Loaded Lions: Crypto.com’s NFT Collection Ventures into Blockchain Gaming with Cronos Chain Launch
The flagship NFT collection of Crypto.com, Loaded Lions, has entered the world of blockchain gaming with the launch of its maiden game, Loaded Lions: Mane City, on the Cronos chain. This strategic move signifies Crypto.com’s progressive step into the gaming sector within the Web3 domain. This expansion aligns with the company’s overarching vision of exploring innovative applications of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.
Collaborating closely with Cronos Play’s SDK team, Loaded Lions: Mane City unfolds as a tycoon simulation game that invites players to design and construct their ideal cities and mansions. The game introduces a unique economic model where players generate gold and diamonds through the land they own and the establishments they establish – such as gyms, banks, and music stores.
For early access to Loaded Lions: Mane City, players are required to possess a Land NFT from Crypto.com’s “Land – The First Frontier” NFT collection. Though the initial collection was sold out in December 2022, eager players can still join the game by procuring these NFTs from the secondary marketplace on Crypto.com NFT or Minted.
Each Land NFT corresponds to a virtual plot of land within the game. Notably, the First Frontier Land NFT collection is distributed evenly across distinct deeds, categorized by rarity levels – Starter, Rare, Epic, Legendary, and Mythical. The rarity level directly influences the open sites for constructing Businesses, generating Gold, and passive Diamond generation.
Possession of a Loaded Lions NFT unlocks exclusive in-game benefits, including boosters that expedite in-game progression.
Although in its beta phase during launch, Loaded Lions: Mane City embraces ongoing evolution. The game is set to introduce fresh mechanisms aimed at elevating the gaming experience. Upcoming features include a competitive mode, novel methods for friends without Land NFTs to partake in the excitement, additional NFT integrations, and more.
Henrik Johansson, Global Head of Growth at Crypto.com, expressed the company’s enthusiasm for partnering with Cronos to launch Loaded Lions: Mane City on the Cronos Chain. Johansson underscored the significance of blockchain gaming within the Web3 ecosystem and Crypto.com’s dedication to innovation and expansion.
Ken Timsit, Managing Director of Cronos Labs, emphasized the project’s collaborative essence and its alignment with Cronos’ commitment to GameFi. Timsit articulated the importance of diversifying dApp offerings to foster broader Web3 and DeFi adoption.
Mane City players enjoy creative freedom in expanding and enhancing their virtual constructions. With the introduction of a competitive mode, players vie for top spots on the leaderboard, based on the Gold amassed during a season. Players’ rankings correlate to rewards, offering opportunities to gain a competitive edge or exchange rewards for Cronos’ native CRO token.
The game boasts distinct features:
- Mansion Personalization: Customize Mane Mansions for personalized flair and in-game progression.
- Dynamic Prize Pool: The dynamic prize pool grows during the season, providing shared rewards.
- Building Placements: Players strategically decide the location of Business placements.
- Marketplace: An integrated platform for buying and selling Businesses and Blueprints.
Loaded Lions, Crypto.com’s inaugural NFT collection, comprises 10,000 unique, algorithmically-generated PFPs (profile pictures). Each NFT showcases 150 distinct traits hand-drawn by Crypto.com’s creative team. Ownership confers membership to the exclusive ‘Mane Net’ community, offering VIP experiences, unique giveaways, and priority access to Crypto.com’s NFT initiatives.
Established in 2016, Crypto.com serves over 80 million customers worldwide, setting industry standards in compliance, security, and privacy. The company envisions widespread cryptocurrency integration, committing to “Cryptocurrency in Every Wallet™”. Crypto.com aims to accelerate cryptocurrency adoption through innovation and empower the next generation of builders and creators.
About Cronos Chain
Cronos stands as the first EVM-compatible Layer 1 blockchain network built on the Cosmos SDK. Supported by Crypto.com, over 500 app developers, and partners, Cronos aspires to create an open ecosystem for DeFi and GameFi applications. Cronos leverages Ethereum developer tools, diverse crypto wallets, and inter-blockchain communication (IBC) for cross-chain connectivity. The Cronos ecosystem prioritizes innovation, aiming to onboard the next billion Web3 and DeFi users.
As the gaming industry meets the blockchain domain, Loaded Lions: Mane City demonstrates Crypto.com’s dedication to diversification and innovation. The collaboration with Cronos reflects a proactive approach toward driving Web3 and GameFi advancements.
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