Most of us like to play games in our spare time. But did you know that there are also those who earn a living just by playing games? With the rise of digital games, we now have Play-to-Earn games that rewards its users well enough for those who stay invested in it.
Smart Investor spoke to Mr. Lucaz Lee, Founder and CEO, Affyn to gain more insights on this interesting new concept. Affyn is a newly launched play-to-earn metaverse, that aims to bring people and communities together and allow them to play a mobile geolocation-based game (similar to that of Pokemon Go), and earn Fyn tokens to be used for transactions at the same time.
Let’s find out more from him on this interesting topic.
How Did You Started With Crypto Investment?
I first heard of Bitcoin in 2016, which was worth around USD400. Many people in my immediate circle warned me not to get involved, claiming that it was a sham with no foundation. In my experience, I have learnt to recognise that the best kind of opportunities are those that most people do not understand, are uncertain about and are sceptical of; yet, it is obviously working and growing at a progressive rate.
Unlike today, buying cryptocurrency was a highly complex process back then. My friend and I would spend the whole day figuring out how to buy it. Even though it was complicated and we didn’t understand it, we decided to go for it anyway. Nonetheless, we took the leap of faith first and learned about it later.
How Does Play-to-Earn Works?
The gaming industry has thrived for years, with gaming companies reaping the benefits. While a large amount of money has been flowing into the industry, the players have largely been left out. I believe that the concept of Play-to-Earn will be able to rebalance things so that players can earn while playing games.
Play-to-Earn is a concept where players can earn financial rewards such as cryptocurrencies or NFTs, which can be traded or sold to other players in their games. Most Play-to-Earn games are still largely unsustainable because this is a relatively new concept that many Web 3.0 companies are still figuring out. However, I believe that Play-to-Earn games will eventually transform the gaming industry.
What Do We Need To Get Started?
Typically, an initial capital layout is required in most Play-to-Earn games. To get started, players must learn how to buy crypto and then use the token to buy the NFT. The barrier of entry is too complex for Play-to-Earn games to breakthrough into mainstream adoption.
I think the future of Play-to-Earn is Free-to-Play games where players can download an app, sign up for an account as easily as signing up for a Tik Tok account, play for free, and earn without realising that the whole app is powered by blockchain or crypto.
Can A Player Really Make Money And Turn It Into A Full-Time Job?
Just like in any other industry, what you put into it is what you get out of it. You get part-time results if you put in the part-time effort. There are definitely opportunities for players to make gaming a full-time income, depending on how much effort and time they are willing to put into it.
With The Recent Crash Of The Crypto Market, Is Play-to-Earn Affected?
As someone who has been through the bull market of 2017 and the crash and bear market of 2018, I can say that no cryptocurrency is immune to a crash. The Play-to-Earn ecosystem will undoubtedly be impacted. When there is a crash or a bear market, it usually means that speculative money is leaving the ecosystem. Products with utility will thrive because, while speculative money is leaving, money will flow into games with utility and demand.
Play-to-Earn games have the potential to thrive in bear markets because people are looking for financial vehicles to generate income when the economy is bad. Despite the fact that it has yet to be proven, I believe Play-to-Earn games can thrive during bear markets.
What Are Your Plans For The Future?
We intend to become the largest and most successful platform that creates fascinating experiences for our users through gaming and lifestyle, where they can earn virtual rewards and spend them in the real world within our lifestyle ecosystem. It’s also free to play.