Blockchain-based games need to spend more time actually being “fun to play” rather than developing flashy tokenomics, an Animoca Brand-owned blockchain game developer told Cointelegraph.
Speaking to Cointelegraph on the first day of the 2022 Tokyo Games Show, Luke Sillay, the lead community manager at Australia-based game developer Blowfish Studios said that far too many blockchain games have put the focus on in-game rewards and tokenomics rather than gameplay.
“You can see from a lot of other blockchain games that they’re not actually fun to play. Like, yes, you have potential to earn quite a significant amount of token and you get a good return on investment most of the time. But generally speaking, they’re not that fun, right?”
Sillay said that generally, many of these games have simplistic game modes that are built around earning, rather than pure enjoyment, and have therefore failed to grasp the attention of traditional gamers thus far.
According to data from DappRadar, the most popular blockchain games in terms of active users over the past 30 days are Gameta, Alien Worlds, and Solitaire Blitz with one million, 814,000, and 652,760 users, respectively. The figures show significant interest in the games but pale in comparison to popular traditional games.
Sillay said games should primarily be “fun to play” and attractive to look at, stating:
“Our kind of thought is that if it’s fun to play and it’s attractive to look at, people want to play it.”
Blowfish Studios is an Australian video game developer that was acquired by Animoca Brands for around $6.6 million in July 2021. As part of the acquisition, Animoca has guided Blowfish from Web2 to Web3 gaming, with NFT game Phantom Galaxies (currently in Beta) being the company’s main focus.
2022 Tokyo Games Show
Questioned on the type of games that would work best with NFTs and P2E integration, Sillay highlighted free-to-play giants such as Riot’s League of Legends and Epic Games’ Fortnite which already have internal markets built into them.