More than 500 players will fight with their Axies in an organized, professional setting at the Malaysia Infinity Nationals 2022.
Axie Infinity is the only play-to-earn (P2E) game that has done as well as it has. Recently, the game has even become a common topic of conversation in the esports world. This, of course, means that more work is being put into making a mature esports ecosystem for it. In Southeast Asia, one such event is the Malaysia Infinity Nationals 2022, which will take place from June 1st to June 5th, 2022.
The Axie Infinity tournament is put on by the Esports Players League (ESPL) and Yield Guild Games Southeast Asia (YGG SEA). Its goal is to “bring a new era of competitive gaming to the Malaysian esports ecosystem and P2E community.” Malaysian Axie Infinity players have been able to sign up for the event since April, and the goal is for more than 500 people to take part.
ESPL says that this will be its second Axie Infinity Tournament after the Luno Battlexie: Winter Cup in 2021. For the upcoming tournament, ESPL and YGG SEA have put together a prize pool worth up to 35,000 RM that will be given out in the form of crypto, cash, and freebies.
Both ESPL and YGG SEA think that the P2E ecosystem should be integrated because it can help the local gamers and communities. The idea is to let people who have already put time and money into the game get more value and get more rewards, as well as meet new people.
Stephanie Kuan, the Chief Operating Officer of ESPL, said, “P2E’s ecosystem is getting a lot of attention.” This includes players who do it full-time, investors who want to fund technologies, communities that want to grow or change, and the excitement of finding out what real cryptocurrency technologies can do for esports.
“The combination of cryptocurrencies and online games like Axie Infinity is an interesting change for the future of esports that will have a direct effect on communities.” In the press release, Ryan Kan, the Marketing Manager for YGG SEA Malaysia, said, “It’s an exciting time for all of us to be involved.”
A national tournament for Axie Infinity could change the way people look at P2E games, which have usually been judged more on their in-game economies than on how competitive they are. It will be fun to see if there are more NFT esports events in the future.