How Decentral Games Built a Leading Metaverse Game With Alchemy and Polygon
August 5, 2022
Decentral Games leverages Alchemy’s Web3 developer platform to easily integrate their metaverse onto the Polygon blockchain.
$0.01 average transaction cost
1,000+ daily transactions
< 2 minutes to sell out 1,000+ NFTs at drops
The customer-obsessed Decentral Games (DG) team has pioneered the metaverse with their marquee game, ICE Poker, built and scaled on Alchemy and Polygon.
After navigating instability issues with various RPC providers, DG, a Web3 gaming ecosystem, realized that in order to achieve their desired scale, they needed an infrastructure partner that could provide consistent reliability and 100% accurate blockchain data. DG turned to Alchemy, and since doing so, has reached unprecedented heights, today with a million market cap of over $39 million (as of Aug. 5).
A Metaverse-Based Play-to-Earn Game
ICE Poker is a free metaverse poker game where players earn rewards by completing daily challenges and competing against each other on a daily leaderboard. Skilled players are rewarded with $ICE tokens, the in-game currency that enables upgrades of items and access to new tournament modes.
$DG is their separate utility token, used to activate and upgrade ICE wearables. When staked, it can be used to vote on governance proposals and grant access to premium guild tools.
The ICE Poker metaverse
How Alchemy’s Uninterrupted Reliability Drove Growth
Initially, DG launched ICE Poker on a variety of alternative private and public Web3 infrastructure providers. However, as their usage scaled, they were running into multiple outages per week, requiring them to switch providers, and amounting to a ton of manual work.
“Without question, Alchemy has been the only provider with a comprehensive set of tools that enables us to scale seamlessly, with uninterrupted reliability, while making thousands of calls each day.” -- Kyle Gusdorf, software engineer at Decentral Games
With products like Alchemy’s Supernode, DG accesses the most reliable and scalable infrastructure in Web3. Supernode features 99.99% uptime, ensuring that ICE Poker is up and and running 24/7, the way a globally-accessed metaverse needs to be.
How Alchemy’s Scalability and Throughput Supercharged Drops
As DG’s metaverse has taken off, Alchemy’s infrastructure has scaled to meet their needs, with 0% rate limiting.
At the start of 2022, DG was running ICE Wearable mints every few weeks. Each drop included over 1,200 NFTs and demand was more than double supply. The drops would sell out in less than a minute, with one drop generating more than $6 million ETH that went to the DG Treasury.
Driving such meaningful business metrics required DG’s backend infrastructure, handled by Alchemy, to scale with a massive amount of calls, in a very short timespan.
“Not only did Alchemy ensure there would be 0% rate limiting for each drop, but their infrastructure handled the load seamlessly, and the team was on call for each one, monitoring from the sidelines to ensure there were no bottlenecks.” -- Kyle Gusdof, software engineer at Decentral Games
The benefits for DG’s users are substantial. They can mint freely and enjoy a stable experience while playing in DG venues. Now that service outages and blockchain call delays are no longer an issue, DG can focus less on maintenance and more on fleshing out products that create the best possible metaverse.
Building on Polygon, the Ethereum Scaling Solution
ICE Poker enables thousands of daily games, all happening simultaneously on-chain. This level of traffic has the potential for exorbitant costs, both in development and for DG’s users. Recognizing that this could significantly impact user experience, the DG team chose to build their game on Polygon, an Ethereum Layer 2 scaling solution.
“Alchemy’s support for Polygon made it an easy choice for us that compounded benefits. We got to couple the benefits of Polygon’s low fees and fast transaction times with Alchemy’s unmatched reliability. The best part is we’re able to pass all of these benefits back to our users.” -- Kyle Gusdof, software engineer at Decentral Games
Polygon's low network fees and rapid transactions have lowered the barrier to entry for ICE Poker’s users into the larger Web3 ecosystem. In turn, like their choice to partner with Alchemy, this enables higher user retention.
As DG continues to scale in both DAU and gameplay services, affordable scalability is even more important. With access to robust and scalable infrastructure, the DG team can primarily focus on building fun experiences instead of mitigating the pains of a slower/more expensive network.
With Alchemy handling their infrastructure and Polygon’s blockchain providing low fees and high speed, ICE Poker will continue to dominate the metaverse ecosystem.
Here is how you can get started building with Alchemy on Polygon today.
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