An Animoca Brands subsidiary has officially launched a play-to-earn mobile esports platform that’s gained 1.3 million users in three weeks while in beta.

GAMEE’s Arc8 will let users play 10 different high-engagement, skill-based casual games on the Polygon blockchain, Animoca says.

They’ll be able to participate in one-on-one matches and group tournaments and can win GMEE tokens as prizes. GMEE is currently the No. 868 crypto, with a market cap of US$18.5 million.

According to Cryptobriefing, the success of Arc8’s beta helped Polygon overtake Ethereum earlier this month in active daily users.

“We are so excited by the stunning success of Arc8 and really grateful to all our players,” said Bozena Rezab, the co-founder and CEO of GAMEE.

“We prioritised play-to-earn capabilities when we designed Arc8, and that core aspect has attracted many traditional gamers who had never before used a blockchain wallet.

“We hope that the official launch of Arc8 today will drive even greater mass adoption of blockchain games.”

Arc8 is available on iOS and Android.

Crypto gaming companies lobby Valve

Crypto gaming companies are urging Valve Corporation to reverse its ban on blockchain-based games on its Steam marketplace.

Valve earlier this month banned Age of Rust and other games that allow for the exchange of cryptocurrencies or NFTs, apparently because they have real-world value.

(For non-gamers, Steam is the leading platform for the digital distribution of PC games, with over 120 million users.)

The advocacy group Fight for the Future, Enjin, and The Blockchain Game Alliance, along with 26 blockchain game companies have penned an open letter to Valve over the issue.

“Blockchain games are pioneering a number of new concepts that will invigorate the gaming industry for players and publishers alike,” said Sebastien Borget, president of Blockchain Game Alliance.

“To cut off this burgeoning sector at such a crucial stage of development is to ignore the remarkable progress we have achieved this year, while creating unfair access to market for incumbents.”

Chris LoVerme, the chief executive of SpacePirate Games, said that decentralisation with cryptocurrency is often viewed as a threat to the status quo.

“In the case of players owning NFT gaming assets, closed platforms see it as competition.

“The narrative from those walled gardens regarding blockchain technologies is similar — it’s either not in line with their core model, or the technology is simply labelled a larger risk.

“The future of gaming is decentralized player-owned assets, where gamers are valued for their time and efforts spent in-game. Whether that’s an NFT or another asset class, change is happening.”

The companies are hoping crypto gamers will sign their petition to Valve.

CumRocket launches NSFW NFT marketplace

A cryptocurrency platform with an X-rated name is officially launched its 18+ NFT marketplace for adult creators this week.

CumRocket is launching the platform on Friday and says that many models plan to include perks such as Skype dates, personal videos and other intimate add-ons to their creations.

“Just when you thought the porn industry couldn’t get any freakier, CumRocket is hitting the scene,” company founder and chief executive Lydia Lane was quoted as saying in a press release.

She describes the market as a combination between OpenSea and OnlyFans.

“The CumRocket marketplace is the first step to becoming a platform where fans are able to chat, tip and subscribe to their favourite artists,” said Lane.

“This will be the ultimate experience for NSFW artists and their audiences, providing a professional and reliable platform for them to make the most of their talents.”

The CUMMIES token is currently the No. 529 crypto with a market cap of US$65 million.