Making money through gaming sounds ideal. This is now a possibility with the many Play to Earn Games (P2E) that are made possible thanks to blockchain technology. It is possible for players of these games to earn money in the form of tokens and/or NFTs. You do this by performing actions in the game, such as winning a battle or completing assignments. Every Play to Earn game is linked to a certain blockchain. The actions you perform in the game are then executed as transactions on this blockchain and earns you rewards. You can't just start a game and make money. First, you usually need the corresponding crypto coins to enter. As a result, you first invest in the game, after which you can earn from it.
Which Play to Earn (P2E) games are the most popular right now? Discover our favorites in this top 10.
1. Axie Infinity (AXS)
This popular game is all about Axies: the tiny creatures that inhabit the world of Axie Infinity
. This game, which is comparable to the world of Pokémon, was released in 2018 and really popularized the concept of Play-to-Earn. By playing the game you can earn AXS tokens (Axie Infinity Shards), which you can use to further influence the game. You must first buy your Axie NFT before you can join the game, but after that, you can earn even more NFTs by winning battles. Axie Infinity is played daily by about 2.8 million users. The game was released by a Vietnamese developer and is especially popular in Southeast Asia. Each Axie has its own unique characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses. By collecting Axies you can defeat your enemies and expand your kingdom. Because these are NFTs, an Axie is all yours. Of course, you can sell them for tokens. Axie Infinity is built on the Ronin network, a sidechain of the Ethereum blockchain. By using the Ronin network, the in-game transaction costs are lower.
2. Illuvium (ILV)
Built on the Ethereum blockchain and developed in Australia, Illuvium
is the world's first Interoperable Blockchain Game (IBG). In this game, you play as Illuvials, mythical creatures with deadly powers, each with their own characteristics and abilities. You can form your own army and complete all kinds of quests. By overcoming these, you can earn tokens (ILV) and buy NFT items that will be stored in your crypto wallet. These in-game items, which can be used to participate in battles and quests, give players an edge over other players, making them very valuable to the game.
In addition, the NFTs can be offered for sale not only on NFT marketplaces but also on IlluvDEX, the game's decentralized marketplace.
In total, the game features seven different landscapes and over 100 Illuvials, divided into five affinities (Water, Earth, Fire, Nature, and Air) and five classes (Fighter, Guardian, Rogue, Psion, and Empath), each of which has unique powers and hybrids synergies.
3. MyNeighborAlice (ALICE)
If you don't feel like battling with mythical creatures, you can visit the charming farm of My Neighbor Alice
. This is a multiplayer game, where you can build your own land on a purchased island. You can build houses, bridges, farms, streets, animals, and much more. This game encourages you to meet new friends and collect items that you can later use or trade/sell. This is how ALICE combines the best of both worlds: collecting NFTs while you design your own island. A lot of money can be made with these NFTs. The currency used in this game is the ALICE token, which allows players to trade NFTs, buy land and use specific DeFi products such as collateral, buybacks and even staking. By renting out items, you can generate passive income with this game. You can earn the tokens by completing tasks and, for example, helping your neighbor. The ALICE coin is built on the Chromia platform, which is built on the Ethereum network.
4. Alien Worlds (TLM)
From the countryside to infinite space: Alien Worlds
takes you into an NFT Metaverse where you go on a mission to discover NFTs. In this world, you can earn the Trilium coin (TLM) by completing missions. Alien Worlds is a decentralized SciFi metaverse utilizing the Binance Smart Chain, WAX, and Ethereum. You play the role of a space explorer. The game consists of six worlds on which you can buy land. Players must start mining on one of these pieces of land for TLM coins, of which the landowner gets a share. By mining and earning TLM tokens, players can buy better items on the marketplace, which will increase their rewards. In addition, when mining you have a chance to immediately find items (NFT tokens) that you can trade. From the moment you buy an Alien Worlds land, you can also earn a commission.
