The rise of blockchain-based play-to-earn (P2E) gaming was one of the main stories in 2021, as games such as Axie Infinity exploded in popularity and gamers realized they could earn life-changing amounts of money while having fun.
According to data from Footprint Analytics, the Ethereum network remains the leader in terms of the number of games launched on-chain, but persistently high fees and network congestion have pushed an increasing number of players to layer 2, the cross-chain. , the bridge. – support competing networks and blockchains that offer lower transaction costs.
Here’s a look at a few non-Ethereum blockchain networks that are gaining traction for their P2E offerings and some of the games that are attracting the most users.
According to Data from Footprint Analytics, the most active blockchain network by daily volume is Harmony, a protocol that uses random state sharing to help the network scale and make it easier to build and use decentralized applications.
As seen in the chart above, the Harmony Network processed a daily average of $22.26 million in transactions compared to the $14 million made on the Ronin sidechain, which hosts Axie Infinity.
The most popular game on Harmony is DeFi Kingdoms, a project that combines the world of decentralized finance (DeFi) with P2E games and non-fungible tokens (NFT) to deliver a unique gaming experience.
Similar to Axie Infinity’s dominance over Ronin, DeFi Kingdoms is currently the primary gaming option on Harmony, but the protocol’s ability to handle the high demand the game places on the network could help attract other projects to the game. ‘to come up.
Polygon is another top option for P2E gaming fans, and the Layer 2 scaling solution for Ethereum currently processes an average daily volume of $10.35 million for its gaming community.
According to Data Powered by DappRadar, the most popular game on the Polygon network is Pegaxy, a free-to-play mechanical horse racing game where users enter mythological creatures called Pega in player-versus-player races in an attempt to win monetary rewards.
Some of the other popular games on the Polygon network include DeFi-focused NFT game Aavegotchi, Gamee’s Arc8, and Revv Racing.
Binance Smart Chain
The Binance Smart Chain (BSC), which closely tracks gaming activity on Polygon, has a current daily volume of $7.26 million traded within its gaming community.
According to Data Powered by DappRadar, popular games on BSC include Elfin Kingdom, Bomb Crypto, Metaverse Miner, Alien Worlds, and Mobox: NFT Farmer.
Mobox: NFT Farmer is a game that could soon see a significant increase in coverage and demand, as the most recent data that has not been factored into the analytical averages indicates that the volume of transactions on the game went from $439,500 on Feb. 7 to $47.16 million. February 8.
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Promising Networks and Top Rated Games by Users
The volume of gaming activity on other popular blockchain networks has a noticeable drop once Ethereum, Polygon, BSC, and Harmony are taken into account, but several communities are looking to gain traction.
Algorand and Solana are two of the most popular newcomers, each currently averaging $138,095 and $98,099 in volume, respectively.
The WAX blockchain is also a strong contender with Data of WAX Market Cap showing that the network processes an average daily volume of $1.07 million, thanks in part to its large community of gamers to go on par with the fifth ranked network in terms of the number of games launched on the network, according to Data by Footprint Analytics
When it comes to the games players rate the most regardless of what network they’re on, the Hive network-based card game Splinterlands has consistently outperformed the land and is followed by the Wax-based Farmers World and the “Upland” based on EOS. ”
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