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2022 Wrap-Up: Top 10 Most Popular P2E Games that Defied the Bear Market

Welcome to the 11th edition of Double Your Own Research (DoubleYor) —  GameFi biweekly newsletter covering major product launches and events in the blockchain play-and-earn ecosystem.

Key Highlights of the 11th edition:

  • As 2022 draws its curtain behind us, we took an overview of the top 10 games by unique active users in the last 30 days.

  • PetaRush, My Neighbour Alice, and Floki Inu’s Valhalla are the top 3 games that went live in the 2nd half of December 2022.

  • Double Protocol brings exciting New Year games to everyone; collect gifts to earn amazing rewards.

Top 10 P2E Games by UAW in 2022

Despite the bear market throughout 2022, most GameFi projects have been hard at work rolling out innovative games and products that appeal to the broader gaming community. We made a report on the top 10 most popular games by the number of unique active wallets (UAW), these games continue to gain/retain a massive player base despite market conditions.

  1. Alien Worlds: Alien Worlds is a play-to-earn game that features a universe of six worlds, each with 500 land plots. Every plot is player owned and represented by an NFT. Players can earn Trillium by engaging in the gameplay and through a staking system. In the last 30 days, 683.5k unique active addresses (UAW) have interacted with Alien Worlds, making it the most popular P2E game in 2022.

  2. Benji Bananas: Benji Bananas is a free-to-play mobile game from Animoca Brands. It is a popular action game (over 50 million downloads) in which players make Benji the monkey and his friends leap from vine to vine through the jungle. Membership Pass NFT allows players to earn PRIMATE tokens by playing Benji Bananas. The game ranks second in our list with 459.3k UAW in the last 30 days.

  3. Splinterlands: Splinterlands is a play-to-earn, collectible card auto-battler that was previously known as Steem Monsters. The game features players battling against each other, using these cards in one vs one matches. With 316.91K UAW, Splinterlands ranks third by most active games at the close of 2022.

  4. Upland: Upland is an NFT-based real estate mogul simulator. In the game, “digital landowners” mint properties and land in the game that are mapped to actual properties in the real world, most notably the United States. Uplands ranks 4th in the list of the most popular games by the end of 2022 with a UAW of 134.58K.

  5. Trickshot Blitz: Trickshot Blitz is one of the latest games from Joyride studio. The game is a simple concept that lends itself perfectly to attracting an addicted audience. All you need to do is play pool, execute Trickshots and earn rewards. Trickshot Blitz has garnered 122.32K UAW in the last 30 days.

  6. Farmers World: Farmers World is a play2earn game operating on the WAX blockchain. It is built on the premise of Game-Fi and NFTs. Players engage in different farming activities, interact with other farmers and discover many resources. Farmers world is the top 6 projects that grew strong in 2022 with UAW of 113.33K.

  7. Axie Infinity: Axie Infinity was the face of P2E games when GameFi took flight in 2021. The game features a digital pet community, in which you buy creatures – called Axies – and use them to battle, explore and breed with other Axies. Despite a huge slump in user base in 2022, Axie still ranks 7th with a UAW of 96.81K.

  8. Planet IX: Planet IX is an NFT-based strategy and play-to-earn game. Players contribute to building a better planet by acquiring and cultivating land in the form of NFTs. In the last 30 days, 96.54k unique active addresses have interacted with the game.

  9. Arc8 by GAMEE: Arc8 is a Play-to-Earn mobile gaming platform where arcade gaming meets crypto. Get to the top, crush your opponents and win GMEE tokens in multiple video games. Arc8 has attracted 89.27K UAW in the last 30 days.

  10. Ultimate Champions: Ultimate Champions is a free-to-play fantasy sports platform with officially licensed NFT player cards that you can fully own, collect, and trade! The game has powerful play-to-earn mechanics and is tailored to a mainstream audience of sports fans. With 84.95K UAW, Ultimate Champions made it to the top 10 games finishing strong in 2022.

Top 3 P2E Games that Launched in the past Week.

A lot of GameFi projects continue to launch new games even during the holidays, here are the top 3 P2E games that launched just before the end of 2022. You can leverage their P2E features to supercharge your earning potential in the new year.

  1. Floki’s metaverse game Valhalla goes live on Optimism Goerli

A new metaverse game has arrived in the Floki Inu ecosystem. According to a tweet, Valhalla's blockchain-based game is now live on Optimism and available to the global community.

Valhalla is a real-time turn-based strategy game in which players must constantly think and base their movements on predictions of the future. Players may explore the land of Valhalla in the FLOKI-powered NFT game, with all combat processed and recorded on the blockchain. The free-to-play game is available on the Optimism Kovan Testnet, and players may take advantage of the play2earn features to earn FLOKI tokens.

  1. NFT Game My Neighbor Alice Version 2.0 now Released

My Neighbor Alice successfully released its game version 2.0 to the mainstream audience on December 16, 2022. The game version 1.0 was initially released in June 2022, but now the latest version brings exciting features for users to try. Top of the list of features is the use of Avatars to represent players and their virtual characters which can also be customized by installing different asset classes.

My Neighbor Alice is a multiplayer builder game in which players may create and manage virtual territories, connect with neighbors, and participate in interesting daily activities while earning in-game prizes.

  1. Multi-IP game PetaRush launches 2nd Beta and Win-to-Earn feature.

PetaRush, the world's first multi-IP blockchain mobile game, launched its second closed beta on December 21 and is now available for download on Apple’s AppStore and Google’s PlayStore. PetaRush is a blockchain racing game with trendy 3D animal characters as runners.

The gameplay is similar to the traditional Mario Kart, but players do not need to control the direction; instead, they have strategically used their skills to minimize stamina consumption, boost running speed, and disrupt opponents in order to win the championship. This private beta activates the Peta Token Qualifier, which allows NFT holders to earn tokens. PetaRush offers two modes, "Winner Takes All" and "Play to Earn," to attract players with varying interests and let them feel the delight of win-to-earn in a blockchain game!

From Double’s Desk

Double Protocol presents Chicky New Year Campaign

New year’s coming, let’s have some fun in Double Protocol’s Chicky New Year campaign! Play the Chicky New Year game and win up to 600 USDT rewards!

To get eligible for the reward, you’ll need to complete all the tasks below and rank top 7 on the leaderboard!


  1. Follow Double Protocol

  2. Join our Discord

  3. RT the pinned tweet.

  4. Rent a Chick NFT and play the Chicky New Year game here.

  5. Complete the google form

🏆 Reward:

1st place: 200 USDT for each

2-3 place: 100 USDT for each

4-7 place: 50 USDT for each

Kindly join the campaign on Galxe

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