What will future GameFi models look like?

What Will Future GameFi Models Look Like?

The phrases GameFi 1.0, 2.0, and three.Zero check with the iteration of GameFi titles as they transfer from earliest and least sustainable to extra subtle because the business evolves.

What Will Future GameFi Models Look Like?

Whereas tokenomics of various initiatives are a big issue (e.g., the variety of cash throughout the sport), others, like funding and sport high quality, are additionally essential.

What Will Future GameFi Models Look Like?

This report will spotlight the optimistic developments and shortcomings of GameFi 1.Zero to suggest what a future GameFi 3.Zero may appear to be.

What Will Future GameFi Models Look Like?

It’s been greater than a yr since GameFi took off, and from a fast upward climb in person numbers within the final quarter of 2021, it started to taper in early 2022, with a noticeable drop in February.

What Will Future GameFi Models Look Like?

With the worldwide base of three billion players failing to flock to Web3 and the quick lifespan of most GameFi initiatives, it’s essential to ask how this business can develop into extra sustainable going ahead.

What Will Future GameFi Models Look Like?

Three Findings in GameFi Growth

Tasks that develop quick normally sacrifice high quality

GameFi is a combined bag, and there’s no scarcity of fork initiatives hoping to make a simple buck. Between 70% and 80% of GameFi initiatives out there usually are not lively, with a median of 200 customers per day for five consecutive days. Although 80% or extra of the initiatives launched in 2022 have been lively inside 30 days of launch, the info signifies they’re failing to final lengthy.

What Will Future GameFi Models Look Like?

Footprint Analytics – Days from Mission Launch to Energetic

Most initiatives fail to stay lively

Information exhibits that 60% of initiatives die inside 30 days of being lively, and few initiatives have been lively for greater than three months since final November.

Footprint Analytics – Days from Mission  Energetic Launch to Inactive

Most video games go from launch to lively shortly however don’t keep lively for lengthy.

Chains differ of their improvement paths

The chart beneath exhibits how shortly initiatives attain lively standing after launch. The X axis is the variety of days a mission takes from launch to lively standing, the Y axis is the variety of days spent in lively standing, and the bubble measurement is the full variety of customers.

With Splinterlands, HIVE stands out from the remainder, because it has been lively since its launch and continues to be going sturdy, making it the bigger yellow bubble within the prime left nook.

Footprint Analytics – Mission Lifecycle Structure

Ethereum will not be GameFi-friendly by way of fuel charges and transaction effectivity, which makes it lower than ideally suited for the GameFi house. Many initiatives have lengthy preliminary climbing durations, quick lively time, and low complete customers. But it surely has a powerful basis, and possibly after fixing these issues, extra high quality video games will come on-line to offer it a broader share in GameFi.

Then again, BNB’s initiatives usually tend to escape shortly, have a medium period, and carry out comparatively properly by way of person numbers. Polygon is average, and ThunderCore exhibits a surprisingly lengthy period of exercise.

Footprint Analytics – Mission Lifecycle Structure (Zoom in)

Along with the bear , GameFi’s structural issues have contributed to the present scenario. This report will try to uncover the causes of those issues and discover the attainable way forward for GameFi.

Structural points with the GameFi 1.0

The Loss of life Spiral in GameFi 1.0

GameFi 1.0, a class wherein Axie Infinity was dominant for a very long time, revolves round Play-to-Earn.

Regardless of variations in gameplay (e.g. staking, tower passing PVE, card battling PVP) or tokenomics (single token, twin token, token + NFT, token-standard, and so on.), these early titles are all Ponzi-like. They rely excessively on a gradual stream of incoming funds in an “exterior circulation” mannequin.

On this mannequin, previous gamers reinvest with the funds invested by new gamers, and new gamers maintain paying curiosity and short-term returns to previous gamers to create the phantasm that previous gamers are being profitable.

All of the tokens minted by previous gamers have to be consumed by new gamers, or in any other case, gamers will maintain promoting, inflicting the token movement pool to have solely sellers and no consumers. On this case, the token value will enter a loss of life spiral.

