Korean gaming companies started to get into Blockchain gaming back in 2019 and it looks like that will continue in 2021 and beyond. Blockchain technologies in Korea have been growing ever since the Korean government starting supporting the new technology. Will Blockchain games be a gateway to Blockchain adoption for the mass market? This seems the most logical as it is the best way to teach people about Blockchain by giving them a hands-on experience of the benefits of Blockchain in real-time.

South Korea is already the world’s 5th largest gaming market with close to 30 million active gamers. Korea’s gaming market alone is worth close to $6 billion.

For this article, we will not include casino/betting games. This is not the future of Blockchain gaming in Korea. There is already a lot of debate over blockchain games in general leading to speculation. Therefore, for the Blockchain gaming industry to grow in Korea, we need to have games that accommodate the casual gamer in Korea.

Korean Blockchain Games in Trouble?

For now, not a single Korean Blockchain Game has gotten a rating from the GRAC (Game Rating and Administration Committee). This South Korean administration is in charge of policing Korea’s gaming industry. Therefore if a game does not get a rating from GRAC, it can’t be distributed in South Korea. However, GRAC has no power to stop gamers in Korea to play Blockchain games released by overseas developers.

Many Blockchain game developers are looking into in-game items represented in the real world by non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The aim is to have these items be traded and converted into cash or cryptocurrencies on NFT trading platforms. Many top-selling games in South Korea are already allowing gamers to liquidate in-game items using out-of-game exchanges. Therefore, there might be room for Blockchain games in the future as long as gaming companies follow strict regulations and standards set by the committee.

Here are Korean Blockchain Games to Watch For

Nine Chronicles

Nine Chronicles Korean Blockchain GameNine Chronicles is an RPG game that is an open-source project built on the Libplanet Blockchain which is integrated with Unity. Therefore Blockchain game developers can create new worlds and features that will be shared with all players. Currently, Nine Chronicles has 9 worlds to explore. In addition, it is supported by a complex economy where supply and demand are the greatest currency. Players will collect unique treasures and battle enemies. Furthermore, they will be able to create special items and trade with other players. Therefore, this open-source model along with an open economy will create new possibilities for players.

“From the start, we were committed to creating a great game that’s also a true development platform rather than a license to tweak. Nine Chronicles opens its entire mechanism to developers. It’s a real playground for modders,” said the CEO of Planetarium Kijun Seo.

Planetarium Signs Partnership with Ubisoft

Planetarium signed Ubisoft to an advisory partnership. Joining Ubisoft is the Blockchain accelerator firm Hashed. Ubisoft has a lot of experience with Blockchain gaming as they have already supported many startups through their Entrepreneurs Lab accelerator program. Ubisoft has also partnered with the EOS-based gaming platform Ultra to validate blocks on its Blockchain. In addition, they developed a prototype for a Minecraft-like Blockchain game called HashCraft and released their own Blockchain game similar to CryptoKitties called Rabbids Token.

Developed by Planetarium 

Infinity Star

Infinity Star Korean Blockchain GamesThis Korean Blockchain game is an RPG on the Ethereum Blockchain. Gamers will be able to earn items and characters in various stages. In addition, they can get weapons, armors, accessories, and in-game characters even if you are a non-paying user. Furthermore, gamers can earn rewards even without logging into the game. Female superhumans battle futuristic monsters. In addition, Items, armors, and weapons are distributed as non-fungible tokens (ERC 721). Therefore players will have absolute item ownership since it will be recorded on the Blockchain. Players will be able to buy, sell, and trade their items just like they would digital assets. For Koreans to access their site, they will need to use a VPN since the site is not applicable to the residents in Korea.

Developed by NodeBrick

Five Stars

SkyPeople Five StarsSkyPeople’s first Blockchain game is called Five Stars. It is a Blockchain strategic RPG that offers an in-game crypto wallet. Players can trade their items through the in-game market for MNR (Mineral) tokens. In addition, the Blockchain game offers in-game DEX integration and NFT item market support. SkyPeople has already established a partnership with Klaytn. Therefore asset trading is possible between Klaytn partners.

Developed by SkyPeople

Crypto Legends

Crypto LegendsThis Korean Blockchain game lets mobile gamers battle against each other using playing cards. There are 8 classes that have various units and spell cards. Furthermore, 2-D cards are in full 3-D during the battle to give more color and realistic graphics. Furthermore, was praised for its graphics and quickly went to first place on the EOS game ranking site Dapp.com. In their first 30 days, Crypto Legends got over 7,000 users. In addition, it was the first time a Korean Blockchain game was ranked No.1 on the DAPP ranking site.
“I’m very happy to become the 1st Korean Blockchain game to achieve a meaningful number one in the global Blockchain game market. In the future, I’ll make more complete games,” said the CEO of Weneepl, Mr. Hyun.
Developed by Weneepl

Knight Story

Knight StoryKorean Blockchain game Knight Story is an RPG game that has wizards, knights, and archers. Gamers build their army, defeat the enemy, and save villages. In addition, players can make over 200 items. These items include bows, swords, armor, and etc. Furthermore, players can exchange items with other players. Therefore, what makes this Blockchain game special is that it quickly made profits. In addition, it recorded the 5th highest revenue among all Blockchain games. In order to play the game, you will need to create an Ethereum account and then link it to your game account. Furthermore, once you achieve user level 7, you will be able to make MyKI (My Knight Item) with your game item. Therefore, you will be able to sell or trade with friends.
Developed by Biscuit

Bird Tornado

Bird Tornado Bird Tornado is a shooting game where characters of cute birds clear away projectiles that fly in a radial manner. It will use the same cryptocurrency in the game called Cryptornado for WEMIX. During Cryptorndao’s promotions in late 2019, WEMIX-specific tokens and Klay tokens were given away. Furthermore, these tokens can be used for Bird Tornado. Four types of currencies are used in the game. All currencies have their own purpose and help players in different ways. There is Gold, Ruby, Golden Key, and Tornado.
  • Gold (the main currency) used to upgrade projectiles
  • Ruby can be used to buy characters and get upgrades
  • Golden Key offers players a chance to win Gold and Tornado tokens through a lucky wheel spin
  • “Tornado” used to purchase special packages or character summon
Developed by WEMIX

Aquarium

Aquarium is a Blockchain game where players collect and grow hundreds of different species of fish. It features AI to observe the fish’s food chain relationships.
Developed by WEMIX

The Future of Blockchain Games in South Korea with NFTs

South Korea is filled with hard-core gamers and NFT enthusiasts. NFT collectibles have taken off in Korea much the same way Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies did back in 2017. It is estimated that the NFT asset market will hit $500 million by 2022. One of the top Blockchain companies in Korea looking into NFTs is Enjin, a Korean Blockchain company founded back in 2009. They shifted their business model to NFTs starting in 2017. Their aim is to compete against Ethereum as the key platform for game-based tokens. In addition, Enjin plans to enable carbon-neutral NFTs by 2030.