The latest play-to-earn game to partner with Yield Guild Games (YGG) is Splinterlands. Founded in 2018, Splinterlands is a blockchain-based trading card game, where the trading cards are NFTs that allow players to own, trade and earn their in-game assets.
With more than 100,000 registered accounts, Splinterlands users transact on the blockchain more than 600,000 times every day, making it one of the most active blockchain dApps in the world. Splinterlands has awarded millions of dollars in crypto and NFT assets to its players, and these players have competed in more than 60 million total matches.
“YGG looks to invest in NFT games with strong play-to-earn tokenomics and a clear plan for guild-based gameplay,” said Gabby Dizon, co-founder of YGG. “This is why we are comfortable investing in Splinterlands at this very early stage of development and we are pleased to be able to secure early, priority access for the benefit of our guild members.”
YGG has invested in Splinterlands’ in-game assets for the exclusive use of its members. The guild also participated in the private token sale for Splinterlands’ planned governance token, Splintershards (SPS).
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The NFTs acquired by YGG include booster packs from Splinterlands’ now sold-out Untamed Edition and a large portion of virtual land in the game’s upcoming Land Expansion — the latter will provide players with the ability to mine resources for crafting their own cards and selling them as NFTs to other marketplaces.
YGG also secured access to Summoner’s Spellbook upgrades for its guild, which are required to earn rewards and access all functionalities of Splinterlands.
Splinterlands has been compared to Magic: The Gathering, an all-time favorite of card game enthusiasts. However, the opportunities to earn money by playing traditional card games have been extremely limited and almost always reserved only for professional players.
Likewise, most digital card games do not allow players to trade or sell their in-game assets to other players. Where these games do allow peer-to-peer transactions, they are generally conducted through third-party platforms that charge high fees.
Splinterlands addresses these problems and contributes to the future of player-owned economies by launching its game into the Hive blockchain and offering its in-game assets as NFTs.
“Splinterlands was absolutely made for communities like YGG’s,” says Dr. Jesse Reich, Splinterlands co-founder and lifelong gamer. “We are thrilled to see people coming together and exploring the possibilities of play-to-earn gaming with our project.”
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In a recent AMA session this month on game updates, Matthew Rosen, CTO of Splinterlands, told the community that a planned feature for Splinterlands was to roll out a rental system to help make its NFTs more accessible to more players. Tapping into YGG’s experience in this area could help speed up the development, as the guild has already provided 2,000 “scholarships” to help onboard players of Axie Infinity.
More details about Splinterlands and the planned release of SPS tokens can be found at the Splintershards Whitepaper.