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Is the Gaming Industry Embracing Crypto?



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The gaming industry and cryptocurrency have taken independent paths, but they’re slowly coming together. We have seen cryptocurrencies gain mainstream acceptance in recent years, particularly since the SEC legitimised them as to now be included within ETFs.

Lately, the Bitcoin price hit its all-time high recently, but this wasn’t driven by retail speculation. In fact, there’s very little buzz despite the imminent halving. Instead, we are seeing a more mature market that includes institutional investors. The result, of course, is that holding crypto isn’t on the fringes of society.

Gaming has had a similar arc. Despite being half a century old already, it has increasingly been opened up to older generations as a perfectly normal hobby, mostly likely because the first generation to be able to play them are now older. 

The Integration of Crypto in Gaming 

Cryptocurrency’s integration into the gaming world has witnessed significant growth in recent years. Game developers are increasingly adopting digital currencies to facilitate in-game transactions, player rewards and even the creation of virtual economies. 

Notable examples include Decentraland, a virtual reality platform built on the Ethereum blockchain, and Axie Infinity, a blockchain-based game that allows players to earn cryptocurrency through gameplay. According to a report by DappRadar, the number of blockchain games has surged by 71% in the past year, with over 1,000 active games as of 2021. 

Gamification and in-game currency has become huge to facilitate microtransactions. And, as it turns out, crypto performs extremely well for this use case, as they can act as both a digital in-game currency and a real-life transactional one. 

The popularity of using crypto, particularly within casino gaming, is the enhanced privacy for users. It allows gamers to totally separate themselves from their in-game reality because crypto doesn’t require KYC. In other words, no credit card (with a name attached) is needed. It’s also important for provably fair gaming, where players can verify the fairness of the games through transparent blockchain records. Ultimately, even when taking crypto out of the equation, Smart Contracts remain a core benefit.

Benefits and Innovations 

The integration of cryptocurrency into gaming has spurred on a few innovations. The use of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in gaming allows players to have true ownership of their digital assets, enabling them to trade in different games (they can more easily be interoperable).

This could mean better integration between platforms in a metaverse, or as part of a large virtual economy. For example, gambling may even be a part of VR video game or application, and within that game, the winnings are in-game currency but could be converted to crypto. 

Another notable innovation is the play-to-earn model, which rewards players with cryptocurrency for their in-game achievements and participation. This model has the potential to create new income streams for gamers and blur the lines between gaming and work. 

Challenges and Ethical Considerations 

Despite the potential benefits, the integration of cryptocurrency into gaming presents a few challenges. First and foremost, by their nature of being decentralized, it’s difficult to regulate. It’s not as if your bank will block the transaction on your behalf, for example, or offer a refund if you get scammed, because you’re using crypto. The game developer might, but they might not if they’re a smaller, international developer. So, more responsibility is placed on the user.

The energy-intensive nature of some blockchain technologies, such as Bitcoin, has raised concerns about the environmental impact of using crypto in gaming. This is challenging in a time when environmentalism is at an all-time high at the same time Bitcoin is. The volatility of the prices is also a concern for many users, and it could lead users to take on risk they were unaware of. For example, they may think they’re buying $30 worth of in-game currency that can be exchanged back out. But after 6 months, it may be worth $10, because it’s facilitated by a volatile Alt coin. 

The gaming community’s reception towards cryptocurrency integration has been mixed. While some gamers and developers embrace the potential for innovation and new economic models, others remain sceptical about the stability and fairness of crypto-powered games. Ultimately, it will take time for crypto to normalize into everyday use, but it’s heading that direction currently. One of the biggest concerns has been children using their parents’ credit card for in-game purchases. This is something that could get harder for parents to control if they’re accessing private wallets that do not require a minimum age to use.


The integration of cryptocurrency into the gaming industry presents both exciting opportunities and significant challenges. While the potential for secure transactions and true ownership of digital assets, the technical hurdles and ethical considerations surrounding crypto itself cannot be ignored. The industry is extremely difficult to predict because it changes so profoundly every five years.

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