Axie Infinity: Origins, a lite version of the popular Web3 game, has officially launched on the Apple App store, expanding the game’s reach and making it available to casual mobile gamers across the world. As of now, individuals in several countries in Latin America and Asia will be able to download the game directly to their phones.
1/ Origins has passed review with Apple and is now available on the App store!
We believe this is the first time that Apple has agreed to make an externally-purchased NFT usable on the App Store.
Let’s dive in 🧵👇 pic.twitter.com/LYPLnHEVF6
— Axie Infinity (@AxieInfinity) May 17, 2023
Unlike Axie Infinity, where users need to buy or rent non-fungible tokens to play, the mobile game will not require players to own an NFT. Instead, they will start with a character and be able to perform most Axie Infinity-related functions, including fight in battles. The mobile game is launching in eight countries: Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Venezuela, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam.
While users will not need an NFT to play the game, existing users who want to use their NFTs in the mobile game can. According to a blog post from the company, this is the first time that Apple has allowed the use of external non-fungible tokens to be used in an iOS app. Whether this will serve as a future precedent for more Web3 games is still unknown.
In December of 2022, Sky Mavis, the company behind Axie Infinity, rolled out the new, mobile game to users in Malaysia through the Google Play store. They did so to allow the company to work out possible kinks in the game before expanding it to other countries. Sky Mavis is taking a similar approach with the eight countries the game is now available in.
After news of this story broke, the Axie Infinity cryptocurrency AXS briefly shot up from $6.75 to $8.11. It has since settled around $7.22, a 24-hour rise of 6.4% at the time of this writing.
Axie Infinity Presses Forward in Bear Market
Axie Infinity, a game where players collect Pokémon-like creatures, breed, and battle them, has been at the top of the list of Web3 games for some time, including here at Rarity Sniper. While it has suffered setbacks, including a nine-figure hack, today’s news shows that it, and Sky Mavis, are rebounding and continuing to innovate in the bear market.
One of Sky Mavis’s plans is to launch the Mavis Market, a curated non-fungible token marketplace that will serve users on the company’s proprietary Ronin blockchain. In addition, the company wants to release a merch store soon, adding another revenue stream to its list of Web3 offerings.
Although today’s news is big for Axie Infinity, it hasn’t escaped the bear market unscathed. According to websites that monitor monthly active users in online games, Axie Infinity’s user base has declined, although it had a brief spurt in September of 2022. There have been accusations of hyperinflation within the ecosystem as well.
Rarity Sniper will keep an eye on Axie Infinity going forward and report back on any future developments in this story.