This week, we had the amazing opportunity to host a Twitter space with many community thought-leaders.
Joining us this week as guests were Cryptofolk, the founder of Safrooticsand GaspodeWDa Web3 content creator.
This article will act as a summary and highlight some key points made during our conversation “Does Ownership Really Matter?”where we were joined by a number of other speakers.
One key theme that emerged was the ability to monetize your assets as an extension of having “true” ownership (having full access to use and resell an asset as opposed to having it stored in a profile). Monetization strategies could include selling the NFTs on platforms such as OpenSea, renting the assets out for others to use, or even fractionalizing the NFTs and individual selling components.
The latter, done through platforms such as fractional.art, allow individuals to divide and re-sell fractions of an NFT in order to make a profit.
Indeed, these strategies can often be beneficial for a community, as they increase accessibility and reduce entry costs, while rewarding the original NFT holder.
Many Web3 games and platforms are currently using NFT ownership as a way to reward holders (such as through airdrops), allow exclusive access or facilitate community feedback to ensure that supporters of the project can shape its direction.
While this may match some Web2 notions such as crowdfunding or owning shares of a company, the unique element is that the Web3 communities are a community of users, and are not (at least, not all) purely having their say in an attempt to make more money — they are passionate about building a great product.
“Unlike Web2, Web3 is the community” — Safrootics
Does Enabling Ownership Facilitate “Pay to Win?”
An interesting counterpoint to the benefits of digital ownership is that it facilitates a “pay-to-win” community within the gaming sector, where it is easier for users to purchase the “best” assets, leading to those who can invest more being more successful in the game. This is in contrast to games which rely purely on cosmetics, which often don’t have any in-game utility as a business model.
However, there were a few counterpoints to this notion:
First, in many games, having experience and a deep understanding of the game can lead to more success than someone with limited experience but more valuable assets. This can be due to nuances within games which can put a more experienced player in a situation to win.
Second, one of the largest value-drivers of Web3 in many industries is royalties. In many “Web2” contexts, creators are unable to earn from a secondary sale (such as DVDs, video games, clothing, etc.). However, attaching royalty fees to digital assets allows creators (including game creators, musicians and more) to earn trailing royalties which would make secondary sales desirable.
Finally, this ability to resell assets enables a different type of user apart from gamers, collectors and whales — “flippers”. Flippers can find ways to make gains by buying and reselling assets, which are often critical in many “Web2” games such as Trading Card Games (TCGs). The combination of these users and royalties can support the growth of many Web3 projects by facilitating additional revenues.
“If it’s done right, you could have something great. If it’s done poorly, it’s not going to be adopted.” — AllInAllGaming
Is “Ownership” the Next “P2E”?
Prior to the beginning of the bear market, P2E, or Play-To-Earn, was one of the most popular buzzwords in the Web3 space. Since then, it has seen a number of changes, such as “Play-And-Earn” or “Play-And-Own”, to match current market trends and be the new ‘solution’ to onboarding Web2 gamers.
Gaspode went on to acknowledge that “ownership” could just be the next buzzword which would eventually fade away into obscurity.
Web3 Taking the Opposite Direction
One interesting trend in Web2 is the move from “true ownership” to account-based ownership (also known as a SaaS model; such as streaming services in lieu of DVDs, or digital game platforms replacing physical copies of a game). This seemingly is in direct contrast to Web3, where having ownership of your asset and being able to re-sell it are core values.
Is Ownership ‘Enough’?
Towards the end of the discussion (which is available in full here), there was a detailed discussion around Web3 innovation, particularly compared to Web2 games, suggesting that ownership simply wasn’t enough to make users move from Web2 to Web3.
Indeed, the P2E model has had to change over time, as gamers will usually be more invested in a game that is fun, rather than a less-fun game which can let them earn. This has led to the increased need for more “fun” and innovative Web3 games, in order to make them desirable for gamers.
“At the end of the day, people play great games”. — WolvesOfRomeTCG
This innovation, however, will likely come from more than just “true ownership”. What this may look like will be a topic for a another discussion.
Ultimately, this discussion is not a conclusive end to the role of digital ownership, and it will continue to evolve overtime alongside the Web3 space. This discussion also focused mainly on the gaming vertical of Web3, which might have different value in ownership compared to other verticals.
The full space (lasting for over 90 minutes) can be found here.
Thank you to all of the speakers and listeners who joined us for the first session. We are looking forward to hosting another one next week on Monday September 19th!
If you have a topic you’d like us to explore in the future, feel free to reach out!
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