Exterior circulation mannequin

As seen from Footprint Analytics information, after regular development from July to September 2021 and an explosive interval from October to November, incoming funds throughout the sector started to decelerate because of the basic surroundings and the impression of particular person initiatives.

Below such circumstances, the exterior circulation mannequin of GameFi 1.Zero shortly turned problematic, as out-of-game funds can’t meet the fixed demand for in-game funds to generate curiosity, thus steadily reworking the optimistic spiral right into a loss of life spiral.

Footprint Analytics – GameFi Token MarketCap

Thus, most GameFi 1.Zero initiatives had, or could have, just one cycle, and as soon as the loss of life spiral begins, they can’t be revived. Totally different fashions, groups, backgrounds, operations, and environments affect the general mission all through the method and might produce quite a lot of cycle patterns.

The chilly GameFi winter was as a lot brought on by the business’s Ponzi-like character because the macroeconomic surroundings. The expansion charge of the general capital growth of tokens has not saved up with the demand for capital income throughout the video games, creating an inevitable bubble burst.

New Improvements

Some initiatives started to innovate with financial fashions and noticed a burst of optimistic exercise from February to March regardless of the poor surroundings.

Crabada on Avalanche and StarSharks on BSC are probably the most outstanding amongst them. StarSharks used its assist from Binance within the early stage to maintain its recognition excessive, with “Genesis Thriller Bins”—an in-game NFT—having a excessive value even earlier than the sport was launched.

Unluckily, the sport’s launch coincided with the GameFi winter. Subsequently, StarSharks had few gamers within the early levels.

Nevertheless, StarSharks’ backing, financial mannequin, and sport high quality—in addition to its lively group—allowed it to develop steadily all through Q1. It started to say no steadily after peaking in April.

Footprint Analytics – StarSharks Month-to-month New Customers & Energetic Customers

III. Tokenomics of GameFi 1.Zero initiatives

Tokenomics can decide the life cycle of a mission, as may be seen by a number of completely different video games.

Axie Infinity

Axie Infinity, because the originator of P2E, had unmatched sources and a participant group at the start of the bull . Subsequently, it was in a position to preserve just a few months of upswing with solely the essential twin token mannequin and breeding system. Nevertheless, it confronted a gradual decline afterwards but nonetheless retains some loyal customers.

Footprint Analytics – Axie Customers & AXS Token Worth


BinaryX attracted many customers within the early levels as a result of it paid out a whole lot of APY and returned to early gamers in a short time.Now it has an inflation downside with its tokens. As soon as there may be not sufficient income, it’s going to instantly enter the unfavorable suggestions section and the variety of customers will drop quickly.

Nevertheless, with the trade and the mission’s management over BNX, the worth of the token has rebounded, however there are nonetheless only a few customers.

Footprint Analytics – Binary Customers & BNX Token Worth


The only token mannequin of CryptoMines is pure Ponzi, and its lifecycle form is consultant of most degen initiatives.

Within the early stage of the mission, with a really quick payback cycle to draw a lot of funds, customers and market cap could have an enormous pull up. When the bubble blows to the essential level of market capital and feelings shortly burst, the upper it rises the sooner it falls.

Footprint Analytics – CryptoMines Customers & ETERNAL Token Worth

Whereas the financial fashions, working fashions, and life types of the initiatives fluctuate, each the blue-chip Axie Infinity, the degen CryptoMines, and the meta-universe idea The Sandbox all confronted bother in December 2021.

Footprint Analytics – MC of Axie & The Sandbox


Based mostly on the expertise of the previous above, StarSharks’ additionally makes use of the basic twin token mannequin, with SEA as the primary output and SSS because the governing token. This has allowed it to create a small growth within the winter, and its mannequin deserves to be explored much more.

