Why Web3 Gaming Has Not Been The Winner We Believed It Would Be


•The recent crypto hype was dominated by non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and a narrative emerged around Web3 gaming.

• However, one and a half years after the hype, Web3 gaming is not as successful as many predicted.

• One reason for this is that the traditional gaming industry is already on a tear, with lots of innovation happening without blockchain technology.

• Another reason is that gamers themselves were vocal critics of Web3 gaming during the last bull market, citing disappointing gameplay and outright fraud.

• In order to be successful, future attempts at bringing Web3 games to market must prioritize gameplay above all else.

What is Stopping Web3 Gaming from Taking Off?

The past year saw an eruption of activity in the cryptocurrency space, and it seemed that the majority of it was focused on one technology in particular: non-fungible tokens (NFTs). This new way to hold digital ownership quickly vaulted into popularity with investors, sparking a narrative around Web3 gaming and giving everyday people the chance to buy goods that remained entirely theirs. NFTs significantly changed how we interact with digital items, allowing each asset to be identified as unique and held securely. Different platforms such as Ethereum and WAX now specialize in creating these tokens, continuously expanding their reach. While the hype has cooled a bit from the magnitude of 2020, NFTs have set themselves up for long-term success due to their low-cost entries and high potential upside.

The Traditional Gaming Industry is Still Going Strong

The initial excitement around the launch of Web3 gaming was palpable, but eighteen months later, it is clear that it has not met the expectations of many. Instead of delivering an ingenious blend of game mechanics and blockchain technology, Web3 gaming failed to really take off in the mainstream. Despite some fancy features such as playing for cryptocurrency and decentralized asset trading, Web3 games still need more development in order to become a truly immersive experience. Developers may have jumped on this new trend too early, so now they must take the time to refine their craft and deliver the best product possible before consumers will be willing to commit fully to Web3 games.

One of the main reasons why Web3 gaming has not taken off as expected is that the traditional gaming industry is still going strong. Companies like Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo are still innovating and pushing out new titles, offering gamers an ever-increasing selection of titles that provide enjoyable experiences without having to involve blockchain technology. Additionally, some of these companies are embracing blockchain technology themselves by experimenting with NFTs, further reducing the need for gamers to transition to decentralized games.

Gamers Were Vocal Critics

As the popularity of Web3 gaming spiked during the previous bull market, it was difficult to ignore vocal gamer criticism as to its overall quality. Users expressed disappointment with gameplay and even accused some projects of foul play, making it clear that there were shortcomings in Web3 when compared to traditional gaming. Already experts have stepped up their efforts to ensure these issues are not repeated, highlighting the importance for those creating content for Ethereum-based games to review the feedback of their fellow gamers lest the same complaints resurface.

Another major reason for the lackluster success of Web3 games was due to vocal criticism by gamers who had less than desirable experiences playing them. Many cited dissatisfaction with gameplay, bugs, and glitches, as well as outright fraud from developers who never delivered on their promises or projects that shut down shortly after launch. These failures left many gamers feeling scammed out of time and money spent on these projects which made them more hesitant about trying out other emerging technologies in the space such as DeFi or Web3 games.

Blockchain Platform Difficulties

Finally, building an effective platform for running games on top of a blockchain has proven to be difficult for developers due to several technical difficulties they face when attempting to build a game that balances fun gameplay while also providing secure transactions on the blockchain. This difficulty has resulted in many developers abandoning their projects before they can even be launched resulting in yet another reason why Web3 games have not been successful thus far.

In conclusion, there are several factors contributing to why Web3 gaming has not seen the success many expected after the last bull market. These factors range from the traditional gaming industry continuing its innovation streak without involving blockchain technology to vocal critics citing disappointing gameplay and outright fraud causing hesitation by other would-be players of these types of games. 

Additionally, creating an efficient platform that allows both enjoyable gameplay and secure transactions on the blockchain has proven difficult for developers leading to many projects being abandoned before completion or launch. 

For Web3 games to truly take off in 2023 and beyond developers will need to prioritize gameplay above all else while leveraging advantages offered by blockchain technology to increase security while maintaining an enjoyable user experience for players everywhere.

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