Alien Worlds has sat atop the DappRadar Web3 games charts for almost the entire time that Web3 games have been worthy of measuring. They pioneered the new era for economies within games, as well as in-game items as NFTs, and, as a result, became a collective thought leader for the space. Now, Alien Worlds has taken another step forward with in-game DAOs.
Alien Worlds is not only one of the jewels in the crown of the WAX blockchain and ecosystem, but of Web3 gaming as a whole. Though many might take one glance at Alien Worlds and lump it in with the simplistic, early Play-to-Earn, browser games, you would be wrong to do so. Is it an early Play-to-Earn browser game? Yes. Simplistic? Absolutely not. Alien Worlds is an intricate and pioneering use-case of NFTs and tokens within gaming, and now they are making it a Web3 trifecta by adding in-game DAOs and they are the first to do so.
Alien Worlds, The Syndicates, and In-Game DAOs
Let’s start with the underlining question: What is a DAO? “DAO” stands for Decentralized Autonomous Organization and it is able to operate without human interjection. Where organizations have traditionally been run by a person or people, DAOs are governed by code and voting, usually by token holders. It’s difficult to give a concise overview of DAOs simply by virtue of how widely applicable they are and varied they can be. Here is the best explanation I know of:
So, what are Alien Worlds DAOs? The Syndicates. The six planets in Alien Worlds each have their own Syndicate (DAO) which has an elected custodian, but functions autonomously and on-chain. This gives the process top-to-bottom transparency, where every vote and decision is recorded on-chain and can be seen by anyone.
These Syndicates are easy to join and by staking $TLM (Alien World’s token), you can earn governance tokens which allow the members to vote on management decisions, the treasury, and so on. Although Alien Worlds is multi-chain, The Syndicates are all on WAX.
Why Is This Important?
As I pointed out in the introduction, Alien Worlds is a brilliant use case for many aspects of Web3 gaming and they have pioneered the space. The gameplay is not to everyone’s tastes, that’s for certain, but do not chalk Alien Worlds up as a little browser game. I would be as bold as to say that Alien Worlds is already cemented into gaming history. As blockchain technology becomes foundational in games, the early success stories will be remembered, and rightly so. Alien Worlds are undoubtedly success stories of both Web3 games economies and the implementation of NFTs, and now they are the first to implement in-game DAOs.
Alien Worlds could be one of the first to successfully demonstrate the value of DAOs to games and players. Could we see guilds, corporations, and clans as DAOs? I’d like to think so. And yet again, Alien Worlds is lighting the darkness for us.