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Sky Mavis announced that it has passed the review and can debut its Axie Infinity: Origins game on the Google Play Store.

That’s a big step for a Web3 game, as Axie Infinity: Origins is a free-to-play title that introduces players to opportunities to earn rewards and own their own stuff in the Axie play-to-earn universe. Sky Mavis said it believes it’s the first Web3 game to make it through a major app store, though the Vietnam-based company had to make some major compromises to get permission to put the game on the store.

The game takes its first baby step by launching first on the Google Play Store in Malaysia. That enables the team to test and improve the game.

Launched in 2021, the Axie Infinity title set Sky Mavis on track to become a major player in gaming with its play-to-earn mechanism that combined cryptocurrency and gaming. The title peaked in mid-2021 with over 1.8 million daily players, before starting to slide as new players became harder to find and the cost of buying Axie characters increased.


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Still, that was an impressive number, considering that neither Apple nor Google would allow such crypto-transaction crypto games in their app stores at the time.

“As part of this strategy of dipping ‘our toes’ into markets to collect and iterate data, we will also be launching Origins in smaller countries that reflect the demographics and player archetypes of regions such as the Americas, Europe and East -Asia. ‘ said Sky Mavis. “This will allow us to make Origins even better by the time it goes live in other countries for maximum effect.”

The early Play Store versions of the app have limited features. For example, players cannot earn tokens, in accordance with current Google Play Store policies.

“Of course, we remain committed to our vision of a player-owned digital nation, and will continue to work with app platforms to unlock that in our builds. This is the first step towards opening our doors to a new generation of Lunacians,” said Sky Mavis.

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