Developer Insights: Long-term Thinking with Axie Infinity
At Sky Mavis, we are aware that there are a variety of different stakeholders within the Axie Infinity community with different levels of financial involvement, motivations, and goals. We are always actively monitoring feedback, and do our best to make decisions from a place of empathy to everyone in the community.
Simultaneously though, the focus for the team is primarily on the long-term sustainability, growth, and success of the Axie Infinity ecosystem. Many decisions and trade-offs we make to align to that may not allow us to resolve short-term pain points. For example, by focusing our engineering efforts on Battle v2 and Land, we do not have the bandwidth to implement as many improvements for the existing game.
Here are a few things we encourage our community to keep in mind as we go on this journey together:
There will be significant volatility: Being at the bleeding edge of gaming and blockchain technology makes Axie Infinity particularly susceptible to volatility, from internal and external factors. We expect there will be significant highs and lows in the years to come, whether that be from massive growth spikes or crypto bear markets. This is why we implore only those who are looking to stick around in the long-term to join us and our community on this rollercoaster ride, we think it’ll be worth it.
Axie utility will change over time: As most of you know, we are looking to launch Battle v2 as soon as possible. The meta will change significantly, and will continue to change over the Seasons. In numerous future games such as Land, every Axie will have completely different values and benefits. When we implement Body Part upgrading their utility will change again. This is all a function of the necessity for the Axie Infinity Universe to always be evolving and providing new challenging and fun gameplay. With that said, there will be Axie releasing mechanisms in the future so that regardless of their changes they can be released to still gain value in return. Also, as the Universe expands we expect every Axie will gain significantly more utility.
Focused on long-term value over short-term token prices: We understand that token prices are very important to members of our community and everyone on the team empathizes with that. However, the price of tokens in our ecosystem ultimately will come from us and the community creating long-term value for each other. That is what we are focused on. Economic adjustments take thoughtful consideration and we do not take them lightly, this is why it may take more time than might be expected for us to roll-out changes to the economy. There are many other ideas we are considering for SLP utility as well, one idea is to have Body Part power-ups that may require SLP to craft.
We will not always get everything right, but we will listen, learn, and work together with the community to iterate our way to success as we have always done. Creating a good game is hard, but creating a great game is exponentially more difficult; we aim to make a great game and with that comes development times that can feel long while the live game is operating and the market fluctuates. Axie Infinity has grown to where it is today because of this long-term thinking within the community, and that mindset will continue to drive Axie Infinity towards becoming a true digital nation.