Surging user activity on Ethereum layer-2 (L2) Polygon in March saw the network become the second-largest blockchain gaming network in terms of unique active wallets (UAWs).
According to an April 6 Blockchain Games report published by decentralized application (DApp) analytics platform DappRadar, the number of UAWs engaging with games on Polygon hit 138,081 in March, marking an increase of 53% compared to February.
That figure places Polygon well ahead of third and fourth-ranked Hive and the BNB Chain at 84,000 and 80,000 UAWs a piece, while first placed WAX is well ahead of the pack at 314,000 UAWs.
“Polygon, a blockchain previously known for DeFi DApps, overtook Hive this month and secured the second spot. This is a positive sign for Polygon, as it is now gaining recognition as a gaming blockchain,” the report reads.
A significant amount of the UAW increase on Polygon was down to the Hunters On-Chain game by BoomLand, which has seen a UAW increase of more than 17,000% over the past 30 days alone, according to DappRadar data.
Launched in January, Hunters On-Chain is a Web3 adaptation of BoomLand’s mobile game Hunt Royale. It is a free-to-play RPG with NFT integrations and has a similar look and style to Minecraft.
On March 9 in particular, the game saw an all-time high UAW count of around 55,300.
It is unclear what specifically drove the surge in interest for the game last month, although anticipation for an in-game NFT sale on March 31 may have been a contributing factor.
Looking more broadly, the report noted that all “on-chain gaming activity decreased by 3.33% in March to 741,567 daily Unique Active Wallets (dUAW); still, games make up 45.6% of the DApp industry activity in Q1 2023.”
The team also successfully launched Polygon’s open-source Ethereum Virtual Machine equivalent zero-knowledge rollup on March 27. It is touted to allow DApps to scale through transaction batching, unlocking higher performance while also reducing gas fees to conduct transactions on the network.