Proof of Play CEO Predicts Growth in Blockchain Usage for Gaming

Proof of Play CEO Predicts Growth in Blockchain Usage for Gaming

Amitt Mahajan, CEO of Proof of Play and developer of the popular Facebook game Farmville, anticipates a significant increase in the use of dedicated blockchains for gaming applications. Mahajan envisions a future where thousands of individual blockchains support specific applications, seeing blockchain technology as an advanced database essential for scaling applications.

The Evolution of Blockchain in Gaming

During his tenure at Zynga, Mahajan managed approximately 64 databases to prevent Farmville from crashing due to its massive user base. He now sees blockchain as a solution to similar scalability challenges. In a recent interview, Mahajan emphasized the importance of using blockchains as data stores to scale applications effectively.

Pirate Nation’s Transition to a Dedicated Blockchain

Proof of Play’s crypto game, Pirate Nation, initially built on the Ethereum scaling network Polygon, moved to Arbitrum Nova due to rising gas fees on Polygon. However, shared networks posed challenges, as new projects could increase gas fees for everyone. To address this, Pirate Nation launched its own application-specific chain called Apex. Mahajan believes this approach is the logical future for other applications as well.

The Trend of Dedicated Blockchains in Gaming

Pirate Nation is not alone in this trend. Other games on networks like Avalanche are utilizing their own dedicated subnets, such as Shrapnel and Off the Grid with its GUNZ network. Treasure is also developing its own Arbitrum-based Treasure Chain with dedicated gaming networks called “Infinity Chains.”

Since launching on Apex, Pirate Nation has been filling up the chain with transactions, prompting the team to consider adding additional chains to support scalability. Mahajan draws a parallel to his experience in Web2 game development, where scalable architecture was necessary to support growing games. While running multiple chains may seem burdensome, Mahajan sees it as a necessary evolution to ensure sustainable growth.

Enabling Future Development with Multichain Offerings

Pirate Nation’s multichain offering, starting with Apex, aims to enable other game and dapp developers to launch their own networks using Arbitrum Orbit, an Ethereum scaling technology. Mahajan acknowledges interest from other developers but intends to address capacity issues before expanding to external projects. Pirate Nation recently launched its PIRATE token, which saw a significant increase in value following its listing on Coinbase.

Meta’s Generative AI in Metaverse Gaming

Meta is also aiming to revolutionize metaverse gaming by incorporating generative artificial intelligence (AI) technology. A recent job listing by Meta reveals the company’s intention to explore and prototype “entirely new types of gameplay” in the metaverse through the integration of generative AI with virtual, augmented, and mixed-reality games. Meta envisions games that are non-deterministic, personalized, and capable of evolving with each playthrough, creating experiences that are currently unimaginable.

Investments in the Metaverse

Companies like Meta, Microsoft, Tencent, and Nvidia are heavily investing in the metaverse to enhance their platforms and create new user experiences. Meta, for instance, invested $50 million in global research and development for the metaverse, and Epic Games raised $1 billion, including a $200 million investment from Sony.

This growing interest in dedicated blockchains and advanced AI technology in gaming reflects a broader trend towards more personalized, scalable, and innovative gaming experiences.

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