Blockchain gaming sees $2.3B in investments year-to-date: Report

Blockchain gaming projects have seen $2.3 billion in investments in 2023, with the third quarter getting $600 million despite crypto market prices seemingly being in a bearish mood all year. 

According to a report from the decentralized applications (DApp) tracking platform DappRadar, the first quarter of 2023 netted $739 million in investments, while the second and third quarters got $973 million and $600 million, respectively. This shows that the blockchain gaming sector attracted a total of $2.3 billion in investments in the first three quarters of 2023.

Investments in blockchain gaming projects by quarter. Source: DappRadar

Among the investments in the third quarter of 2023, $213 million went to the development of metaverse-related games and technology despite some declaring the metaverse to be dead. The rest of the investments seen in the quarter went to Web3 gaming infrastructure and investment firms, according to DappRadar. 

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While investments in the space show that stakeholders still recognize the potential in the blockchain gaming space, the amount invested into Web3 gaming this year is a lot lower compared to last year. DappRadar analysts highlighted that the amount invested this year is only “30% of last year’s fundraising activity.”

In addition, compared to the third quarter of 2022, which drew $1.2 billion in investments in blockchain gaming, the third quarter of 2023 recorded about 50% less in the amount invested. This means that while there are still funds coming into the space, it has gotten significantly lower compared to the previous year. 

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