Mythical Games is a favorite of ours and they have had a rather impressive month. NFL Rivals, the Web3, arcade American football game made in partnership with the NFL, is now playable, albeit in the “off-season”. Coinciding with the launch of their latest game, Mythical Games has also announced that they are leaving Ethereum for the Polkadot network.
Mythical Games were originally utilizing the EOS network before launching their own blockchain, Mythical Chain, based on Ethereum. According to the press release, “The Mythical Chain is currently in the top four blockchains in terms of monthly digital asset sales and handles more gaming transactions a day than any other blockchain – including Ethereum – with more than 3.2 million on-chain gaming transactions in the last 30 days.” That is shockingly high and I have not been able to verify it, but Mythical Games is undoubtedly a force in the space.
Mythical Games has lofty aspirations and steadily mounting evidence that they can achieve them. Blankos Block Party has a cult following and was one of the first Web3 games through the door on the Epic Games Store, and then, of course, the recent launch of NFL Rivals. However, as the announcement reiterates, Mythical Games wants to build more than just a game, they want to build a platform.
Mythical Games’ Mythical Chain to Migrate From Ethereum to Polkadot
The move to Polkadot from Ethereum is multifaceted. Firstly, the Mythical Chain is migrating, however, the entire Mythical ecosystem is coming too. This will include the Mythos DAO which was formed in conjunction with Animoca Brands and Ubisoft, among others. The Mythos DAO is a key part of what Mythical Games is spearheading and it is centered around five fundamentals:
- Cross-chain infrastructure and NFT transport
- Evolution of NFTs and game economies for developers and publishers
- Integration of, and support for, gaming guilds and communities
- Growth of traditional esports participation in Web3
- Aiding in onboarding Web2 gaming platforms
The DAO’s token, $MYTH, will presumably be moving to Polkadot too as it is currently an ERC-20 mainnet token (Ethereum).
The reasons for moving to Polkadot are varied, with the chief motivation appearing to be slow transaction speeds. Although there are layer-2 solutions that could resolve this, Mythical Games has opted to move to Polkadot to solve the issue of scaling as they induct new games. There we also several other concerns that CEO and Founder of Mythical Games, John Linden, believes Polkadot solves.
“Further, it is critical to be building on a security and governance infrastructure that gets stronger over time with more participation and is fully interoperable with other Mythos ecosystem gaming partners. After discussions with numerous blockchain protocols, it was an easy decision: Polkadot’s commitment to innovation, security, and governance provides the most value for our community. We believe this new technology will not only support our growth efforts, but also enable other Mythos partners to utilize this technology for their own high-scale projects.”
— John Linden, CEO and Founder of Mythical Games
Perhaps the most interesting part of the press release is the paragraph that outlines what Mythical Games are trying to achieve with their platform:
“Following the transition to Polkadot, the Mythical Chain will enable Mythos gaming partners to build their own chains without sacrificing interoperability or connectivity. This will result in a new scalable platform, accessible to all Mythos partners and compliant with Web2 gaming platforms, including the Epic Games Store. This accessibility is a core principle for Mythical as it continues to bridge the gap between blockchain and traditional gaming.”
‘Polkadot and Mythical Games: Powering the Next Generation of Gaming’, Polkadot
Mythical Games is successfully positioning themselves as a facilitator of Web2 gaming moving into Web3 waters, and for that, Polkadot appears to be a great fit.