Data shows blockchain-based gaming protocols registered a steady uptick in daily active users and transactions despite the current bear market conditions.
Bear markets are always tough, but one of the positives is they clear the clutter and this allows legitimate projects to stand out.
While most investors are focused on the latest centralized finance (CeFi) and decentralized finances (DeFi) scandal, the blockchain gaming sector has quietly weathered the storm better than other niches of the market.
Total number of unique active wallets interacting with smart contracts. Source: DappRadar
As shown on the chart above, all sectors of the market have experienced a noticeable decline in active users, but the gaming sector has proven to be the most resilient at retaining users as the bear market intensified.
Transactions continue to rise
Further proof of the continued engagement by gamers can be found by looking at the number of transactions occurring in the top sectors of the market.
Total number of transactions sent to smart contracts. Source: DappRadar
With a current count of 173.17 million, the number of gaming-related transactions is significantly higher than any other sector of the market, with the second closest sector being decentralized finance with 8.86 million.
As for which protocols contribute the most to the transaction count, WAX, Hive, BNB Smart Chain (BSC), Solana (SOL) and Ronin are the most active, led by WAX with a current transaction count of 158.23 million.
Total number of transactions per protocol. Source: DappRadar
While the total value transacted remains dominated by exchanges, a growing number of users currently active in the crypto ecosystem can be found in the gaming sector.
WAX and BSC attract new users
Data shows that users are specifically drawn to WAX and Binance Smart Chain, which saw 2.94 million and 2.49 million users.
Total number of unique users per protocol. Source: DappRadar
Alien Worlds on WAX and BNB Chain currently holds the top spot with 196,700 users, followed by Splinterlands with 147,820 active users. It’s also worth noting that the top three games in terms of active users operate on WAX.
Top 6 games by the number of active users. Source: DappRadar
While it has fallen far down the list, Axie Infinity (AXS) has consistently been one of the most active games for the past year and a leader in terms of the value transacted.
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Gaming is bigger than music, movies, and TV combined.
It’s compounding 10% year on year.
The $100bn a year spent “renting” items is going to turn into a trillion dollar ownable economy.
All of it will be built on web3. pic.twitter.com/TQz6xxa8hx
— Robbie Ferguson ⓧ – Hiring! (@0xferg) June 30, 2022
Despite the sharp correction in blockchain gaming-related altcoins, gaming has proven to be one of the more resilient sectors in terms of retaining active users.
This fact, combined with the rising popularity of the gaming industry, suggests that it’s one sector that has the potential to lead the way into the next bull market.
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