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Wildlife’s Hit Castle Crush mobile game will add NFTs and Avalanche Tokens

In short

  • Popular mobile game Castle Crush will add Avalanche-based NFTs and tokens.
  • The existing game will be updated with the optional crypto elements in June.

Along with a growing pile of crypto-native games like Axie Infinity and The sandboxwe have seen efforts to bring NFT in existing PC games, like Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. Now the trend has reached the mobile space, as a hit game will soon implement NFTs and tokens running on the avalanche blockchain.

Wildlife Studios, a mobile developer that has amassed over 2 billion total game downloads, today announced that it will use Avalanche to add NFTs and tokens to its popular Castle Crush game. the iOS and android The strategic fighting game has been downloaded more than 75 million times to date, according to the studio, with more than one million monthly active users.

In June, Wildlife will update the existing mobile game to enable optional Avalanche-powered NFTs.

Fernando Sette, Senior Product Manager of Wildlife Studios, said Decrypt that Castle Crush was the best fit to integrate into the Web3 space, as “card games lend themselves well to NFTs”. Other NFT card games include raging gods and Skyweaver.

He also said the team wanted to get into the Web3 space and start iterating, so it made sense to update an existing game rather than develop a new experience from scratch.

“As we considered how to position ourselves in the blockchain gaming space, one thing was clear: we needed to act quickly and learn from direct experience,” he said. “Castle Crush suited us perfectly. Even though the gameplay is real-time, its progression system is derived from cards and deck building.

A screenshot of Castle Crush on Android. Image: Wildlife Studios

Sette said that Castle Crush NFTs will act as “stronger, cooler cards” than regular cards and that Ascension Crystals (ACS) tokens will create progression and a feedback loop with NFTs. Playing with NFTs earns players tokens, which they then use to purchase and upgrade their NFTs. In other words, there is an incentive to continue playing once you have purchased NFTs.

According to Sette, the fauna, which was valued at $3 billion in 2020— looked at the potential of Web3 games to offer new types of ownership models. However, even the biggest blockchain games haven’t reached the same kind of scale as the biggest mobile games, indicating that there may be significant room for growth.

“Web3 represents a new era for games,” Sette said. “The ecosystem is reminiscent of the early days of free-to-play (F2P) mobile gaming. Much of the discourse and activity we see with blockchain gaming today reminds us of the early days of Wildlife Studios. Naturally, we were drawn to these parallels and recognized the potential for an exciting new business model.

Embracing NFTs will allow the Brazilian mobile studio to formally integrate features that previously existed in a gray market outside of gaming, Sette said, including the ability to buy, trade and lend cards. He believes this will lead to “greater control and flexibility in deck building” by opening up new types of cards to players.

Sette predicts that NFTs will help supercharge the “competitive skill-based scene with higher stakes” for top players, and thinks that NFTs will also evoke the social status of holders, in other words, the right to brag.

“We hope this will add new incentive and motivation for players to collect cards and experiment with different deck builds,” he added.

Avalanche rise?

Currently, much of the crypto gambling scene is concentrated in the Ethereum ecosystem, including sidechain or Layer 2 scaling solutions like Ronin and Polygonalong with many other games based on Solana.

Avalanche is starting to gain momentum in space, however, with NFT-powered games like the first-person shooter Shrapnel and role play Ragnarok build on the platform.

“As mobile game developers, our priority has always been to provide a seamless experience for our players,” Sette explained. “When evaluating which blockchain to launch our first Web3 project on, Avalanche appealed to us primarily because of the customization it offered to create the ideal UX for our players.”

He also highlighted Avalanche’s developer ecosystem and the support of Ava Labs as Wildlife began to explore the blockchain space. “It’s been great to have a closer partnership with them as we develop the Web3 layer for Castle Crush,” added Sette.

Like other Avalanche-based games, Castle Crush will utilize the platform’s subgrid capabilities, allowing decentralized application (dapp) creators to customize their implementation. This means creators can set the token they want to use for gas fees and make other changes that may be separate from the larger Avalanche Network approach.

Game developers have flocked to Avalanche for its seamless compatibility and interoperability with Ethereum, while subnets unlock custom, app-specific blockchains with custom gas tokens, near-instant finality, and low fees. high,” said Ed Chang, director of games at Ava Labs. .

Sette believes NFT functionality can help rejuvenate Castle Crush’s competitive scene and give long-time players “something to look forward to again” through direct asset ownership, in-game trading, and even potential interoperability with other apps and games.

“We are excited about the possibility of putting more control over the game in the hands of players who have been passionate about this title for years,” he explained.

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