Bridging Web2 and Web3 Gaming: Outer Ring MMO and the Future of Crypto Integration

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As the Web3 gaming landscape continues to grow, mainstream players who enjoy popular titles like PUBG, Fortnite, or Apex Legends are starting to take notice. However, there’s still a technical understanding barrier before Web3 gaming can reach a broader audience. Players need gameplay elements that they are familiar with to warm to blockchain games, which usually come with technical lingo like play-to-earn (P2E), non-fungible tokens (NFTs), or crypto wallets.

The gaming world is no stranger to blockbuster titles that initially started as an adaptation of literary work. An upcoming Web3 game, inspired by the fantasy Outer Ring saga of novels of the same name written by Daniel Valdés-Araiz, aims to create the familiar feeling of “becoming someone else in an alternate world” for players. Outer Ring MMO is set in a lore-rich universe, with gameplay that ties in multiple components, including PvP, PvE, housing, and crafting in a vast, sci-fi-themed metaverse.

A defining characteristic of Web3 gaming is its user-centric economy, where players can own, trade, and monetize game-related assets. As blockchain technology enables the creation of economic infrastructure in Web3 games, native tokens or NFTs created on the same network can act both as an in-game item and a crypto asset that can be traded on different marketplaces. Outer Ring MMO aims to enable users to generate in-game assets and items and then convert them to NFTs. Through this process, players can own those objects and generate value by selling them.

Developers at Maniac Panda Games, the gaming branch of Nexxyo Labs – a 300-employee Spanish studio regarded as one of the largest Web3-native video game studios in Europe – aim to seamlessly connect Web2 and Web3 gaming. The studio is looking to introduce Web3 gaming to the masses through their flagship AAA-tier game developed by former talent at Rockstar Games, Ubisoft, and Electronic Arts. Cointelegraph Accelerator selected Maniac Panda Games as a participant of the program with an aim to boost adoption in Web3 gaming space.

Launched in 2023, the Cointelegraph Accelerator program aims to help up-and-coming Web3 ventures reach a broader audience and acts as a catalyst in assisting them in achieving their Web3 potential. By becoming a part of the program, Maniac Panda Games will tap into Cointelegraph’s global audience and its established leadership in the crypto and blockchain media landscape since 2013.

Aside from Cointelegraph Accelerator, Outer Ring MMO has seen interest from organizations in a wide range of industries, including basketball club Baskonia-Alavés, movie theater chain Kinépolis, and decentralized finance app DexTools. All of them have sealed deals to tap into Web3 by the hand of Outer Ring and have their respective functional presence and integrations running within the game to interact with users and players. This approach showcases the potential for Web3 gaming to bridge the gap between virtual and real-world economies, offering players new ways to engage and monetize their gaming experiences.

Source: Cointelegraph

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