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Rainmaker Games has announced that it has launched a cross-chain marketplace for non-fungible tokens (NFTs) for blockchain games.
Will Deane, CEO of rainmaker, said in an interview with GamesBeat that the market represents another step forward in blockchain-based game financing, or GameFi. With the new Marketplace, gamers can explore the best GameFi NFT aggregate lists on Web3, complete with guides, strategies, and reviews.
In December, Rainmaker Games closed a funding round, raising $6.5 million. Its investors include CoinFund, Polygon Studios, and Animoca Brands, among others. At the time, the company was working on “play to win” blockchain games where players can own their products and sell them if they wish.
The trading of NFTs for games became a multi-billion dollar market in 2021 as collectors were fueled by hype and the hope of making a profit by investing in NFTs. The problem is that players are forced to buy NFTs from platforms that only cater to specific markets and their respective blockchain architecture, such as Solana or Polygon.
Deane said most players and investors don’t know what to buy, which NFTs work best, which wallet to download, and how to get started. Added to this is a general lack of unbiased reviews and accurate rating systems for genuine gaming communities.
Deane’s solution is Rainmaker’s new NFT Marketplace. Rainmaker wants to empower gamers to play and invest smarter. This player-focused NFT marketplace integrates with Rainmaker’s game discovery engine, ushering in the next generation of frictionless experience while providing educational resources.
The store is in test mode and receives a thousand visitors a day. Around 100 games will be released on the company’s new launch pad, and there are around 400,000 people in its community on various platforms like Discord, Twitter, and Telegram. The company has partnered with over 60 games to date.
Deane said active users are growing about 30% per month. Deane said the company has launched a new fundraising campaign. The company employs about 20 people.
Rainmaker said that it brings together dozens of Web3 games in a single NFT Marketplace. The company said it aggregates games on all available blockchains with a focus on the most fun, profitable, secure and highly developed Web3 games.
Rainmaker’s NFT Marketplace offers a broader overview of the NFT and commercial games that are really in demand. A team of 50 hardcore gamers and GameFi experts analyze every game on the site, providing a score that brings much-needed transparency to game data.
Poorly designed or unpopular games with poor performing NFTs are monitored and marked red, leaving only the best games for the Rainmaker community.
Players have access to comprehensive buying guides to help them make the most informed decisions, as well as a “Getting Started with NFT” guide for newcomers to NFT. It’s a curated experience where players explore the most objective reviews.
Rainmaker’s buying guides come in handy when it comes to cutting down the noise and making informed decisions about which games are worth your time and which aren’t. You can compare in-game and other media images, transaction fees, start-up costs, examine the ins and outs of thousands of digital assets, and much more.
The NFT Market provides the minimum price of the NFT collection, as well as an estimate of the price of upcoming feature updates using proprietary algorithms. Rainmaker’s data-driven estimates ensure users have the most relevant and up-to-date information for each game they choose to explore.
Rainmaker Curated Lists are part of a platform that simplifies what it means to play online games by acting as a portal to experience any game without blockchain barriers. Of the sandbox blockchain ethereum Fermepoly built on Binance Smart Chain, all are compatible with Rainmaker.
You will be able to choose from thousands of blockchain games around the world, based on categories like new games or top rated games. It also contains user-generated reviews.
“We started out as a multi-market aggregator and just make games,” Deane said. “We think it’s very valuable to our community and we’re already seeing traction.”
The company is adding more blockchain protocols with the intention of getting it all.
While Deane believes ownership is key to the appeal of blockchain gaming. It allows people to invest in assets and withdraw them from the game when necessary.
“I think the best argument for people is that there is no downside,” he said. “I think a lot of players want cash.”
Deane acknowledges that there have been crypto scams, but doesn’t think players have yet explored the true usefulness of NFTS. He thinks things will change when big triple-A gaming companies start releasing high-end blockchain games.
Of course, the company is aware that we are entering a bear market, especially for crypto traders and collectors.
“We answer this question: ‘Where do you go to learn more about blockchain games? Deane said. “The short answer is Twitter. There’s really no discovery engine for finding out about upcoming new games, free games, what’s got the best graphics, you know, and finding game reviews.
Currently, there are more than 600 games on each blockchain on the Rainmaker platform, Deane said. Deane said the plan was to add another 1,400 games.
“Others tell you a token price and trading volume. Gamers really want to know what games are fun, what’s the newest game, all these different things,” Deane said.
There are other companies trying to become Web3’s Steam store as well, but the market is now quite fragmented. Some rivals like Fractal focus on specific markets, like Solana.
“We’re completely multi-channel,” Deane said.
the crypto winter
As for the crypto winter, Deane said it was “a precious thing.”
“I’ve been an entrepreneur all my life,” he says. “I have sold businesses before. Being rudimentary is an essential attribute of what makes great companies in this environment. We’re going to see a lot of great projects with utility and I think that’s what blockchain needs right now. Everyone wants it to be a bull market, but in a bear market you will see the cream rise to the top.
He believes that the market is part of the flywheel. Once gamers can locate the best games, they will play more and the market will grow. There are enemies of blockchain gaming, he acknowledged, but he thinks they have yet to experience ownership.
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