5. Gods Unchained (GODS)
It pays to play: this is how the creators of Gods Unchained present the trading card game. It's a fairly simple game: two users face each other in an arena to determine who is the strongest player. You do this with a stack of 30 cards. These cards allow you to summon creatures and cast spells. Each card in the deck is unique and therefore has different abilities that can be used to defend your God or attack the opponent's God. The objective of the battle is to reduce the opponent's health to zero. The game is initially free to play: by winning tournaments and completing quests, you can earn the $GODS token. This allows you to buy NFTs within the game, with which you are the owner of your assets in the game. It is also possible to stake $GODS and have a say in the game yourself.
6. Star Atlas (ATLAS)
When you‘re looking for a different experience in space, you can also enter the Star Atlas metaverse. This is an MMORPG game that works entirely on the Solana blockchain technology. In the game, you find yourself in the year 2620 and you go into space as an explorer. Your goal is therefore to map space. Pretty much everything you'll find there is an NFT that you can buy and own. Discover new space colonies or trade resources. You can also enter intergalactic battles with your fellow players, where you naturally earn tokens when you win. In this game you play with two tokens: the ATLAS and the POLIS. With the ATLAS coin, you can buy NFTs, own spaceships and parts of planets. The POLIS coin is primarily a governance coin that gives you more control over the future of Star Atlas by voting. All in all, the space in Star Atlas is infinite, and so are the game's possibilities.
7. DeRace (DERC)
It's a new form of horse racing: with DeRace you can own a hippodrome, buy horses and win races with them. All horses are NFTs that you can buy, breed, rent out, and of course, use to win your opponents' races. This game uses the $DERC token, with which you perform all transactions and of course place the bets. You can also earn with this game by renting out your horses or hippodrome and of course by winning races. The DERC token is built on the Ethereum blockchain. There is an in-game marketplace where you can buy and sell NFTs, including horse accessories.
8. MonkeyLeague (MBS)
With this game we‘ll stay in the same theme of sports with animals: in MonkeyLeague you will play football tournaments with monkeys. Each monkey is an NFT with unique characteristics, in terms of appearance, Alpha Score, and of course game skills. In the game, you use the currency MonkeyBucks (MBS). With this, you can buy MonkeyPlayers and of course in-game NFT assets. In MonkeyLeague you put together your own team of MonkeyPlayers with which you naturally try to win as many matches as possible. In their own words, the game is easy to learn but difficult to master. You can play matches in three ways: 1. Player vs Environment, where you train against the computer; 2. Player vs Player: A classic soccer game where you play against another player's team; 3. Team vs Team: Here each team is managed by several players. MonkeyLeague is built on the Solana blockchain.
9. MetaSoccer (MSU)
There are even more opportunities to play in the world of football. With MetaSoccer you also play tournaments where you buy your own (human) players and scouts and put together a team. Give your team a name and design your own logo. In this game, transactions are done with the MetaSoccer Universe coin (MSU). They also have a second currency, namely MSC (MetaSoccer Cash). However, this is used less and is mainly intended for beginners to scout players. You can earn money in this game by winning bets, loaning out players, renting out your stadium, and selling tickets for matches in your stadium, among other things. The fun thing about MetaSoccer is that it also features real-life football players, which you can buy as NFT, such as Ronaldinho Gaucho. The MSU and MSC tokens are built on the Ethereum
10. Crabada (CRA)
We can‘t close off this top 10 without an underwater adventure. With Crabada you play with your own crabs, who mine all kinds of treasures in teams of three. You can of course buy these crabs as NFT and put them together yourself. This game uses the Crabada token (CRA) and TUS (Treasure Under Sea) which are built on Avalanche. In Crabada the CRA token is used for staking and governance decisions, while TUS is used to make in-game purchases. In the game, you go on a mission with your Crabada, which each lasts 4 hours. You can also interfere with other people's missions and engage in battles. It is also possible to stake Crabada (CRA), which allows you to earn even more from your crabs.
Play to Earn games, therefore, come in all shapes and sizes, from underwater to deep in space to on land. There are of course many more than these mentioned games. Choose your own adventure and start your new favorite game!