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Exploring potential of blockchain gaming by means of participant knowledge

Key Takeaways

  • Key operational metrics of Web3 Video games embrace lively customers, retention charges, and payment-related knowledge. Non-genuine gamers can disrupt the sport’s stability and financial stability.
  • This text takes Era7 for instance, introduces the tactic of figuring out non-genuine gamers, and located that non-genuine gamers have the next exercise degree than real gamers, with a median lively durationday of 68 days and better frequency of operations.
  • Non-genuine gamers could include handbook operations, group management software program, and automatic scripts, so strategies for figuring out them will be divided into funding networks and conduct patterns.

After the explosion of GameFi and the ups and downs of 2022, the business has returned to a extra rational Buidl section. The sustainable improvement of recreation ecosystems and economies has turn into an essential theme within the present improvement of Web3 video games.

The worth of a recreation will be damaged down into the product of the variety of gamers, particular person participant worth, and common participant retention time. Due to this fact, tasks can considerably enhance their life cycles and profitability by gaining insights into gamers and making focused product optimizations and promotional methods.

Insights of Web3 Avid gamers

In line with the February Month-to-month GameFi Report from Footprint Analytics, the present variety of lively consumer addresses on the blockchain is 1.5 million. Because of the nature of most GameFi tasks, the place gamers can earn cryptocurrencies and NFT rewards by finishing duties, many non-genuine gamers have emerged to “farm gold.”

Non-genuine gamers in video games, by means of concentrated and high-frequency operations to farm gold, could disrupt the sport’s stability and financial stability, thereby decreasing the worth of the sport undertaking itself.

From the angle of the stability of the sport ecosystem, the mass operations of non-genuine gamers can destroy the sport’s equity, affecting its enjoyment and expertise. Suppose these gamers achieve a bonus by means of unfair operations. In that case, it should undermine the sport’s competitiveness, resulting in disappointment and frustration amongst different gamers and leading to a decline within the variety of gamers and common participant retention time.

From the standpoint of in-game financial stability, if non-genuine gamers acquire massive quantities of tokens or NFTs, it may well result in value imbalances inside the recreation and create wealth inequality, negatively impacting consumer spending enthusiasm and damaging the variety of gamers, retention time, and particular person participant worth.

Case Examine: Participant Insights Evaluation From Era7

In line with Footprint Analytics’ recreation dashboardEra7 is a well-liked undertaking on BNB Chain. As a preferred undertaking, it attracts not solely real gamers with a eager curiosity but in addition inevitably the eye of gold farming studios. This report seems at:

  • What’s the proportion of real gamers to gold farming studios?
  • Are there any vital variations in conduct, and what affect do gold farming studios have on the sport?

Era7: Recreation of Fact is a metaverse-style TCG (Buying and selling Card Recreation), a W2E (Win-to-Earn) undertaking developed on the BNB Chain. Not like conventional P2E tasks, W2E tasks emphasize gameplay, the place gamers generate NFT belongings and recreation objects with particular utility and collectible worth by means of steady degree development and challenges.


In December 2021, Era7 started airdropping NFTs and pre-selling blind bins, and the Market was launched. The sport formally launched on the BNB chain on March 30, 2022.

Official Roadmap:

Key occasions and dates after the launch:

  • 5.28 2022: First GOT burn
  • 8.6 2022: Burning mechanism “GOT/ERA Token Auto-Burn began
  • 9.11–10.1 2022: First season of Era7 World Cup Event
  • 11.2 2022: Era7 acquired 35% stake in [ESFI], a web3 e-sports administration platform at a valuation of $30M
  • 11.6–11.27 2022: Second season of Era7 World Cup Event, broadcasted on YouTube
  • 11.13–27 2022: Gross sales of the fourth batch of NFT blind bins (Era7 Set-II Field)

Participant Engagement Roadmap

Financial Mannequin

The full quantity of ERA to be issued is 1 billion, based mostly on the sport’s tokenomics. It is a token constructed by the Era7 Metaverse on the BNB Sensible Chain (BSC) and presently serves completely as Era7’s platform token. Gamers can acquire ERA rewards by means of battling, getting concerned in neighborhood incentives, and liquidity mining.

With the event of the Era7 metaverse, the capabilities of ERA will prolong to neighborhood governance, pledging, and different rights and pursuits. The platform foreign money, the ERA token, is successfully the Bitcoin of the whole Era7 metaverse. ERA is just like stablecoins, the place provide and demand are dictated by the market. ERA obtained by the participant will be exchanged for USDT or native fiat.

