• Play to earn: how a MOBA and battle royale game removes barriers and tests player strategy

  • The Non-Forgible Token (NFT) game combines traditional game design with unconventional game mechanics. Through these features, users gain additional control over their in-game assets, such as virtual properties, characters, and more – made possible by the fact that each of these digital assets is an NFT. Leveraging NFTs gives players the ability to prove the rarity and uniqueness of each asset.

    Accompanying the rise of NFTs is the game money movement – an emerging trend in the gaming industry that allows players to collect NFT rewards and convert them into real cash as they appreciate in value. With this system, each user can gain ownership of game assets through one of three strategies, including breeding new characters, buying digital assets, or unlocking and earning new items. Spending a considerable amount of time in play-to-earn games can increase potential and build financial wealth compared to success in traditional video games.

    Unfortunately, the main drawback of this gaming model is that most games adopt a “spend and earn” mentality, increasing the barriers for new users to start playing. Free video games remove the insurmountable cost barrier for many young people, allowing them to get on, use, spread, experiment, and therefore content in large numbers. That said, several games have adopted both the earn-while-you-play and free-to-play models.

    One such game is Thetan Arena, a blockchain-based multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) and battle royale game developed by WolfFun Game, one of the most well-known video game developers in Vietnam, which has created two full-fledged games on GooglePlay, including Tank Raid Online and Heroes’ Strike.

    Combined, KardiaChain and WolfFun believe that the result of Thetan Area will be “a truly social game” with “more dynamic gameplay that brings real entertainment to users.” This is in stark contrast to most NFT games today, which are fairly simple due to the game mechanics that need to be adapted to smart contracts; the team behind Thetan Arena believes they can conquer this obstacle.

    Where NFT comes into play

    The designers created Thetan Arena with a top-down view of the game’s overall map.A look at the characters reveals a look that is both simple/modern and more retro/nostalgic. The gameplay between these characters is a combination of skill and teamwork for the gamer. In Thetan Arena, users can “earn money” by using premium heroes or trading in the marketplace.

    In effect, Thetan Arena’s in-game economy is centered around the Thetan Coin. With this coin, users can summon premium heroes to the game. Each Advanced Hero can evolve into a Thetan Hero, which can then be traded on the NFT Marketplace or pledged in the Thetan Vault, where the user will be compensated accordingly.

    The game also utilizes Virtual Interactive Events (VIA) as part of its arena system, so players can stream while playing. Community members then have the opportunity to bet, donate and interact with players through the Thetan platform.

    Thetan Gem and Thetan Heroes will allow Thetan Arena to become a community owned game in the future. The project is currently backed by Animoca, DFG, Dora Hack Ventures, Spark Digital, Kardia Ventures, Decom Holdings and others.

    Paving the Way.

    According to the team’s roadmap, new players can expect an initial launch of the Marketplace, NFTs, and Alpha testing sometime in the third quarter of this year. Beyond that, the release of Thetan Gem, Thetan Hero, Guild Quest and Staking can be expected in early 2022.

    With the creation of Thetan Arena, KardiaChain continues to announce its promise of growth, wherein e-sports and gaming pave the way for proving the benefits of blockchain technology in our daily lives.

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