This week is all about the play-to-earn alpha playtests! If you’re looking for a new game alpha to try out, you will have plenty to choose from. From arena combat in Champions Ascension, to base building in Fortitude, to a fantasy based TCG in 9Tales, to a farming game in Moonville Farms. There is something available for all different kinds of playstyles.
In addition, we saw new project announcements from big names such as Richard Garfield and Square Enix. And though the markets, and the blockchain space in general, are rattled by the recent fallout from the FTX bankruptcy, most projects are still pushing forward.
Let’s check in on the most active web3 games and NFT projects.
Top play-to-earn games by active users
|Game||Active Users 7 days||Change|
|1. Alien Worlds||477k||+58.32%|
|3. Benji Bananas||138k||-14.73%|
|4. Trickshot Blitz||109k||-7.82%|
|5. Farmers World||90k||-3.69%|
|7. Axie Infinity||48.7k||-16.32%|
|8. Solitaire Blitz||44.22k||+26.63%|
|9. Arc8 by GAMEE||44k||+262%|
The top 7 games in the list all kept their spots this week, though, there seemed to be some heavy churn in the active playerbase. Surprisingly, Alien Worlds saw a huge boost in active players, possibly due to the recent Council elections?
Pretty much every other gaming app in the top 10 took a hit, which made space at the bottom of the list for several, new, hot, mobile-based, play to earn games. I suspect that all three titles below Axie Infinity will drop out of the top 10 next week, but we’ll see if these apps can maintain this same level of activity going forward.
Top 10 NFT collections
|Collection||Volume traded 7 days||Volume Change|
|1. Bored Ape Yacht Club||$11.65M||+137%|
|3. Gods Unchained||$5.29M||-3.89%|
|4. Art Blocks||$4.58M||-52.69%|
|5. Otherdeed for Otherside||$4.17M||-+2.96%|
|6. Mutant Ape Yacht Club||$3.78M||+26.75%|
|10. Art Blocks Explorations||$1.76M||+36.02%|
The darling NFT project of last week, Art Gobblers, went from a first place debut to dropping out of the top 10 all together, losing over 90% of the volume they saw from last week. Are Art Gobblers another flash in the pan NFT project that everyone will have forgotten about in a month?
Meanwhile, Bored Ape Yacht Club saw a major resurgence in trading volume to reclaim their top spot. This boost carried over into their other projects, as both Mutant Apes and Otherdeeds also saw nice volume gains this week.
Two new projects to the list, y00ts and DeGods, are both on Solana. This is an interesting addition to a list that is generally heavily dominated by ETH base projects.
Gods Unchained loses some trading volume but still holds their third place spot from last week and their unique spot as the only gaming project on the list.
Trading volumes overall are down, likely due to a combination of a drop in ETH value and the recent instability among some of the major players in the crypto space.
Top announcements of the week
Top 10 Blockchain Gaming Tokens
The Sandbox (SAND)
Axie Infinity (AXS)
Enjin Coin (ENJ)
Merit Circle (MC)
Smooth Love Potion (SLP)
My Neighbor Alice (ALICE)