With a view to forestall the loss of life spiral brought on by infinite inflation of the in-game token SEA like different twin token fashions, StarSharks turns the requirement to enter the sport into consuming SEA to purchase a blind field, thus shifting the strain from token dumping to the NFT pool. So SEA takes the grasp management impact, and 90% of the consumed tokens are straight burnt, so the circulation of tokens is even much less.

The governing token SSS is especially the empowerment of staking dividends, and its output will not be a lot within the case of its basic empowerment position.

StarSharks Financial Fashions

From Footprint Analytics, the variety of lively customers has been rising evenly from January to March, indicating that the variety of SEAs consumed on the time additionally elevated equally.

Nevertheless, from the start of March, the worth of SEA began to development downward, reflecting the buildup of a number of months. The variety of SEA minted within the sport exhibits an accelerating development, and the output is larger than the consumption, highlighted by the worth decline.

Because it turned out, StarSharks lit the fuse at the start of April when the variety of customers started to fall off a cliff after the cancellation of day by day duties and the rental market. So for the GameFi mission, mannequin evaluation and information monitoring can provide some indication of the cycle the mission is in.

Footprint Analytics – StarSharks Token Worth vs Energetic Customers

StarSharks couldn’t escape the loss of life spiral, and the sport’s strengths and weaknesses can educate the GameFi house a number of classes.


GameFi quantity continues to be small, just a few hundred lively customers can revitalize the mission within the early levels.The mission mixed with the background narrative, which added to gamers’ expectations for the GameFi mission in March to April, and gained the curiosity and belief of a lot of customers.The staff efficiently seized the turning level of the 2 durations and adjusted the return cycle of short-term play-to-earn to the secure income, with the upkeep of the group and enormous customers, to stabilize the unfold of the wealth creation impact.


Though the life cycle has been lengthened, it didn’t change the general construction.The rhythm of the next new updates didn’t sustain in time, ensuing within the exodus of some worthwhile customers and destroying the stability.

IV. What are the probabilities for GameFi’s future?

Whereas everybody was anticipating it, GameFi 1.0, which formally entered the second half of the yr, didn’t appear to have too vivid a efficiency in Q2. Regardless of from the variety of video games or the general sport capital, all of them present a gradual decline.

Footprint Analytics – Month-to-month Variety of New Tasks

So, what sort of mannequin can enable GameFi to develop sooner or later?

Excessive-quality AAA video games

3A video games check with video games with excessive improvement prices and high quality. There is no such thing as a goal standards for 3A, so within the GameFi house, video games are typically rated primarily based on the energy, background, the imaginative and prescient of the mission and the sport demo. Presently, acknowledged 3A video games embody BigTime, Illuvium, StarTerra, Sidus, Shrapnel, and Phantom Galaxies.

These 3A video games have the apparent benefit of usually gaining enormous consideration early within the mission, however there are nonetheless numerous points that gamers criticize.

The event course of is simply too gradual.Content material and movie high quality are solely barely higher than Web3, removed from the extent of conventional video games.IDO and INO usually are not sufficient to empower sport belongings.Roadmap is ambiguous or not totally carried out.

A few of the initiatives which have issued tokens have adopted the general GameFi market downhill within the first half of the yr.

Footprint Analytics – Month-to-month Variety of New ProjectsBigTime usually hosts events or competitions throughout the gameIlluvium was nonetheless in a position to promote all of its 2W lands in a really quick time at the start of June

Sooner or later, there can be a time when 3A video games will blossom, with MOBA, RPG, SLG creating completely different scenes and completely different content material based on their very own positioning. As an alternative of pondering an excessive amount of about P2E, the sport will use fascinating gameplay and content material to draw customers to expertise the sport and benefit from the distinctive options enabled by blockchain. Possibly customers have to attend for some time, possibly subsequent yr Q2, Q3, and even longer, however that is the route of the market.

Narrative-based X2E merchandise

StepN launched the Transfer-to-Earn development. It has additionally created the “X2E” subcategory, which encompasses numerous actions that is perhaps compensated by way of video games’ tokenomic fashions. E.g., Be taught-to-Earn, Sleep-to-Earn, Watch-to-Earn, and Sing-to-Earn.

