The gaming industry’s future is at hand thanks to modding.
Modding goes beyond the conventional definition of making aesthetic or gameplay changes and creating fresh digital content on an existing title by end-users.
The best-known games worldwide achieved their standing in the industry because of modding. Modern gaming history attests to the number of titles that were borne from or transcended immense layers of scale as a result of modding, this includes Skyrim, Team Fortress, Roblox, Counter-Strike, and their ilk.
But beyond the tools lies the community, culture, identity, and self-expression.
Modding stems from the shared passion for a particular subculture or game, and we can see this in the vibrant modding subcultures that exist to generate novelty, enhance player experience, and explore new monetization systems.
These are some of the reasons why game modding is essential to the industry:
● Community: Traditional game publishers have incorporated modding into their ecosystem to leverage the strong community ties that modding fosters between players, developers, and publishers. This leads to increased player loyalty while delivering unique player experiences and fresh digital content that guarantees continued hours of play.
● Inherent open-source and value-creating ecosystem: Modding as a practice automatically adds value to the ecosystem. Modding culture generates value for each stakeholder within the industry. For instance, Innersloth’s Among which was released in 2018, would never have achieved the success it did until the modding community laid hands on it. Modding communities also serve as testing grounds for products before receiving significant funding.
● The rise of NFTs: Non-fungible tokens are just another representation of blurring lines between the physical and digital worlds. Modding has a significant relationship with NFTs and the gaming industry as a whole. Every piece of content that goes into a game is in itself an NFT. Characters, items, skins, downloadable content, music, meta, boss battles, and gameplay are essentially digital containers and snapshots of value. The only difference is the ownership of those digital assets belongs to the publishers, not the players who pay their hard-earned money to use them. The blockchain essentially decentralizes this control and ensures a player’s immutable ownership of an asset even if the game studio closes down the next day, with a verifiable record of how they got to own such asset.
The gaming industry is exponentially growing with a projected surge in revenue to the tune of $180 billion in 2021 It will effectively account for the most significant number of NFT sales. Once gaming truly hits its stride, NFTs will open the doors to new value-generating streams across physical and digital spaces.
@DIGITALAX_ is among the most important emerging actors in the digital fashion/NFT/gaming spaces. It seeks to liberate gaming and fashion through @ESPA4play, a first of its kind casual esports platform for all players, indie devs, and modders. ESPA creates a path for casual gamers to get into esports and engage with the content they enjoy to accrue points. Players can then exchange these points for real value, creating real-world sources of revenue for them. This is revolutionary, considering the extremely high barrier of entry that competitive esports currently requires.
ESPA also helps modders, indie devs, and designers to better monetize their content by allowing them to leverage its native and interoperable Layer 2 solutions infrastructure. A solution that works across all live 3D content environments. This will enable modders and indie devs to harness another solid use case for their content without having to circumvent controls and interfering too much under the hood.
Designers will enjoy direct embedded functionality and utility within the ESPA metagame. Different assigned values of rarities determine the access a player has for its use within esports tournaments. This is pivotal for designers, who stand to benefit from the recognition of their contributions within the gaming ecosystem.
Lastly, the ESPA platform allows indie devs and designers to harness the value in Web3, Crypto, and NFT technology, without having to learn too many technical details. They can just unlock and leverage the features of such technologies without requiring them to restructure their business and technical dev pipelines.
Modding will be pivotal in the years to come and will remain a vital subculture inseparable from the gaming industry’s evolution.
We’re witnessing a rapid shift from the physical to the digital. Modding is, in the end, a representation of the increasing adoption of participatory, open-source collaborative culture towards the masses. Democratization of gaming as we know it.