Foremost makes use of of ERA:

  • To realize native foreign money by way of an alternate;
  • To buy GOT grasp playing cards/battle playing cards and NFT objects/NFT thriller bins on {the marketplace};
  • To allow transactions between gamers (ERA could also be used to commerce Era7 playing cards, GOT or different in-game objects);
  • To buy land and get extra ERA rewards;
  • To difficulty a pledge for acquiring neighborhood rights, collaborating in governance, voting and subsequent decision-making;
  • As a wager and/or as a registration charge for PVP.

Tips on how to get ERA:

  • Buy them on DEX/CEX platforms;
  • Attain them by way of in-game rewards or airdrops;
  • Purchase them by way of liquidity mining;
  • From PVP rewards.

Tips on how to get GOT:

  • Earn from in-game occasion rewards;
  • PVE rewards

Playing cards

Era7 options two sorts of playing cards: Grasp playing cards (hero character playing cards) and Battle Playing cards(magic playing cards and monster playing cards summoned by heroes). Gamers want at the least 30 battle playing cards to start out a battle and the whole variety of playing cards within the recreation is anticipated to exceed 1,000. Each Grasp Playing cards and Battle Playing cards are NFTs.

Grasp Playing cards (hero character playing cards)

Battle Playing cards (magic playing cards and monster playing cards summoned by heroes)


To acquire NFT Grasp Playing cards, gamers want to purchase thriller bins immediately or commerce with different gamers within the Market. NFT Grasp Playing cards don’t take part within the battles themselves, they Summon NFT Battle Playing cards which truly make up the deck to battle on the entrance strains. After efficiently buying NFT Grasp Playing cards, gamers might want to Unseal them first earlier than they will Summon NFT Battle Playing cards. If the NFT Grasp Playing cards have reached the utmost quantity of Summoning, the gamers might want to devour ERA and GOT tokens as gas in order that they will proceed Summoning.

Era7 is presently exploring consumer expertise enhancements on the infrastructure degree, along with selling the Esports technique and holding ECL championships each six weeks. The Era7 staff has partnered with the zkMeta platform, which builds game-specific zk-rollups on Polygon, to make the most of zk know-how to rework and launch a brand new model of Era7.

Era7’s GameFi Information

When it comes to lively customers and consumer retention, Era7’s efficiency in 2022 ranked among the many Prime 10.

In line with the most recent knowledge (as of March 7, 2023, utilizing the present holders of Recreation Grasp Playing cards as the bottom), there are a complete of 17,188 players. After the screening, we recognized 5,045 non-genuine participant addresses. These addresses could also be composed of recreation studios or organized gangs of gamers, whose foremost goal is to acquire returns by means of blockchain gaming.

By analyzing the information, we will see that there have been many promotional campaigns within the early stage (similar to actions on Twitter), attracting a lot of customers. From Might to July 2022, the variety of month-to-month lively customers has been on the rise, and the proportion of feminine gamers can also be rising.

Within the early stage of recreation promotion, the undertaking social gathering ought to attempt to keep away from the affect of non-genuine gamers, give extra incentives to actual players, and appropriately weaken the affect of non-genuine gamers on recreation stability.

After July 2022, the variety of month-to-month lively customers is on the decline. Correspondingly, the variety of month-to-month lively customers of non-genuine gamers additionally exhibits the same development. On the identical time, we will see that though the variety of month-to-month lively customers has declined, the contribution of non-genuine gamers to the variety of month-to-month lively customers continues to be comparatively excessive.

Be taught concerning the methodology for figuring out non-genuine addresses on the backside of this text.

Real vs Non-Real Customers: Comparative Evaluation of In-Recreation Behaviors

The Impression of Non-Real Gamers on Recreation Interplay, Person Exercise, and Transactions

Whereas there are solely a small variety of non-genuine gamers, they’ve created the next degree of interplay, extra lively days per consumer, and better transaction quantity inside the recreation.

Among the many roughly 16,000 participant addresses noticed as of March 7, 2023, there have been about 4,900 non-genuine participant addresses, accounting for 30% of the whole. Nonetheless, these non-genuine gamers, who comprise lower than one-third of the whole, have generated 39% of the interactions (920,000 occasions), with a median of 187 interactions per consumer, which is sort of 1.5 occasions increased than that of real gamers (common of 129 interactions per consumer).

Non-genuine gamers have a median lively period of 68 days, considerably increased than the 48 days of real gamers. This additionally signifies that non-genuine gamers have the next degree of exercise.

The typical variety of lively days for non-genuine gamers is 68 days, considerably increased than the 48 days for real gamers. This additionally signifies that non-genuine gamers have increased ranges of exercise.

