There has been a curious trend in the race for mainstream adoption of blockchain in the gaming industry: mobile. Phone games have been the quietly growing powerhouse in gaming for over a decade, with billions of players and dollars floating around it.
The PC gamers and the console gamers may look down on the humble mobile gamer, but they’re an important arm of the industry and they are making far faster and larger moves towards blockchain. Perhaps they are more developmentally agile, perhaps the current brand of Play to Earn (P2E) games are perfectly tailored for the mobile platform — it’s difficult to say. Whatever the reason, we are seeing a lot of the big hitters taking a vested interest.
The latest company to turn their attention to blockchain is FGL and WAX has just announced they will be building on the WAX blockchain.
Who Is FGL and What Is Their ‘Meta Token’?
FGL is a mobile games publisher and organization that has aided the release of over 100,000 web and mobile games, including more than 50 that peaked in the top 10 of Apple and Google’s app charts. FGL also created GamerSafe, the first universal in-game microtransaction system for web gaming, and Enhance which allows the implementation and updating of mobile SDKs quickly and without code.
Now, they have turned their attention to blockchain gaming and are creating a meta token on the WAX blockchain with the view of developing and publishing P2E games. Every blockchain game FGL launches will use this token which is already on Alcor. This cross-game currency has the potential to add a lot of value to the token, with its utility being far-reaching.
What Is Cosmic Clash? FGL’s Future
Cosmic Clash is the first blockchain game in FGL’s roster and the first to utilize the FGL meta token. It is a tactical space warfare P2E game on WAX where you build fleets of ships of different rarities and pay FGL tokens to send them out to battle for rewards.
The launch is scheduled for Q1 2022 (estimated to be early February) along with the first NFT pack drop which is on 24th January 2022.
In the near future, FGL also have other NFT-based games on WAX in the form of Mecha World (pictured in this article’s lead image) and Crash Cars, among others. I must admit, I’m pleased to see that most of the blockchain games FGL is working on deviate in genre from some of their most successful mobile games, as I believe many of them might struggle to find an audience, even with a strong P2E model.
This is a fruitful collaboration for all involved. WAX has proven its pedigree in blockchain gaming but needs to keep expanding its library, and FGL needs a blockchain that can handle high transactions without gas fees or melting the ice caps.
For blockchain gaming as a whole, this continues the steady march towards mainstream adoption and keeps WAX’s hat in the ring for future adopters. 2022 is going to be a memorable year.