Meta Apes, the free-to-play, play-to-earn MMO strategy game designed as mobile-first, has become the first game to go live on the BNB Application Sidechain (BAS). The Meta Apes team says it offers the best of both Web2 and Web3 gaming.

The P2E game is available for Android devices via a Google Play download, with an iOS app coming soon. Meta Apes is the first Web3 game built on BNB Chain’s new scaling solution BNB Application Sidechain (BAS).

Meta Apes used the gaming software development kit (SDK) built by Ankr. The SDK enables Web2 games to port to Web3 relatively quickly and seamlessly. Other “legacy” games will watching developments closely to see how the new-look game performs.

Meta Apes Web3 pivot using Ankr SDK being closely watched

The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world where humanity is extinct and a new era ruled by Apes has begun. A new frontier of space domination awaits for the apes. Each player has to work closely with his or her Gang to become the strongest Clan and win the race into space.

Taylor Slim, business lead at Meta Apes says the game aims to appeal to both traditional gamers and those more familiar with the blockchain gaming world.

“Meta Apes was born out of this idea of creating a community-oriented game that offers both audiences something valuable – 1) an opportunity for the traditional gamers to earn & truly own their in-game assets and 2) a much more interactive and enjoyable experience to the blockchain gamers who are primarily looking to earn,” said Shim.

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Meta Apes says it has combined the fun gameplay that users love in Web2 with the incentives and monetisation mechanisms that are an integral part of Web3 and NFT deployment.

Its blockchain integration means Meta Apes will include in-game cryptocurrencies, NFT characters, and true digital ownership.

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Meta Apes claims enhanced scaling and intuitive gameplay to set it apart

The game-related data lives on the blockchain instead of a centralised server controlled by a gaming studio. With true ownership, players are able to trade or sell their in-game assets freely and also earn while playing.

With full Web3 capabilities, enhanced scalability, and intuitive game mechanics, Meta Apes says it is upping the ante in blockchain gaming.

Shim said: “Building on an application-focused sidechain helps us avoid a lot of the common issues seen in blockchain gaming like network congestion and giving us a lot more flexibility in terms of game design and tokenomics.”

Ankr helped to build the BNB Application Sidechain (BAS), which lets developers create and operate their own blockchains running parallel to the BNB Chain mainnet.

With dedicated sidechains, apps and games like Meta Apes can leverage much higher transaction throughout while benefiting from low transaction fees. The blockchains can be fashioned to suit the specific needs of a project, making BAS a flexible option and without needing to compete with traffic coming from all the other apps running on the BNB Chain.

Ankr’s new Web3 Gaming SDK aims to provide game studios and developers with all they need to create Web3 game like Meta Apes. Its offering ranges from Web3 infrastructure to NFTs, marketplaces, and multi-chain wallet integrations.

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Its SDKs help developers by adding NFTs, crypto payment gateways, and other essential P2E mechanisms. According to the team, it took Meta Apes only a month or so to convert from Web2 to Web3 using Ankr’s Gaming SDK.

The Ankr Protocol was launched last year and serves over 200 billion requests a month across 50-plus blockchains.

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