Behavioral Patterns of Actual and Non-Real Gamers

Actual and non-genuine gamers have related behavioral patterns, however non-genuine gamers have the next frequency of operations.

From the whole variety of operations, essentially the most known as strategies within the recreation are Signal In (login), Add NFT (record NFT on the market), Purchase (purchase in Market), Summon (batch summon, alternate Grasp Card for Battle Card), Merge Card (merge Battle Playing cards for upgrades), and Farm (staking to earn ERA). Non-genuine and real gamers have the same distribution of the highest strategies they name.

Nonetheless, on the particular person participant degree, non-genuine gamers have considerably extra operations on Add NFT, Summon, and Merge Card in comparison with real gamers.

Non-Real Gamers Present Stronger Response in Blind Field Promotion

The Blind Field Promotion in November boosted pleasure within the recreation, however non-genuine participant addresses responded way more strongly than actual gamers.

Concerning the typical variety of consumer operations per day, non-genuine gamers’ frequency of Add NFT (itemizing and promoting NFT) was considerably increased than real gamers (about 2–3 occasions) firstly of the sport and in mid-to-late November.

Firstly of the sport, non-genuine gamers could have profited by promoting NFT obtained by means of airdrops earlier than the sport was launched. Throughout the identical interval in 2022, from November thirteenth to twenty seventh, Era7 Set-II Field was launched for the fourth time, and non-genuine gamers could have opened many bins to acquire Grasp Card after which bought them to acquire ERA.

The next two graphs, Merge Card (combining Battle playing cards for upgrades) and Summon (exchanging Grasp Playing cards for Battle Playing cards), additionally observe the above development. Firstly of the sport and in the course of the November Blind Field occasion, gamers obtained extra NFTs by means of Merge and Summon to make use of within the recreation or to promote for revenue.

TransferFrom (switch of Era7 NFT) had a big improve in high-frequency operations by non-genuine gamers in late final 12 months and early this 12 months, in the course of the decline of the sport’s recognition.

Additional investigation revealed that high-frequency operations are on account of some addresses transferring Era7 NFT regularly to exterior addresses inside a day. Investigation means that this can be an try and money out and exit or to conduct bulk Merge Playing cards.

The Rise of Farming as Recreation Reputation Declines

Farming has turn into the principle means for gamers to earn passive revenue or revenue in the course of the recreation’s decline in recognition.

As the sport’s recognition declines, particularly after the blind field exercise resulted in mid to late November, extra gamers earn earnings by means of farming (staking to earn ERA). Within the beneath examples, we establish two circumstances the place non-genuine gamers have been recognized by means of farming’s cash circulate. Within the recreation’s later levels, this might be a extra mainstream means of constructing a revenue.

The undertaking staff ought to take note of the affect of a single-minded method to gold farming, as real and non-genuine gamers present the identical upward development. It’s essential to conduct an in-depth evaluation of various gold farming strategies, perceive the consumer calls for and conduct patterns behind them, and perform focused optimization and enhancements to reinforce consumer satisfaction and gameplay.

Non-Real Gamers Obtain Extra Recreation Tokens

Non-genuine participant addresses obtain the next common quantity of recreation tokens than real gamers.

By counting the variety of transactions transferring recreation tokens from handle 0 to participant addresses as recreation reward tokens, it was discovered that each GOT and ERA7 recreation tokens have the next common variety of recreation tokens for non-genuine gamers than real gamers.

The typical variety of recreation tokens held by non-genuine gamers for ERA7 tokens is 2.7 occasions increased than that of real gamers, and non-genuine gamers maintain 53% of the whole reward token quantity. Concerning recreation token rewards, the undertaking staff ought to pay extra consideration to the distribution of recreation token rewards to keep away from the big quantity of promote strain attributable to non-genuine gamers (by pockets addresses and methods of cashing out recreation tokens).


Venture groups can establish non-genuine participant teams and their frequent working patterns by means of graph algorithms and different strategies. By evaluating the similarities and variations between real and non-genuine gamers within the recreation, we will higher perceive the potential affect of non-genuine gamers on the sport. Additionally, it is very important actively monitor and analyze participant conduct and fund pathways, make clear account relationships, establish worth extraction, and incentivize consumer conduct, as these are essential to forestall the undertaking from getting into a demise spiral.

Methodology for figuring out non-genuine addresses

Identification Strategies

Basically, non-genuine gamers could include a small variety of handbook operations, group management software program, and automatic scripts. This implies one particular person can management a number of pockets addresses to attain a batch gold-mining impact, so they’re often organized in teams.

