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P2E Games Guide

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What are P2E (Play-to-Earn) Games?

P2E, or Play-to-Earn, games are based on a blockchain where users can earn tokens or NFTs with the potential to exchange those items for traditional currency. Players in these games have the potential to earn through player-vs-player battles or through general gameplay but other ways are also available depending on the game. Sometimes players can buy, sell, and trade within the game but an additional appeal is the ability to sometimes take those assets to a market outside of the game. Effective players can usually earn at a faster rate through mastery of the game’s mechanics and systems but chance and market value are often factors. 

For example, Axie Infinity’s tokens Super Love Potions (SLP) can be sold on the marketplace for Ether (ETH) because of its creation and use of the Ethereum blockchain. Ether can then be exchanged for traditional currency such as USD. 

Are P2E games F2P or Free-to-Play? 

This varies from game to game. Splinterlands, for example, is a free-to-play game where users can unlock a Play-to-Earn mode through the purchase of a starter pack. In most cases though, players must first purchase a starter pack or specific in-game items or characters to start playing. Axie Infinity players, for instance, must first buy at least three Axie creature NFTs. 

One of the ways some player groups or guilds get around this initial cost is by providing scholarships. Scholarships might involve giving the provider a cut of earnings for a period of time and this is another avenue where scammers might exploit players. 

Where can one find P2E games? 

Many of the popular P2E games can be found through ChainPlay.gg or PlayToEarn.net and there will be plenty of recommendations here on Fandomverse. Other markets and platforms exist and our staff will be sharing their findings through articles and content. It is essential to check the viability of these games so research is encouraged before playing. 

Things to consider when choosing a P2E game include: genre, in-game economy, type of blockchain (and/or cryptocurrency being used primarily), supporters/community, rules and expectations, initial investment or frequency of investment expected, and lastly if the game is worth playing over a traditional video game. Of course, most gamers play to have fun but there have been players out there who use P2E games for supplemental income. Just remember to balance gaming with healthy life habits and choices.

FAQ

Will P2E elements come to traditional games? 

There is a pretty substantial chance that popular franchises could include P2E elements in future installments or updates. In-game economies have been evolving in recent years and lots of AAA game company leaders have expressed their interest in the technology. However, early attempts at this are struggling to catch on, such as the NFTs available in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint.