The official launch of Riot Racers draws near. They’ve started their open beta. They’ve sold Genesis cars, gas stations, mechanic shops, racetracks, and drivers. Now comes the first round of the Apollo Car drop, the last before the play to earn opportunities kick in! This drop runs for two days and includes both a whitelist sale and a public sale.
With beta testing well underway, Riot Racers is now ready to unleash their next car collection and gear up for the next phase of beta, slated to land at the end of February. This new car set is known as Apollo, and it lands on February 23rd and 24th. The Racers team dropped hints about an artist collaboration being part of the collection! I’m excited to see what sort of new looks this might bring!
The first drop, on the 23rd, is a whitelist drop for those who purchased Riot Racers Drivers during their sale back in December. For each Driver purchased, the owner can buy one Apollo Car. After that, on the 24th, the sale is public and open to all! The drops come in two groups. One for Rookie, Rally, and Driver cars, and one for the rarer class of Cars — Tracker, Aero, Pro, and Legendary. Cars in the first group cost 0.07 ETH apiece to mint, while group two cars cost 0.18 ETH. There are 40-45 varieties of cars in all.
This is a blind mint, meaning you won’t know exactly what car you’ve bought until the reveal, which will happen three or four days after the drop. Players must own both a Car and a Driver to race. Owning multiple cars and drivers provides more options and racing opportunities. Though not as exclusive as the Genesis cars (3,333 minted), the Apollo class is still limited to 7,777 cars total. It’s unclear how many in total will be up for sale this month.
Paid Racing and Riot Owners Club
Riot Racers has been running an open beta test for car and driver owners for a few weeks now. But so far, the races are all free to enter and have zero payout. However, that will soon change! The Riot Racers team plans to launch paid racing with rewards for the top finishers and payouts for racetrack owners!
But perhaps even more enticing to current NFT owners is the Riot Owners Club. The Owners Club provides special bonus NFTs and rewards for owning Cars and/or Land as well as RIOT tokens, and racing on a daily basis. Target date for release of these features is February 28th.
This also coincides with the planned release of their in-game wallet, allowing for more in-game transactions as well as reward claims. Players will need to deposit RIOT or ETH into their wallet to get started on the paid races. Any ETH deposited will be converted into RIOT tokens. The wallet will accept deposits from both the Polygon network, and the Ethereum network.
What is Riot Racers?
Riot Racers is a play-to-earn racing game in which gamers can earn by playing the game or owning parts of the game ecosystem. Players own cars, which they can upgrade using RIOT tokens. They earn RIOT by competing in races. Before joining a race, players pick a driver, car and a strategy based on the race conditions. With multiple attributes for both Drivers and Cars, varying track conditions based on weather, and six different strategy options, there are enough variables to make every race different.
Cars fuel up at gas stations before a race. Once started, the game generates the race in the background based on the entrants’ choices, track conditions, and some random factors. The outcome of a race is determined primarily by the player’s race selections, though Cars and Drivers with higher XP and better upgrades do have some slight advantages. The top finishers of each competitive race earn rewards, paid in RIOT tokens. The game plans to add 3D video replays of the races soon.
Riot Racers offers passive income through owning a business or part of a racetrack. Gas Stations, Mechanic Shops, and Racetrack pieces are all in high demand. Track owners receive a portion of the entry fees for every race run on their track, while Mechanics and Gas Stations earn tokens when players use their facilities for gassing up and repairing their Cars. In addition, Billboard land NFTs allow owners to advertise their own product or service, or rent the billboard out for some side income!
On top of that, there will also Riot Owners Club (ROC). The ROC offers additional income and loot boxes for Land and Genesis owners who login and race on a daily basis. This should provide enough incentive to maintain an active player base!
Riot Racers is expected to launch in late February of 2022. Read our Riot Racers review here.