Trading card game Splinterlands has seen a massive influx of players, and will therefore put lots of its focus on scaling up its infrastructure. The developers expect that some other developments move down the priority list, to make sure the game runs as smoothly as possible.
Over the past month Splinterlands has grown their daily active players base, according to data from DappRadar, from 9,000 in late July to almost 75,000 per day this month. This amount of growth has caused some server problems, which in turn caused the game to have troubles staying in sync with the blockchain. Weird stuff happened, and they had to put the game under maintenance for some hours.
At the moment there are more than 100,000 players who paid $10 for the Spellbook, allowing them to participate in the play-to-earn economy. Splinterlands expects this number to double to 200,000 some time in September. This just shows that the game is seeing lots of activity.
It’s important to note that not every active players necessarily jumps into the online battles. They could also be claiming their daily SPS airdrop, or putting NFT cards up for rent. Splinterlands has become a diverse product with several avenues for passive income, as well as strong play-to-earn mechanics.
What’s to come for Splinterlands
One of the hottest gameplay additions coming up would be Brawl 2.0. This improved guild gameplay mode really puts focus on guild-based competitive gameplay. With Brawl 2.0 a new guild currency enters to scene as well, and they named it Merits. In addition there will be a new type of pack, the Gladius Cases. In these packs players can find Gladiators, which can only be used in Guild Brawls and can only be purchased using Merits.
This Fall Splinterlands will also introduce new card packs, titled Chaos Legion. There will be a presale, of course followed by a general release.
Seemingly the development of land gameplay has been postponed a bit. There’s new timeframe for the release of the Praetoria map, the redemption mechanic for land claims, let alone the release of land gameplay itself. In a similar vain Achievements and Boss Fights are still scheduled, but without any time indication.
What is Splinterlands?
Splinterlands is a trading card game that started on the Steem blockchain as Steemmonsters. However, over time the project changed names. Now gamers can play the game on desktop and mobile devices, mainly using the Hive blockchain. Thanks to an intelligent functionality, cards and tokens can also be traded on the Ethereum blockchain and on Wax. Splinterlands now also has a governance token, called SPS.
Splinterlands allows anybody to play and earn cards and other resources. Players need to create a set of cards to defeat their opponent. Cards come in different rarities with seven different stats. In addition these cards have abilities and come from seven factions. The way cards work together is dependent on all these different attributes.
Players earn cards by winning matches. They can combine cards to gain levels. After that you can sell cards on the open marketplace for cryptocurrencies, or lease them to other players. The most rare cards are wanted assets, especially when there are tournaments. The ability to rent Splinterlands cards will certainly have an impact here!
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.