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Ember Sword Land and Play-to-Earn Economy Explained

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Ember Sword is far from finished, but their upcoming land sale got people talking, and that’s why the developers of Bright Star Studios fully explained the game’s play-to-earn economy. Landowners will earn from the activity on their land and activity on surrounding lands, while players can earn through questing and trading. At the center of it all is a yet to be unveiled ERC-20 token.

The premium currency in Ember Sword will be an ERC-20 token. Players will use this token for all trades on exchanges and payments in shops. Revenue generated by land also comes in the form of this ERC-20 token. Obviously the token has a limited supply. We wrote earlier that Ember Sword would use the Polygon blockchain, which would explain the use of an on-chain token for the entire economy. Gas fees are so small that the developers can cover the costs easily.

In the article Bright Star Studios talks about a ‘premium currency’, which would almost suggest that there are other currencies as well. It would for example be possible that every nation in the game has its own currency, which is governed by this premium currency. But that’s speculation from my part.

How land works in Ember Sword

Landowners get a share of 50% of all the revenues generated inside the world of Ember Sword. This revenue share will be paid in the earlier mentioned premium currency. However, it’s important to be active in the game in order to maximize your profits. Landowners can maximize their profits by putting their land to good use. For example, landowners earn money when valuables are found on their land, or when a facility on their land has been used. Generally, the more players are active on your land, the more value it will bring.

Ember Sword will sell a variety of types of land. The land parcels that contain towns and cities, are a lot more expensive. However, these are also the type of land that will attract more players. Here guilds can make their home, adventurers can find resources, and traders can find their market. So owning and managing land at busy areas, will probably boost value. The more trades take place on your land, the more you’ll earn.

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Earnings distribution

However, when a trade takes place, a revenue share isn’t only split with the landowner. Instead it spreads out to surrounding landowners as well. When a $100 item gets sold, approximately 7% will be the exchange rate. As mentioned earlier, 50% of the exchange rate will go to the landowners. That’s $3,50. Roughly 30% gets split between ALL landowners, while 70% goes to local landowners.

This means that even when trades take place on the other side of the game world, landowners will earn a few cents. However, when a trade takes place in your neighborhood you’ll earn an additional share. An area of roughly 20 plots surrounding the transaction, will earn a reward. Furthermore, if the sold NFT was found in-game, the area where the NFT was found will also earn some.

To make things a bit more complicated, different types of land come with different multipliers. City plots give landowners a 125x boost, while a town plot gets 50x, settlements 10x and a regular plot just 1x. Below a calculation on how 70% of that earlier mentioned $3,50 fee for landowners get split among local landowners.

Owner A
6 city plots, 3 settlement plots, 81 regular plots
16×125 + 3×10 + 81 = 2111 or 73%
2111 / 2893 x $2.5 = $1.82

Owner B
8 town plots, 2 settlement plots, 90 regular plots
8×50 + 2×10 + 92 = 510 or 18%
510 / 2893 x $2.5 = $0.44

Owner C
8 settlement plots, 192 regular plots
8×10 + 192 = 272 or 9%
272 / 2893 x $2.5 = $0.23

Overall it’s quite complicated if you think about this on a sale-by-sale basis. However, if there’s lots of trading or activity happening in your neighborhood, your land will make you more money. That’s a fact.

When will the land sale happen

Bright Star Studios will sell the first land plots in Solarwood in Ember Sword on May 27th at 17:00 UTC. This land sale will take place on their official website. They will sell approximately 12,000 land plots, starting at 0.011 ETH or $40 and all the way up to $80,000 for an entire city. This is the first land sale, and Solarwood (one of multiple district in Ember Sword) will offer 40,000 plots in total.

A land plot, which is roughly the size of your game screen, is the smallest piece of land you can buy. For $40 you become a Sir or a Lady, and your land can host campsites, NPC houses, monsters, and resources. For roughly $400, or actually 0,107 ETH, you get a settlement plot. Small-sizes buildings can be placed here, for example a guild outpost or some stores.

Pay 2.139 ETH or $8,000 and you get 4 land plots that combine as a town. These allow for bigger buildings, an exchange that connects with the global gaming network. If you really have many to throw around, you could ten times as much and acquire a city. During the next sale all prizes will be doubled.

What is Ember Sword?

Ember Sword is a cross-platform free-to-play open world fantasy MMORPG. The game promises a sandbox experience with complete player autonomy, which means that players doesn’t need to pick specific classes or roles. In addition the world of controlled by the community, and players can even own land. Bright Star Studios has planned Ember Sword for release in 2022, and it’s using the Polygon blockchain.

Players can create their own character, pick a home region, and venture into the dangerous world of Ember Sword. The game is heavy on action, underlined by a classless combat system. Players can for example defeat monsters or other players, or explore the world as a tradesman. Depending on their choices, they can become a talented refiner, or for example a craftsman of weapons.

Each region offers unique quests, monsters, and resources for crafting items. Players can use these resources or sell them in the player-driven economy.

From melee, ranged, and energy combat skills, to mining, blacksmithing, fishing, woodcutting, harvesting, and more, the many skills in Ember Sword offer near-endless activities. Each skill increases in level the more player are training. This unlocks new advancements, such as increased efficiency, new items to craft and equip, new abilities to cast, or resources to harvest.

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Robert Hoogendoorn is a gamer and blockchain enthusiast. He got in touch with crypto in 2014, but the fire really lit in 2017. Professionally he's a content optimization expert and worked for press agencies and video production companies, always with a focus on the video games & tech industry. He's a content manager and creator at heart, started the Play to Earn Online Magazine in early 2020.