It is inevitable that NFT gaming will take off and become a no-brainer for the 3 billion gamers worldwide.
According to a article for many, NFTs are still a hard sell. They can be complex and suffer from poor UX design (get ahead with our UX Design Foundations course). There is inherent volatility and the environmental impact of NFTs, in their current use, is hard to ignore. For players, in particular, the specter of loot boxes still prevails, these paid random boxes of items sucked money from players. More and more major publishers are returning or exploring the uses of NFTs, including Square Enix, Ubisoft, Konami, Epic, Capcom, and EA… chances are you’ll be designing or using them soon. So, what can we expect for the future of NFT gaming?
NFTs in games can unlock and add value to gameplay. As KokoSwap, Chris Clarke explains, “In the gaming industry, if the player puts their value into the game, it makes perfect sense that they can take that value out of the game.” That’s Ubisoft’s view, with the establishment of its own platform called Quartz, and its in-game NFT, called Digits. The publisher launched Quartz in late 2021 to get fans to react, but it stuck with it. This is crucial because NFTs can effectively create a second-hand market for digital games and items.
Quartz is giving current players of Ghost Recon Breakpoint, its open-world tactical shooter, NFTs of new, often backdated items to reward longtime players. The use of NFTs means players can be the sole owner of an in-game item and then choose to trade, sell, or keep it. The idea that players can earn money through gambling is not new, but NFTs are more secure and flexible.
Players are used to purchasing in-game items through microtransactions and season passes. But NFTs give players more power and will allow them to sell items and even earn a percentage on future resales. For gamers who grew up selling old games to buy new ones, that’s huge for an era of digital gaming. A game like FIFA already offers limited time skins, just like Fortnite. Both games create a scarcity but the developer is in control. With NFTs, players can control the sale and resale of items. If you arrived late in FIFA Ultimate Team, missed the first kits of the season, you will be able to buy them from other players.
In addition to items, players can also invest in NFTs for new skills or XP. If we take the example of FIFA Ultimate Team, it could give players income as a team builder to create unique teams and sell them to other players on an NFT marketplace. This Ultimate Team example raises a key issue for engaged players. Those players with big wallets could just buy a big pre-made squad and earn trophies, earn NFTs as rewards, and never look back. In some ways, NFTs could bring about the worst aspects of real football as the wealthiest “clubs” prosper. Yet NFT games can also encompass the property that players might bring. Key to many games is the idea of customization, this could be extended to allow creators to create NFT-powered assets for their favorite games and sell them on a marketplace.
Play to Earn or GameFi has taken the cryptocurrency world by storm this year, combining DeFi and entertainment to create a new kind of game for people to earn money by playing. HERE, 12 P2E games were analyzed. The rise of Play-to-Earn games, such as Axie Infinity, (think of its Axies as Pokemon) shows the way forward. Some players are even able to make a living from these games. With 3 million daily users(opens in a new tab) Play-to-Earn games like Axie Infinity aren’t going away. While many Play-to-Earn games share similarities with non-NFT titles, such as Pokémon and Stardew Valley, some are simply backdoor blockchains with gameplay that comes after buying and trading crypto- currency in the form of collectibles.
Axie Infinity co-founder Aleksander Leonard Larsen has revealed that 50% of his players have never used cryptocurrency before playing the game. This shows how NFT games can help develop UX design and make blockchains accessible. The design of Play-to-Earn is similar to that of Free-to-Play games and as such the roots are there for players to engage in, as long as “Play” always takes precedence over “Win ” and that it is not money…
It’s a big word, and it’s a big idea. Your NFT collectible can be used in many or all games. NFT is held on a blockchain, its data and ownership are tracked and above corruption, meaning it can easily be transferred across games sharing the same blockchain. It would be a strength for Ubisoft’s Quartz to be able to link them all and their items as NFTs would be fascinating. Items purchased and earned on an NFT blockchain can, in theory, be used in all games.
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