Play2Earn Gaming: Guild of Guardians
‘Guild of Guardians’ (GOG) is poised to take over mobile gaming in 2022
It’s only been a year since the Playstation 5 came out, but just by looking at annual revenues, one can make the argument that the age of the gaming console and even the gaming PC is really quite over. Though back in 2012 they did dominate 45% and 37% of the global market respectively, this year has seen these figures drop to a mere 22% and 19%, pushed aside by a more handy, versatile, and cheaper platform—mobile gaming, which is now a $106 billion dollar industry and currently accounts for 59% of the worldwide gaming market.
Titles like Clash of Clans, Genshin Impact and Mobile Legends appeal to a new generation of gamers who aren’t bothered by tiny screens or the inability to mash physical buttons. Instead, ease of connectivity, massive online communities, and the convenience of being able to play anywhere have become gaming’s predominant virtues over high resolution graphics and sleek and ergonomic gaming hardware.
This huge gaming market is currently ripe for the next up-and-coming innovation of “play-to-earn” gaming, and currently Stepico Games along with Immutable X are close to releasing Guild of Guardians (GOG), a free-to-play fantasy RPG where players anywhere in the world can assemble into teams to take on dungeon quests and earn actual money while they’re about it.
With Immutable X having also recently developed other pioneering NFT games such as the highly successful trading card game—Gods Unchained, GOG is already causing a stir as anticipation mounts for what a lot are already claiming to be the next blockchain game with massive earning potential (in the same league as Axie Infinity) and the very first blockchain RPG with a AAA graphics quality and development.
Gaming is no longer a ‘waste of time’
The play-to-earn concept is a complete departure from the pay-to-win format which the previously mentioned games fall into. Like how it sounds, instead of paying for special in-game items or characters to give you an advantage in the gameplay, players instead get to build their own NFT items through crafting or to build up their characters which they can later sell or trade with. The idea is for the game to have its own self-sustaining economy and to have communities of players earning together instead of having the gaming companies cashing in on all of the profit.
Such a setup is only made possible by migrating a game onto a blockchain. In this case, GOG is built on Ethereum, with Immutable X’s innovative second layer designed specifically for NFTs.
If you’re still unfamiliar with NFTs, these refer to “non-fungible tokens” which, thanks to blockchain technology, allows for data to exist uniquely and be owned exclusively by individuals. This means that digital art or even weapons and armors in games can’t simply be “copied and pasted” like Word files. And since each NFT is unique, collectability and rarity come into play, and prices can really go way up the more desirable an item is.
Summary of Gameplay
Guild of Guardians follows in the fantasy genre of classic games like Diablo or Dungeons and Dragons, and players can choose among the many races that exist in the realm as their playable hero whether it be a human, orc, elf or some other exotic magical creature. But unlike Diablo, GOG is meant to be played in cooperative multiplayer mode, as your team explores the depths of dungeons in a fully 3-D perspective to accomplish quests and hunt for loot, relying on the different skills and capabilities of your motley crew to get the upper hand for different situations.
Your hero’s faction, class, and elements all influence gameplay with some attributes better suited for dealing with specific monsters and bosses, and certain combinations resulting in some really powerful attacks. The game also retains traditional RPG roles that complete a well-rounded team: Tank, Healer, DPS (damage per second), and Support, which would make experienced RPG players feel right at home.
Guilds consist of up to 20 members to form an Adventurer’s Guild and up to 50 for a Mythic guild to tackle the most challenging quests and unlock other features, rewards, items, and game modes as well as guaranteed first cuts on any guild-crafted item sale.
Your hero’s rarity also corresponds to how powerful it is, with tiers ranging from “common” to “legendary”. However each hero has its own strengths and weaknesses for a balanced gameplay and not all legendary heroes are the best for every situation. Each hero has a level cap that once reached “ascends” the hero, unlocking its full potential.
As with virtually all RPGs, equipment in the game ranges from your hero’s weapons, armor, jewelry, and boots, each one providing unique buffs, stat bonuses, and boost capabilities. Equipment can be bought, won or crafted. Pets too are part of the game and can enhance your party by acting as scouts or hunters, or providing passive resources.
Guild of Guardians factions, classes, elements, and rarity tiers.
After every dungeon quest, your character’s energy will be depleted and needs to recover over time. There are however energy booster NFTs that can be used should one wish to continue playing, though persistently entering dungeons in the same day can cause your hero to be “fatigued” resulting in stat deductions.
Making Money on GOG
Guild of Guardians offers lots of ways for players to make money. With the use of the GEMS ERC-20 token as in-game currency, players can craft, trade, and get rewards for accomplishing tasks.
Guild Crafting — resources for crafting are dropped in dungeons for players to collect and to craft into NFTs such as weapons, armor or other magical items, which can then be sold or acquired at the marketplace. Profits are distributed among guild members depending on their contribution to the craft.
Hero Merging — heroes can be merged to produce rarer and more powerful characters which can then be traded with. For example, merging common heroes bought from the game can produce rare heroes.
Daily Gem Rewards — GEMS are rewarded for completing daily quests, achieving milestones or for length of playtime.
Leaderboard Prizes — different guilds can compete with each other for leaderboard prizes.
Upcoming Features — other profit potential features in development include guild raids, PvP play, eSport tournaments, user-generated dungeons and lounge and trading zones.
The GEM Token and Tokenomics
The GEM token is GOG’s native utility coin and aside from being used in minting (crafting) NFTs throughout the game, GEMs also facilitate buying and trading game assets, staking rewards and community governance.
Any GEM used in crafting is sent to a “reward pool” along with 20% of primary sales and 20% of secondary trading fees which then are distributed proportionately to all stakers.
The supply of the Guild of Guardian GEMs is capped at 1 billion tokens allocated as follows:
Player Rewards (35%) — 350,000,000
Community Rewards (28%) — 280,000,000
Developers (20%) — 200,000,000
Guardians Corporation (6%) — 60,000,000
Public Sale (6%) — 60,000,000
Private Sale (5%) — 50,000,000
Things are falling neatly in place for Guild of Guardians and there is a lot to be optimistic about when the game releases in mid-2022. There is already a brimming community of more than 220,000 across Twitter and Discord and all Founder NFTs are already sold out on the official GOG website. The game’s visual packaging is also very promising and which can be previewed on their YouTube channel, attesting to the careful attention to detail of the developers and artists who have already worked previously on other AAA games.
Corporate backing is also strong with investors such as Coinbase, Naspers and Galaxy Digital pooling in 17M behind Immutable X. Partners in development also include gaming heavyweight Ubisoft, as well as Sandbox and Yield Guild.
2022 is priming to be a really good year for crypto-gamers.