Krafton, developer of the favored videogame PUBG, stated it had signed a cope with Solana Labs to collectively develop blockchain and NFT-based video games and providers. The developer stated it meant to leverage its sport constructing capabilities within the web3 house.
The transfer marks rising the rising reputation of blockchain and play-to-earn (P2E) video games, which has attracted curiosity from established builders within the crypto and videogame house.
Solana is the ninth-largest blockchain on the planet by market capital, at almost $30 billion. The blockchain permits builders to construct extremely scalable applications- a trait cited by Krafton as one of many motivators behind at the moment’s deal.
South Korea-based Krafton had shot to success in 2017 on its wildly in style PUBG sport, which is credited with popularizing the “battle royale” style. The sport is presently free to play, and options collectable cosmetics- a function that’s complementary to NFTs.
Krafton no stranger to web3
Krafton’s cope with Solana comes as an extension of the developer’s foray into web3 know-how. The developer had foreshadowed its transfer into web3 earlier this yr, and has since then invested in and collaborated with a number of corporations within the house.
In February, Krafton stated it had invested a mixed $6.6 million in South Korean NFT marketplaces Seoul Public sale Blue and XBYBLUE, and had additionally agreed to develop NFT initiatives with the 2.
The corporate outlined plans to leverage NFT adoption in a deliberate massively multiplayer on-line role-playing sport, together with the metaverse. It’s constructing this metaverse via a collaboration with NAVER, operator of the metaverse ZEPETO.
P2E, Blockchain video games appeal to buyers
P2E video games, which primarily reward gamers with tokens, have been rising in reputation this yr, attracting main buyers.
Earlier this week, FTX, the world’s third-largest crypto trade, acquired P2E developer Good Luck Video games to bolster its personal gaming choices. Good Luck Video games is comprised of a number of veteran builders, and is presently engaged on a card-based auto battler known as Storybook Brawl.
Established videogame builders together with Zynga and Ubisoft have additionally expressed curiosity in transferring into the house.
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