As we go closer and closer to the year 2023, one of the most popular topics of conversation is play-to-earn (P2E) cryptocurrency gaming. This kind of gaming combines the most successful aspects of the cryptocurrency and gaming industries.
More people resorted to internet games as a way to socialize during the COVID-19 pandemic, boosting the development of the gaming industry as a whole. As we enter a new year, it’s becoming apparent that the recent uptick in global growth was no fluke.
A Novel Way to Game
The implementation of blockchain technology in play-to-earn games enables players to earn digital currency payouts depending on their in-game activities. Within the context of the P2E paradigm, players have the option of using cryptocurrencies to get payment for the time they spend participating in gaming activities or delivering other services to other users within the same virtual environment.
What differentiates crypto gaming apart from typical video games is that players, in addition to receiving NFTs, may own their in-game assets and convert them to fiat currency, trade them for other cryptocurrencies, or join a liquidity pool.
Thanks to this novel, community-driven business model, players, and creators may work together and more freely on game content.
A Stronger 2023
Although blockchain gaming and play-to-earn (P2E) enjoyed a surge in popularity during the crypto bull market of 2021, the industry was then struck hard by the arrival of crypto winter, which has been worsened by a couple of high-profile crashes, destroying the valuations of the top P2E firms.
Many speculated, because of the decline in values, that the P2E and gaming industries were only profiting from bull market circumstances, and that the long-term future is grim because of weak adoption rates.
However, there is evidence from recent studies that the predicted demise of P2E may be exaggerated since the vast majority of players are interested in exploring ways to earn cryptocurrency via in-game achievements.
Given that 64% of respondents claimed they had never played a P2E game with monetary benefits, the study findings suggest there is a lot of space for expansion in the P2E industry among existing players. Furthermore, 38% of U.S. gamers indicated they knew nothing about the use of cryptocurrencies, NFTs, or blockchain technology in gaming, suggesting that more education is needed in this area. That is more than enough to induce some growth in the coming year.