Yield Guild Games has made significant headway in its mission of providing gamers around the world with play-to-earn opportunities across the Metaverse. As an early partner of popular play-to-earn games such as Axie Infinity, Splinterlands, and ZED RUN, YGG has continued to make efforts towards scaling the play-to-earn ecosystem by partnering with even more games that will reward players for their time and effort.
After raising a total of US$22.4M through three rounds of funding and an initial token sale earlier this year, YGG is using the funds to purchase assets in leading NFT games to provide its community with opportunities to play and earn through blockchain-based game economies. YGG is committed to using its capital to add more NFT assets to its treasury, which will allow the guild to be a valuable contributor to these virtual game economies.
According to Sarutobi Sasuke, head of partnerships at YGG, “Community involvement is a key factor of any potential YGG game investment. The team reviews the gameplay and game economics to ensure that the games have a robust and fair game economy that rewards players adequately for the time and effort put in by them. A guild, team, or league component is also important for YGG’s scholars as it incentivizes group effort.”
This article will take a look at play-to-earn NFT games that Yield Guild Games has formed partnerships with to help onboard millions, if not billions, of scholars in the future.
Yield Guild has teamed up with Vulcan Forged, a leading community-driven blockchain gaming studio. Having published games like open-world MMORPG VulcanVerse, trading card game Berserk, Vulcan Chess, and Forge Arena, the platform hopes to leverage the NFT gaming revolution and give ownership of in-game assets to players.
YGG was the first organization that joined the Cedalion Program by offering scholarships to players using its 50 plots of land. Through this lending program, owners of these assets can earn LAVA tokens along with players who can earn LAVA from their in-game activities. This lending system applies to land in VulcanVerse and Vulcanite NFTs in Berserk.
Influence is an immersive, space strategy MMO that offers engaging and strategic gameplay along with true ownership of NFT game assets. Players compete — through multiple avenues including mining, building, trading, researching and fighting — and interact in an immersive 3D universe through third-person control of their ships and the installations they build.
Through the introduction of their soon-to-launch token, SWAY, which players can earn through gameplay, Influence allows players to facilitate in-game transactions for resources, components, ships and asteroids.
YGG has purchased the 46th largest Asteroid in Influence, KJ-44947, a C-Type carbonaceous asteroid. In addition to this, YGG also acquired approximately 30 smaller asteroids for the community to use.
CyBall is a soccer-themed, cyberpunk-esque play-to-earn game where players can collect, trade, mentor and battle CyBlocs, which are fantasy cyborg characters represented as collectible and tradable NFTs on the blockchain.
Players train their CyBlocs to compete in various game modes with varying levels of rewards. Existing CyBlocs can also “mentor” junior CyBlocs, creating the next generation of unique NFTs.
YGG has invested in CyBall and acquired part of the initial Genesis CyBloc NFT packs, which will enable YGG to equip at least 1,000 CyBall scholars right from the start.
4. Thetan Arena
This mobile-friendly MOBA game allows players to gather friends, form a team, battle with others and earn token rewards with a combination of gaming skills and teamwork.
Each Hero in Thetan Arena has a unique special ability called “Fury” and comes in various levels of rarity. Heroes with a higher rarity have more unique play styles and abilities and will have a chance to get bonuses in battle rewards. Users can also gear their Heroes up with a selection of hundreds of weapons.
The game is available in free-to-play mode, where players can earn in-game tokens called Thetan Coin (THC). Alongside this, the game has a play-to-earn mode with more token earning opportunities using Premium Heroes.
YGG participated in Thetan Arena’s token sale and acquired 250 Common Heroes, 100 Epic Heroes and 50 Legendary Heroes.
Developed by RFOX, KOGs SLAM! is a blockchain mobile game with rules similar to the POGs game that became a phenomenon in the 1990s. However, KOGs SLAM! comes in an evolved digital form that uses NFT collectibles as game pieces to play with and earn rewards. Keys to Other Games (KOGs) are collectible, playable, tradable, slammable NFTs that can be used only on the WAX blockchain.
KOGs SLAM! introduces a play-to-earn model to millions of users in the Southeast Asian region where players can win KOGs and in-game tokens called KOINS from daily missions and tournaments, right from the get-go, and trade their winnings for real-life earnings.
YGG also acquired one of two Marquee Brand SHOPs in the RFOX VALT Gaming Quarter, through which YGG will have a SHOP that people can visit to interact with the community, collect NFTs, play games and much more, all in VR.
