Five Reasons Why You Should Consider Building Your Blockchain Game on WAX
When it comes to building blockchain games, you need speed and the ability to scale in the most cost-effective manner possible. This is what makes WAX the perfect place to build your blockchain game.
WAX has the proven bandwidth to support thousands of transactions per second, which means no lag for your players. It also boasts a ginormous user base and several of the top blockchain games, period. Need more convincing for why you should build games on WAX? Read on below.
Nothing is worse than lag. Okay, that might be hyperbole, but in gaming when there’s a gap between when you do something and when it happens it immediately sucks the fun out. With games running on WAX, that’s not a problem. Its backend has been designed for capacity and ultra-fast transactions. We’re talking 8,000 real-world transactions per second. That means you can scale your game and serve more players simultaneously, without them getting stuck in a queue.
At the moment, Ethereum-based blockchain games can only handle around 30 transactions per second. That’s not just in one instance, that’s worldwide for any transaction — not just in gaming. Gas fees are insanely high, and given the queues, there are only so many people who are going to be playing these games at any given moment. With WAX, that’s not an issue. Games that make lots of calls to the blockchain are entirely possible and won’t result in players sitting around twiddling their thumbs in a queue because WAX was built from the ground up to handle ridiculous amounts of simultaneous transactions.
Transactions on WAX are dirt cheap. While other blockchains charge up to $100 per transaction in gas fees, with WAX the only time you’re charged is for a sale. WAX charges just 2 percent of the sales price in blockchain fees, no matter how low the sales price. And there are no blockchain fees for minting and gifting transactions, so you can scale without the anxiety of running up a huge bill in gas fees.
Huge Player Base
WAX has over seven million user accounts, and on an average day sees between 350,000 and 450,000 users. That means you have a built-in audience champing at the bit to try out your latest creation. WAX also has two of the most popular games on any blockchain, with Splinterlands and Alien Worlds — both of which have more than 200k daily players.
A Carbon-Neutral Blockchain
Gamers care about the environment, and they’ve heard that crypto and blockchains eat up tons of resources and are generally not friendly to our planet whatsoever.
This may be true for Bitcoin, which consumes around 120 terawatt-hours per year — more than entire countries about the size of the Netherlands, and Ethereum, where a single transaction uses as much energy as the average U.S. household does in a workweek, but WAX, is an energy-efficient blockchain, which uses no more energy than a traditional game server to process transactions and has a carbon footprint only roughly that of 5.5 people for an entire year. The difference couldn’t be starker.
In addition to being energy efficient, WAX is the first certified carbon neutral blockchain, producing only about 110 tons of carbon a year and offsetting 211 tons, so you can develop your game knowing you are not harming the environment and respond to haters on social media armed with facts.
When you build a game on WAX you’ll never have to worry about running up a fortune in gas fees or destroying the planet. And because WAX is the only blockchain capable of handling thousands of transactions per second, your players get to spend less time waiting and more time gaming.