Play-to-Earn: The Future of Gaming that Lets You Earn Real Money

Started by JustinC, Aug 07, 2022, 02:58 AM

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The news is now filled with stories about blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies, smart contracts, NFTs, and metaverses. These technologies are becoming increasingly important as the world evolves.

The emergence of blockchain and cryptocurrency is an interesting story that begins with Satoshi Nakamoto's article "Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System" in 2008. Since then, the world has been learning about blockchain technology and Bitcoin cryptocurrency. Vitalik Buterin, a talented young specialist, invested his $100,000 programming prize to launch Ethereum, which boasted smart contracts that allowed transactions without third-party involvement.

The ERC20 standard was developed, followed by the ERC721 standard, also known as NFT, which provides a digital certificate of ownership and authenticity. Monthly sales of digital tokens currently hover around $2 billion, with total market capitalization of the NFT universe reaching $7 billion.

NFTs are unique, with only one copy existing, and all information about their author, transactions, and buyers stored in the blockchain. However, to protect digital property from deletion, new solutions are required, such as IPFS technology, which can store information without relying on traditional hosting services.

In today's world, personal secure digital assets have become a trend. They are used in various industries, including sports teams who are utilizing Averin Technology and Napoleon IT to develop collectible sports cards. As society continues to evolve, these technologies will only become more important.

Through the symbiosis of various technologies, a decentralized environment has been created where users have personal secure digital assets. This is a significant improvement from previous times when development companies dictated rules that could be changed unilaterally. In the past, attempts to create a digital universe failed due to centralized decisions, which often made changes that nullified objects and characters' characteristics, reducing their value. Metaverses like Second Life became popular but were limited in scope.

Today, there is an expanding interest in web3.0 solutions, which combine NFT and play-to-earn concepts, allowing game economies to merge with the real world, enabling users to earn money while in virtual reality. For instance, Axie Infinity enables players to purchase animals and earn a considerable amount of money in the process. Metaverses offer more opportunities for communication, entertainment, self-determination, and self-realization. Decentraland and Sandbox are already providing these opportunities for their users in this virtual world.

The pandemic has led to significant changes, and it is unlikely that we will return to the old way of life. Companies are shifting their focus to a new digital reality, especially as virtual goods are beginning to increase in value, and land in metaverse spaces is being sold at high prices. Technology giants like Twitter, YouTube, Facebook (Meta), and startups are also developing their metaverses, providing unique opportunities for everyone. The total revenue of virtual game worlds is projected to reach $400 billion by 2025, according to investment firm Grayscale, and the metaverse market will increase from $43.4 billion in 2020 to $814.2 billion in 2028, according to Vantage Market Research.


The concept of "play to earn" is not new and was implemented by some games during the rise of browsers and MMOs. Nowadays, almost any MMO has an out-of-game economy that involves selling services, resources, and accounts. However, when attempting to combine the ability to earn real money with gameplay, the game design often suffers, resulting in a poor gaming experience. This zero-sum game, with high competition, quickly makes operations unprofitable for most players. The NFT craze is unlikely to revive this outdated concept.

It is essential to note the potential benefits of a successful implementation of the "play to earn" concept - it could help those who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic or economic crises make a living. At the same time, it could provide an opportunity for game developers to earn through microtransactions, which may lead to more innovative games.


The metaverse requires a combination of hardware and software developments to become a reality. Game engines such as Unreal Engine and Unity are used to create software and architecture for the metaverse. Additionally, tech giants like Microsoft and Apple are competing to develop the best AR and VR headsets.

Last year, there was a surge of investment in the metaverse from various entities, including brands, celebrities, sports leagues, financial institutions, and even countries. These investments include NFT and metaverse projects that support the growth of the metaverse and Web3. As more companies and brands realize the importance of having a presence in the metaverse, we expect to see even more investment in this space.

It is crucial to care about the metaverse because it could offer unique opportunities for work and even improve the future of work through increased productivity and human connections. The pandemic has shown that remote work can be efficient and many people prefer it, making the metaverse a potentially game-changing technology. The metaverse can also help users get a fair reward for their work and time.


Despite the optimistic outlook for the future presented by the metaverse, some are skeptical about its potential impact. The world faces severe problems, such as a potential global catastrophe in the form of a world war over resources. Some believe that the digitization of currency is concerning and could have biblical implications regarding the "number of the beast."

Moreover, some view the metaverse as a way to distract people from real-world issues that need addressing. The abandonment of the gold standard half a century ago allowed "enterprising" individuals to gain access to unlimited paper currency "on credit," leading to economic consequences that cannot be resolved through virtualization.

It is crucial to consider potential drawbacks and limitations of the metaverse, such as its ability to address real-world problems effectively.
but, it is also essential to acknowledge the potential benefits it can offer, such as new opportunities for work and enhanced connectivity. As with any technology, it is vital to assess its impact carefully and make informed decisions.