In the past few years, we have seen several applications of NFT in the gaming industry. The latest is NFT games or play-to-earn games, pushing the NFT gaming industry to boom like never before!
NFT games have become popular in the Game-fi world, paving ways to earn income. You can sell your in-game NFTs to other collectors and players and even earn tokens with play-to-earn models. You no longer need to only rely on winning, finding, or breeding a scarce collectable worth thousands of dollars. Players can now experiment with multiple gaming models in various themes aside from collectable animals.
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NFTs in Gaming is all about creating value for the users, providing them with ownership rights over their acquired in-game components and making the game itself have a real-life feeling and value.
NFT Games are the same as any other virtual game played over any device or computer. In a conventional game, the players earn coins and decorative items by achieving a milestone in the game. But they don’t own these items outside the gaming ecosystem.
In NFT Gaming, the player can transfer his earnings to another game or can exchange it with any other player with cryptocurrency. Over every medium of the global gaming industry the flow of money is unidirectional and is benefiting primarily for the game developers and perpetuates whereas, In traditional gaming structures, gamers spend heavily but have no or limited scope to generate value for themselves. NFT-based games presented mostly through dApps are different for they focus on generating value for players. For instance, in a traditional game, if a player upgrades his armor through in-game purchase, then its implication is primarily limited to improving the gaming experience for easy winning. In NFT-based games, the player can tokenize the same armor and convert it into an NFT. This unique transferable asset is tradable and confers benefits across interconnected games. As players discover blockchain games, powered by NFTs and digital collectibles, which offer an entirely new, fully-immersive gaming experience – they will continue to embrace blockchain games.
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NFTs being unique, verifiable, and immutable, can be deployed in multiple gaming environments and they can hold their value beyond the game of origin. Thus NFTs can expand gaming economies dramatically, lead to the development of new games and establish new game categories.
What is the Importance of NFTs in the Gaming Market?
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NFTs in gaming enables the user to have ownership and control of the game collectibles and all items within the game as compared to the traditional gaming system where you can only view your game assets. Each of the items will have a unique identity that will be pegged to your account as long as you own them which allows the users to securely store their assets without fear of theft and the game collectibles are also not lost even if the game is shut down.
The immutable records embedded in an NFT’s underlying blockchain network help the collector’s value rarity and authenticity, and the scarcity of in-game NFT purchases. For example, a creator can programmatically limit the number of uncommon objects that can be made while leaving the supply of more popular items limitless. By encoding basic properties on-chain, developers should also ensure that they do not alter over time. This is especially interesting in the context of art, which is highly reliant on the provable scarcity of an original work.
Decentralized games exist on independent blockchains that act as the backend framework for other interconnected games in contrast to traditional online games that exist on centralized servers. As a result, game assets represented by NFTs can be designed to be interoperable across different environments. For instance, two games built on the Ethereum network can feasibly support the same in-game assets like vehicles, armor, or even entire characters.
When a traditional online game shuts down, users traditionally lose all of their in-game purchases. NFTs, however, exist independently of a specific gaming platform and live on the blockchain itself and the in-game purchases can be bought and sold regardless of what happens to the game. Smart contracts allow developers to set hard limits on the availability of non-fungible tokens and impose permanent properties that cannot be changed after the NFTs are released. Furthermore, blockchain-enabled game assets cannot be duplicated or tampered with because of the permanent record each NFT generates upon issuance.
A gaming solution based on NFTs offers a high level of security and reliability. A gamer may rest certain that his digital assets are safe since blockchain technology protects his wallet with an unbreakable layer of cutting-edge technology.
Smart investors recognize the enormous potential for profit in the blockchain and crypto sectors. Gaming is considered as a new way to efficiently sell services and products, and a blockchain game NFT solution might become the next Tencent. To entice venture capitalists, game developers, and owners would like to embark on the blockchain-based gaming bandwagon.
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NFTs can be used for increased brand awareness since they can be also displayed in various NFT marketplaces. Also by adding new creative elements to designs, they can be used to capture new interest and adoption. We can go on and on but for the sake of this article, we will let your imagination run for what kind of other advantages NFTs can have in gaming.
