Updated: Apr 28, 2022
Are you looking to make some cash playing fun games online? I mean, if you’re into gaming, wouldn’t you rather earn money playing Play-2-Earn (P2E) games?
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There are many fun and exciting P2E games that you can choose from, but which are exciting and potentially profitable? Given that blockchain games were one of 2021’s hottest trends, there’s every reason to expect continued growth throughout 2022. However, that doesn’t guarantee that you will make money playing any of these games.
Another method of “playing” these games is to trade the tokens used for gameplay or game pieces. I wrote about the volatility of some of these tokens in my article, 5 Tokens to Profit from the Metaverse Movement. Some of these games thrive in the Metaverse.
Also, check CoinMarketCap’s Top 100 Play To Earn Tokens by Market Capitalization.
Crypto’s First Killer App — GODS Unchained
Actually, this first one, a friend of mine,
Steve B Howard NOVELIST, told me about it just a few weeks ago, and I started playing. He was so excited because, in one of the decks he bought, there was a card worth about $800.
I’m certainly not saying you’ll get that lucky, but who knows. It’s free to play, so you can try it out before spending any ETH on it. What’s more, you can collect cards without paying because it is free to play. Granted, the odds of getting a rare card while playing for free is probably pretty low. You can get rewards for referring others.
GODS Unchained — Flickr- John Saul
“Immutable X is the first Layer 2 Ethereum NFT marketplace — eliminating the need for those pesky gas fees. Immutable X’s goal is to make minting and trading NFTs easier than trading traditional digital assets.” — One37PM
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“Learn about MetaMask and how it empowers people around the world to use blockchain technology.” — MetaMask. Download it now: http://metamask.io/
“If you’re looking for the next game to play, Gods Unchained is a great game that you should check out. Sign up using with my referral code: undefined on the website here undefined.”
Gods Unchained is a collectible card game built on Ethereum. As with many other crypto games, players collect cards, battle others and gain or lose swag, all of which are recorded in an online profile.
As it states on the first page of the game, “In 2019, players spent $87 billion on in-game items. Players received nothing; it all went to giant game companies. Unlike other free-to-play games, Gods Unchained gives you complete ownership over your in-game items. Collect rare cards, build your deck and sell cards to other players.”
What makes Gods Unchained unique is its use of cryptocurrency. Players pay and receive real ETH when they purchase or sell cards, which can then be traded back into fiat currency if desired. And as has been confirmed by its developers, rare cards will also hold higher market values than more common ones. This has led some to Gods Unchained being called “crypto’s first killer app.”
This thorough explanation with downloadable gameplay slides was uploaded by Cooper Pitch.
Axie Infinity — Flickr — John Saul
A Different Breed of Game — Axie Infinity (AXS)
Axie Infinity is a trading card P2E game that you can play and earn cryptocurrency. Axie Infinity is played on an Ethereum blockchain and uses both NFT and Ethereum Request for Common-721 (ERC721) standard tokens to move characters around.
You have your choice of 12 classes to build your team out of, each class with unique strengths and weaknesses. There are also unique attacks in your hand that is randomly shuffled during the battle; these could give you a competitive edge over opponents.
If you want some visual flair, or just like trying out new styles of artwork. For a better Axie infinity metaverse experience, there’s a marketplace where Axie Infinity players sell their custom artwork for in-game items like avatars and profile banners.
Complete Beginner’s Guide to Axie Infinity — Is Axie Infinity WORTH IT In 2022?!
“Is Axie Infinity worth it in 2022? People are making tons of money with this NFT crypto game and I’m here to show you what it’s all about. Stay tuned for more information on Axie Infinity and this complete beginner’s guide to Axie Infinity!” — Crypto Kings.
Explore Alien Worlds and Earn Quests Tokens
In Alien Worlds, you get to mine and trade tokens of different cryptocurrencies. More so, you need to complete fun and engaging gaming quests in an effort to acquire more power and influence. With a simple-to-understand blockchain interface, you’ll be able to earn coins by playing through quests.
As your experience grows, your earnings grow too from questing. Questing earns you points which translates into cryptocurrency gains. It’s unlike any other game out there.
Alien Worlds Cinematic Trailer
Alien Worlds is an NFT defi metaverse running on the Ethereum and WAX blockchains. The in-game currency — Trilium (token symbol TLM) — incentivises explorers to play games and must be staked to participate in governance. Planets within the Metaverse are decentralised autonomous organisations which receive daily Trilium from the central metaverse smart contracts. — Alien Worlds.
Everything in Alien Worlds is powered by Ethereum-based Quests Tokens (QST). The Quests Token (QST) is developed on the ERC-20 standard Ethereum platform with a maximum supply of 1 billion QST coins with a 20% lockup period until May 2022.