MOBOX is a leading project on the Binance Smart Chain, a community-driven gaming platform that combines yield farming and in-game NFTs to create a free-to-play and play-to-earn ecosystem. MOBOX has released four titles under its platform, namely MOMO: Block Brawl, MOMO: Token Master, MOMO: Farmer and Trade Action.
To participate in the project, MBOX, the native governance token of the MOBOX DAO, can be implemented to acquire additional characters, lottery wheels and incentives. Users can also stake in various liquidity pools on the platform or stake MOMO NFTs to earn staking rewards paid in MBOX tokens, enabling players to have a play-to-earn experience in one ecosystem.
YGG has acquired five YGG-branded Legendary MOMO NFTs along with 100 KEYS that can be utilized across all MOBOX titles to farm MBOX tokens.
Aavegotchi brings back the nostalgia of the virtual pet game Tamagotchi, only this time with pixelated ghosts that inhabit the Ethereum blockchain and make use of the Polygon network. Backed by the ERC-721 standard, these NFTs are valued by their rarity level, which is calculated via multiple factors, including base traits, equipped wearables and amount of staked collateral such as interest-bearing tokens from the Aave Protocol. A player can visit their land by connecting their wallets and rent it out to Aavegotchis to share a split of the farming yield and unlock more farming potential, as well as the full breadth of social and exploratory gameplay.
YGG and its subDAOs Yield Guild SEA (South East Asia) and Yield Guild ASIA have purchased exclusive YGG-themed land plots (REALM parcels) along with Aavegotchi avatars. Wearables will also be acquired in preparation for gameplay when the Gotchiverse goes live this December.
Sipher is a PVE Cooperative Dungeons & PVP Battle Arena based in the world of Sipheria, a brand-new universe where worlds are all interconnected. In this world, meta-digital beings called Siphers embody a mysterious technology derived from cryptography — the ability to traverse the digital landscape freely.
YGG has backed the seed round of Sipher and also purchased Sipher NFTs with which it has secured a spot for its players to play the game at launch.
Also, owning the Genesis batch of the four initial Sipher races will let YGG clone more Sipher NFT characters to provide the community with scholarships and create the first generation of clones with the highest stats, possibly even higher than the original Genesis Siphers.
DeHorizon Foundation, the team behind play-to-earn phenomenon DeHorizon, is working on an Ethereum-based, high-fantasy, action-adventure 3D MMORPG called DeVerse.. In DeVerse, players explore the open world, engage in epic battles, mint NFT monsters, mine resources, embark on heroic quests and tame wild creatures. DeHorizon games include group-versus-group adventure game DeVerse, weekly-based battle royale DeTournament, dragon-riding fantasy sports game DeQuidditch, and much more.
YGG has made a purchase of assets in DeVerse that include exclusive weapons, equipment, a Dragon racing team, a DeMeta Pass and JuJus. These items will also be specially customized to represent YGG.
Taking the best of play-to-earn and move-to-play mechanics, Genopets, a project within the Solana ecosystem, encapsulates the play-to-earn craze while incentivizing physical activity.
At the heart of the game is your digital spirit animal, a Genopet, which is a generative NFT that evolves and can be upgraded and customized with eight variable bionic features and extremities, falling under the category of one of five elemental types. Players can capitalize on the cybernetic nature of Genopets by swapping their body parts for a more pleasing appearance and better stats, which they can achieve through completing PVE quests and unlocking special body modifications as they level up their Genopet and increase its rarity.
YGG has purchased custom-branded Genopets along with Genopets governance tokens (GENE). GENE is a governance and staking token that represents ownership in the Genoverse. GENE token holders get to vote on the future of gameplay and stake GENE tokens to earn rewards.
11. Big Time
Yield Guild Games also partnered with fast-paced, action RPG Big Time, a play-to-earn and free-to-play game set in a world where a mysterious threat is tearing down the walls of time and collapsing history, causing different eras to collide with one another. Players team up with friends to travel through time to fight monsters and bosses, clear dungeons, and earn NFTs.
YGG has purchased Time Machine NFTs worth $US500,000 for the community to use in the game, once released. Through this partnership, YGG and game company Big Time Studios will help educate gamers around the world about NFTs and blockchain gaming.
Watch out for more game partners in the following months.