There are many games in development in 2021 and a few are already on the market. 2022 has already planned several games for release. So, anyone who is currently in this space has an early mover advantage
The below-listed NFT games have effectively merged into the gaming industry like a puzzle piece. Because they’re highly entertaining and lucrative, gamers enjoy some of their favorite game genres while also participating at the forefront of the current NFT craze.
Some of the popular NFT-based games right now are –
First, we should know about the type of game that needs to be created such as strategy or battles, puzzles based, role-playing games, sports or adventure type, etc. Once you know your game style you should do some research on similar games that already exist in and outside the blockchain and get inspired from the previous successful games in the past.
A good creative team with a good creative mind along with a designer and graphic artist and a programmer when brought together will create successful NFT based games.
Development involves the main steps involved in creating an NFT game which includes what platform to use, mobile, web, etc.
Mobile apps can offer greater functionality and can be faster than web apps but the development can be more costly. Web apps have high availability, can be accessed from all over the world from any browser, and dispositive: desktops, phones, or tablets which makes them more accessible to a broader audience.
When building a mobile app, you have the choice between native and non-native apps. A native app is built for a specific operating system (OS) and will be able to access functionalities, like notifications, camera access, etc. Non-native apps won’t offer you the same access to functionalities, but they are easier and cheaper to build as you might only need one version that works for all OS.
PWAs (Progressive Web Apps) is a type of hybrid app that works as a web app and as a mobile app. They are the newest thing in mobile development and don’t need to be distributed through the App Store. They are even available offline as well as being able to push messages, which have been functionalities only native apps could provide so far, which is a major advantage.
Truffle Suite offers a development environment for SmartContracts, with tools for connecting to the frontend, deployment, and testing to set up an NFT app that is connected to Ethereum, Corda, Hyperledger Fabric, or other blockchains.
For login and authentication, you can use a crypto wallet. A cryptocurrency wallet is like a physical wallet but digital where different currencies and tokens are stored. Different wallets offer different services, so people are using different wallets for different purposes, Most of the blockchain-based apps we encountered, including CryptoKitties, use the MetaMask wallet as it is very popular and brings certain advantages: It is a non-custodial wallet (which means that you are responsible for your keys and not a third party) and can hold NFTs, a feature that not all wallets offer
The frontend will then send the address of the user it got from MetaMask to the SmartContract which will get you the URL of the NFTs, that belong to the address, from the blockchain. Popular languages to write smart contracts for NFT Games that are deployed on the Ethereum Network are for example Solidity, Vyper, and Yul.
The SmartContract only requests the URL of the NFT, as the whole NFT would be too big to be safe on the blockchain. With this URL the frontend will do an axios request to the backend and will request the metadata to this NFT. For a real-life application, you shouldn’t do that as you are storing and creating data in a centralized space. Working with a decentralized app and then using data from a centralized space will undo a lot of the advantages that a blockchain brings. This is called the Oracle problem. To solve this problem, we would need to use a technology like Chainlink. Which helps with adding off-chain data to an on-chain blockchain without compromising its de-centrality.
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You can use the Rinkeby or the Ropsten Testnet, which is used for NFT game testing. Ether through a faucet, for example for Ropsten. For the development phase, Truffle offers a tool called Ganache that lets you create a mock blockchain very easily.
Invest enough time in testing and checking security threats. There is still a lot of work to do before deploying your NFT Game. You should consider starting to engage and build a community. Create some content, open a Discord channel, share, and spread the word.
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Since blockchain allows for the true ownership of a game item, creators can use this technology while developing a game to track what items a gamer owns and these can be incorporated into the game. As any game can decide to incorporate an item, the idea of a multiverse within the gaming world becomes a reality. A world where collectibles can be taken across games.
It is important to note that blockchain application and adoption are in their early stages and more innovations are springing up day by day. Blockchain is a technology that gives room for unlimited innovations, and as such, NFT based Games using the benefits of blockchain are becoming a revolutionary improvement to modern games of our current day, also the broader success of gaming dApps will likely play a role in further catalyzing NFT infrastructure improvements and driving the development of innovative solutions that unlock mainstream adoption.NFT is booming currently, and it will evolve in the coming years, therefore, it will be interesting to see how it will impact or affect the stock exchange and how it will revolutionize the gaming ecosystem going forward. There is no doubt that the NFT-gaming category will become a “Billion Dollar Market” soon in itself.
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