- Video games are shifting to a new phase where players don’t play the games to win but play to earn.
- People still confuse both game niches, and some myths need to be busted.
“Play to Earn” and “Pay to Win” are terms used to describe the monetization model of a video game. In a “Play to Earn” game, players can earn in-game items or currency through gameplay, while in a “Pay to Win” game, players can purchase in-game items or money that give them an advantage over other players.
They play to win first to entertain second and to earn third. If your goal is to have fun you won't win, if you don't win you won't entertain, if you don't entertain you don't earn.— Emu (@OffensiveEmu_32) January 13, 2023
Play to Win vs Play to Earn: Key differences
Here are some key differences between the two models:
Play to Earn: In this model, players can earn in-game items or currency through gameplay. These items may be cosmetic (such as a new skin or weapon), or they may provide a small advantage (such as a temporary boost to XP). Players can also trade items or currency with other players in the game as NFTs on marketplaces.
Pay to Win: In this model, players can purchase in-game items or currency that give them a significant advantage over other players. These items may be weapons, armor, or other equipment that is much stronger than what can be earned through gameplay. Players who pay for these items may have an unfair advantage over other players. In traditional games, players have to pay the buy in-game assets and gain nothing but fun.
Some common misconceptions about Play to Earn and Pay to Win:
- Myth: All free-to-play games are Pay to Win: Not all free-to-play games are Pay to Win. Many free-to-play games use the Play to Earn model.
- Myth: Pay to Win games are always bad: Some Pay to Win games are well-designed and fair to all players. Others are not. It’s important to research a game before you play it to understand its monetization model and if it’s a fair game for you.
- Myth: Play to Earn games are always good: Some Play to Earn games are well-designed and fair to all players. Others are not. It’s important to research a game before you play it to understand its monetization model and if it’s a fair game for you.
In general, Play to Earn games are considered fairer than Pay to Win games, as all players have the opportunity to earn in-game items or currency through gameplay. Pay to Win games, on the other hand, can be seen as unfair to players who do not want to spend money on in-game items or currency.
When choosing a game to play, it’s important to research the monetization model and understand how it may impact your gameplay experience. As a beginner, you may want to start with Play to Earn games and gradually move on to Pay to Win games as you become more familiar with them.
Disclaimer: This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice.