Sky Mavis, which made the hit Web3 game Axie Infinity from the first generation, is building a Web3 gaming empire on its Ronin blockchain. The company works with four game studios: Directive Games, Bali Games, Tribes Studio, and http://Bowled.io . Each of these studios is now using Axie’s Ronin network to make its own games.
Jeffrey “Jiho” Zirlin, one of the founders of Sky Mavis, thinks that Axie can grow beyond its first game into a large IP portfolio like Mario or Hello Kitty. The company’s curation strategy is to find the right partners to build this new Web3 gaming paradigm, and many of Ronin’s new games won’t have anything to do with Axie. They chose studios that work on different types of games and platforms, such as competitive shooters, mobile games, and hardcore strategy games.
Fans of Axie won’t be disappointed either, since Bali Games plans to use Axie characters and lore to make new puzzle games on Ronin. Tribes is building Tribesters: Island of Solas, an open-world MMO on Ronin.
Directive Games is one of the four studios currently working on Ronin. They are making a number of games, including The Machines Arena, a 4v4 competitive multiplayer shooter where players fight each other in sci-fi settings as either tank characters, support characters, or damage-dealing heroes. The game is currently in beta on PC, and it will be released on the Epic Games Store. Machines Arena will also be available on iOS and Android mobile devices.
The game is about both human and cyborg characters and is building a transmedia world with comic books and other content that goes beyond the game. Directive Games is also making Cevitas, which is a 4X Strategy MMO, but it is still very early in its development. Directive’s Chief Product Officer Kent Byers told Decrypt that the Sky Mavis team is much more than “just the chain.” “They’re also game developers and gamers,” Byers said.
Zerlin, Larsen, and Trung Nguyen, the three people who started Sky Mavis, have all been gamers for a long time and loved games long before they made Axie Infinity.
Zerlin said that Web3 and networks like Ronin are the answer to the “gray markets” problem in the video game industry. When he was 11, he and his mom met someone in person at a food court to trade his World of Warcraft account. Larsen said that people who play traditional games are often taken advantage of, and he used FIFA as an example.
Web3 wants to make player ownership more common and build up its Axie brand, but it also wants to offer players other kinds of games.
Sky Mavis thinks Ronin is a good foundation for a gaming ecosystem, even though it was hacked for $622 million a year ago. Delegated Proof of Stake has also been added to the Ronin network. This means that anyone with at least 250,000 RON tokens can now lock them up and use them to verify transactions on the chain.