While game developers seem to hate the idea of Web3 coming to the gaming industry, some players who compete in tournaments are more inclined to try blockchain games.
Professional player in Dota 2, Eric Engel, Gaimin Gladiators, better known as “Tofu”, He expressed his thoughts on Web3 and how it can help gamers in a statement sent to Cointelegraph.
Engel, who has won over $400,000 in various major tournaments in the Dota 2 competitive scene, said that it’s nice to see companies doing “more than just games”. He explained:
“The idea of blockchain games is still a new and expanding topic for most of us, and I want to explore it more in the future. If it improves games and makes them even more rewarding, then it’s definitely something to look out for in the coming days.”
In addition, Engel believes that Web3 has features that “really add value to the player”. and expressed his desire to see what the companies will present in the future.
professional Rocket League player Max Ng, known under a pseudonym “Maxiev”, also supported Engel’s opinion. According to Ng, he really likes the idea of games being played differently. Said:
“The idea of adding new technologies and features is something that can benefit almost any game, especially when it’s something that can reward users’ time and the cost of the game itself.”
Ng said that although he had already studied blockchain-based games, he had never tried them personally. However, the player stated that he will become interested in them after the intense competitive season is over.
From my side, Joseph Turner, co-founder of Gaimin Gladiators, the organization to which Engel and Ng belong, said that the first appearance of Web3 games built within the decentralized finance space “scared off many major publishers”.
In 2021, Valve Corporation — developers of popular video games such as Dota 2 and Half-Life — removed blockchain-based games from its Steam gaming market. The company has updated its rules to not allow games that issue non-fungible cryptocurrencies or tokens.
Turner described Valve as an “extremely traditional” gaming company and said that the firm would not do Web3 like other companies had. Despite this, Turner believes that the situation will change. “While I understand why Valve made such statements, I think their position will change quickly over time.” he claimed.
In addition to integrating Web3 with games, the executive director of the organization of gamers encouraged blockchain projects to participate in the professional gaming scene. “I strongly believe that the Web3 world should be directly involved in the competitive gaming industry,” Turner added.
Walter Lee Head of Partner Development and GameFi at the BNB network, which began to enter the competitive gaming space through a partnership with Gaimin Gladiators, He argued that Web3 and blockchain technologies could empower traditional gaming ecosystems.
Lee believes that “the potential is huge,” from the tokenization of gaming assets to other use cases, such as a verifiable mechanism for generating random numbers on the network. In addition, the executive also believes that due to the growth rate of Web3 games, one day they will be called just games.
The contractor also emphasized that Web3 also offers many opportunities for professional players. He explained:
“There are many exciting upcoming games from various new studios. Some of these games have the potential to become hugely popular and spawn exciting new esports leagues for the industry.”
Lee believes that gamers can also build their brand and revenue streams on Web3: “Gamers will be able to support and grow the industry by relying less on the esports company, this balances the demand between esports companies and gamers.” he claimed.
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