Playmint’s David Amor on what’s really important and the rise of onchain games
As the year comes to an end, we’re asking some of the key members of the blockchain gaming sector what they thought about what happened in 2023, and what they expect in 2024. You can check out all our interviews in this series here.
David Amor is the CEO of UK fully onchain game developer Playmint, which is working on Downstream. He’s also one of the speakers at PG Connects London where he’ll be joining a panel on the future of fully onchain games.
What was the most significant news of 2023?
For us it was a set of ideas coalescing around the concept of Autonomous Worlds. I don’t think we’d done a good job of explaining why anyone would build a game that ran fully onchain, but Autonomous Worlds was a helpful framing that’s really helped get people excited about our corner of web3 gaming.
How did the focus of your business change this year?
A lot of web3 businesses, including ours, got caught in the hype of 2021 and early 2022 where investment seemed infinite and teams set their sights on AAA. The bear market this year has enabled us to focus on what’s really important in what we’re doing. The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
What do you predict will be the most important trends in 2024?
I predict the continued rise of fully onchain games. There’s so many more builders than there were a year ago and they’re building genuinely interesting (if scrappy) games. Alongside the heavyweights such as CCP Games and Proof of Play, it makes for a thriving scene.
What was your favourite blockchain game of the year?
For me it was OP Craft because it introduced some new ideas.
What’s your New Year’s resolution and what resolution would you enforce on the industry?
I see some signs of a bull market and my concern is that we’ll see a lot of ponzinomics return. Get-rich-quick schemes are attractive but there are so many more interesting things to try!