When games inevitably come to an end, often gamers are left wondering, “What’s next?” Whether beating a game can result in a bonus mission, like Grand Theft Auto, or just a simple fireworks animation, like Paper Mario, the rush from completing a game is quickly overtaken by an uneasiness about the rewards of that completion, or more specifically, the lack of.

Fortunately for gamers, this shortcoming can be overcome through the gaming ecosystem presented through XAYA blockchain technology. The XAYA ecosystem provides all participants with full ownership of their virtual assets and experiences. Because of this, players can receive a tokenized reward upon completion of a game, as well as when they’ve achieved certain benchmarks throughout the game.

Remember playing marbles? What you won was yours and got you playing some more 😉

Digital keys to exclusive content

These rewards can serve as digital keys to exclusive content. For example, a developer can create a bonus game, either directly related as a sequel or entirely different, that is only accessed by players who own the pertinent token: the game completion reward. Additionally, developers who plan to create content locked only to players who achieve certain goals have the capability to reward players with “frozen” items: locked assets that are non-transferrable. This ensures that no player can buy their way in.

Through this mechanic, a new style of gaming emerges: win-to-play games. Unlike free-to-play, which is accessible to anyone, and pay-to-play, which is accessible via purchase, win-to-play games are exclusive and can only be experienced by players that have invested their valuable time. In a broader sense, this style based on meritocracy awards players for their efforts and achievements.

DIY Nightclubs

While the developers have full capabilities to expand their content through this method, the bigger implication may be for the rest of the community. Anyone can create content locked by a key, and that key can act as an asset on the XAYA blockchain. In this dynamic, it’s likely that community members will create highly exclusive environments, such as virtual nightclubs or encrypted meeting places, only accessible to those with privileged access.

Like advancing through worlds in the traditional gaming sense, through this style, players can similarly “jump” from game to game, following a string or web of gaming environments, advancing to more and more games so long as they continue to succeed. While these networks of games can be developed by a single developer, its likely that the most expansive and intricate networks of win-to-play content will be forged through a number of independent developers.

Infinite Gaming

Interestingly enough, this possibility encompasses a decentralized development taking place entirely within a decentralized system. Essentially, a developer can permit access to their game to players who have victory medals from several other games. From there, a handful of other games can utilize that game’s victory medal as entry.

When a network of games established in this manner is forged and regularly contributed to, gamers can receive an essentially infinite stream of gaming content, always earning access to new games with every current game they complete.

Your gaming experience

We’re curious about your gaming experiences. Does the “What’s next?” question sound familiar? Or not at all? Do you consider the win-to-play genre a welcome addition to the range of existing gaming genres? Let us know! Leave your comment below, clap as many times as yousee fit, and visit XAYA to earn points by engaging with us.

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