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Why Aptos: The Future of Gaming is Here

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Gaming is one of Web3’s key frontiers, and Aptos is the key to gaming’s evolution.

tl;dr:

  • Aptos—a high-performing and scalable blockchain—enables ownership, interoperability, and transparency in the next-generation of gaming.

  • Web3 is gaming’s next big frontier, with over 3.2 billion gamers around the world and a new generation of Gen Alpha entrants looking for new, digital-native experiences.

  • Blockchain gaming provides solutions to gaming’s biggest challenges from verification to security, connectivity, and constraints to community.

  • A seamless game developer experience is delivered through network performance, upgradeability, and a dedication to gaming infrastructure.

  • Game developers are racing to build on Aptos gaming. Aptos community developers creating new, novel use-cases for gaming, and industry-leading gaming partnerships like NPIXEL breaking boundaries with gaming’s first Web3 gaming universe, METAPIXEL.

The Aptos Network is driving innovation across many sectors through unparalleled web3 technology, cultural relevance, and overall better performance. Gaming remains one of Web3’s  key frontiers, and Aptos has become the key to gaming’s evolution. 

The Web3 Gaming Frontier

Gaming could be worth $321 billion by 2026. Today, 3.2 billion people (40% of the world population) play games. Yet the opportunity for a gaming evolution – the Web3 revolution – could instantly change the game. Blockchain technology, especially those with hyper-performant attributes, bring about the ability for publishers to create immersive, transparent, interoperable experiences for players to participate in economies of scale within the games they love. 

There is also a significant demand for fixing legacy gaming problems like asset portability and fraud. The blockchain opens up devs and gamers alike to solutions in verification, security, connectivity, and creativity not yet seen in gaming today.

Not only is Web3 technology inherent to a gaming refresh, but today’s gamers are particularly primed to embrace the Web3 revolution. Millennials and Gen Zers grew up on the internet playing games with people from around the world. And Gen Alpha comprises the first group of people born post-blockchain into a digital society with massive Web3 gaming potential. Gen Alpha is already immersed in virtual worlds within games like Roblox and Fortnite. The largest generation in history, Gen Alpha will number more than two billion by 2025 and will grow up in a Web3 experience. Soon, they’ll be engaging with countless dapps built on blockchains like Aptos and connecting with peers in the metaverse. 

Web3 is the perfect fit for gaming’s next big playground, and we’re currently at an inflection point in the Web3 movement to substantiate these ideas.

From Lost Memories to Lasting Legacies

While traditional gaming offers immersive digital worlds, the lack of technical foundation in these platforms has limited players' ability to truly own their in-game assets or interact with other games and experiences. This limitation can be frustrating for players who invest time, money, and emotional energy into a game, only to be unable to take their hard-earned assets with them when they move on from the game–only left with lost memories.

Moreover, the lack of ownership in traditional gaming also means that there is limited interaction between different games or platforms. Players are often limited to using their assets within the specific game where they were acquired, unable to transfer them to other games or experiences. This limits the value and usefulness of owning in-game assets and can lead to a sense of disconnection from the gaming community.

​​In contrast, Web3 gaming presents a unique opportunity for players to enjoy a more connected and interactive gaming experience.

Ownership is a core tenet of Web3 gaming that enables players to own their in-game assets and have greater control over their gaming experience. By owning assets that hold value, players can create a more meaningful connection with the game, leading to increased investment, participation, and loyalty to the game's community. For example, players might purchase unique in-game items that they can show off to friends and use to enhance their gameplay experience.

However, without support within a broader gaming ecosystem, there is a limit to the value of owning one’s gaming assets. In traditional gaming, there is usually limited interaction between different games, even within the same studio. This means that players cannot use their assets in other games, which can limit their ability to enjoy their investments and engage with other gaming communities. This is where interoperability comes in - it enables different systems and applications to communicate and exchange data with each other. For example, interoperability might allow players to use their in-game currency from one game in another game within the same ecosystem.

In combination, ownership and interoperability enable asset portability, which is what separates Web3 gaming from Web2 gaming. Asset portability allows players to transfer their assets between not only games but also other experiences such as social media. For example, players might showcase their unique in-game items on social media platforms like Instagram or Twitter. Being able to separate gaming achievements and assets outside the game can allow players to discover new opportunities to engage with other gamers and build their online persona. Allowing players to own and transfer pieces of their gaming experience promotes player investment, fosters communities and economies, and provides developers with novel ways to boost engagement and attract funding.

At the intersection of technology and opportunity, Aptos is ready to prove its underlying technology, enhance interoperability across chains, and build engaging experiences that attract gamers and gaming studios globally. 

Aptos: the Clear Choice for Gaming

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Aptos is a permissionless, high-performing, and scalable layer1 blockchain. Our tech and values are industry-tested, with major partners across key Web2 and Web3 companies–including Google CloudLivepeerMoonpayChingari, and KYD Labs. Throughout the entire ecosystem, Aptos delivers proven success with each new partnership.

In Web3 gaming in particular, Aptos has seen swift and international momentum in all areas since launching mainnet last October. For example, Aptos has partnered with NPIXEL, one of the world’s top gaming houses to build Web3’s most anticipated game, GRAN SAGA: Unlimited, exclusively on Aptos. And it’s ready for community testing.

The Aptos ecosystem is an example of the success achieved by pairing community and tech. When it comes to gaming, engaged communities like Aptos are key to improving and iterating in-game experiences. This culture of engagement and feedback from Aptos peer devs and end-users creates an improvement loop that innovates in user experiences for gamers worldwide.

Web3 is built on community and culture. There’s no better example of the power of community alignment than NPIXEL, joining the Aptos journey. NPIXEL’s vibrant community, with over 4.2M downloads, will carry that momentum forward with the expansion of METAPIXEL, their metaverse in Aptos. When forces like this combine and push a sector forward, that alone could change the entire existing landscape in Web3 gaming overnight.

Allowing developers to focus on building

User experience is our top priority so we’re constantly improving development on Aptos so you can focus on building awesome games:

  • We are committed to providing gaming infrastructure. As one of Unity’s 13 verified, decentralization solutions, our Unity SDK helps you focus on developing great games, instead of wrestling with blockchains

  • Aptos is the only blockchain built with upgradeability in mind. This enables the Aptos architecture to support frequent upgrades with 0 downtime, which in turn means that the blockchain can seamlessly push performance, tighten security and adopt the latest technology advancements.

  • Aptos’ programming language, Move, is widely acknowledged for ease of development, and designed for safe asset management. 

  • Our parallel execution engine, Block-STM allows for faster transaction processing without impacting the game developer experience. 

  • AptosBFTv4, our consensus mechanism, enables low latency and high throughput, powering scalable, undisrupted in-game experiences for users.

The world’s best Web3 games and gaming experiences will be built on Aptos. In addition to dev resources and an international community, we offer scalable, performant, and upgradable infrastructure built to enhance interoperability across chains and deliver engaging experiences that attract gamers and gaming studios on a global scale. 

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Interested in exploring how the Aptos Network can make it easy to develop interoperable, transparent games, plug you into a fast-growing community, and support global distribution? Get in touch with the Aptos Business Team.

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