Axie’s Sky Mavis Expands to Bring External Games to Ronin

Axie Infinity is one of the most recognizable names in Web3 gaming and the creators, Sky Mavis, want to stay in that rarefied atmosphere. In a recent announcement, Sky Mavis has revealed partnerships with four studios to bring more games to the Ronin blockchain.

Axie Infinity unambiguously put blockchain games on the map, whether you like it or not. It was also one of just a few games that had strong enough earning capabilities to turn the idea of Play-to-Earn games into a full-time job for many. However, the Ronin network it lives on has had a tumultuous time, unfortunately boasting one of the biggest hacks in crypto.

All’s well that ends well, however: those who lost out in the hack were made whole, a $1m bug bounty program was instated, and Google became a network validator for Ronin. That is far from the happy ending though, and now Sky Mavis is looking to move into a more comprehensive position within Web3 gaming.

Sky Mavis Partners With Directive Games, Tribes Studio, Bali Games, and Bowled.io

The Ronin blockchain is known for hosting Axie Infinity exclusively, but that appears to be coming to an end. At GDC 2023, Sky Mavis announced that external games will now be brought into the ecosystem and allowed to use the Ronin platform. Four studios have been in the first wave of partnerships: Directive Games with The Machines Arena, Tribe Studios with Tribesters, Bali Games with Axie Match 3, and Bowled.io with Bowled.

The game that will stand out to traditional gamers is The Machines Arena (although Tribesters may too, it just has limited information at present.) The Machines Arena is a competitive, arena-based PvP and PvE game that appears to take inspiration from MOBAs with its class roles. It will be free-to-play and the closed beta for the PC is coming soon β€” you can sign up here. Interestingly, it is also going to be available on the Epic Games Store, which you can wishlist here.

Final Thoughts

The crypto crash wiped out Play-to-Earn games, there’s no skirting around it. Many of us in the space β€” myself included β€” were certain that the ridiculously high returns could not last, and I suspect that P2E will never reach its dizzying heights of 2021. However, that does not mean that earning from playing games is dead. Instead, the average player will be able to earn something (as opposed to nothing) and then merit-based returns (such as innovative gameplay or esports wins) will offer more.

With all that said, did Sky Mavis have enough to last the test of time in gaming with only Axie Infinity? Perhaps, but drafting in other games to the Ronin network drastically increases their odds, as well as puts the Ronin network to better use. That is, a robust network with Google as a validator ought to be put through its paces a little more!

I suspect you will see a lot more Web3 games studios partnering with Sky Mavis in the coming months as they look to position their platform in direct competition with the likes of Gala, Avalanche, and most of all, the new Immutable zkEVM by Immutable and Polygon. It might be tense times for these companies, but it’s nothing but good news for gamers.

Robert Baggs
Robert Baggs
Full-time professional crypto writer and Editor of Token Gamer. Co-host of the Mint One Podcast. Obsessed with MMOs. London based. Primary holdings: WAXP, ENJ, & BTC. Secondary holdings: ETH, GALA, & MATIC

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