The term “Web3 Steam” has been bandied around for so long, I’m losing sight of what it means. Nevertheless, there is a race to be the go-to library and store for blockchain games, and so we take a look at them.
Token Gamer and NFT Insider have decided to combine forces to launch a weekly podcast, Mint One (formerly WAX Lyrical). John Nichols of NFT Insider and I will discuss a new topic every week, as well as feature special guests. If there’s a topic you’d like us to cover, make sure you let us know through the Token Gamer Discord or Twitter, or the NFT Insider Discord or Twitter.
In last week’s episode, we discussed the inaugural Atomic Hub Game Fest. This week, we’re looking at the fight over who will host these games and more!
Mint One Podcast, Episode 69: Who Will Be the Steam of Web3?
I did my best to trace back when I first referenced a “Web3 Steam” and it was around Q3/Q4 2021, when Steam took itself out of the running. Steam’s ban on blockchain games, NFTs, tokens, and anything related, was a tough pill to swallow. I felt particularly betrayed as it turned away from the indie developers helping to pave the way for the future of the games industry. Fortunately, Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney announced that his platform would welcome games utilizing the new technology, and he was true to his word.
Since then, we have seen myriad start-ups vie for that title, most notably Ultra who unapologetically call themselves the Steam of web3. There is then Elixir, Fractal, Game Dosi, Ajuna, C2X, HyperPlay, Lootrush, and many more. The question is: do we need a Steam of web3? And, if we do, who will take the title?
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