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Play To Earn NFT Games Like Axie Spark Pyramid Scheme Debate

Old business models masquerading as new tech.

December 14, 2021

NFTs and Play-To-Earn games have become the next big thing in the gaming industry in the past few weeks.

Unless you are one of the very few early adopters, in all probability, you must not even have heard about play-to-earn games. The entire concept was ridiculous to many until Axie Infinity took off. In the Philippines, people who played the game were earning more than three times the minimum wage in Philippines.

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Soon after that, Facebook announced that it is changing its name to Meta, and it believes that Metaverse is the future. What followed was absolute madness around the term, with gaming cryptos like SAND, MANA, and many others multiplying several folds in terms of their market cap.

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Play To Earn NFT Games Like Axie Infinity Spark Pyramid Scheme Debate

We have witnessed a number of developers showing interest in the play-to-earn model lately. Ubisoft recently announced that it is looking to integrate the blockchain model into its games, by building play-to-earn games. While we are yet to see more mainstream adoption of the technology, some plausible claims have been made against the entire concept.

Yesterday, prominent game journalist Jason Schreier shared a tweet in which he states that he is trying to understand the business model behind these games. He illustrates in a picture, and while that might seem quite ridiculous at first, it does raise some valid points.

It basically highlights the concept that the entire play-to-earn games hype is nothing but a glorified pyramid scheme. A number of people including Jason have expressed their concerns over the fact that these games are being projected in a way that they will be missing out on getting a lot of money if they don’t get into the project on Day 1.

Surely, the model has benefited many in some countries, but it is coming at the expense of something, and that is exactly what these developers fail to explain. In fact, Axie mentions on its website that the economy entirely depends on new entrants. If loot boxes and microtransactions are looked down upon, then the entire hype around and play-to-earn games is quite ironical, to say the least.

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Md (He/Him) is the Head of Content- India for DualShockers. He is pursuing Computer Science Engineering and is really passionate about gaming and technology. You can find him cracking complex coding problems during the day, and covering the latest happenings in the industry at night.

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