Polygon, a layer-2 scaling solution for Ethereum, has become the second-largest gaming blockchain in terms of unique active wallets (UAWs). The network saw a surge in user activity in March, with the number of UAWs engaging with games on Polygon increasing by 53% from February, according to the “Blockchain Games Report” by DappRadar.
Polygon overtook Hive for the second spot last month, with the Hunters On-Chain RPG partly driving the growth in UAWs. The game saw a UAW increase of more than 17,000% over the past 30 days alone, according to DappRadar data. Hunters On-Chain is a free-to-play role-playing game with non-fungible token (NFT) integrations and a similar look and style to Minecraft. It is unclear what specifically drove the surge in interest for the game last month, although anticipation for an in-game NFT sale on March 31 may have been a contributing factor.
While all on-chain gaming activity decreased by 3.33% in March to 741,567 daily Unique Active Wallets (dUAW), games still make up 45.6% of the DApp industry activity in Q1 2023, the report noted.
Polygon Labs, the team behind the network, has notched a long list of big-name partnerships, such as Warner Music, Starbucks, Adidas, Reddit, and Adobe, to develop and host NFT projects. The team also successfully launched Polygon’s open-source Ethereum Virtual Machine equivalent zero-knowledge rollup on March 27, which is touted to allow DApps to scale through transaction batching, unlocking higher performance while reducing gas fees to conduct transactions on the network.
The surge in user activity on Polygon and the success of Hunters On-Chain is a positive sign for the network, which is gaining recognition as a gaming blockchain. Polygon’s bullish momentum in NFTs, gaming, and the metaverse continues, and it will be interesting to see how the network evolves in the coming months.
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