Random Games, a new studio founded by veteran developers and storytellers from popular franchises such as Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, and Fortnite, has teamed up with Immutable, a web3 gaming ecosystem, to join the blockchain gaming world. The collaboration revolves around Unioverse, a web3 sci-fi franchise that spans multiple mediums. Random Games aims to create a platform that offers high-quality assets for game creation without any royalty fees. The Unioverse community will be encouraged to create their own stories, games, and content using official assets, fostering a continuous stream of professional and user-generated content.
One of the key aspects of the collaboration is the monetization opportunity for users. They can sell merchandise like comic books, T-shirts, and lunchboxes based on their creations and keep all the profits. This creates a unique and lucrative avenue for gamers to showcase their creativity and earn revenue from their work.
Immutable will provide the blockchain platform, tools, and services for the collaboration, including its zkEVM for scaling and Immutable passport for digital IDs. This partnership allows Random Games to focus on developing a great game without having to become blockchain experts, as Immutable takes care of the technical aspects.
Unioverse features Hero NFTs, which are high-quality 3D digital items that players can own in the digital world. Hero NFTs have gained popularity, with over a million NFTs minted and more than 110,000 verified accounts with connected wallets. The franchise has also released the first part of a six-part comic book series and introduced Proving Grounds, their first alpha game environment.
In another exciting development in the blockchain gaming industry, Brawlers, a player-versus-player blockchain card game, is set to launch on the Epic Games Store. Brawlers is the debut game of Tyranno Studios, WAX blockchain’s in-house game development team, led by gaming industry veteran Michael Rubinelli. The game centers around the theme of pro-wrestling and features a player-versus-player mode designed by Richard Garfield, the creator of Magic: The Gathering.
Launching a blockchain game on the Epic Games Store is a significant achievement for any developer, as the platform has over 230 million users, including 70 million monthly active users. This move further accelerates the adoption of blockchain gaming and brings it closer to mainstream audiences.
Blockchain gaming investments have been on the rise, with $600 million invested in the third quarter of 2023, bringing the year-to-date total to an impressive $2.3 billion. Despite the bear market, these numbers show that blockchain games continue to attract substantial investments. Web2 gaming giants like Zynga have also made strides in the web3 realm, with the successful launch of Sugartown.
Axie Infinity and Gods Unchained remain the flagship titles in terms of transaction volume in the web3 gaming industry. Axie Infinity recorded a volume of $90 million, while Gods Unchained reached $55 million. Virtual worlds experienced a dip in trading volume compared to the previous quarter, but significant investments like Animoca Brands’ $20 million funding for Mocaverse keep the metaverse fire alive.
In other news, Upland, a metaverse platform, will enable the trading of its in-game utility token, Spark, on the Ethereum blockchain. The move was approved by the Upland community, with 87.25% of voters in favor. This step towards decentralization allows users to trade Spark on external exchanges while implementing mechanisms to protect Upland’s economy.
Overall, the blockchain gaming industry continues to show promise and attract significant investments. With the involvement of veteran developers and collaborations with established gaming platforms, the adoption of blockchain technology in gaming is poised to grow further and bring new opportunities for gamers and creators alike.