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What is Axie Infinity and Why is it Crypto’s Hottest Blockchain Game [Crypto Gaming Series]

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Hey, welcome to today’s show. I’ll tell you, the industry is exploding, and this episode is all about Axie Infinity and crypto gaming. This is the first one in the crypto gaming series that I’m going to be doing. And I’ll tell you crypto gaming is exploding. So if you have a background in gaming, if you have a background in crypto or if you’re just curious, you’re definitely going to want to hold on your seat belt and buckle up. Because let’s jump into it.


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So what is Axie infinity? Well, it’s a Pokemon inspired game where anyone can earn tokens through skill, gameplay, and contributions to the ecosystem. So players can battle collect, raise and build land based kingdoms for their pets. All art assets and Axie genetic data can be easily accessed by third parties allowing community developers to build their own tools and experiences in the Axie Infinity universe. So why it’s still in its early access in its earlier phase right now, Axie is ranked number one in Ethereum game by daily, weekly and monthly active users it has generated about $2 billion so far. And while Axie is a fun game, it also takes on characteristics of social network, and almost like a jobs platform with a very strong community and a play to earn opportunities. So the key difference between Axie and traditional games is that blockchain economic design is used to reward the players for their contributions to the ecosystem. 


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So this new model of gaming has been dubbed play to earn, if you will, Axie has attracted 1000s of players from all kinds of countries around the world. And many of these players are grandparents, aunts, fathers, mothers, children, and who have never experienced blockchain technology before. So it’s an exciting time in crypto. And let’s break down and unpack some of the benefits and features. So in the gameplay with Axie infinity, it’s structured as an open ended digital pet universe. The Axie core team built functionality for the game assets associated with the Axie brand, in concurrence with the community. So the Axie universe is fun above everything else. And you can also have an immense gaming experience. And they have an entire ecosystem that you can bring value from the network. There’s battling, there’s a battling system, which was structured as an idle battle system with inspiration from games like Final Fantasy Tactics, and idle heroes. 


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So the Axie team started development on real time battle card system, basically around March of 2019. And they release an alpha in December of 2019. And by October of 2020, the application had amassed over 15,000 downloads, and 7000 weekly active users. So now they have tournaments in eSports. There’s breeding like real world pets Axies can be bred to create new offspring to avoid hyperinflation of Axies, there is a maximum amount of time and actually can be bred before it is sterile. So they’ve really put a lot of thought into it. There’s also land there’s Lunacia, the Axie homeland, and it’s divided into tokenized plots of land, which acts as homes and bases of operations. For their Axies, plots can be upgraded over time using a variety of resources, crafting ingredients that can be found when the game is played. In addition, land owners might find the AXS tokens on their land plots, and those can be used at later times. Lunacia consists of over 90,000 plots of land and these plots of land are represented as NFT are non-fungible tokens and can be freely traded by players. 


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They also have Lunacia SDK, and it’s mainly a map editor, where players can use Axie infinity art assets to create games and other experiences. Once a game has been created, it is saved as an NFT and can be traded, these NFT’s can be placed on land, and players will be able to click on them to enter the game inside. So as you can tell, it’s really an exciting in depth process that they have created. There’s also scholarship that actually community has grown in response to the game success, and as a result, the Axie infinity scholarship was established. And this is a program in which people who don’t have the time or skill to play the game can delegate the duty to what they call scholars, it’s essentially the same way as forming a business partnership, owners invest the initial capital, while players invest their time in the game. Whatever profits they make from the game are divided according to the predetermined ratio. So who created this project? Well, the founders and team Axie infinity was developed by Skye Mavis, which is a technology focused game studio that was actually founded in early 2018. 


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In Vietnam, so its headquarters and team is headquartered in Vietnam. Let’s break down and unpack the token Axie infinity shards, or the AXS token. It’s an ERC 20 governance token for the Axie universe and AXS holders will be able to claim rewards if they stake their tokens, play the game and participate in key governance votes. Players will also be able to earn AXS when they play various games within the Axie infinity universe. So Axie infinity basically gradually evolved into community owned, decentralized organization. And this process occurs as a accesses distributed among players and stakers. With the sky Mavis ownership becoming less concentrated over time. So as time went on, Axie basically moved into the community owned and community more run. And so now actually, infinity will be run using a game as a service model, where new features will be introduced over time, Axie can potentially earn revenue from selling Axies, land, cosmetics, and in game consumables, etc.


