It’s almost time to pop the champagne corks and ring in the new year. 2021 has been tremendous for blockchain gaming, and the future looks even brighter.
Today, there’s been some interesting developments in the blockchain gaming and NFT spaces. Gamestop is opening an NFT marketplace. Meanwhile, an Axie Infinity tournament drew some impressive streaming numbers. The top blockchain gaming news for today include:
1 – Splinterlands Reveals 2022 Roadmap
Splinterlands published a roadmap for 2022, and a major focus is on the SPS token that launched this year. The full utility, including governance, of the token will be realized in 2022. Also, SPS validator node software will be released in Q1 2022. Moreover, the software allows tracking and verification of all SPS transactions occurring on the Hive blockchain.
In addition, the SPS token gives holders the ability to vote on how funds in the SPS treasury foundation are used. SPS tokens are needed to buy packs of the upcoming Riftwatchers mini-edition. Overall, there will be three million packs of Riftwatchers cards sold, and SPS holders will be able to buy them in 100+, 500+, and 2000+ purchases in a single transaction. Finally, a land expansion is coming in 2022.
Currently, SPS is trading at $0.212211, increasing 15.5% over the last 24 hours.
Hello #splinterlands family, we are ready to share with you the 2022 roadmap for our #sps governance token! In this post we breakdown what to expect in terms of development over the next year as well as added utility for SPS:#hive #PlayToEarn #GameFi #BSChttps://t.co/KAprDPJwbv pic.twitter.com/6nNvZR63XA
— Splinterlands (@splinterlands) December 29, 2021
2 – StarMon Enjoys Successful Launch
StarMon launched today, and the launch has been quite successful. The Binance Smart Chain-based game features players collecting and training creatures for battles. The blockchain game gained 5,000 players within its first five hours of operation. However, the game has gone briefly offline to patch some bugs that were found during gameplay.
Fun fact – during battles, players can swipe the screen to view the battle from different angles.
— StarMon Metaverse (@StarMonGame) December 29, 2021
3 – Sidus | AscendEX Giveaway
A giveaway is taking place courtesy of Sidus and AscendEX. Today, Sidus had its $SIDUS and $SENATE tokens listed on AscendEX. $50,000 in tokens will be awarded to 10 lucky winners. To enter, a person needs to provide their AscendEX ID. Also, players can undertake additional tasks to gain bonus entries. Good luck!
How to Enter?
➡️ Provide your #AscendEX UID
➡️ Unlock entries
➡️ Earn rewards!
— SIDUS™ – The City of NFT Heroes (@galaxy_sidus) December 29, 2021
4 – Axie Infinity Tournament Draws Some Impressive Numbers
The United Gamer’s Guild (UGG) Axie Infinity All Star Tournament is over, and the event drew some great numbers. Livestreamer Archer Perezz tweeted that his coverage of the tournament hit a peak total of 28,000 live viewers on the tournament’s last day. Also, his coverage had between 700,000 and 800,000 views. His shoutcasting also drew 25,000 comments.
The reality is that eSports continues to grow. Moreover, we’re now seeing blockchain games enter the eSports space to join games like League of Legends and World of Tanks. Future growth of blockchain-based games is tremendous when combined with the increasing popularity of eSports.
AND THAT CONCLUDES OUR SHOUTCASTING FOR UGG @AxieInfinity ALL STAR TOURNAMENT!
— ArcherPerezz | YGG 🛡️⚔️ (@ArcherPerezz) December 29, 2021
5 – Gamestop Enters the NFT Space
A new player is entering the NFT space – Gamestop. The video game retailer is a familiar entity to gamers, either beloved or hated (for those selling their older games for pennies on the dollar). Gamestop is launching an NFT marketplace of its own, and it is seeking creators to join it. The marketplace is on the Ethereum blockchain.
Earlier this year, Gamestop did register its GME token on Ethereum. However, it has not minted any tokens so far. One thing is evident – Gamestop definitely wants a piece of the economic pie that NFTs offer. So far in 2021, NFTs generated $23 billion in trading volume.