What if Super Mario paid you for every time you saved the princess in distress as she was always getting in trouble or Sonic’s coins were real cash you could spend in reality…
So many games we played with no earnings coming in…
We played games just for fun but not until recently when Blockchain Play2Earn gaming was introduced.
Play2Earn games let you have fun playing and earn money in crypto or fiat playing games. Isn’t that great? Another fun way of making money.
Now, there’s even a better and more futuristic way of playing Play2Earn games, it’s the ‘Spiderverse’, sorry the ‘Metaverse’.
The Metaverse? What’s that?
Okay, let’s put it this way…
Imagine you’re an actual playable character in a video game like how Ryan Reynolds was in the 2021 movie – Free Guy (note: you should see this movie). The video game universe and you in it in this movie perfectly depicts a visual of what the Metaverse is and how it works for games.
The Metaverse in simple words can be described as a digital copy of an actual universe just like the universe of a game, a digital version of your office, your home, your school, anywhere at all. The Metaverse can be accessed using VR, AR or MR headsets and tokenized NFT Avatars.
Companies are beginning to explore this new leap in realistic tech. Companies like Facebook now Meta, Microsoft and others are pouring in millions of dollars to further develop Play2Earn games in the Metaverse and I bet you don’t want to miss out on all of the money-making fun.
We’ll be focusing on Blockchain-based gaming ecosystems in The Metaverse and how you earn from them
1 First Play2Earn Gaming ecosystem on our list is AXIE INFINITY
Talk about a Pokemon that pays you.
The Axie Infinity, an Ethereum-based Play2Earn Blockchain universe was one of the first of its kind ever created. The game was designed based on the Pokèmon-resembling creatures known as Axies.
Players of this game can collect Axies as virtual pets to battle, breed, collect, raise and build kingdoms for their Axies and be rewarded for reaching advanced levels.
In-game digital assets such as Axies and other collectibles are represented as NFTs and can be traded on marketplaces for real money. Axie infinity holds a record of generating over $4.17 billion in all NFT sales.
Players are rewarded in the game’s native token, Axie Infinity Shards $AXS and Smooth Love Portion $SLP which can be earned by playing the game in battle or adventure mode. Although the value of $SLP recently took a hit because of the uncertainty of its supply cap which led users to wonder what the future holds for this token but the team around it has plans to come back strong.
Axie infinity’s homeland Lunacia, is a tokenized plot of land called Terra which acts as the base of operation for a players’ Axies. These virtual plots of land can be purchased, rented and developed by players just like actual Real Estate. Virtual landowners will be able to find $AXS tokens on their land and use them for upgrades or for purchasing new Axies which can, in turn, be sold for real money. Now that’s a sweet fun way to make money.
2 THE SANDBOX METAVERSE – The open NFT metaverse
The Sandbox is the real deal. It is a virtual world where players can build, own and monetize their gaming experience in the popular Ethereum blockchain. The Sandbox ecosystem consists of three integrated products that together provide the best experience for its players.
⭐VoxEdit– with VoxEdit 3D voxel modeling and NFT creation package, creators or players can create and animate 3D objects such as baby diapers, cars, animals, buildings, tools, a girlfriend for singles 😂, weapons and items. These built objects can then be exported from VoxEdit into the Sandbox marketplace and put up as NFT game assets for other players.
⭐The Sandbox Marketplace- just like other NFT marketplaces, the Sandbox Marketplace allows creators to upload, publish and sell their NFT creations created with VoxEdit.
⭐The Sandbox Game Maker- if you’ve always wanted to build a game since you were little but you’re just too lazy to learn how to program, The Sandbox game Maker is your gateway to that dream. The game Maker allows anyone to build 3D games for Free with no coding required thanks to accessible visual scripting tools to create your dream game in minutes. And fun fact, you get rewarded when people play your game.
The Sandbox with all its awesomeness doesn’t stop there. It uses several types of tokens to attend to all types of users on its platform from creators to curators and landowners.
⭐SAND is the main utility token for all transactions in the Sandbox ecosystem
⭐LAND is a digital piece of real estate in The Sandbox Metaverse. Players can buy LAND to develop it with games and assets. Each LAND is a unique NFT
⭐ASSETS is a token created by players who build usable game objects with VoxEdit and can be traded on the marketplace.
How to earn:
⭐As a creator, you can make money from creating 3D objects using VoxEdit and selling them as NFTs on the marketplace.
⭐Another common way to earn is staking SAND tokens to get more.
⭐On LANDS, you can earn rewards in sand when other players play your games or rent your land.
The Sandbox is an ecosystem working to become the number one Metaverse platform and so far, it has been doing well.
3 DECENTRALAND METAVERSE
Just like the Sandbox, imagine a virtual universe where people are living. They buy digital clothes, build digital homes, buy digital cars and acquire digital art all in the form of NFTs, using cryptocurrencies as a legal tender. That’s all what Decentraland, a virtual real estate on the Ethereum blockchain is all about.
