The sharp increase in user activity on Ethereum layer-2 scaling solution Polygon in March made the network the second largest gaming blockchain in terms of unique active wallets (UAWs).
According to Blockchain Games Report published by decentralized app analytics platform DappRadar on April 6, the number of UAWs participating in gaming on Polygon reached 138,081 in March, up 53% compared to February. This number puts Polygon ahead of Hive and BNB Chain with 84,000 and 80,000 UAWs respectively. WAX comes out on top with 314,000 UAWs.
A significant amount of UAW increase on Polygon is due to BoomLand’s Hunters On-Chain RPG, according to data from DappRadar. Over the past 30 days, this game has grown by more than 17,000% in UAW numbers. Launched in January, Hunters On-Chain is a free-to-play RPG with NFT integrations and a similar style to Minecraft.
The game reached its all-time high UAW on March 9 with 55,300. However, it is still unclear what drove the game’s growth last month, although the anticipation for an in-game NFT sale on March 31 may have contributed to this increase.
The report also notes that on-chain gaming activity dropped by 3.33% in March to just 741,567 UAWs daily. However, games still accounted for 45.6% of DApp industry activity in Q1 2023.
Recently, there has been positive momentum developing around Polygon, especially with regards to NFT, gaming, and Metaverse. Polygon Labs, the team behind this network, has cooperated with many well-known partners such as Warner Music, Starbucks, Adidas, Reddit and Adobe to develop and host NFT projects.
The team also successfully launched a Zero-knowledge rollup equivalent Polygon’s open-source Ethereum Virtual Machine on March 27. It is touted to allow DApps to enhance performance through the transaction batching, reduce gas fees for conducting transactions on the network as well.