However, maybe you’ll want to learn how to play first. Check out this quick intro.
Introducing Alien Worlds
“Learn how to get started with Alien Worlds and complete your first mine.” — Alien Worlds.
Splinterlands — Flickr — John Saul
Fantasy Game Taken to Another Level with Splinterlands
In Splinterlands, a land of swords and sorcery, you can team up with players to build your village into a prosperous town — but it won’t be easy. Monsters stalk your village; adventurers attempt to raid it and steal its resources. Other players may want to wipe you out so they can grab what you have. It takes cunning and strength to triumph in these realms.
Splinterlands uses a cryptocurrency token, Dark Energy Crystals (DEC), currently (15 Jan 22) trading at $0.003866 according to Coin Market Cap, to facilitate in-game transactions. Although, it has reached an all-time-high of $0.1344. Gamers can use it to buy things like weapons, avatars, energy, and other in-game assets.
Splinterlands — Things You Need to Know Before Playing
“Before you invest into Splinterlands there a few things you need to know, they will help you decide whether or not this game is for you.” — Uragano.
A Massive Open-World Game — Sandbox Evolution
With its massive open world, a wide variety of environments and situations, and hundreds of story missions, Sandbox Evolution gaming lets you live out your fantasies. In it, you’ll be able to create whatever type of character you want, from a gun-toting mercenary to a peaceful farmer. The decision is yours.
Each time you play Sandbox Evolution through a mission, things change. The terrain shifts with every play session, so it never gets old or repetitive. Sandbox Evolution takes advantage of Ethereum blockchain technology, so you can own gameplay items and NFTs.
Players can earn cryptocurrency while they play by completing specific objectives or selling resources they collect in-game. Players receive their loot in special drop boxes that are picked up when they complete special actions in-game. These drop boxes, which resemble treasure chests on wheels, appear randomly throughout gaming sessions.
AWESOME NEW DINOSAURS and NATURAL DISASTERS! — Let’s Play the Sandbox Evolution
This looks pretty cool, and you can play it on Steam if you have that. Therefore, you could check it out, get used to it, maybe find some cheat codes, and then P2E. But what do I know?
How Staking Improves the Amount of Cryptocurrency You P2E
Cryptocurrency staking is an incentive model based on Proof of Stake (PoS) or Delegated Proof of Stake (DPoS). In staking, cryptocurrency Hold On for Dear Life (HODLers) are incentivized to stake their coins by allowing them to earn interest in return. It’s a great way to earn passive income without having to trade your tokens.
Speaking of passive income, I wrote about “Two Methods to Earn Passive Income with Cryptocurrency Staking & Copy Trading.”
How Staking Works with Tokens to Increase How Much You Can Earn
Staking takes more time than trading on an exchange, but it can also be more rewarding. It depends on how much you want to get out of staking and how much time you have available to invest in it.
The more considerable amounts earn more extensive interest; however, do remember that there is no guarantee about their future value with cryptocurrencies. They may rise quickly or slowly lose value over time. It all depends on how many people believe in them at any given moment.
Let’s use Ethereum as our crypto of study to put this into perspective. After using a PoW method, Ethereum is now switching to a PoS system. To become a validator, you’ll need a minimum of 32 ETH (currently 13 Jan 22 about 106,809.93 USD), and you’ll be “responsible for storing data, processing transactions, and adding new blocks to the blockchain,” according to the Ethereum website. Validators with 32 ETH should expect annualized returns of between 4–10%.
Trade Your NFT Assets in the NFT Marketplace
To monetize, sell, or trade your NFTs, such as playing cards for Gods Unchained or any tokenized asset, you must go to the NFT Marketplace. Exchanges such as OpenSea (the first P2P NFT Marketplace and likely the largest), AutomicHub, Enjin, and others help NFT owners find buyers or trading partners. You can find a list of NFT Marketplaces on NFTPlaza.
Another avenue is those who help you create, buy, sell, or trade NFTs, like Rarible, NiftyGateway, KnownOrigin, and others. These NFTs sell for under $100 or over a million.
Now You Can Get Started with Play-2-Earn Games
Without a doubt, play2earn games are here to stay, and they are getting better and better. The above games offer you different experiences, and you get to earn coins, tokens, NFT as you play. Some of these games are new, but some have undergone the test of time to prove they can offer a great gaming experience to gamers.
DISCLAIMER: This article is for entertainment and informational purposes only. It should not be considered financial or legal advice. Not all information will be accurate. I am not a financial adviser, and anything I propose should be considered friendly banter to show you what is possible if you invest your money in these vehicles. However, there are no guarantees. Consult a financial professional before making any significant financial decisions.