Top 10 Ethereum Games
Ethereum is an open platform technology with a decentralized public blockchain. Developers can build and launch their own decentralized applications, or dapps, using smart contracts written in Ethereum’s own programming language, Solidity. A current popular type of decentralized applications are Ethereum games; these are games built on top of the Ethereum platform.
One well-known example of an Ethereum game is, CryptoKitties. Launched in November 2017, CryptoKitties is an Ethereum game that allows users to purchase, collect, breed and sell virtual cats.
This article will look at the top 10 Ethereum games currently running on the Ethereum blockchain, as well as metrics such as: weekly active users and weekly transaction volume.
- Weekly Active Users – This metric is a measure of how many unique users interact with an Ethereum game within a certain period of time, in this case the period of time will be a week, i.e. 7 days. A unique user is defined as someone who interacts with the Ethereum game at least once in those 7 days. If they interact with the Ethereum game more than once in a week, the user will still only be counted as one active user.
- Weekly Transaction Volume ($) – This metric measures the total dollar amount that was transacted over the span of a week in an Ethereum game. An example transaction could involve a player buying a virtual item from another player.
All data was sourced from dapp analytics website: State of the DApps.
1. My Crypto Heroes
- Weekly Active Users: 2,919
- Weekly Transaction Volume: $113,855
My Crypto Heroes is a HTML5 game for smartphones and PC that uses blockchain technology. It is a worker-placement, Role Playing Game (RPG) that involves collecting and training historical heroes of the world. Players can acquire special items as well as compose armies and dictate battle formations.
- Weekly Active Users: 901
- Weekly Transaction Volume: $39,792
As previously mentioned, CryptoKitties is an Ethereum game that allows users to purchase, collect, breed and sell virtual cats. It was the first real Ethereum game to the take the cryptocurrency space by storm with some virtual kitties reportedly being sold for over $100,000.
3. Gods Unchained
- Weekly Active Users: 450
- Weekly Transaction Volume: $35,254
Gods Unchained is a turn-based trading card game that is mechanically similar to Hearthstone. Players start off by building their deck from hundreds of unique cards or by buying card packs so as to stand the chance of unlocking a rare card. Built on top of the Ethereum blockchain, players are the sole owners of their cards.
- Weekly Active Users: 569
- Weekly Transaction Volume: $19,800
HyperDragons is a digital collectible and strategy game built on top of the Ethereum blockchain that allows players to purchase, collect, sell and trade virtual dragons, each with their own unique characteristics. The game also permits players to train their dragons for battle with other users and stand to win prizes for winning.
- Weekly Active Users: 686
- Weekly Transaction Volume: $14,746
Etheremon is a another Ethereum game that creates a world of Monsters (or Mons) that players can capture, train, transform, or trade. Mons can be trained to evolve or bought from the trade market. It is thought that the scarcer a Mon is, the more valuable it will be worth.
- Weekly Active Users: 140
- Weekly Transaction Volume: $14,176
Dragonereum is a virtual dragon collectible game whereby users can own a dragon, trade their dragons, interbreed and battle other dragons, all while collecting rewards and achievements along the way.
7. Blockchain Cuties
- Weekly Active Users: 869
- Weekly Transaction Volume: $8,063
Blockchain Cuties is another crypto-collectible game that allows users to accumulate and play with a range of animals including: cats, puppies, lizards and bears. Collected animals can be trained and leveled-up in order to battle other users and their collected animals.
8. Axie Infinity
- Weekly Active Users: 289
- Weekly Transaction Volume: $6,914
Axie Infinity is an Ethereum game based on the idea of collecting, raising and battling cute fantasy creatures called Axie. Players can create teams of Axies and battle other trainers in the Arena in order to gain experience points and level up their Axie’s stats.
9. Evolution Land
- Weekly Active Users: 471
- Weekly Transaction Volume: $6,371
Evolution Land is a virtual management game that allows players to buy and sell land, mine various elements and perform construction and manufacturing activities. There are different facets to the game, including: collection of different characters, educating these characters, managing any purchased land and a player vs player (PVP) element.
- Weekly Active Users: 549
- Weekly Transaction Volume: $4,704
0xUniverse is a crypto-collectible game that allows players to build spaceships, explore the galaxy, and to collect planets. Players can also extract resources and carry out research on their collected planets.
To conclude, the list above takes a comprehensively look at the top 10 Ethereum games currently live on the network. Key metrics that were included in the list are: weekly active users and weekly transaction volume. Judging from the numbers, the ecosystem still has a long way to go in order to encourage further use of Ethereum games. However, it is a nascent industry, and as such, suggest that there is ample room for further innovation and growth.