NFT & Blockchain Gaming Weekly (19/05/2023)

Pepe-themed ‘Bitcoin Frogs’ NFTs gain popularity amid Ordinals hype. Epic Games and LEGO Group collaborate to build metaverse. Ubisoft is creating an NFT collection for Assassin’s Creed.

May 19, 2023 NFT and Gaming

Chart of the Week

Bitcoin NFTs have gained considerable popularity and traction since the launch of the Ordinals protocol, which has made it possible to mint NFTs directly on the Bitcoin blockchain. At the time of writing, the number of Ordinals inscriptions reached 7.65 million.

Readers may check out our new report, Bitcoin’s Expanding Ecosystem: Layer-2, DeFi, NFT.

Bitcoin Ordinals Inscriptions

New Project Spotlight

NFT Collectibles

[COMING SOON] is launching ‘ Expedition Gear’ backpack NFTs via an airdrop and sale. One random mystery package will be airdropped for every ‘ Land – The First Frontier’ NFT owned. Meanwhile, ‘Loaded Lions’ and ‘Cyber Cubs’ NFT holders will be eligible for the Early Access sale.

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[COMING SOON] aelfen is a collection by 3D artist Farruk Murad. This drop explores the harmony between the ælfen (forest dwellers) and nature. The collection goes live on NFT on 26 May.


Blockchain Games

[COMING SOON] D.G.Pals is releasing a free-to-play game, Merge Defence, where players can assemble a team of four friends to defend Panterra against waves of mythical rogues. The game will be available on 20 May.


[LIVE] Croskull launched its Ordinals NFT collection, ‘bitCroSkull’, on 18 May. The bitCroSkulls will be available for minting in two whitelist stages, followed by a public mint.

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NFT Metrics

The following table shows select top collections (by weekly sales volume on each platform) and a sample of their art:

PlatformCollectionSales Volume (USD)Floor Price 
OpenSeaMutant Ape Yacht Club$21,588,000
$18,100Image8 5
OpenSeaBored Ape Yacht Club$12,744,000
$86,400Image4 3 Land – The First Frontier$67,500
$70Image1 3 NFTLoaded Lions$52,200
$1,400Image18 1
MintedVVS Miner Mole$19,300
$170Image9 3
MintedMutant Aiko Beanz$7,100
$10Image15 2
As of 19 May 2023 Sources: OpenSea, Minted, Research

Blockchain Game Metrics

The following table shows select top games by weekly Unique Active Wallets (UAW):

SplinterlandsHive, WAX94K
$3KImage9 1
IskraKlaytn, Ethereum83K
Planet IXPolygon46K
Axie InfinityRonin, Ethereum32K
SecondLiveBNB Chain25K
$0.5KImage19 1
As of 19 May 2023 Sources: DappRadar, Research

Gaming Token Performance

The total market cap for gaming tokens now stands at US$11.25 billion, up +7% from last week.

Gaming Top Gainers and Losers 19 May

News Highlights

  • The Pepe-themed ‘Bitcoin Frogs’ have become one of the most traded NFTs amid the Bitcoin Ordinals hype, temporarily surpassing prominent collections such as Bored Ape Yacht Club. The collection features 10,000 unique frog collectibles minted directly on the Bitcoin blockchain and has generated more than US$2 million in trading volume from nearly 700 transactions.
  • Gaming giant Epic Games and LEGO Group are collaborating to build a fun and family-friendly metaverse that is enjoyable and safe for all ages. Epic Games recently also announced a $2 billion round of funding to advance the company’s vision to build and support the growth of the metaverse.
  • Video game publisher Ubisoft is partnering with Reality Labs to create a limited-edition NFT collection for the popular game Assassin’s Creed. Collectors will be able to purchase custom ‘Assassin’s Creed Smart Collectibles’, as well as order a 3D-printed version of their NFTs encased in a clear cube.
  • The Axie Infinity game is set to launch on the Apple App Store in key markets across Latin America and Asia. The game’s developer, Sky Mavis, is also launching Mavis Market, a curated NFT marketplace powered by the company’s Ronin blockchain.

Recent Research Reports

Research Roundup 2Alpha Navigator 1Bitcoin Ecosystem 4
Monthly Research Roundup (April 2023): In this issue, we feature trending market insights, and our latest research reports take a closer look into Bitcoin’s expanding ecosystem, specifically Layer 2s, DeFi, and NFTs.Alpha Navigator: Quest for Alpha [April 2023]: Asset classes were generally flat in April, with cryptocurrency outperforming other assets. The US Federal Reserve could be on the cusp of ending its interest rate hike cycle.Bitcoin’s Expanding Ecosystem: Layer-2, DeFi, NFT: The landscape of the latest projects building on top of Bitcoin is expanding beyond payments. It now includes Layer-2 scaling solutions and key application categories like DeFi and NFTs.

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