At its inception, the internet began as a read-only platform, where most content on it was static and meant only for consumption by the larger populace. A few years later, social media was born, and suddenly, anyone with an internet connection could contribute content to the world wide web. Nowadays, the internet is currently in transition to bring a deeper level of interaction. This will be achieved by using virtual worlds, where users can utilize 3D avatars to interact with other users in a much more immersive environment called the metaverse. 

Thanks to blockchain technology, several projects have been built in line with this movement. One of the most popular blockchain destinations for metaverse project developers is the polygon. 

About polygon

Ethereum is the most popular blockchain for dApp developers, be they creating NFT marketplaces, DeFi protocols, or play-to-earn games. This can be attributed to the fact that it was the first layer 1 chain to introduce smart contract compatibility. These smart contracts help dApps run autonomously. 

However, Ethereum was soon faced with a congestion issue, which led to heightened transaction (gas) fees. The polygon was launched as a layer 2 solution to this blockchain to solve this. It was intended to take some of the burdens off of Ethereum, thus increasing transaction speeds and reducing gas fees. To utilize polygon, you need only bridge your crypto from Ethereum, after which you can interact with various Ethereum dApps. You may also need to purchase MATIC, the polygon’s native currency, to enable you to pay fees on the network.

Top metaverse dApps on polygon

Aavegotchi

The Aavegotchi welcome page.

This is a play-to-earn game that blends DeFi functions with NFT gaming. It utilizes cartoon-like ghost characters called Aavegotchis. Users can then utilize these avatars to farm, battle, or trade on the Gotchiverse, the game’s virtual realm. This realm is subdivided into Beyond, the Grid, and the Citadel. The Aavegotchi characters are NFTs whose value depends on their traits, wearables, and collateral. 

The game is powered by its native GHST token, so you must acquire these tokens to play it. GHST can be used to purchase the NFT characters, their wearables, consumables, and other in-game items. The token can be obtained from major decentralized and centralized exchanges. You can also stake these tokens against your character, which gives it an intrinsic value. Gameplay rewards are doled out to the highest 100 rarity scores, the top 100 experience scores, and the best 100 kinship scores. 

Boson protocol

The boson protocol landing page.

Nowadays, almost everyone has a digital representation of themselves on a social media platform. This could be a Facebook profile, Twitter, Instagram, or even LinkedIn. Boson protocol intends to give inanimate objects a similar digital shadow. Of what use will this be?

Set in the popular Decentraland metaverse, Boson Protocol intends to facilitate the trade of real-life goods and services as NFTs. For instance, you can purchase a designer item of clothing on the metaverse as an NFT. This NFT can then be exchanged with the actual garment at the designer’s store. In this way, Boson Protocol can be considered a virtual mall. 

Additionally, this platform also incorporates a gaming component. You can participate in games on a specific brand’s virtual shop, where you stand to win certain redeemable NFT items. You may purchase the NFT at full price or play a game to qualify for a discounted price. 

Pinkslip Finance

The Pinkslip Finance welcome page.

This is a play-to-earn racing game with an incorporated DeFi component. To participate, you first need to buy a car, which is represented as an NFT. These NFTs are classified into three types – gold, silver, and bronze. Gold stands the highest chance of winning, and bronze the least. The winner of the drag race gets to take home all the prize money.

These cars can be purchased using the game’s native coin, $PSLIP. This coin is also stakable for passive rewards. Notably, the income from the sale of NFTs is split into two. One half is sent to the staking pool, while the other half is used to fund research and development.   

 Cryptovoxels

The Cryptovoxels landing page.

This is a virtual world in which users can buy and own virtual plots of land. The game’s architecture resembles a real-life sandbox, with common features like roads and buildings. By purchasing land, you can earn crypto by reselling it or by hosting audio, video, or pictorial content on it and charging other users for access. What’s more, you need no special software to access this virtual sandbox – a browser is enough. However, since it has 3D components, using a VR headset would give you the most immersive experience. 

MetaSoccer

The MetaSoccer landing page.

This is a fantasy football-style soccer game hosted on the polygon. In it, users can purchase NFT assets such as players, scouts, and stadiums for their virtual teams. They can then use them to play friendly matches against the MetaSoccer AI or career mode matches against other users on the platform. 

Users get to earn crypto rewards with every competitive match they win or by finishing the season in one of the top spots. They can also earn from the trade and loaning of players, where they can charge commissions on the sale of players. One can also rent out their stadium and sell match tickets for crypto. Betting on a winning team would also earn you $MSU rewards. 

Conclusion

The metaverse is a digital realm in which users will be able to interact with each other using avatars. Thanks to blockchain technology, several projects have been built in the metaverse, most of which incorporate an earning component. Polygon, thanks to its scalability and efficiency, has become one of the top destinations for metaverse dApp developers.