Game developers to include blockchain technology.
According to a recent research, the majority of game makers in the United States and the United Kingdom are currently including blockchain aspects into their games. The study, commissioned by Stratis, finds that the popularity of blockchain, NFTs, and the new play-to-earn model in the crypto market is forcing game producers to rethink the conventional manner in which games are made in order to attract new players and get access to new markets.
The use of blockchain features and NFTs in video games is a trend that is here to stay. According to a report issued this week by blockchain platform Stratis and a research firm named Opinium, 58 % of the 197 questioned developers in the United States and United Kingdom are beginning to include blockchain components into their games. Furthermore, according to the same report, 48% of these developers use NFTs in their games.
This demonstrates how the adoption of these features, which improve the connection that players feel with their digital environments, is gradually infiltrating popular game firms. Some of the major gaming firms, such as EA, feel that these new technologies will be part of the gaming industry’s future. The poll results appear to corroborate this trend, with more than 70% of respondents stating they would explore employing these technologies for new games, with 56% planning to do so within the next year.
The reason for this is obvious. The first two more common use cases indicated by respondents as reasons to adopt these blockchain aspects in the gaming sector were innovation and protecting value for game participants. The third most common use case was the play-to-earn feature, which involves paying gamers with real-world value.
AAA Studios are late.
According to Chris Trew, CEO of Stratis, a business that provides an SDK for incorporating blockchain components into gaming engines:
With renowned platforms such as Epic welcoming blockchain-based games and NFTs, we certainly expect AAA studios to launch titles incorporating these technologies in the coming years. But there are so many indie game developers that will get there first.
While large firms like as Square Enix, Ubisoft, and Electronic Arts have been experimenting with blockchain and NFTs for some time, there are already a number of independent (indie) studios who have embraced and successfully incorporated these components. This is the case with Sky Mavis’s Axie Infinity, a game that popularized the play-to-earn concept in the previous year and also contains NFT features to maintain its economy.