Metamask integrates web3 gaming into its platform

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Following MetaMask listing on Unity, the cryptocurrency wallet provider launched its software development kit (SDK) on Unity’s video game development platform, making it easier for wallet customers to interact with Web3 gaming.

Unity has added a “decentralised” category to its asset store in an effort to help interested developers incorporate decentralisation into their projects by working with cryptocurrency platforms. The Unity Asset Market is a platform for decentralised video game components. It accepts third-party gaming solutions to let users and developers manage digital assets and set up smart contracts. Metamask, which supports any Unity-created game, is one of the 13 platforms with an SDK that are listed on the marketplace. Developers will be able to link their games to the MetaMask wallet so that players can use Web3-enabled features within the game itself. Moreover, the Unity Asset Store offers the confirmed SDKs for Aptos, Algorand, Flow, ImmutableX, Infura, Solana, and Tezos. Unity claims that the integrations will enable game developers to alter the “models of ownership” in their creations and provide players the capacity to create, earn, or acquire in-game goods that can be traded or sold.

The Unity Asset Store offers a growing selection of paid and unpaid components created by Unity Technologies and community members. Textures, models, animations, whole projects, tutorials, and Editor extensions are just a few of the many types of assets available.

Integrating players’ cryptocurrency wallets with game stores like the Epic Games Store, GOG (previously Good Old Games), and its own game launcher store is another project that the recently launched web3 game Hyperplay has worked on using Meta Mask. Former MetaMask operations lead JacobC.eth founded the new platform, which doesn’t charge developers any commissions and instead intends to rely on cryptocurrency services like swaps and bridges to monetize the site.

a man wears a headset as he discovers virtual and web3 gaming. metamask enters web3 gaming world with unity.
Web3 gaming has a bright future ahead of it, offering players new ways to properly own their in-game currency and assets. photo credits : YourStory

A recent DappRadar study found that gamers accounted for nearly half (48%) of all blockchain activity in January 2023, when $156 million was raised across ten investments. According to on-chain data, the amount of blockchain gaming activity increased by 1.3% in January. Among the daily unique active wallets, 858,621 accounted for 48% of the dapp activity. A Web3 early adopter programme called Sidequest has been launched by MetaMask, Infura, and ConsenSys and has a tonne of growth potential. It will provide game firms a grant of $100,000 and coaching to help them transition to Web3.

Despite the impressive numbers, there are still a number of problems that need to be fixed before Web3 gaming can achieve mainstream adoption and AAA aspirations. Play-to-earn (P2E) blockchain games were once popular, but the most recent bear market and a string of token price disasters made it clear that they might not be as resilient as previously thought. The subsequent Web3 game development must place a strong emphasis on other economic models that provide players more control. Gameplay, onboarding, and a sustainable economy all need to be looked at and enhanced in order to enhance the web3 gaming experience.

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