The metaverse game platform, Evaverse just completed its holiday “Wonderland” event. The 10-day play-to-earn event began on December 22nd and rewarded players with special tickets for playing the game. Players could then redeem 500 of these tickets to get a free NFT airdrop.
NFT Evening sat down with Evaverse founder, Damos, to talk about the holiday event, the future of the metaverse game, and working out its play-to-earn system.
Evaverse Wonderland Event A Successful P2E Debut
Evaverse Wonderland was the first play-to-earn (P2E) event that the metaverse game hosted. As is always the case with Evaverse, the event was completely free for anyone to enter. In other words, players do not need any Evaverse NFTs to enter the metaverse or play any of the games within it.
However, the P2E aspect of Wonderland did not follow the token-earning model that most people think of when it comes to P2E metaverse games.
In part, this has to do with the fact that Evaverse is on the game platform Steam at present. Notably, Steam does not allow the exchange of tokens or any cryptocurrencies on its platform. Besides that, the metaverse game is still developing the full token economy that it plans to launch this year.
Given that, Evaverse opted to instead reward players with “tickets”. In effect, these worked like an in-game “soft currency” that players could then exchange for an NFT outside of the metaverse game.
Players earned tickets by finding treasure scattered throughout the Evaverse world. They could also earn tickets by taking part in hoverboard races and leveling up their hoverboard NFTs.
Equally important, is that Evaverse offered players double experience points during this event. This allowed players to level up their hoverboards much faster. Of course, this will be a big benefit to players once the competitive earning aspect comes to the metaverse game.
By all means, the event was a big success. Damos noted that during the event, 10-20 people were competing in the metaverse game’s hoverboard races 24/7. Not to mention that players claimed all 1000 Wonderland NFTs days before the event ended.
Evaverse Has A Game-First Approach To Its Metaverse
The creators of the Evaverse have a collective 30+ years of experience in video games. To illustrate, this includes design, development, and programming for games from the indie to the AAA level.
Without a doubt, many of the NFT space’s early metaverse game projects have launched early in their development. As a result, these projects have products that may not live up to players’ traditional gaming experiences. To say nothing of the many projects that promise games as part of their roadmaps but struggle to deliver.
With that in mind, it is clear that the Evaverse team’s experience in the video game industry sets them apart from many other metaverse games at present. Indeed, one of the things that Damos highlighted was what Evaverse calls “game-first development”.
Speaking on the game-first development approach, Damos said, “For a player, if you buy into anything Evaverse-related you know that the game counterpart is right there. It’s not something that’s promised sometime in the future where that introduces that speculative element.”
This makes sense given the team’s background and number one goal. Namely, to build the most fun game experiences in the metaverse.
“We want to provide the utility up front, because, to me, that’s just how things should be. That’s how games are built. And that’s how we’ve been doing it in the gaming industry this whole time. And so, building on the NFT technology shouldn’t change that.”
Evaverse Has Some Huge Announcements Coming This Month
All things considered, the metaverse game is gearing up for an exciting 2022. For example, the Evaverse team has a couple of big announcements that it will make this month.
For one thing, they have upcoming VC funding and partnerships they will be announcing. These partnerships will be a major factor in Evaverse launching its full play-to-earn game economy and $EVA token.
Damos says of those partnerships, “We’re working with those partners very closely to develop the tokenomics model, to ensure that we’re doing this sustainably for the long term in a way that’s going to continue to provide value to players in the community.”
Another key point is that the Evaverse team will be officially going public with their identities. To that end, Damos acknowledged that “there’s been some skepticism about us being an anonymous team. Which was sort of the norm when we launched.” At any rate, the team always planned to make itself public at the right time.
To be sure, the issue of anonymous project creators has become a hot topic as the NFT space has grown.
Even so, the Evaverse team has built a strong community behind their product. The success of its Wonderland event is proof of that. And the slate of news it has coming up, as well as future Evaverse NFT collections in the pipeline, will do much to grow the metaverse game even more.