Nonetheless, accompanied by a very special celebrity guest, we managed to round up some of the most relevant topics from the week as follows:

  • The Big Blockchain Game List’s data on new games added in May and a few reflections on the number of new l2 blockchains emerging.

Three interviews we’ve published this week;

In closing, we look at some of the new projects we’re hopeful about for 2023 (and 2025).

May 26th 2023

  • We started off looking at this week’s investments, notably Loot Labs’ $1.5 million pre-seed and BoomLand’s $1 million pre-seed and its exciting milestone of reaching 10,000 Hunters On-Chain players on the testnet.
  • We looked at the total of $741 million investments into blockchain games so far in 2023, comparing it to previous year’s very different market conditions. In regards to other investment news, we discuss the reasons why some companies do not disclose exact numbers. 
  • In launch news we mention SkyVu’s top-down shooter Battle Bears Heroes, which is the first of Sky Mavis’ thirdparty games to launch on the Ronin network. The game has soft launched on Google Play and App Store, which takes us into…
  • The ever continuing complicated relationship of web3 mobile games and app stores. Jon shares the process of buying STEPN NFTs using Apple Pay, and why it’s not so straight-sailing. Is Solana’s Saga phone and similar solutions a better way forward for blockchain mobile games?
  • Finally, make sure you check out our Game of the Week: GRIT, and don’t miss this week’s prominent interviews with Cronos Lab’s Ken Timsit and Venly’s Stefan Colins on the future of blockchain gaming and Metaking Studios’ David Johansson on building Blocklords.

May 19th 2023

  • This week we dig into Gala Games and its unexpected move to burn 15 billion Gala tokens to “counter the dump and exit scenario”. How does this actually work, and is it a good strategy?
  • Next we look into Sky Mavis’ announcement that Axie Infinity Origins (which is also our Game of the Week) has gone live on Apple App Store in parts of South America and southeast Asia. What does this mean in terms of it being a blockchain game? Has Apple changed its initial rejection of blockchain games and assets on its store?
  • Looking closer at a selelction of launches from this week, particularly Aurory’s Prologue to Adventures, and the Sui games launch #1.
  • Lastly, we talk briefly about our first Mavens feature that was published this week.

May 12th 2023

  • Starting off with sad news this week of US developer Irreverent Labs announcing that the development of MechaFightClub has been paused indefinitely.
  • We move on to some better news of a selection of this week’s launches – Gala Games Grit, the community beta of Metaking Studio’s Blocklords as well as Affyn’s announcement of new web3 mobile title Buddy Arena.
  • We close by talking about the recent updates and blockchain integration of the games we’re currently enjoying, among them are NFL Rivals, Hunters On-Chain and not to forget our Game of the Week, Blocklords.

May 5th 2023

  • Sui mainnet has gone live this week, which was followed by the news that 13 games would launch on its network. We take a closer look at the selection of the games, and more.
  • We also look at Com2uS’ recent announcement of two new blockchain titles; Ace Fishing: Crew and Minigame Party: Pocket Edition.
  • Jon wrote an article about Epic Games Store and its 18 listed blockchain games. This sparks the larger question whether the web2 market is starting to realise and adopt to the inevitable power of web3 gaming.
  • Further we take a brief look at this month’s data on the most popular blockchain games and the apparent status quo in the order of current top blockchain games.
  • As usual, we close with a highlight of our Game of the Week: Xeno Dragon.

April 28th 2023

This week we talk a lot about

Mythical Games;

  • Other news we talk about is the launch of Ultra Games, and the different way games and platforms adapt to and launch their products in web3.
  • We also highlight Jon’s interview with Alex Paley from Faraway and Lior from Mutant Cartel and their forthcoming city builder Serum City.
  • Last we look at Game of the Week: NFL Rivals.

April 21st 2023

Among this week’s topics we discuss:

  • Two noticable investments; Swedish game developer Goals series A of $20 million and Krafton and Naver Z’s joint investment of $37 million into the Migaloo project.
  • We try to make sense of Gala Games’ upcoming airdrop of GALA v2 tokens. What’s the purpose of it? (Hint: we still don’t know…)
  • We talk about Merit Circle’s web3 gaming subnet Beam, on Avalanche, as part of a wider context of layer 2 solutions.
  • Last of all, we elaborate on why InfiniMerge is our Game of the Week.

April 14th 2023

April 7th 2023 – (This week’s format is a little different as we are together, in a holiday flat, with the children slightly interrupting in the background. We hope you can still make sense of our conversation about the hottest topics of the week in blockchain gaming…)

March 31st 2023

  • This week we covered the Sky Mavis announcement about the first games from external developers launching on its Ronin blockchain, including Directive Game’s The Machines Arena and’s crickets games.
  • We talked about Blocklords, among other games, and the slight confusion about what chain the game is actually running.
  • Jon interviewed Immutable’s Robbie Ferguson this week. What did he take away from their conversation?
  • Arc8 and its biggest updates to-date was on the agenda, as well as some of this weeks game releases and mints.
  • As ever, we finished with a look at our game of the week, Blast Royale, and the reasons we picked it.

March 24th 2023

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