Tokenomics: How to Design Economies for Crypto Games

As a central concept to crypto gaming, tokenomics is a fast emerging field in game design. But it is also complex and oftentimes confusing. This article was written as a complete introduction and reference guide for developers, publishers and investors. We will cover crypto technologies, their applications and the underlying motivations at play. ContentsToken MechanicsCoins…

The Mathematics of Game Balance

Maths is the fundamental language of games: Strip away the audio, the visuals and the story and you’re left with only numbers. This is true of every game, big or small. The numerical exchanges in Yahtzee or poker may be well surfaced, but the maths at play in a game like Fortnite is far less…

Deconstructing Axie Infinity: Is Play-to-Earn the Future?

Launch Date: October 2018Developer: Sky MavisPublisher: Sky MavisStatus: WorldwidePlatforms: Android (side loading), iOS (closed TestFlight Beta), Windows, Mac OS.Genre: TCG / team battler.Similar to: Hearthstone, Pokémon, CryptoKitties. What is it? Axie Infinity is a NFT-based collectible battler developed by Vietnamese studio Sky Mavis, who are an alumni of Ubisoft’s Enterprise Labs. The developer is also…

Deconstructing FIFA 21 Ultimate Team: Is the Future of Football Free?

Launch Date: 5th October 2020Developer: Electronic ArtsPublisher: Electronic ArtsStatus: WorldwidePlatforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia, Microsoft WindowsGenre: SportSimilar to: eFootball (formerly Pro Evolution Soccer) What is it? For the unfamiliar, Ultimate Team is a stealth free-to-play CCG (Collectible Card Game) nested within the FIFA franchise’s…

Guide: How To Deconstruct Games Better

Guide: How To Deconstruct Games Better

The process of deconstruction can be fundamental in defining the success and quality of your next game project. As such, understanding the process of ‘deconstruction’ could be considered a key skill within game design, yet it is so often misunderstood or given passing attention. Viewing a game through a deconstructive lens lets you build a…