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So it’s a really exciting project. And I hope that this has just provided an overview for you today. And this will be the first one in the crypto gaming series, I’ll be having many more of a lot of projects I’ve been getting requests to do shows about. So if you like today’s episode, definitely like and subscribe to the podcast. My team and I are working hard on bringing you valuable resources and content. Definitely jump over to new to we’re creating how to guide step by steps videos, a course coming up to help guide you through your crypto journey and understand and navigate the landscape throughout crypto land. So until tomorrow, make it a great day. I’m out.


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Table of Contents

Those of you in the crypto space as of late have probably heard about the recent surge in Blockchain Games, but what are they and why do we keep hearing the name Axie Infinity? In this episode I’m going to start on a new ‘gaming series’ where I’ll break down the background, technology and benefits of different Blockchain Games and why exactly they’re storming the crypto market. And we can’t talk about Blockchain Games without talking about Axie Infinity first!

If you have a background in crypto, gaming or if you’re just curious, you’re definitely going to want to jump into the episode to learn more about Axie and how an entire decentralized gaming universe is evolving right in front of us.

What is Axie Infinity? 

Axie Infinity is an Ethereum-based turn-based card game in which players can breed, grow, battle, and trade Axie creatures.

Axie Infinity is a game inspired by Pokemon and Tamagotchi that uses Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) to represent rare species, powers, land plots, and other in-game goods.

Through playing Axie Infinity either in the Adventure or Arena mode, players can win two different tokens – namely, Axie Infinity Shards (AXS) and Small Love Potions (SLP). 

AXS is a governing token that allows recipients to vote on the gaming experience’s future evolution. The in-game token needed to breed Axies accurately is SLP.

You can visit the Axie Infinity team’s blog, which features game updates, for frequent updates. To begin playing the game, go to the Axie Infinity website and begin breeding and fighting your Axie.

So the key difference between Axie and traditional games is that blockchain economic design is used to reward the players for their contributions to the ecosystem

Here's What We Discussed in Detail in This Interview

[00:01 – 02:57] Opening Segment

  • Welcome to another incredible episode 
  • An intro to Axie Infinity
    • Inspired by Pokemon 
    • Earn tokens through gameplay
    • All art assets can be accessed in order to build tools
    • Ranked number one by amount of active users 
    • Generated $2B so far
    • Takes on characters as a social network as well


[02:58 – 06:08] What is Axie Infinity and Why is it Crypto’s Hottest Blockchain Game

  • The structure of Axie 
    • Open ended digital pet universe 
    • Meant to be fun while you navigate the ecosystem 
    • Different battle systems based on popular games
  • Public interactions with the game
    • Alpha version released December 2019
    • By October 2020 – already over 15,000 downloads
    • Over 7,000 weekly active users
    • Tournaments, breeding and esports featured 
    • Systems in place to stop from hyperinflation 
  • The inner world of Axie Infinity 
    • Tokenized plots of land for bases of operation 
    • Can be upgraded with in-game resources 
    • Find AXS tokens on land plots 
    • The world of Lunacia
    • The Axie Infinity Scholarship


[06:09 – 09:05] Background and the AXS Token

  • The founders of Axie 
    • Sky Mavis – game studio founded in 2018 in Vietnam
  • What is the AXS Token? 
    • ERC20 governance for the Axie universe 
    • Claim rewards through Staking and gameplay 
    • Evolving to become more and more community owned and run 
    • Game as a service model
    • Earn revenue from selling game items and AXS
  • Stay tuned for even more Crypto Games and exciting new content 
  • Final words 

Killer Resources


Final Thoughts

Axie Infinity aims to cater to two kinds of communities – the gaming community and the crypto community.
Integration such as this between these communities will help to normalize and even popularize both sides and help different people come together in a shared platform.
It’s interesting to see where this will lead, and it seems to be a fun activity to take part in.

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