Top NFT Collections and Games this Week – April 2

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Otherdeeds remain a hot item, we learn some more details about the HV-MTL collection, Splinterlands takes another huge hit in active player numbers, and more! Let’s catch up with some of the top web3 games and NFT collections from this past week.

With the first quarter of 2023 complete, the momentum of web3 gaming feels inevitable. Big name gaming companies continue to make moves towards blockchain integration. And while not all of them will get it right, their interest in the technology brings more legitimacy to the space. This past week, CCP Games, known for making Eve Online, announced a recent round of funding for development of a blockchain-enabled game based in the Eve universe!

Other web3 gaming development continues onward at a rapid pace. New gaming NFTs were hot this past week with mints from Hunters On-Chain, Tearing Spaces, and Blast Royale, just to name a few. Mobile gaming is mentioned more and more often as well. Hunters and Blast Royale will both start with mobile versions, and you can already pre-register for WAGMI defense, another mobile game that is part deck builder, part auto-battler.

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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 Worlds311.11k-2.93%
2. Splinterlands93.88k-31.16%
3. Farmers World93.62k+3.03%
4. Iskra89.47k-30.18%
5. Benji Bananas86.06k-10.00%
6. Planet IX79.54k-9.17%
7. Upland65.2k-7.11%
8. Axie Infinity38.28k-3.43%
9. Hunters On-Chain33.24k-29.76%
10. Era7: Game of Truth29.46k+12.14%
Source DappRadar

For the second week in a row Splinterlands loses over 30% of their active playerbase! Most of these are likely bots as owners discover that they are less profitable than they used to be. Splinterlands doesn’t ban botting in their game, but they do regularly make changes to try and keep bot farms from draining value from their gaming ecosystem. And it seems those efforts have been pretty successful lately! Potentially this lets the real players receive more rewards as there are less players fighting over the same pools. But if the trend continues, Splinterlands will quickly find themselves losing the second position on these charts!

Splinterlands wasn’t the only game to feel the crunch this week. Iskra, Benji Bananas, and Hunters On-Chain also saw double digit drops in active players. The only positive trends came from a slight increase in Farmer’s World players, and a jump from Era7, likely due to the recent start of a new tournament.

Top 10 NFT collections by volume traded

CollectionVolume traded 7 daysVolume Change
1. CryptoPunks$57.07M-48.93%
2. Otherdeed for Otherside$43.48M+158.21%
3. Bored Ape Yacht Club$18.19M-17.57%
4. Mutant Ape Yacht Club$16.88M-36.97%
5. Nakamigos$16.59M+403.34%
6. Azuki$12.49M-17.53%
7. HV-MTL$11.05M+65.31%
8. Moonbirds$6.69M-15.15%
9. Bored Ape Kennel Club$6.48M-12.57%
10. BEANZ Official$6.36M+103.42%
Source DappRadar

A big week for Otherdeeds as interest in them continued to surge after the Second Trip demo and an airdrop of a new Vessel NFT!

And the newest collection from the BAYC ecosystem, the HV-MTL Power Sources won from the Dooky Dash game, received an updated webpage with more information about these NFTs. Following the ongoing trend, HV-MTL NFTs are dynamic NFTs. They will evolve and grow based on the player’s actions involving a base-building game. The floor price for these NFTs currently sits at 2 ETH.

Meanwhile, the BEANZ collection, an offshoot of Azuki, also saw a resurgence this past week as they celebrated their one year anniversary.

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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.