Solana is becoming known around particular online circles, not least for its high throughput and low fees for web3 games, on web2 speeds (as the website homepage itself attests). With Solana supporting on-chain, fully decentralized experiences for artists, collectors, and game lovers, and taking steps forward in how it runs auctions and allows for the coding of perpetual royalties into its’ NFTs, it is the perfect ecosystem to hold and nurture the future of gaming and play-to-earn game models.

The union of Solana and play-to-earn games is a pretty perfect match as Solana allows you to customize to any extent using Smart Contracts (referred to as Programs), offering permanent web3 storage options, IPFs, or decentralized storage supported by ARweave. You can use programming languages such as Rust, C, or C++ to build programs that are then displayed on-chain. Programs are vital to running unique tools on-chain, but it is the wide range of programs themselves that make Solana an exciting space for P2E gaming to develop, especially given the protections and efforts that they put into their NFTs.

Not only are Programs important for making Solana but so are dApps, or decentralized applications.

This is where the use of NFTs comes into its own and by extension the development of play-to-earn or play-and-earn games with NFTs or other kinds of crypto assets as earnable prizes with both in-game and real-world value. Creating dApps begins with the creation of applications that allow you to send transactions with instructions to programs on-chain. In this way, they are not dissimilar to how web and mobile apps are built on centralized systems and interact with APIs. With these foundations built into Solana, you can interact on blockchain as you would with any regular API, with 3rd party languages built on top like Java, C#, Go, Kotlin, Dart-Flutter, and Swift. So that you can use your preferred coding language to create your dApps.

The Solana ecosystem and the programs, dApps, NFTs, and other crypto-assets that it supports put it front and center amongst the wave of developers trying to make play-to-earn gaming viable within the crypto space and generate attractive money making through the popularity of NFTs in the market. Within P2E gaming, once players gain tokens or rewards for playing, they can then use them in-game to gain advantages over their competition, or store, trade, or transfer them on the blockchain for real-life money with others in the community. As the popularity of both NFTs/crypto and pay-to-win gaming has exploded over the last few years, it seems like a logical and obvious next step for both spaces, commodifying gaming as NFTs have traditional art, as well as gamify-ing and adding additional monetary value to crypto and NFT tokens. While there are some worrying whispering thanks to the current lack of regulation surrounding the financial and intellectual property aspects of such gaming, there is also exciting chatter and promise surrounding P2E gaming, the Solana ecosystem, and the next steps in the future of crypto.