Web3 Gaming Digest (December 22, 2022)

Jethro Sandico

Dec. 22, 2022

As Christmas time approaches, more prominent brands and Web3 entities continue to bring good tidings to the world of blockchain.

Established names that made waves in the space today include Habbo, LG Electronics, Mastercard, MTV, National Geographic, Paramount, and Super League Gaming. They are joined by blockchain-based projects such as Akshaya, Haechi Labs, Polygon, Next Earth, and Tezos.

Moreover, today’s roundup will also feature some updates from Web3 content creators Brycent, Cagy, Jonny, and Spike. Lastly, gamers are in for a treat as titles Axie Infinity, Battle For Giostone, Captain Tsubasa: Rivals, Pegaxy, The Sandbox, and Tap Fantasy, offer some gifts to their supporters.

Let’s take a look at some of the most significant news in Web3.

Top Stories

  • Polygon blockchain has formed a partnership with payment processing giant Mastercard and Web3 neo-banking app hi, to mint a personalized NFT debit card for free. Basically, the card grants holders the option to utilize crypto and fiat at more than 90 million Mastercard merchants worldwide. In addition, residents of Southeastern Europe and the United Kingdom can avail of “Spend Rewards” and get discounts on up to 15 digital subscriptions (TW).

  • In celebration of National Geographic’s 135th anniversary, the acclaimed magazine plans to release an NFT collection in January 2023. Dubbed “GM: Daybreak Around the World,” the project will feature 16 of the magazine’s photographers and digital artists showcasing images taken at daybreak. The collection will carry 1,888 NFTs, to commemorate NatGeo’s founding year (NFT).

  • Electronics brand LG Electronics is slated to unveil NFT virtual shoes at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas early next year. The collection will feature 5,500 shoes with varying designs, which owners can manage using an app. Moreover, the phygital exhibition will also introduce LG’s shoe management solutions Styler ShoeCase and ShoeCare (AD).

  • Executive producer Shun Fujiyoshi has announced the official release date for the NFT game Captain Tsubasa: Rivals. After launch delays due to bug fizes and usability improvements, the project is set to kick off on January 12, 2023. The Web3 title is based on the beloved manga and anime series Captain Tsubasa, featuring fictional football hero Tsubasa Oozora (M).

Web3 Games

  • Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game Battle For Giostone (BFG) has announced that the team will stream over 500 hours of content in the coming months. Supporters will get the chance to see every game update in the upcoming BFG League tournament. Furthermore, the team also revealed plans to reward league participants with a $20,000 prize pool (TW).

  • Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) project Tap Fantasy recently launched its “Watch to Earn” Gleam Campaign. Accepting entries from December 20-29, the competition is giving away $5,000 in prizes, along with NFTs and in-game tokens. One random lucky winner will get the chance to receive the $1,000 top prize (TW).

  • Web3 infrastructure provider Haechi Labs has partnered with LINE Games-backed Web3 game company nerdystar. The blockchain gaming arm is behind projects such as card-based battle game DESPERADO B218. For this collaboration, Haechi will integrate Face Wallet as a solution for nerdystar’s own ecosystem Luxon. In essence, Face Wallet helps solve user experience (UX) issues, particularly wallet onboarding in Web3 (BW).

  • Racing and breeding Web3 project Pegaxy has announced a slew of game updates. Some of the latest developments include off-chain fusing, new matchmaking, changes to lobby types, and user interface (UI) improvements. However, maintenance for Web 3D, Android, and iOS took a little longer than planned “due to unforeseen bugs” (TW).

  • Play-to-Earn (P2E) card game Axie Infinity has released its limited edition Axie Accessories in time for the Holiday Season. Players are eligible to receive one NFT accessory every time they release an Axie starting on December 20, 2022 until January 3, 2023. After the said period, owners can either adorn their Axies with the accessories, or trade the digital collectibles on the marketplace (TW).

NFT News

  • Professional football club FC Barcelona became the latest team to be sanctioned for an NFT ad. Apparently, the United Kingdom’s self-regulatory organization the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), has been conducting a crackdown on crypto advertising since 2021. A year ago, Arsenal Football Club, Kopparberg and Blackpool Pleasure Beach, were among the teams that received sanctions for promoting cryptocurrencies (TD).

  • “Phygital” marketplace Akshaya has teamed up with the newly launched tennis exhibition tournament the World Tennis League (WTL). The digital collectibles platform will allow fans to purchase autographed WTL team jerseys, along with 3D NFTs. The tournament kicked off at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, UAE on December 19 and will continue until the 24th (ET).

  • Tezos-based Decentralized Finance (DeFi) developer Crunchy announced that the team is building the network’s first decentralized fractional NFT platform. Known as “sliced.art,” the project allows users to own a portion of a digital asset. Essentially, each of the NFT segments will represent the shareholder’s ownership percentage (BZ).

  • Technology company SoftConstruct has initiated the grand opening of its physical NFT shop at the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai. Named the “ftNFT Shop,” the store offers customers the option to browse, buy, and sell digital collectibles. Furthermore, the shop allows visitors to create 3D avatars using a professional 3D scanner, as well as interact and view various physical art works (AB).

Across the Metaverse

  • Metaverse platform Next Earth has launched its “Free Media in the Metaverse” initiative, which aims to support the freedom of press through the virtual world. According to Next Earth CEO Gabor Retfalvi, the team is inviting journalists that were banned from social media platform Twitter, as well as “every media worker and media outlet standing for free press” (PRN).

  • Nasdaq-listed game company Super League Gaming, along with mass media company Paramount Media Networks, and film and television arm MTV Entertainment, has launched the “Werewolf Escape.” Basically, the title is a metaverse project on game creation system Roblox. Moreover, Werewolf Escape also serves as a companion to the upcoming Teen Wolf: The Movie premier, which will start streaming on Paramount+ on the 26th of January, 2023 (YF).

  • Retro social world-building online game Habbo (formerly Habbo Hotel), has entered the metaverse. The long-running online community is now on popular virtual world platform The Sandbox. Operated by Finnish video game developer Sulake, Habbo was launched in 2000 and has since spread to 150 countries. Moreover, the project has also registered 273 million avatars since August 2012 (NFTE).

Web3 Content Creators

Updates from some of the Web3 community’s favorite content creators.

  • Brycent: Web3 gaming content creator Brycent recently took to Twitter to highlight the importance of content creators to the industry. Stating that “creators are the earliest advocates that are also entertainers and educators for games,” Brycent also offered some ways to fix a project’s “content creator strategy and build a successful creator ecosystem.”

  • Cagy: The Juice Team co-founder Cagy offers some quality game review videos on his YouTube channel. Some of the titles that the content creator recently featured include Chronos: Dawn of Time, Mighty Action Heroes, Everseed, and The Beacon. In addition, his new travel channel has also been picking up more followers as of late.

  • Jonny: In a recent Twitter post, Jonny of Hustlepedia shared his thoughts on which entity “made the biggest strides” in crypto and web3 gaming during the 2022 bear market. The Crypto Banter host believes that layer-2 (L2) scaling solution Polygon takes the crown. This is due to the high number of projects that the protocol has onboarded unto its ecosystem.

  • Spike: Esports player and Web3 content creator Spike Reacts (or simply Spike), recently partnered with The Sprawl, an upcoming game on The Sandbox. As part of the collaboration, Spike gave away 10 City Passes that holders can use to redeem a “job avatar.” This feature will allow users to play as Police, Firefighter, Taxi Driver etc.