March 28, 2024
MapleStory Expands to Avalanche for Enhanced Gaming
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MapleStory Expands to Avalanche for Enhanced Gaming

MapleStory, a widely played massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) from South Korean publisher Nexon, with a substantial daily user base of over 400,000, is set to expand its horizons onto the Avalanche blockchain. In an announcement on March 11, dubbed “MapleStory N,” the game disclosed plans to leverage an Avalanche subnet on the blockchain’s cloud network.

This strategic move aims to eliminate the need for a separate implementation partner, providing enhanced convenience, additional support options, and a swift time-to-market. The integration into the Avalanche blockchain is anticipated to offer users novel opportunities for content creation, allowing them to shape new worlds and contribute to the evolving MapleStory Universe.

Scheduled for a launch later in 2024, MapleStory’s blockchain venture, facilitated by Avalanche, seeks to build a stable and comprehensive ecosystem. Angela Son, MapleStory Universe’s partnership lead, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership with Ava Labs, emphasizing the potential to establish a robust blockchain ecosystem that can cater to diverse decentralized applications (dApps), including MapleStory N.

Originating in 2003, MapleStory boasts immense popularity in the Asia-Pacific region, amassing over 180 million registered players. Its venture into the Web3 space, MapleStory Universe, incorporates non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to enhance in-game experiences for players.

In a parallel move on March 22, 2023, Nexon, MapleStory’s parent company, opted for the Ethereum layer-2 scaling solution Polygon to empower its blockchain ecosystem. The deployment of a Polygon supernet within MapleStory allows players to earn and collect in-game items as NFTs, adding a layer of value to the gaming experience.

The Avalanche network has been gaining notable traction in 2024, partly attributed to collaborations with traditional financial giants like JPMorgan and Citi. These partnerships have focused on real-world asset tokenization initiatives and the implementation of new technologies on the Avalanche blockchain.

A report on January 15 highlighted the rising interest in Avalanche inscriptions, with over 100 million minted since their inception in 2023, driven in part by the excitement around Bitcoin BRC-20 inscription tokens.

MapleStory’s move to integrate with the Avalanche blockchain reflects the gaming industry’s increasing recognition of the potential for blockchain technology to enrich user experiences and create novel opportunities within virtual worlds.

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