Now there are many blockchain-based Do-to-Earn platforms offering earnings for activity. Experts at “Crypto-Upvotes” told what prospects such startups have. And what risks for investors exist.
Do-to-Earn projects are becoming popular they allow you to earn from some action, from participating in a game to walking and swimming. Play-to-Earn projects are blockchain-based games where users get tokens for completing tasks. Upgrade their characters or breed pets.
There are projects that pay for singing (Sing-to-Earn), working with documents (Write-to-Earn), and even sleeping (Sleep-to-Earn). Learn-to-Earn platforms offer users to earn money by learning a foreign language.
Interest in such applications, fueled by marketers, is growing every day. Experts from Crypto-Upvotes discussed the prospects of this industry. And he discussed about risks that an investor may face when working with tokens of such projects.
Easy money or good marketing work that hides high risks
Every year people fall for the promises of big profits that such projects offer. Do-to-earn projects came from the gaming space. People bought items in games for status or utility in a game world, our expert told us.
The very phenomenon of Do-to-earn captures gamblers and lovers of easy money. This explains the variety of subspecies of decentralized games. Some projects due to the great hype of their project allow investors and players to stay in profit. When the whole cryptocurrency market has been in a bearish trend for several months. And the number of such projects and their various subspecies is growing very fast. But among newcomers in market, a significant part of startups are inherently unprofitable or even scam.And yet our experts are confident that success of these projects has short-term potential. And it is related only as long as a project has good marketing.
The collapse of such projects is inevitable?
In 2021, this segment moved to a new stage – the promise of tokens for physical activity. For example, the most popular project is STEPN (an app where gameplay is built around digital sneakers in NFT form). Our expert asked some simple questions. “Why would a project pay for your physical activity? Why would it spend millions of dollars on advertising? Are project creators working at a loss to themselves. And dreaming that everyone in the world would improve their health?”.
The answers to these questions are very simple. As long as the project remains popular, users buy sneakers and tokens. And thousands of new people around the world pour their savings into the pyramid. But the collapse of such a project cannot be avoided. And whoever doesn’t manage to sell tokens at the right time will be at a huge loss.
Nevertheless, our expert thinks that you can make money on such a project and come out with a profit; the main thing is to sell in time. This is possible because millions of dollars are invested in the project, both retail investors and large players.
But the long-term perspective of such projects is doubtful. In his opinion, the profitability of such games is directly related to the liquidity of game tokens. Which, in turn, depends on adding new players to the project. Do-to-earn projects are very similar to classic “Ponzi schemes”. Although their profit distribution principle is different.
Such games continue to be profitable only as long as there is hype and media activity around them. They provide a sufficient influx of new users. But as soon as ATH is reached, a project can go down and never come back up again.
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