Distribution muscle is now the battleground for rival web3 PC game platforms
Despite Epic Games Store looking to be the de facto standard when it comes to launching web3 PC games, competitor Elixir Games is looking to position itself as a willing rival.
It’s highlighted a number of games which are launching exclusively on its platform, of which the most high profile is World Eternal Online, a WoW-style MMORPG from US studio Core Loop.
This exclusively is interesting as World Eternal Online is also listed on the Epic Games Store as “coming soon”, so this may be a case of a timed exclusive.
Less contentious is the exclusively for Game for a Living’s turn-based hero battler Elemental Raiders, which isn’t listed on any other stores.
As well as Elixir and Epic, other web3 game stores include Ultra, Flame, HyperPlay and Robot Cache, plus dedicated hubs such as Mavis Hub and Gotchi Hub. Of course, many PC game developers are also releasing pure web2 versions of their games on Steam.
Examples include Raini’s The Lord of Light – on Elixir and Epic Games Store – or Gala Games’ Superior – on Steam and Epic Games Store – while The Bornless plans to be available on Ultra, Elixir, Epic Games Store and Steam.
Of course, with some games being cross-platform, an increasing number are also now available on the Apple App Store and Google Play. Summoners War: Chronicles is the prime example here with the PC version on Steam and Elixir and the mobile version on Apple and Google stores.
As for Elixir, other game it’s currently claiming as exclusive include:
- Chronos (SphereStudios)
- Cyber Titans (LitLab Games), although this is also available on Epic Games Store
- Mokens League (Monsterleague Studios)
- No Way Back (Elixir Studios)
- Safrootics (Alab Studios)
- Tinies (Elixir Studios)
- Tollan Worlds (Foretold Studios)
In total, Elixir claims it has partnerships with around 120 games deployed on the likes of Solana, Polygon, Avalanche, BNB, Ethereum and Sui, of which around 50 titles are now listed on its platform. This is a similar amount to Ultra, although Epic Games Store now lists 61 titles. HyperPlay listed around 40 with Flame at around 20 titles listed.
In terms of unique PC titles listed across all these platforms, the total is now over 220.