​​Splinterlands Rises to the Top of Blockchain Gaming Charts

The Punters Pick #19 — User counts skyrocket as platform experiences exponential growth

Splinterlands is now the most frequently played blockchain-based game in the world.

The gaming platform leads the likes of Alien Worlds, MOBOX: NFT Farmer, and Upland and its user count is only growing. This remarkable growth comes after a dull initial three-year span.

In the latest version of The Punters Pick, we examine Splinterlands’ rise to the top of the charts and uncover reasons for its growth. We also look at the effect that the broader NFT investment trend is having on blockchain gaming. However, we’ll first highlight our CryptoPunt progress via our weekly development update.

CryptoPunt Development Update

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As we move ever closer to our eventual release, we continue to prioritize testing our platform for bugs and any other user issues. We will carry out rigorous testing on our platform code to ensure that CryptoPunt users can enjoy a bug-free and secure gaming experience.

NFT Card Trading boosts growth

Created in 2018, Splinterlands is an NFT trading card game. Much like Magic the Gathering or Hearthstone, players amass card collections that they use to battle other gamers. The difference with Splinterlands is that players have complete ownership of their cards, which makes them valuable assets. Splinterlands can be considered to be an example of a play-to-earn game where gamers participation in the game gives them the opportunity to tap into lucrative earning potential.

Curiously, Splinterlands’ initial growth was slow. It took the platform three years to amass 100,000 users and the adoption level remained low. This picture changed in 2020 when the platform’s integration with Ethereum was completed. Since then, the number of users on Splinterlands began to grow. NFT implementation and the wider explosion in NFT speculation in 2021 has clearly fueled the platform’s exponential growth.

(Source: DappRadar.com)

NFTs and Play-to-Earn — a potent combination

The gaming industry experienced massive growth in the decade between 2010–2020. Blockchain-based games evolved from mere token trading to full-blown ecosystems where gamers could experience sublime gameplay interfaces and earn money while playing.

NFT integration has driven greater blockchain gaming adoption. Items won and lost in gameplay now have real-world consequences. Splinterlands is just the latest in a long line of gaming platforms that have transformed the gaming industry by cashing in on the broader NFT investment trend that has gripped the world.

Gamers can now create and trade NFT-based in-game assets to earn money and speculate on future value. Director of Innovation at Polyient Games Craig Russo noted that “Some of these in-game assets can cost thousands of dollars each based on scarcity. It’s pegging your sword or gun to the blockchain, allowing you to own it and take it out of the game and sell it on the open market for a profit.”

Blockchain gaming set to grow

Russo also noted that these games are now worlds unto themselves. As social media adoption continues to grow and virtual worlds become more real by the day, gaming platforms are set to experience massive growth and turn what was once considered a waste of time into a legitimate cash cow for gamers everywhere.

Fueled by the easy access that gaming ecosystems like Splinterlands and CryptoPunt offer, gamers can seamlessly connect their physical lives with online worlds. The result is that blockchain gaming is now accessible to everyone and bringing lucrative earning opportunities to internet users worldwide.

About CryptoPunt

CryptoPunt is a next-generation gaming and gambling Dapp. Underpinned by the Ethereum blockchain, CryptoPunt is positioning itself to be the leading blockchain-based gaming application. Users can start gaming in less than one minute with no KYC or registration process. CryptoPunt will offer a broad suite of games, including an option that has a virtual world and an in-game economy.

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