Play-to-earn (P2E) metaverse game Axie Infinity appears to be on the mend, with its nonfungible token (NFT) sales volume pumping 205% over the past seven days.
The project’s co-founder Jeff Zirlin echoed such sentiments via Twitter on Friday after he stated that the project was “healing” in reference to the strong adoption of NFT land staking, the Ronin bridge being back up and a notable uptick of game downloads and NFT sales.
22,000 Axies sold in the last 24 hours. Was at 7,000 a few weeks ago.
Origin growing quickly with the new Alpha Season. 4,600 downloads yesterday.
Bridge is up. Land (90% staked) is emitting AXS.
Nature is healing. pic.twitter.com/AdNzi8x4cb
— The Jiho.eth (@Jihoz_Axie) July 7, 2022
According to data from CryptoSlam, Axie infinity generated $1.3 million worth of sales over the past seven days from a total of 23,100 buyers, marking a 205% increase for the week.
One of the contributing factors to the sudden increase appears to be the surging appetite for Axie Infinity Land NFTs following the launch of staking support on July 4. The staking feature enables Land owners to earn weekly rewards in the game’s native Axie Infinity (AXS) token. At the time of writing, roughly 91% of the 16,794 circulating supply has been staked, according to data from the Ronin Chain explorer.
The project also launched the second phase of upgrades to its new game mode this month dubbed Origin, which had 600,000 sign-ups as of mid-June. The game is in early access mode ahead of an eventual global launch and it enables users to collect, trade and battle each other with their playable Axie monster NFTs. The upgrades were said to have fixed a host of bugs in-game.
The increasing NFT sales volume is likely due to the Ronin bridge relaunching on June 28. The bridge is a sidechain built for Axie Infinity which enables users to transfer assets between the game and the Ethereum mainnet. However, it had been offline since late March following the infamous $600 million hack.
Despite this, the 205% surge in volume…