On Tuesday, December 13, the Web3 gaming studio Mirai Labs announced its intention to move from Polygon to Avalanche. With as many as 500,000 users now lined up to move from one blockchain to the other, Avalanche founder Emin Gün Sirer has amplified the snub, implying that Polygon just doesn’t cut the mustard.
Commenting on Mirai’s decision, Gün Sirer appeared to question Polygon’s reliability, stating: “Games need technology that actually works.”
In Tuesday’s announcement, Mirai said it will be moving its entire ecosystem to an Avalanche subnet. Abandoning the platform it used to launch the Web3 games Pegaxy and Petopia, the studio is in the process of migrating existing games to the new subnet, which will host all new products.
As part of the changes, Pegaxy has relaunched its PGX in-game token. The PGX-AVAX trading pair is already live on the Avalanche-based Decentralized Exchange (DeX) Trader Joe.
Commenting on the move, Mirai Labs co-founder and CEO Corey Wilton lauded the blockchain platform’s “unmatched developer support and exceptional scalability.”
He added: “Avalanche is increasingly known in the blockchain industry as the go-to network for Web3 gaming.”
Mirai Labs joins a growing number of game developers choosing to embrace AVAX and build their own Avalanche subnets. These can be customized to suit their individual needs while eliminating third-party traffic and enabling gasless transactions for users.
Other gaming platforms that have pursued a similar strategy include the eSports giant TSM, as well as crypto native players like Solert Games and Merit Circle DAO.
In a bid to nurture the blockchain’s burgeoning Web3 gaming ecosystem, Ava Labs has even launched Arcad3 – a dedicated program to help traditional game developers integrate blockchain technology.
In an X post commenting on Mirai’s transition to Avalanche, Gün Sirer appeared to criticize the studio’s former home network.
He said games developers “can’t be fooled with future of promises of currently nonexistent technology, gobbledygook terminology, and influencer marketing.” He added: “They demand reliable chains that actually work and that’s why they are coming to Avalanche.”
In the field of Web3 gaming, Polygon still retains a lead over Avalanche thanks to platforms like Qorpo World and Versa, which use the blockchain to power dozens of popular titles, helping it sustain a sizable gamer base. However, with Avalanche’s popularity among developers rising, Polygon’s lead could be under threat.