Polygon, a popular layer-2 scaling solution for Ethereum, saw a surge in user activity in March, making it the second-largest blockchain gaming network in terms of unique active wallets (UAWs).
According to the recent “Blockchain Games Report” by DappRadar, the number of UAWs engaging with games on Polygon increased by 53% in March, reaching 138,081.
This figure places Polygon well ahead of Hive and BNB Chain, with 84,000 and 80,000 UAWs respectively, but still far behind Wax, which has 314,000 UAWs.
Polygon’s surge in popularity can be attributed to Hunters On-Chain, a game by BoomLand that has seen a massive increase of over 17,000% in UAWs over the past 30 days alone.
Launched in January, Hunters On-Chain is a free-to-play role-playing game with non-fungible token (NFT) integrations, similar to Minecraft. The game hit an all-time high UAW count of around 55,300 on March 9.
The rise in interest for the game in March could be linked to an in-game NFT sale on March 31.
Hunters On-Chain’s success contributed to the growth of on-chain gaming activity on Polygon, which still makes up 45.6% of the DApp industry activity in Q1 2023, despite a 3.33% decrease in March to 741,567 daily Unique Active Wallets (dUAW).
Polygon’s team, Polygon Labs, has secured numerous big-name partnerships, such as Warner Music, Starbucks, Adidas, Reddit, and Adobe, to develop and host NFT projects.
Polygon Labs also launched Polygon’s open-source Ethereum Virtual Machine equivalent zero-knowledge rollup on March 27.
This development is set to allow DApps to scale through transaction batching, unlocking higher performance, while reducing gas fees to conduct transactions on the network.
The report notes that Polygon’s popularity and bullish momentum in recent months are mainly due to NFTs, gaming, and the metaverse.
Polygon’s success in the gaming industry is a positive sign for the network, which was previously known for DeFi DApps. The report concluded that Polygon is now gaining recognition as a gaming blockchain.
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