As seen by Footprint Analytics, whereas different fashions of X2E are nonetheless within the early conceptual levels, M2E’s StepN led the wave in Might, and different imitators are popping up everywhere.

Footprint Analytics – X-to-earn Token Worth

Nevertheless, aside from Genopets, which is a sport within the mode of Pokémon, different X2E initiatives corresponding to StepN, SNKRZ, Melody, FitR are extra like Web3 merchandise with profit-making attributes, so this piece must focus extra on the social attributes dropped at customers.

As an enormous meta-universe scene, SocialFi can be at all times what gamers are searching for. An enormous world chat, leaderboard comparability, sport exercise competitors, and guild battle content material can all give gamers significant experiences exterior of incomes.

An evolving finance mannequin

Most blockchain video games nonetheless revolve round P2E, and the twin token mannequin is probably the most secure, confirmed system accessible. Subsequently, the long run GameFi mannequin can nonetheless use this mannequin, but it surely additionally requires a DAO vault and an NFT market.

It is very important observe that the NFT market have to be the mission’s personal, in order that no less than tax income is the primary supply of revenue for the mission at this stage, somewhat than relying totally on the cash of late-entry gamers.

Since NFTs can be an integral a part of GameFi, mission house owners can attempt to make NFT props the primary output of the sport, whether or not it’s ERC-721, ERC-1155 or a brand new evolvable protocol like EIP-3664.

The second most necessary factor is the framework design of the sport mannequin, which is said to the sustainability of the mission. A easy cycle of token and NFT between bettering character attributes like GameFi 1.Zero can be too skinny. This mannequin is extra like a Ponzi framework, the place the late-entry cash retains contributing to the front-entry cash, and the mission developer throws the token strain to the NFT, which is able to fall right into a loss of life spiral when the NFT pool overflows.

W-labs GameFi financial mannequin design concepts

Enriching the sport’s ecosystem and increasing its lifecycle requires extra extensions to the unique mannequin each horizontally and vertically. When the facility of the sport’s personal inside circulation is massive sufficient, it’s going to generate the centrifugal that may eliminate the inertia of being caught within the loss of life spiral.

Horizontal extensions

Horizontal extensions embody including token and NFT output and consumption eventualities. For instance, setting the tools life mechanism and restore standards; or stratifying the free and P2E gamers to set completely different sport play types.

Vertical Extensions

Vertical extension may be break up into 2 buildings: upward and downward. The upward extension is used to resolve the issue that gamers have too few roles to select from. 99% of gamers depend on the only mode of minting and enjoying to make earnings, so extra eventualities may be added. For instance, add superior dungeons, PVE, PVP, and these eventualities ought to be differentiated to offer extra empowerment via advantages and consensus.

The downward extension is completely different from the upward extension, which lengthens the life cycle by considerably rising the variety of props and gameplay. Corresponding to rising the items of props, gems and thus rising the enchanting, melting perform, downward framework can draw loads from the normal sport play.


GameFi 1.Zero has gone via a cycle that confirms that Web2 and Web3 gamers nonetheless have very completely different attributes. Ponzinomics can entice visitors at the start of a mission, however it’s not possible to rely solely on the exterior circulation mannequin, and if the mission can’t discover its personal inside circulation to soak up the earlier bubble will probably be laborious to flee from the loss of life spiral.

Most present GameFi initiatives are nonetheless not playable and don’t replicate some great benefits of blockchain by way of expertise. Subsequently, a transitional GameFi mannequin can solely be constructed from the angle of Web3 customers and financial fashions. The lifecycle of the initiatives will not be lengthy, and the event of chains will not be ideally suited. Some chains have many video games however poor quantity, whereas others have a scorching sport however an unbalanced on-chain ecosystem.

The way forward for GameFi must discover a manner to enhance content material, gameplay and tokenomics.

August 2022, Footprint Analytics × W Labs, Information Supply: Footprint × W Labs GameFi Report Dashboard

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