The standard unidirectional sale of goods from developers to players is, in essence, a misaligned command economy, which has been shown across economic history to be very difficult to properly manage; keeping up with demand, and supplying the right goods to meet changing needs, is challenging without the robust signals that marketplaces can provide.

By embracing tokenized assets, game developers also embrace a better alternative economic model to solve these challenges: What we call community economics. A number of benefits arise as a result:

As tokenized assets become more complex, the interactions among them become more sophisticated — as do the economies that they make possible. For developers, the creation of ownable assets and the subsequent emergence of robust, collaborative economies in which both they and players participate has an array of positive benefits: It aligns player interests and agendas with theirs, since both now have a real stake in evangelizing the game and expanding the game economy. It produces new revenue streams, which supplement rather than replace existing ones. And it makes games more sustainable over time, as the ability to own, buy, sell and earn from play will encourage players to be more loyal and to integrate these games more deeply into their lives.

Want to learn more about how tokenized assets can shape more efficient game economies? Read our in-depth article here.