Sky Mavis, the developer behind the immensely popular monster-battle nonfungible tokens (NFT) game Axie Infinity, has made a groundbreaking announcement. The company has entered into a strategic partnership with Act Games, a leading Korean gaming studio, to introduce a range of beloved Japanese video game franchises to its native Ronin blockchain.
The partnership’s initial highlight is the migration of the iconic Zoids franchise to the Ronin blockchain. Derived from Japan’s largest toy manufacturer, Tomy, the Zoids series made its debut as plastic model figures in 1983. Over the years, it has garnered a massive fanbase through its award-winning anime series. The upcoming game, Zoids Wild Arena, promises to bring this beloved universe to life in the blockchain gaming realm.
In addition to Zoids, Sky Mavis and Act Games have plans to bring other well-known franchises into the blockchain gaming sphere. Among these are Hello Kitty Aggretsuko and Bubble Bobble, two cultural icons that have captured the hearts of fans worldwide. With these partnerships, the gaming community can look forward to experiencing these cherished franchises in a whole new way.
Trung Nguyen, the CEO and Co-founder of Sky Mavis, expressed his enthusiasm regarding this pivotal development, stating,
“Act Games excels at expanding iconic IPs, transcending demographics, and enhancing player engagement. This alliance will allow us to combine our web3 learnings and expertise with nostalgic IP backed by a pre-existing core fanbase.”
Incentives for users and Act Games’ success
As a part of the collaboration, users who migrate to a Ronin wallet to play the Zoids Wild Arena game will be rewarded with exclusive Zoids NFTs and a token drop. This exciting incentive aims to draw players into the Ronin ecosystem while also boosting the adoption of blockchain technology in gaming.
Act Games, known for its expertise in revitalizing iconic intellectual properties, has seen significant success in recent years. The studio has developed four arcade-style games since 2019, amassing an impressive $6.4 million in net sales and attracting over 3 million downloads. This track record underscores the potential for success in their collaboration with Sky Mavis.
Sky Mavis and the success of Axie Infinity
Sky Mavis, the company behind Axie Infinity, has enjoyed remarkable success since its inception. With a staggering $4.2 billion in NFT sales volume, millions of daily active users at its peak, and $1.3 billion in revenue, Axie Infinity has become a household name in the blockchain gaming world. The game’s Ethereum Virtual Machine-powered blockchain, Ronin, has emerged as a close contender, ranking just behind Ethereum itself in terms of NFT sales transactions.
Headquartered in Vietnam and Singapore, Sky Mavis has garnered support from prominent investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, Paradigm, Libertus, Mark Cuban, and Binance. These investments underscore the industry’s recognition of the company’s potential and innovative contributions to the blockchain gaming space.