Macky Sta. Maria, Axie Infinity Player ng Cabanatuan: Pagbabago ng Pananaw at Pangarap sa Buhay

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Sa isang bayan sa Nueva Ecija, maraming mga Pilipino ang kumita ng sapat sa kanilang pangangailangan dahil sa paglalaro ng NFT game na Axie Infinity. Bumisita si Leah Callon-Butler, columnist sa crypto news site na Coindesk at director ng Emfarsis, kasama si Nathan Smale, principal consultant ng Emfarsis, sa Cabanatuan upang makita ang mga Pilipinong nagbago ang buhay ng dahil sa “Play-to-Earn.”

Dito sa pang-apat na parte ng “Play-to-Earn Profiles, aking ininterview si Macky Sta Maria, isang tricycle driver na nakabangon dahil sa paglalaro ng Axie Infinity at scholar ng AxU (Axie Unversity) sa Cabanatuan. Nainterview din siya documentary na pinamagatang: “Play-to-Earn: NFT Gaming in the Philippines” na produced ng Yield Guild Games kasama ang Delphi Digital at dinirek ng Emfarsis.

Ano na ba ang pinagkakaabalahan ni Macky ngayon? Ito ang kanyang Kwentong #SalamatAxie at #PlayToEarn.

Tagalog: Macky Sta. Maria, Tricycle Driver and AxU Scholar 

Si Macky ay isang tricycle driver. Nagsimula siyang maglaro ng Axie Infinity noong January 2021. Ang inaasahan nyang payout ngayong buwan ng Mayo galing sa paglalaro ng game ay nasa Php 50,000.

Kumikita si Macky ng Php 100 to Php 200 araw-araw mula sa pamamasada ng kanyang tricycle

Bago siya na-introduce sa Axie ang iniisip lamang niya ay kung sapat ang perang maiuuwi niya sa bahay sa araw-araw para makatulong sa pagtustos ng pangangailangan nila. 

Nang makuha ni Macky ang una niyang payout mula sa paglalaro ng Axie Infinity noong February, nag-iba na ang pananaw niya kung paano kumita ng pera. Nag-iisip na din si Macky ng maliit na business sa buy and sell pag nakuha niya ang payout nya ngayong Mayo.

Paano mo nalaman ang Axie Infinity?

John John (Spraky) ng Axie University

Si John John o mas kilala sa pangalang Spraky ang nag-introduce kay Macky ng Axie Infinity noong January 2020. Si Macky ay isang tricycle driver pero nang dahil sa pandemya lubos na naapektuhan ang araw-araw niyang kita lalo na at nagkaroon pa ng community quarantine at social distancing, imbes na mas marami pa siyang masasakay sa kanyang tricycle ngayon ay paisa-isa na lamang.

Paano ka natutong maglaro?

Mataas ang game IQ ni Macky, ayon kay Spraky, kaya natutunan din niya ang game kaagad. Si Macky ay nag a-average ng 200-250 Small Love Potion (SLP) ang ibang mga players ay nasa 100-150 SLP lamang.

Gaano ka na katagal naglalaro ng Axie Infinity?

Nagsimula ako maglaro nitong January 2021 lang. Apat na buwan na ako naglalaro ng Axie.

Macky

Na-introduce mo na ba ang Axie sa pamilya mo at mga kaibigan mo?

Na-introduce na niya ang larong Axie Infinity sa kanyang mga kaibigan, halos lahat sa mga ito ay meron na ring scholarship galing sa Axie University (AxU) ng Nueva Ecija.

Paano binago ng Axie Infinity ang buhay mo?

“Dati masaya na ako kapag nakakapag-uwi ako ng halagang Php 200 mula sa pamamasada ng tricycle, pandagdag din iyon sa pambili ng pagkain namin sa araw-araw. Sabi ko makakuha lang ako ng Php 3,000 sa paglalaro ng Axie masaya na ako. Nang nakuha ko ang unang payout ko nung February na Php 10,000 tuwang-tuwa ako, pati si mommy tuwang-tuwa din,” ayon kay Macky.

Nag e-expect si Macky ngayong buwan ng Mayo ng payout na nasa Php 50,000 to Php 60,000. Iniisip nya mag tayo ng buy and sell business ng mga motorsiklo. Ang ibang pera naman ay gagamitin niya sa pagpapa-gawa ng terrace nila. At gagastusin sa pagpapagamot ng mommy niya, may sakit kasi ang mommy nya at dahil sa kaunting pera na kinikita niya sa pamamasada hindi niya ito maipatingin sa doktor. 

