The Future of NFTs in Esports

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4 min readMar 26


As the world becomes increasingly digitized, the line between the virtual and the real continues to blur. This is particularly true in esports and competitive gaming, where players compete in virtual worlds for real-world prizes. But what if the virtual items and assets for which the players compete could also have real-world value? That’s where NFTs come in.

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“As someone who has been a passionate gamer for decades, I am beyond thrilled about the potential for NFTs to revolutionize the esports industry. NFTs open up a new world of possibilities for players and fans alike. As we continue to see explosive growth in the esports industry, NFTs will undoubtedly play a key role in driving the monetization strategies of forward-thinking organizations.”

Michael Rubinelli, CGO of Tyranno Studios

NFTs and the Rise of Digital Ownership

NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are unique digital assets that can be bought, sold, and traded on the blockchain. This technology is revolutionizing the gaming industry by giving players true ownership of the in-game items and assets they acquire.

Think of it like this: when you buy a physical item, like a piece of art or a rare coin, you own it outright. You can display it in your home, lend it to a friend, or sell it for a profit. NFTs work in much the same way, but for digital assets.

A good example is The Forge Arena. The first-person shooter game that utilizes the WAX blockchain for its in-game skins, which are NFTs. This innovative approach to gaming allows players to truly own and trade their in-game items, providing a unique and immersive experience. The game has also made waves in the world of esports, as it is at the forefront of blockchain gaming. With its fast-paced gameplay, high-quality graphics, and integration with the WAX blockchain, The Forge Arena is a must-play for fans of first-person shooters and blockchain gaming alike.

We’re Getting There

In-game items have always been popular in esports and competitive gaming, but their value has skyrocketed with the rise of NFTs. In CS:GO, for example, players can buy, sell, and trade virtual weapons, skins, and other items on the Steam Marketplace. This has created a thriving economy within the game, with some items selling for thousands of dollars.

In most games, for example, Fortnite and Call of Duty, rare skins and weapons can only be bought but not sold nor traded. Once players are bored with the game, they can’t sell or trade what they paid for. The ability to truly own these items with NFTs would take these in-game economies to the next level, providing gamers with even more opportunities to monetize their skills and assets.

Another rising game on the WAX Blockchain is Afterland, a multiplayer first-person shooter with stylized graphics. The game offers various gameplay options to earn tokens, including a free-to-play option with a scholarship system. In the PVE adventure mode, players can journey through four semi-procedural worlds, facing monsters, dungeons, and challenges to earn resources to upgrade their character.

In the PVP mode, players can compete in battles in the arena, using NFT equipment cards that can be unlocked while playing. As players battle to improve their rank, they can also earn more rewards. Afterland’s mix of PVE and PVP gameplay options makes it an exciting addition to multiplayer first-person shooters.

The Future of Esports and Competitive Gaming

What does the future hold for NFTs in esports and competitive gaming? The possibilities are endless.

Imagine a future where professional esports teams issue NFTs to their players, allowing fans to buy digital collectibles of their favorite players and earn a share of their winnings. Or a future where players can earn NFTs for achieving high game scores, which can be redeemed for real-world prizes or used as a currency in other games.

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

NFTs are revolutionizing how we perceive ownership and value in gaming, empowering players to monetize their talents, and possessions and feel a deeper sense of satisfaction in their accomplishments. As we explore the possibilities of NFTs in esports and competitive gaming, let’s remember to proceed responsibly and with care, so we can fully harness the potential of this exciting new landscape.

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