Why Players are Waking up to Web3 and Why Devs Should Care

OP Games
3 min readJan 17, 2024
Gaming Inflation is real.

The gaming industry is stuck. It’s stuck in the status quo of profitability and monopolization over developers and players alike. Decentralization emerged years ago with the Bitcoin whitepaper, and now gaming is seeing a transformation that will leave the AAA industry in the dust.

Meet the Web2 Gaming Factory

Web2 Gaming Factory Representation

The gaming industry is waking up to the realities that keep its gears turning: huge centralized centers that suck the value out of both development profitability and the gaming experience. It’s an over-saturated market with too much sub-par free-to-play content, too many ads, and value that is consumed, not recirculated to its community of players and developers.

For developers, this means extra work for less profitability, a cutthroat market, and an emphasis on “what will sell” rather than creating great, unique titles. It’s the difference between an artist and a factory. Game development has become a big factory, and the art of the game has been lost.

For players, this translates to too much bad content and far from worthwhile experiences with annoying freemiums and premiums on the one hand, or buy-ins to games that don’t return the value.

What’s more, the big industry corporations have grown corpulent in their wealth and comfortable with the status quo of gaming devaluation. They lack no motivation to improve, enhance, or innovate gaming in any significant way. This comfort will lead to their demise as web3 gaming powerhouses like OP Games enter the scene and reinfuse gaming with the value, innovation, and fun that once characterized the world of video games. It’s all about peer-to-peer gaming interactions, real ownership, and a community-driven sustainable value model.

Wake Up to Web3 Gaming

Enter: Web3 Gaming

Blockchain has been long associated with crypto speculation, risk, and even scandals. But in reality, every piece of technology (especially those that are relatively new) can be used for good and bad alike. And “new” seldom meets zero resistance, especially when it puts huge, powerful corporate empires at stake.

Blockchain actually allows a trustless system with less room for corruption, fewer middlemen, and more direct transactions of value from provider to user. The consumer can also become the provider by recirculating that value back into the system through selling, trading, and investing assets.

The gaming industry is ripe for the remake blockchain technology can offer. Blockchain allows players to own their game items as Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), and pay using native tokens that carry value both within games and outside in larger ecosystems as well as on external cryptocurrency exchanges. Not only does this solve global payment issues, but it also offers standards of value per game that are connected to a larger system that holds weight in the real world.

Build Web3 Games with OP

Build with OP Games!

OP Games provides unmatched tools and support for developers of every scale: from Indies to Studios, OP’s tech stack will get your games on blockchain rails seamlessly, adding NFT capabilities, token support, and the most innovative features on the market.

From its onset, OP Games has dedicated efforts to democratizing cutting-edge tooling for all developers by supporting open-source initiatives and offering the latest tools and integrations to developers. OP is at the forefront of innovation in the web3 gaming space, and new forms of NFTs integrating ERC6551 and AI technology will emerge first on OP’s Arcadia platform.

Want a slice of innovation and value? Check out arcadia.fun and join the most innovative game ecosystem on the planet. Let’s pioneer this gaming revolution together as a community, for the community.