Who would ever think of using Web3 for motivating oneself to do physical activities? Most play-to-earn (P2E) games or crypto games are on computers and mobile devices which tends to let the player either sit comfortably on a chair or lay back on the bed or sofa. But there is a new genre of blockchain games which is the move-to-earn (M2E) that incentivizes you for staying active.
What is Move-to-Earn?
A move to earn NFT game motivates its users to interact with a decentralized application (Dapp) whether by walking, jogging, running or performing exercise routines. In return, users are rewarded with cryptocurrencies to enhance their non-fungible token (NFT) avatar’s stats or attributes to be able to earn more by engaging in more challenging activities.
The article will provide a list of games with move to earn model available in the space.
Disclaimer: This is not financial advice. The article aims to inform the reader of the latest innovation of gaming: move-to-earn games. Practice due diligence in researching these applications before investing in them.
Stepn rewards users for completing workouts with their NFT sneaker. The user can earn tokens – GST tokens by walking, running, and cycling in real life. The more activities are done, the more GST can be earned.
GST tokens are used to buy in-game items, like new avatars and upgrades. The token can be traded on crypto exchanges and invested in other cryptocurrencies. Note that Stepn has another token GMT, a governance token that users may earn too.
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Genopets is a role-playing game (RPG) that rewards its players for performing exercises like daily walks. The game is built on the Solana (SOL) blockchain. It also rewards active players with non fungible tokens (NFTs).
For the player to be able to play the game, he needs to acquire one Genopet. Genopets are NFTs that resemble animal spirits. These NFTs share the player’s personality and are enhanced based on the achievements of the player. Their experience points (XP) reflect the changes to the Genopet.
The app will gather the player’s health data from wearables and data capturing devices like Google Fit, Strava, Fitbit and smartphones. This data will be converted into XP to the player’s Genopet and will be rewarded with KI. Battle and Prediction modes are the avenues for players to start earning KI.
Metz is built on the Solana blockchain and Android and iOS users can play this game.
The app tracks body movements and converts it to data using the G-Sensor algorithm. Smartphones have this feature. The player’s data and completed challenges evolve the NFTs of the player. So, the more the player moves, the more the Metz grows. Players can also compete in international community challenges.
Metz are composed of 16 different breeds of animals with two genders. These Metz can also be bred and undergo three stages: Baby, Teen and Adult stage.
Metz has its native token, METZ, built on the Binance network.
Check out Metz here.
Defy is a mobile game built on the Polygon platform. It aims to immerse its players, called operatives, in a metaverse that bridges the virtual and physical worlds.
Players will need to have avatars to play the game. And as they do physical activities, they are rewarded with its governance token, DEFY. The DEFY token can be used to purchase in-game digital assets.
What makes Defy unique is it will teach its users to create programming codes.
Check out Defy Disrupt here.
Fitmint (FITT) is built for fitness and workout with Social Finance (SocialFi) components. Players earn NFTs and crypto as they do physical activities.
Players need to mint their NFT sneakers to play the game and start earning. Players can purchase these NFTs with Polygon (MATIC) using its in-game wallet. As players do exercises, they earn FITT tokens. This governance token is used to access game play, upgrade sneakers, unlock new features and repair sneakers. It can also be staked to acquire rewards.
Players have daily energies to be able to earn. Once depleted, the player has to wait for the next day to earn FITT.
Check out Fitmint here.
OliveX (BVI)’s Dustland Runner is, as they bill themselves, the world’s first proof-of-workout audio game. This is where players are going on runs in the real world. They also progress the narrative of the storyline and earn them virtual rewards, NFTs and DOSE tokens. These rewards can be used for game upgrades and to progress into the storyline.
The player’s role in the game is a delivery personnel in Dustland and needs to do errands to win the stages.
OliveX also has Dustland Rider for cyclists.
Check out Dustland Runner here.
DOSE TOKEN – OliveX (BVI) Metaverse
Players need to explore the OliveX (BVI) metaverse (which includes Dustland Runner and Dustland Rider above) and walk to become fit. By doing so, players earn crypto rewards in the form of DOSE tokens. Games will also be added to OliveX (BVI) ecosystem.
DOSE is derived from four chemicals that are released during exercises. These are Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin and Endorphin.
Check out Dose token here.
Wirtual has more than 100,000 users. Players earn WIRTUAL tokens by engaging into physical activities: running, walking, swimming, cycling, workout and dancing. These activities are tracked by fitness devices and apps.
WIRTUAL token is built on the Binance Smart Chain. The game has a supply of 1 billion of this cryptocurrency.
