As adoption of blockchain and web3 products continues to accelerate worldwide, one clear winner is emerging: the mobile gaming industry.
Mobile gaming is already the most profitable sector of the gaming industry, and web3 mobile games are poised to be one of the largest drivers of blockchain adoption. A number of leading firms in the crypto industry, including Animoca and Avalanche, are investing heavily in accelerating the development of web3 mobile games, and Polygon has already established itself among the leading platforms for hosting web3 mobile games.
With around $90 billion in revenue generated by mobile games worldwide last year, the potential of web3 to transform the industry is clear. Real, functioning in-game economies, the chance of interoperability between games and worlds, and the prospect of true ownership of in-game assets, makes the rise of web3 gaming a matter of when, not if.
But what challenges are standing in the way?
Common problems facing web3 mobile games
The biggest issue with web3 gaming isn’t the games – it’s the infrastructure they’re built on. The problem is twofold. First, many web3 gaming developers are prioritizing desktop experiences, even though mobile is the fast growing gaming sector. But perhaps even more importantly, the tooling that exists to develop web3 mobile games, is often clunky and makes it difficult to drive adoption.
When users open a mobile app today, they’re used to being able to go from installing the app, to being ready to use it, within just a few taps.
With web3 mobile games, though, that’s almost never the case, and it’s almost always due to the complexities associated with building on blockchain. Typically, a user needs to create a wallet, store their private keys, transfer crypto into the wallet to pay gas fees, plus sign every single action they make in a web3 app. To use a web3 mobile app, you often need to intimately understand web3 infrastructure, which represents a major barrier to entry.
How RallyProtocol makes building web3 mobile games easier
RallyProtocol is helping to redefine the web3 gaming landscape by stripping away the complexities of blockchain, so users can focus on enjoying your app. Using RallyMobile, developers like Taki Games, have been able to simplify onboarding, enable gasless transactions, and drastically improve UX, all through an easy-to-use SDK that is compatible across multiple development environments, including React-Native and Flutter.
Taki Games recently partnered with RallyProtocol, and our SDK saved them weeks of development, design, testing, security optimization, and long-term maintenance.
Using RallyProtocol, Taki Games was able to design a more seamless onboarding flow and game experience for new players, allowing them to scale more efficiently.
Using RallyMobile, RallyProtocol’s Externally Owned Account (EOA) feature, Taki Games users are now able to create self-custody wallets directly inside the game, ensuring that they maintain control over their assets at all times. And because these EOA wallets are created and embedded directly into the app, it allows for a far more streamlined process, bothn for the app’s creators and users.
No more need to rely on third-party wallets or integrations to bring web3 into their game. Instead, the complexities of blockchain can be abstracted away, in a way that allows users to retain custody over their assets and without compromising an authentically on-chain experience. Since integrating, more than 25,000 EOA wallets have been created through Taki Games using RallyMobile’s SDK.
Taki Games also integrated RallyTransact - RallyProtocol’s Gasless Transactions feature, removing one of the most common barriers to entry for web3 games: the need to hold a blockchain’s native token in order to transact.
What happens when a user doesn’t have enough in their wallet to pay for gas? It’s possible they’ll decide against using the app altogether.
Using RallyTransact, Taki is able to take advantage of our fully-hosted infrastructure so that their users can send transactions gaslessly. RallyProtocol provides the tech and wallet balances to cover transactions initiated by the user, and developers pay us after the fact.
Nobody wants to play a game that looks bad. And frankly, many web3 mobile games have less than perfect user experiences. Whether its clunky interfaces, less-than-smooth transactions, and shoddy web3 integrations reliant on third-parties, such issues are often features, not bugs of web3 gaming experiences. But RallyMobile, the developer-friendly Mobile SDK, has helped Taki Games deliver a superior UX, so their developers could focus on building a natively mobile environment that users feel confident using and coming back to.
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