Decentraland is a 3D Metaverse where you can buy or sell virtual land and create your settings, marketplaces, towns, and applications on it.
Decentraland Metaverse can be accessed through an Avatar which can represent you in the Metaverse and explore its ever-expanding digital world.
Example of how Decentraland Metaverse works is depicted in James Cameron’s 2009 movie, “Avatar”. Sam Worthington explores a new universe and even falls in love as an Avatar version of himself
Decentraland uses two tokens:
🪙MANA which is used for all transactions in the METAVERSE platform
🪙LAND which is the game’s real estate lots
How to earn in Decentraland:
⭐Buy and Sell LAND– users can buy LAND with MANA, develop it and sell at a higher price
⭐Create collectibles, clothes and wearables– if you’re a fashion designer or artist or just creative, you can create and sell virtual pieces of your work and get paid in MANA
⭐Play to earn games- Decentraland also offers the ability to play mini-games and win NFTs and MANA tokens which can be exchanged for real money.
Decentraland offers to be another incredible and one of the most popular metaverse project with a lot of investments from brands (from Samsung to Gucci to Binnace) coming in.
Think of a card game like solitaire though solitaire doesn’t pay you money Splinterland does.
Splinterlands is an NFT card game built on the Hive network that allows players to buy and sell digital cards as NFTs. The game features over 500 cards that players can collect and use for battles.
In Splinterlands, players can trade or rent these Common, Rare, Epic, and Legendary cards and get rewarded with $SPS, Splinterlands native token.
Players also earn in-game currencies like NFT cards, Magic potions, and Dark Energy Crystals when they complete tasks, advance levels or win battles.
6 PLANTS VS UNDEAD
If you played the popular game “Plant vs Zombies” back then in your high school’s toilet, good news for you, Plant vs Zombies just had a baby, it named it “Plant vs Undead” and fun fact, you can earn some big bucks from it.
Exactly how it struck your mind, Plant vs Undead is a spin-off of the old-school game, Plant vs Zombie but this time it comes as an NFT multiplayer game built on Binance Smart Chain.
All the in-game assets on Plant vs Undead can be sold on its native marketplace for its native token. $PVU tokens which are used to buy assets on or swapped on exchange platforms for some sweet cash.
The game also comes with an additional in-game token called Light Energy ( $LE ) that can only be swapped for the PVU token. LE tokens can be used to obtain pots, shelter, potions and other necessary things from the market place to optimize your farm.
How you can earn:
Apparently, you can make a big buck on Plant vs Undead.
⭐Play the survival mode – when players play the survival mode, they get rewarded in PVU tokens which can be exchanged for USD or used to purchase plant NFTs if they survive in each wave.
⭐Farming mode – you can own a garden on Plant vs Undead where you can grow crops and harvest Light Energy tokens as a yield and these tokens can be swapped to PVU tokens of which you know the rest of the story.
However, to carve a profitable path, players should gain as much knowledge of the game platform and its requirements.
7 ILLUVIUM METAVERSE
How about a Mortal Combat kinda game…
Illuvium is an Ethereum-based metaverse game like the Sandbox or Axie Infinity, designed as an open-world exploration and Player vs Player (PvP) combat game.
On Illuvium, players can either explore the game world, complete quests or build an army of fighting monsters called Illuvials who can become stronger with each fight won and as well be traded as NFTs on Illuvidex, the Illuvium marketplace.
Earning money with Illuvium:
Obviously what interests you most in all of these is how you can make some sweet money from them and Illuvium’s Play2Earn system fulfils that extensively.
⭐Players can earn rewards in ILV, the Illuvium native token, through tournaments, contests or completing quests
⭐Additionally, players can catch Illuvials and gain resources for trading on Illuvidex.
The team behind the Illuvium game plans to release its first game version in the first quarter of 2022 and this promises a bullish signal for Illuvium token, ILV.
8 ALIEN WORLDS
Alien worlds is an NFT game and one of the biggest and fastest-growing projects of its kind which exists on three Blockchains; Ethereum, WAX and Binance Smart Chain. The game is a metaverse built based on seven planets with six competing DAOs. Just like Axie Infinity, Alien Worlds use NFTs and its native game currency, Trillium which can be mined by the characters in the game.
To earn in Alien Worlds, players can:
👽Mine the game’s currency, TLM Trillium which can be exchanged in CEX like Binance
👽TLM can also be staked on the Alien worlds Defi platform to generate yields
👽Trading and renting of in-game NFT assets
These projects are just a few of the hundreds of Metaverse gaming projects out there offering similar opportunities.
The Metaverse and Gaming industry is predicted to explode with millions of dollars pouring in as it is viewed as the future of passive income in gaming.
Disclaimer: These are the writer’s opinions for entertainment and educational purposes and should not be considered investment advice. Readers should do their own research.