Check out Wirtual here.
Dotmoovs has an augmented reality (AR) feature where players can complete workouts and get rewarded with MOOV tokens.
Moov points track a player’s progress and rewards. Currently, players can participate in freestyle football and dance. The points gained can be used to purchase in-game items: avatars and upgrades. Points earn can make a player eligible to enter competitions and leaderboards to win prizes.
Dotmoovs will add more games and activities in the future.
Check out Dotmoovs here.
Calo is built on the Binance network. The app uses a GPS tracker and motion sensor to analyze the player’s movements.
The player needs to purchase Calo’s NFT sneaker to play the game. There are two game modes: single and challenge mode. In single mode, players have a limited stamina to earn. One stamina is equal to 5 minutes of movement. While for challenge mode, players have weekly and monthly challenges and players need to register 24 hours before the challenge begins.
Calo has two tokens: FIT, as its in-game token, and CALO, its governance token. The governance token has a total supply of 500 million, and FIT is unlimited.
Check out Calo here.
IOTEX MONSTER GO
Iotex Monster Go is a game that fights monsters on real maps and gets rewards, like MTGO tokens. It also includes monster evolution, monster level up, skill system, mine competition and arena gameplay.
The player needs to purchase 3 monsters to play the game. To do so, the player needs to download its own crypto wallet, Iopay. Players can battle other monsters available in the map and gains skills to upgrade their monsters with.
In the future, the game will introduce land and buildings for more gameplay.
Check out Iotex Monster Go here.
Step is built on the Binance Smart Chain network. Players would simply walk to earn.
STEP token is the game’s governance token. Step has a total supply of 1 billion of its token. Players need to buy around 19,000 STEPS tokens to participate. The token can also be staked to earn rewards. For every 4000 steps a day, the player earns rewards for doing so.
The game is available both on Android and Apple phones.
Check out Step here.
Aircoins (AIRX) integrates the P2E model into its platform along with an AR Metaverse that engages its users to educate them about cryptocurrency projects available in the space. Players are rewarded with AIRX tokens for being actively using the app.
Aircoins is also working on virtual real estate on the platform in the form of NFTs for players to purchase. By holding these NFTs, players can earn AIRx tokens monthly.
The Aircoins app is available in Android and IOS.
Check out Aircoins here.
Walken is built on the Solana network. It is designed for tracking players movement using their smartphone’s movement detection and can be connected to wearables to count their steps.
Players’ avatars are called CAThletes. Each thousand steps are converted to one GEM, its in-game token used to upgrade player’s avatar attributes: speed, strength and stamina. CATheletes can also compete with other players and earn WLKN token, the games governance token.
WLKN can be used to purchase NFTs and enhance the player’s avatar.
Check out Walken here:
Digital Fitness (DEFIT) is a cross-chain cryptocurrency game operating on the Polygon (MATIC) and Ethereum blockchains. The Digital Fitness team is building a complete digital fitness marketplace powered by its DEFIT token. The app is currently available on Google Play and Apple Store.
Check out Defit here.
YetiCoin, built on the Ethereum blockchain, is a movement bridging the love of sports and fitness with the passion for cryptocurrencies while helping today’s youth become more active and social. Currently the Yeti Team is working on developing an app that will reward its users who are actively burning calories by providing weekly rewards in YETI tokens.
Check out Yeticoin here.
Sweatcoin rewards players for walking and running. For every 1,000 steps taken, the player earns SWEAT. SWEAT can be used to buy things in the Sweatcoin marketplace, like electronics, fitness gear, and gift cards. Players can also donate to charities using SWEAT.
In the first quarter of 2022, Sweatcoin users exchanged 70 million US Dollars worth of goods and services in its in-app marketplace.
Sweatcoin has partnered with NEAR Protocol to launch its crypto tokens, SWEAT. Announcing it to be launched this Summer.
Disclosure: Sweatcoin was re-installed and used by the writer because of the news of it entering into the crypto Space.
Web3 offers a lot of opportunities to improve one’s lifestyle and M2E is such an innovation. Having these M2E Dapps can make one individual fit and have a healthy lifestyle. The user does not have to sit down and spend hours playing games like in play to earn gaming, but instead they can walk, run, jog and even cycle and at the same time be rewarded with cryptocurrencies or earn money.
These could be a great motivation for people to get fit and also earn crypto rewards. Remember that just like how one does invest in cryptocurrency or digital currency, it is important to do your own research before you jump to any of the games mentioned above. You also need to have a multi year outlook especially right now during the bear market.
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