Top NFT Collections and Games this Week – March 26

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The crypto world holds its breath as rumors of additional bank insolvencies increase. Any major shakeup in the financial world often resonates through the web3 space as well. Whether that’s up or down remains to be seen, but for now, our top 10 games and NFT collections remain mostly the same, with some changes in the numbers.

The most anticipated event of the week, the Second Trip to the Otherside, saw an increased interest in Otherdeeds. Additionally, during the event, one of the player teams won a contest and all players on that team will receive airdrops of a special hat NFT! What this hat will be used for is still just speculation, but most likely it will tie into the Otherside system of virtual worlds. It’s also a hint that additional Otherside wearables may be available soon! Overall, the universal opinion seems to be that the Second Trip was a resounding success.

But probably the biggest announcement this past week, though it didn’t receive as much fanfare, is the partnership between Immutable and Polygon. This combination of forces could turn into a major accelerator for increased game development and onboarding new players to the web3 space!

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Read on for a look at the most active web3 games and NFT projects for the week. And be sure to keep an eye on our website and Twitter feed for the latest developments in the web3 gaming space!

Top play-to-earn games by active users

GameActive Users 7 daysChange
1. Alien Worlds323.95k+8.39%
2. Splinterlands132.71k-30.03%
3. Iskra127.34k-5.63%
4. Benji Bananas96.01k+5.51%
5. Farmers World90.57k+7.03%
6. Planet IX87.26k-1.17%
7. Upland70.23k+7.95%
8. Hunters On-Chain47.17k-35.48%
9. Axie Infinity39.5k-6.79%
10. Meta Apes29.73k-9.31%
Source DappRadar

Some drops in active players this week in web3 gaming. With Splinterlands and Hunters being hit the hardest. Splinterlands recently introduced a new energy system, limiting the number of matches each account can play per day. This was partly to simplify the system, and partly to combat the prevalence of bots, which it seems to have accomplished as well! But losing 30% of your playerbase seems like a pretty big hit. We’ll see if this has any long term effect on Splinterlands.

Meanwhile, Hunters On-Chain wrapped up their pre-release tournament, which is why we see such a drop in player numbers. They have a chest sale, and an official launch not too far in the future, so I expect we’ll see them back on the charts after that.

Interestingly, three of the oldest games in this list saw positive gains this past week — Alien Worlds, Farmers World, and Upland.

Top 10 NFT collections by volume traded

CollectionVolume traded 7 daysVolume Change
1. CryptoPunks$104.31M+22.41%
2. Mutant Ape Yacht Club$25.93M-26.37%
3. Bored Ape Yacht Club$20.88M+17.52%
4. Otherdeed for Otherside$16.69M+10.59%
5. Azuki$14.9M-12.84%
6. Doodles V4$12.04M+0.21%
7. Pudgy Penguins$11.58M+104.07%
8. Clone X$8.04M-11.28%
9. Moonbirds$7.8M-29.95%
10. Bored Ape Kennel Club$6.71M-26.52%
Source DappRadar

There was a general downtrend in the NFT markets this week. With Cryptopunks and Pudgy Penguins the main exceptions. Cryptopunks had several high value sales this past week, including one that the owner accidentally send to a burn address!

Meanwhile, Pudgy Penguins, a collection that came close to dying completely, has seen a huge resurgence over the past year. With new ownership and IP expansions such as a real life line of toys, Pudgy Penguins leap back into our charts, and may be here to stay!

Otherdeeds saw an uptick in trading volume as well. Likely driven by their Second Trip event, which showcased the power and scalability of the tools they are building for their virtual worlds.

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Phil Hall has been a gaming enthusiast since birth and a crypto enthusiast since 2017. He enjoys new discoveries and sharing those with others via blogging and photography. You can follow him on Twitter or read his other articles on Medium.