Strategies for figuring out non-genuine gamers can typically be divided into funding networks and conduct patterns.

Funding networks discuss with the switch of belongings on the blockchain, the place a sure asset is transferred from one handle (from_address) to a different handle (to_address). Many asset transfers between addresses immediately type an enormous fund community and suspect non-genuine participant teams will be discovered by aggregating nodes within the fund community.

  • Habits patterns refer to varied transaction behaviors of wallets on the blockchain. Primarily based on pockets addresses, abstract statistics of pockets options inside a sure time interval (e.g., the whole variety of recreation operations, whole variety of transfers, and whole variety of recreation rewards obtained by Pockets A from January 1 to January 7) are used, after which these function values are used for similarity calculation (e.g., evaluating the function similarity between Pockets A and Pockets B). The upper the similarity, the better the likelihood of a suspect group.

From the proof side, if there are direct monetary transactions between non-genuine participant addresses, it’s extra persuasive to think about them as a bunch. Similarities in conduct patterns can solely point out suspect teams, and in comparison with funding networks, the proof is weaker.

Due to this fact, this evaluation makes use of the funding community technique to establish non-genuine gamers. Funding networks are typically composed of nodes and edges. On this evaluation, nodes signify recreation participant addresses, edges signify asset transfers between addresses, and edges are directional, pointing from from_address to to_address.

Fund Community Choice

The funding networks analyzed on this research embrace BNB, GOT, and ERA. BNB is the native token of the BSC chain, and BNB is required for all on-chain transactions within the recreation. GOT and ERA are two recreation tokens that function rewards/consumption within the recreation. All three tokens play their respective roles within the recreation, so we selected these three sorts of fund networks for evaluation and exploration.

Discovering Typical Suspect Group Patterns

From the participant path above, we will see that if a participant needs to enter the sport and have interaction in gold farming, they need to maintain BNB because the gasoline charge, then alternate different belongings for recreation tokens and buy NFT to start out the sport. On this course of, if the gold farming studio has a number of accounts, there must be different addresses to switch BNB, ERA, and GOT recreation belongings to the small accounts.

Token distribution happens throughout this course of and will be studied as a sample. If the gold farming studio needs to money out and exit, it must alternate recreation tokens ERA and GOT for BNB or stablecoins. Non-genuine accounts could combination recreation belongings to a sure handle, after which alternate them for BNB or stablecoin from that handle. Token aggregation happens throughout this course of. The next textual content may also cowl particular case research for these two phenomena.

Analysis course of

  1. Information preparation (NFT holder knowledge, related BNB, ERA, and GOT switch knowledge)
  2. Elimination of node with noise
  3. Use graph algorithms to establish non-real participant teams (neighborhood discovery, graph neural networks)
  4. Suspect group case evaluation
  5. Comparability of real and non-genuine gamers

Statistics: What number of funds have been captured from varied networks, and what number of have been captured in whole (Suspect Group, Handle).

Due to this fact, we offer examples as an instance the 2 foremost patterns in several funding networks:

  1. The dispersion of exterior funds, similar to BNB, to activate recreation accounts.
  2. After incomes earnings from gold farming within the recreation, aggregating tokens and interacting with exterior events to make a revenue.

The principle method is to make use of graph mining algorithms to establish teams with star, chain, and tree-like buildings in funding networks, and analyze the conduct patterns of those teams. As proven within the two graphs beneath, every pink dot represents a recreation pockets handle, black edges signify monetary transactions between two pink dots, and the route of the black arrows represents the route of fund switch.

The relationships between the factors and edges type a funding community group. The funding formation and conduct patterns of some teams might be analyzed beneath.

Listed here are some particular case research:

All circumstances are based mostly on participant addresses holding ERA7 NFTs on the present stage. There are three sorts of funding networks concerned:

  1. BNB funding community
  2. GOT funding community
  3. ERA7 community.

The circulate of funds will be roughly divided into two classes, and a few circumstances are listed beneath:

Token dispersion, small accounts function individually

Case 1: Non-genuine accounts acquire BNB as gasoline charges in bulk by means of farming operations to earn recreation token rewards.

The suspect group addresses are as follows:

  • ‘0xf04a34702cd42c99e08f2b40fbc475c946f46b8c’,
  • ‘0xe6ababb7885cd4319ae0f76262eccf435b3b643d’,
  • ‘0x5f84c0bde6bade51bfbfb65355d93755cabba12b’,
  • ‘0x20b4b6d703f8facbe5f89a2e8299a5b48f75fe64’,
  • ‘0x44475543aa19d9a487d44b727778609668400ba6’

Subsequent addresses might be represented by the final 3 digits of the handle.