Dahil sa paglalaro ng Axie Infinity hindi lamang matustusan nito ang pang araw-araw na pangangailangan ng pamilya ni Macky. Binago din nito ang pananaw nila sa buhay. Kung dati rati pagkain lang sa hapag kainan, ngayon pangarap na nya magkaroon ng sariling business at mamuhay ng komportable sa araw-araw na hindi na nila kailangang isipin kung sapat ba ang kikitain niya sa pagba-byahe ng tricycle. 

English: Interview with Macky Sta Maria, Tricycle Driver, AxU Scholar

In one rural area in the Philippines, an entire community has earned a living from playing the blockchain game called Axie Infinity. Leah Callon-Butler, columnist for major crypto news publication Coindesk and director of consultancy firm Emfarsis, together with Emfarsis’ principal consultant Nathan Smale travelled to Cabanatuan to meet the very people whose lives have changed because of “Play-to-Earn.”

In the fourth article in our “Play-to-Earn Profiles” series, I interviewed Macky Sta. Maria, a tricycle driver who is now  an Axie Infinity player and a scholar of AxU (Axie University) in Cabanatuan who appeared in the documentary: Play-to-Earn: NFT Gaming in the Philippines” produced by Yield Guild Games in collaboration with Delphi Digital and directed by Emfarsis.

What’s Macky up to these days? This is his #PlayToEarn and #ThanksAxie story.

The 22-year old tricycle driver from Nueva Ecija, Macky Sta Maria, started playing Axie Infinity in January 2021. This May, he expects to receive at least Php 50,000 from playing the game. This will be his second pay since he started almost four months ago.

Before Macky was introduced to the play-to-earn game Axie Infinity, he was earning Php 100 to Php 200 daily for driving people around their village using a tricycle. As a typical family-oriented Filipino, all he cared about is the little amount he can bring back to his home to help provide food on the table.

As Macky started receiving his pay on Axie Infinity as a scholar, a sudden change was brought to his family’s lives.  Money has become less of an issue and he’s longer worried about how much money he can get from driving his tricycle. 

Now, using the earnings he will receive from playing Axie Infinity, he’s planning to start a buy and sell business.

How did you learn about ‘Axie Infinity’? Who Introduced you to the game?

Ken, John, at John John (Spraky) of Axie University

The co-founder of Axie University, John John, aka Spraky, introduced Macky to Axie Infinity in January 2020. Macky is a tricycle driver, but because of the pandemic and as community quarantine and social distancing were imposed, his ability to earn a living has become very limited.

How did you learn to play?

Macky has a high game IQ so he understood the game outright. He averages 250 Small Love Potion (SLP) daily while most players are in between 150-200 SLP, he gets the most of his play time. 

How long have you been playing now? 

He started playing in January 2021 and has been playing for almost 4 months now.

Have you introduced other players to the game?

Macky introduced the game to his circle of friends and through Axie University (AxU), they were all given a scholarship program. Often, they gather around and play Axie Infinity together.  

How did playing Axie Infinity change your life? What is the biggest contribution of Axie in your life?

“Before, I’m already grateful for bringing home at least Php 200 everyday from driving my tricycle. When I was introduced to Axie, I said I only wish to earn at least Php 3000, but I got more! My first payout in February was P10,000. My mother and I jumped for joy. I have never held this much money in my entire life. I bought a new mobile phone so I can use it reliably for playing Axie and the rest of the money I gave to my mother,” said Macky.

Macky is expecting around Php 50,000 to Php 60,000 payout this month from playing Axie Infinity. He plans to put up a small buy and sell motorcycle business.

He also plans to set aside some money for some home renovation. Above all, a portion of this earning will be spent for his mother’s doctor’s visits. 

Macky’s mom has been sick for some time now and because of limited money, his mother’s access to health care was compromised. Finding the best doctor for his mother’s needs and the laboratory fees became a huge challenge. 

With all the help of Axie Infinity and the expectation to get paid this month, Macky’s mom’s hospitalization is now seen in a new light. Finally, she’ll be getting the proper medical attention she needs!

Moreover, the play-to-earn game Axie Infinity doesn’t only provide sustenance for Macky’s family’s daily needs. Axie Infinity is changing lives, allowing every player to dream big and aim high not only for themselves but for their families too.

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