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On October 28th 2021, Facebook announced that it would be changing its name to Meta. This comes alongside the announcement of its metaverse project which shares the same name.
Meta is a metaverse project that aims to combine social media and virtual reality. It includes 3D spaces where people can socialize, learn, play and build.
Facebook's Meta project drew similarities to similar projects in the blockchain space. This in turn led to many gaming and metaverse related cryptocurrencies reaching new all-time highs in price and market cap.
In this post, we'll look at 7 different gaming and metaverse related cryptocurrencies and why they could turn out to be very promising investments.
Decentraland (MANA) is a virtual reality world that runs on the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain.
Players can explore virtual worlds owned and built by other users in the metaverse. They can also buy and sell their own plots of land or build their own virtual spaces.
The platform includes interactive apps, in-world payments and peer-to-peer communication, which helps to foster a growing community and virtual economy.
Decentraland has two tokens that are used to power its virtual world:
Decentraland consists of 90,601 individual pieces of LAND, each one existing as an NFT. LAND owners can build their plots into anything they like and sell their LAND to other users.
Decentraland users can also earn money by leasing their LAND to other users, selling advertising space or creating and selling items for MANA.
MANA rose from $0.60 to $3 (over 5x) after Facebook's announcement of its virtual reality platform and renaming it to "Meta".
This was likely due to increased attention to metaverse projects in the blockchain world.
In this case, Decentralands virtual reality world caught investors attention due to its similarities with Facebooks/Meta's upcoming virtual reality world.
MANA is currently floating between $2.70 and $3 and it could prove to be a promising investment due to the growing popularity of NFT's, virtual ownership, and crypto gaming in general.
The Sandbox $SAND is a voxel style virtual world where users can build, own and monetise their gaming experiences. Like Decentraland, The Sandbox platform runs on the Ethereum blockchain.
The Sandbox platform consists of three main products which enable the users to create their own unique content within The Sandbox metaverse.
The Sandbox uses several different tokens to enable its virtual economy:
The Sandbox started out as a 2D sandbox game for mobiles and PC. The game was acquired by Animoca Brands in 2018 and they began work on a blockchain version of the game, which is the current iteration of the game.
Animoca Brands is behind another major crypto NFT and gaming platforms which include Axie Infinity and Cryptokitties.
The Sandbox is backed by major investors including:
SAND rose from $0.75 to $3.40 (over 4.5x) after Facebook's announcement of its virtual reality platform and renaming it to "Meta".
Again this is mainly due to increases mainstream attention to metaverse projects in the blockchain space.
SAND is currently floating between $2.65 and it has a lot of potential, especially when you consider its virtual economy, the investors behind the project and its high potential for mass adoption.
Enjin $ENJ is a blockchain-based platform that enables users to create and manage digital assets on the Ethereum blockchain. The main use case for Enjin is creating $ENJ backed assets that can be accessed in games.
For example, developers can create weapons, characters or skins, each baked by a certain amount of $ENJ.
These assets can be freely sold or exchanged between users, enabling developers to create a virtual economy for their games.
These digital assets can also be "melted" down to redeem the $ENJ that was used to mint the item.
Essentially every time an asset is created on the Enjin platform, the amount of $ENJ used is locked up in that asset and removed from the market.
This creates scarcity and increases demand for the $ENJ token, which in turn increases its value.
Enjin makes it easy for developers to create $ENJ backed digital assets through its software development kits for Unity, Java, Godot and more.
Enjin has multiple products that make it easy to create, own and sell digital assets on the Ethereum network:
Enjin has a lot of potential in the crypto gaming and NFT space, especially due to its ability to create in-game items with real-world value.
$ENJ is currently priced around $3.32, up 50% from $2.20 after Facebook's rebranding announcement.
Axie Infinity (AXS) is an online, NFT based trading and battling game that allows players to collect, breed, raise, battle, and trade creatures known as "axies".
Each axie is digitized as an NFT on the Ethereum blockchain and new players to need purchase at least three axies to begin playing. This is due to the axies battling exclusively in teams instead of one-on-one battles.
Axie Infinity uses a Play-to-Earn/Pay-to-Earn gaming model where players earn Smooth Love Potion ($SLP) which can be used for breeding new axies or sold on Binance.
The game has two tokens in its ecosystem:
During a pandemic lockdown around June 2021, CNBC reported that some people in the Philippines were playing the game as their main source of income.
The game continues to rise in popularity with users hiring people from developing countries to play the game for them, getting a share of the profits in return.
These are known as "scholarships" and you can find users applying for these in Axie Infinity related Telegram groups and Reddit communities.
This goes to show the extent of Axie Infinity's popularity, especially in developing nations where users can make more money playing the game than their actual jobs.
Axie Infinity is backed by very established investors including:
$AXS increased 30%, from $124 to $160 whilst $SLP rose over 100% from $0.06 to $0.12 after Facebooks rebranding annoucement.
$AXS is currently floating around $155 - $165, whilst $SLP is currently floating $0.07 - $0.08.
As Axie Infinity grows more in popularity, $AXS and $SLP will continue to increase in value.
The game also has some major investors behind it, and increasing global adoption, these factors make it a good long term investment in my opinion.
Chromia $CHR is a scalable blockchain platform that has recently attracted attention due to its focus on crypto gaming and NFT's.
Chromia uses a relational database structure to enable the following features for crypto gaming:
Chromia has currently released the following crypto gaming and NFT projects:
Chromia $CHR rose 3x from $0.34 to over $1 and is currently floating around $0.81 - $0.95. With a $350m marketcap I believe this project is undervalued.
Chromia's projects $DAR and $ALICE are worth looking at too and they can also be found on Binance. Speaking of $ALICE we'll look at this project next.
My Neighbour Alice $ALICE is a multiplayer builder game where players build and create their own virtual lands, interact with other "neighbours", perform exciting daily activities and earn rewards.
My Neighbour Alice was developed by Chromia and is scheduled to be released on Steam in Spring 2022. The game allows players to buy and own virtual land called "Plots", as well as collect and build their own items.
The native cryptocurrency of the game is named $ALICEand it allows users to play the game, buy in-game items and vote on decisions.
Players can also stake their $ALICE tokens and earn interest on their holdings.
$ALICE is currently floating around $16, up 45% from $11 after Facebook's metaverse announcement.
Chiliz $CHZ is a sports and entertainment focused blockchain platform. One of the platform's main goals is to give millions of sports and esports fans a token that grants them direct voting power in their favourite sports teams.
This will allow fans to become active participants in their favourite sports clubs, instead of just passive spectators.
Chiliz's products include:
Chiliz's sports tokens in particular have proven popular with fans and investors alike, with most fan tokens increasing over 10x in value after release via the Binance Launchpool.
$CHZ is currently floating around $0.48, up 60% from $0.30 after Facebook's metaverse announcement.
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