After turning the world of contemporary art upside down with simple 24-pixel JPEGs auctioned off for over $10 million at Christies (the famous “Cryptopunks”), NFTs now aim to revolutionise the world of short gaming with the new Play-to-Win model!
When we talk about the short gaming industry, we need to go back two decades. Back then, computers had limited power, and most game designers had to make do. A game had to be fun, easy to get into, and easy to play. It’s in this context that Pong, Tetris, Arkanoid, Pac-Man, and other arcade legends came out.
20 years down the line, computing powers are no longer a problem, everybody’s playing whenever they want on whatever devices they have (console, PC, mobile), and at this point, the name of the game is “revival”. Nowadays, gamers will lap up short one-tap mobile phone games as eagerly as they would a high-profile blockbuster with next-gen graphics, and as we speak, short gaming is being revisited with the help of NFTs.
The game mechanics per se remain unchanged: get as far as possible, jump as high as possible, or hold on for as long as possible. But this time, to participate, you have to buy an NFT. Add to that the possibility of winning a significant crypto prize if you end up at the top of the ranks.
Right now, NFTs are sowing hype in the short gaming sector with the arrival of the “Play-to-Win” model. This new model implies that your NFT becomes a key to participating in a game. The rules are those of a classic short game, but this time, the purpose is not only to achieve the highest score but also to win. There is a prize pool, and the winner, as you may have guessed, takes it all.
Today, the NFT sector is revolving a lot around the principles of competition and exclusivity. Buying a digital asset gives you access to many advantages, including the possibility of winning different prizes. With short gaming, this logic is improved upon with an additional aspect that allows you to create a real experience and practical application for your NFT.
Game + Cryptocurrencies + Competition is the winning formula that will take NFTs to the top, with already more than $90 billion in transaction value since the beginning of the year.
Developed by the young and talented team of Kokeshi Academy Studios, Solajump is the first short game based on Solana, the blockchain whose native cryptocurrency has rocketed 129 times since the beginning of the year.
Visually exciting and super fun to play, the game draws on the key principles of Doodle Jump: the objective is to jump higher and higher by bouncing off platforms randomly placed in the 2D space. The further you progress, the rarer the platforms become, and therefore, the higher the risk of a game over.
To participate, you must get one of the 10,000 Solajumper NFTs during December. The price per unit is 1 SOL (or about $196 at current rates). Make no mistake, the game is worth the candle: at the end, the players with the best scores will get 5-figure rewards (with more than $30,000 meant for the ultimate winner).
The prize pool is made up of 40% of the amount of the Mint. 20% ($2,000 in SOL) will be distributed during the first Genesis Tournament and the other 20% will be allocated for all the monthly tournaments held throughout the year.
Owning the special NFT game cartridge entitles you to many perks and bonuses such as 10 chances to reach first place for each tournament.
The monthly tournaments will take place at the beginning of 2022, and, starting from February, the Jump Coin will be launched to allow players to bet in private tournaments and the PvP mode (planned to be launched in March). That will make it possible for players to win NFTs, Jump Coins, and many other prizes by beating the score of their direct opponent.
But Kokeshi Academy isn’t going to stop there: a Solana-based arcade game incubator is planned for the 2nd half of 2022. Also, the funds raised from the success of Solajump will help support talented developers and designers and bring about innovative short game concepts certified by the Academy.
But for now, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and try your luck with Solajump now!
The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this article belong solely to the author, and should not be taken as investment advice. Do your own research before taking any investment decisions.
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