State of Blockchain Gaming in Q1 2023

Blockchain gaming report Q1 2023 DappRadar x BGA
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DappRadar x BGA Games Report

Although there has been a slight decline in on-chain gaming activity in Q1 2023, games continue to hold a significant position in the dapp industry’s overall activity. The latest on-chain data analysis by DappRadar for the first quarter of 2023 offers an optimistic outlook on the industry’s potential for growth and advancement, emphasizing the crucial contribution of gaming in propelling innovation and progress.

Key Takeaways

  • Blockchain gaming activity in Q1 2023 had an average of 791,474 daily Unique Active Wallets, a decrease of 8.58% from the previous quarter.
  • Polygon has emerged as a prominent player in the blockchain gaming industry, ranking third in terms of activity in Q1 2023 with an average of 122,307 daily unique active wallets (dUAW).
  • Alien Worlds and Splinterlands were the top games in terms of user activity in Q1 2023 on their respective blockchain platforms, with Alien Worlds dominating 66% of WAX activity and Splinterlands claiming 99% of Hive activity.
  • In Q1 2023, investments in blockchain gaming and metaverse projects surged by 12.95% to reach $739 million.

Highlights of the blockchain gaming industry in Q1 

Highlights in blockchain gaming landscape in Q1 2023

In the first quarter of 2023, the Web3 gaming space saw continued growth and exciting advancements. However, it is not just Web3 gaming projects that are driving this trend. Traditional Web2 gaming companies are also recognizing the potential of blockchain technology and expanding into the blockchain industry.

Blockchain Gaming Overview Q1 

Industry Unique Active Wallets DappRadar metrics

In Q1 2023, blockchain gaming has shown a bullish sign of growth, with an increase in dominance from 42.87% in Q4 of 2022 to 45.60% in Q1 of 2023.

Top Blockchain gaming by UAW in Q1 2023

Polygon, a blockchain previously known for DeFi dapps, climbed the charts and secured the third spot. This is a positive sign for Polygon, as it is now gaining recognition as a gaming blockchain. 

Top 5 Games of Q1 2023

Top 5 blockchain games of Q1 2023

Q1 2023’s top games are Alien Worlds, dominating 66% of WAX activity with an average of 223,945 dUAW, and Splinterlands, claiming 99% of Hive activity with an average of 127,242 dUAW.

Investments in Web3 games 

Investments in blockchain gaming and web3

A total investment of $739 million was pumped into blockchain gaming and metaverse projects in Q1 2023, a 12.95% increase from previous quarter investments.


While there was a slight decrease in daily unique active wallets compared to the previous quarter, the overall dominance of blockchain gaming increased. The emergence of Polygon as a major player and the success of Alien Worlds and Splinterlands indicate the potential for growth and innovation in the industry. 

Additionally, the increase in investments in blockchain gaming and metaverse projects, along with traditional gaming companies recognizing the potential of blockchain technology, suggest a promising future for the Web3 gaming space. 

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