NFL Rivals featured on App Store front page; Soars to 2 million active users

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NFL Rivals featured on App Store front page; Soars to 2 million active users

NFL Rivals shattered records this weekend, clocking in a daily high of 2 million active users on Saturday. This surge in activity follows its debut as the App Store’s coveted Game of the Day.

The season is just starting!

NFL Rivals has become the most successful Web3 gaming release of 2023, achieving 2 million active users in less than five months after the official launch.

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NFL Rivals “Game of the Day” (Source)

This rise in numbers can be attributed to two factors: the start of the NFL season on September 7 and the game being featured on the App Store.

NFL Rivals – the most successful Web3 game of 2023

Developed by gaming studio Mythical Games in partnership with the National Football League, NFL Rivals is the first officially licensed mobile NFT game by the NFL.

John Linden, the CEO of Mythical Games, took to Twitter (X) on Sunday, highlighting the game’s milestone and its broader implications for Web3 gaming:

“Thank you to Apple for featuring NFL Rivals on the front page of the App Store!! Big day for Mythical. Big day for web3!”

Migration to Polkadot

Mythical Games recently transitioned from Ethereum to Polkadot. This move, driven by a desire for increased scalability, seems to be paying dividends. Mythical Games CEO, John Linden, explained the shift:

“The decision to leave the Ethereum ecosystem stems from… slow transaction speeds, even with L2 roll-ups, that would ultimately hinder our scaling plans with our new games this year.”

Backing these sentiments, Polkadot emphasized the game’s impact on the digital asset landscape in a tweet, stating that “Web3 gaming is going mainstream!”.

It’s worth noting that Mythical Games initially announced their decision to shift the Mythical Chain to Polkadot in April. This move is strategic. It facilitates more on-chain game developers to join the Mythical Ecosystem. The migration retains interoperability and connectivity while paving the way for what can be best described as a superchain.

Björn Wagner, CEO of Parity Technologies, a key player in the Polkadot network, expressed his delight earlier in the year:

“We are thrilled Mythical Games was drawn to the unique strengths of Polkadot… including their own governance and treasury,”

A beacon of hope for other blockchain-based games

Blockchain-based games have, for the most part, neglected the most vital component of a successful game: being fun to play. While many have tried and failed, NFL Rivals seems to have found the right formula to entice casual gamers around the world.

With massive user engagement and strategic partnerships, the future of NFL Rivals is a shining beacon of hope for the Web3 gaming industry.

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