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- Slow mining or farming model prevents token oversupply.
- Metaverse creation from external studios is sustainable to keep player interest, similar to modding.
- Finished games with good gameplay and significant financing can survive the bear market better.
Blockchain games managed to fulfill the promise of generating significant and regular income. This was true of several games that rose in 2021, especially Axie Infinity. The model relied on openly admitting as many players as possible, for idle or automated play, and producing limitless reward tokens.
This approach led to diminishing game rewards, with guilds admitting most of their scholars were not earning anymore. In 2022, P2E games still attract players, but those that are dedicated gamers. New projects like TimeShuffle are also trying to build a sustainable game with additional earnings and NFT ownership.
Which Games Still Log Success
There are a few features that distinguish sustainable games. First, they have a slow resource mining or farming approach, putting up natural restraints to growth. These games include Sunflower Land, with its resource halving schedule. Other games with a similar slow generation model include Wildalo, with its homesteading model.
MOMOVerse Survival has a similar rare or limited resource approach.
The other key element is short-term, concentrated events that bring in players for exclusive rewards. Instead of long seasons, games open up for one-week or two-week events. The rewards include items that give an advantage in the game, NFT and some tokens. But the token rewards are not ongoing, limiting the freely available resources.
The third element is a well-advanced and developed game, which is not just hinging on vaporware. Projects like Chumbi Valley, which are taking too long to launch, are also hurting their token price and the demand for NFT.
Currently Active Sustainable Games
Games with a constantly high number of players and a sustainable model include Wombat Dungeon Master, with its highly usable NFT items and crafting recipes. In simulated sports, REVV Racing offers a well-balanced reward system, with short and limited competition days.
Sunflower Land showed a grass-roots model with limited permission to play, which also worked to avoid dumping the native token.
Metaverse Games Boost Sustainability
Metaverse games are emerging as some of the potential winners of the P2E building frenzy. Their model allows for user-generated content and modding, which is one of the key appeals of traditional games.
Decentraland and The Sandbox, as well as NFT Worlds are some of the potential venues of user-generated content with Web 3 ownership.
Those metaverse games also organize regular exclusive or branded events, with limited packs of MANA or SAND rewards. The games also show a sign of sustainability in which players do not need to make a large upfront investment.