Studio execs say games industry has a ‘blockchain connected’ future

With blockchain slowly finding its way into the video game industry, industry veterans and executives of the non-discriminatory token (NFT) blockchain WAX believe there will be many connections. more between the game and the blockchain network in the future.

In an interview with Cointelegraph, WAX publishing head David Kim and WAX Studios head Michael Rubinelli shared their insights on NFT, metaverse games, and blockchain.

According to Kim, although have less search preferences on Google, game interaction, metaverse and NFT are not dead yet. “On the WAX ​​blockchain, we saw the number of sales transactions double at the beginning of Q4 2021 and it has continued to grow ever since,” he said.

“I’m not sure if the ‘hype’ will return, but we believe that in the long run, interest and engagement with metaverses and NFTs will increase dramatically as utility increases and concerns about security is reduced.”

On the other hand, when asked about the future of gaming model for money (P2E), Rubinelli compared the P2E implementation to the adoption of free-to-play and microtransactions in games. Having been in the game industry for more than 20 years, game executives think a similar pattern is playing out.

“We strongly believe that there will be some play to earn or play and earn in most games within the next few years. Most of these will be connected to the blockchain but not run entirely on the blockchain.”

In a 2021 report Published by blockchain game allianceA survey found that many respondents shared the same opinion as WAX executives when asked how much the blockchain industry is likely to leverage blockchain in the next two years.

Source: Blockchain Gaming Alliance Survey Report 2021

Talking about the challenges blockchain games face, Rubinelli mentioned that scalability is still a big concern. “Right now, the biggest challenge is the lack of scalability of most blockchains,” he said.

Related: Report: Axie Infinity accounts for almost 2/3 of NFT transactions in blockchain game in 2021

Veteran gamers note that Layer2 solutions are not scalable unless they are “100% dedicated to a single game, such as Ronin for Axie Infinity.” He also mentioned the incident that as the user base of the game Sunflower Agricultural grew, “it brought Polygon to a halt.”

Regarding eSports, David Kim mentioned that most of the games that can be played on WAX are “too simple to adapt to eSports.” However, the WAX ​​executive noted that there are games in development that could be adapted into e-sports.

“There are many blockchain-connected games that are currently being developed with a focus on eSports. These include Hearthstone-like card battles like Skyweaver, battle royals like Hodlgod, and team-based first-person shooters like The Forge Arena. ”

Kim noted that eSports games need more time to develop. According to Kim, only 9 months have passed since Alien Worlds, Splinterlands and Axie Infinity showed that blockchain games can attract a lot of players. “You can’t develop the kind of complex game mechanics needed for eSports in that amount of time,” he added.