Within the funding community, these 5 addresses type a sequence construction. b8c — receives BNB from these two addresses (e64 — and bA6 — ) as gasoline charges and carries out farming operations to acquire ERA tokens. Then, b8c transfers the earned ERA tokens to the handle ending in ba6 — .

12b — and 43d — addresses even have related operations to handle b8c, which contain receiving BNB as gasoline charges, farming to acquire ERA tokens, and transferring them to exterior addresses.

Case 2: Non-genuine accounts acquire ERA tokens and have interaction in bulk buy of NFTs.

The suspect group addresses are as follows:

  • ‘0x4656385df61278301f3b9fa1b76e73b3ca731978’,
  • ‘0x11e776124d7f5fc8875d1d322551403d6474b77b’,
  • ‘0x61a76d6d535351278048705faed42a0bd742a458’,
  • ‘0x74725ab50626d43b959e3be52f914e73ef264dc0’,
  • ‘0xc7bcc83d279ad39c12c58cc01932320a22b8a16a’,
  • ‘0x1fa47cfb1ced988ca89ca67f4656bf9721c9cd97’,
  • ‘0x70603d99ca844fcdea8477c9a3d9036409ab4a0d’,
  • ‘0x8c46ae8a732fecf5fb9981f30b4712265de058aa’,
  • ‘0xa96099c242008324614eb3a44e43a3509fc080cc’

The switch of ERA7 token funds on this group is unidirectional. This group has a transparent technique in its conduct patterns. The earlier handle offers ERA7 tokens to the subsequent handle to buy NFTs. Afterward, the group continues to switch ERA7 tokens to the subsequent handle and proceed buying NFTs.

Supply: Etherscan
Supply: Etherscan

Token Aggregation, Centralized Operation by One Account

Case 1: Smurf accounts accounts’ recreation tokens are collected and cashed out by a grasp account (solely answerable for this operation)

The suspect group addresses are as follows:

  • ‘0xce79295553e832941d3ebb03ff202178dd364305’,
  • ‘0x78bec54ec28ef4a291957f9af80fdd2cdf5b25cd’,
  • ‘0x60ff36dbf2b6829f81cc92bae2faf747b26fe535’,
  • ‘0x0b01f6427dfee18809aea71a55db280a685628e3’,
  • ‘0xf0f2ac2e23c0695f587b3eac602aa89200002b88’,
  • ‘0xbc12df79b74a7291de0421aee928aee05a865906’,
  • ‘0x453897b733cd58012fcf727c29117532fef706a1’

Handle 8e3 — acts as a convergence level for funds and is designated as “A”. Different addresses combination their ERA7 tokens obtained from farming into A.

Lastly, A performs a swap operation to transform the tokens into BUSD.

Case 2: Smurf accounts recreation tokens are collected by a number of non-genuine accounts and cashed out by sure grasp accounts.

The suspect group addresses are as follows:

  • ‘0xb1f0a149efae862b8a1d32933f49c7baec0c7e6a’,
  • ‘0x14beb60f3ae20c444ade67c5ce726394db72ddda’,
  • ‘0x87aacff8defec51001ac41b1239d36dee15f0ed1’,
  • ‘0x49433fa5ddb97d1250f7641274697485b8672e20’,
  • ‘0xce0e84f6f6eee65890506f58f10bf1dc620d78a5’
  • The graph exhibits 5 nodes on this fund community, and 4 of them can function fund assortment factors.

Taking the handle ed1 — for instance, it’s designated as handle A.

The opposite 4 addresses have all transferred Era7 tokens to handle A, which then performs a swap operation. Comparable conditions are additionally noticed for the opposite convergence factors.

It is a joint report by TrustaLabs and Footprint Analytics

About TrustaLabs

TrustaLabs launched the primary sybil scoring product TrustScan. TrustScan analyzes consumer conduct by funding community and conduct sequences with on-chain knowledge, and the consequence might be built-in based mostly on AI algorithm. TrustScan now covers EVM chains and main Layer 2s, it should assist customers/tasks in sybil detection at any time when making ready airdrops, advertising campaigns or donations. All customers may question any handle for its sybil rating with TrustScan FOR FREE.

About Footprint Analytics

Footprint Analytics is a knowledge platform mixing web2 and web3 knowledge with abstractions. We assist analysts, builders, and traders flip blockchain knowledge into insights with accessible visualization instruments and a strong multi-chain API throughout 20+ chains for NFTs, GameFi and DeFi. We additionally present Footprint Progress Analytics to assist with efficient development in GameFi and any web3 tasks.

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