Yes, you can earn Crypto and NFTs by playing games in web3.
With crypto games like Axie Infinity generating multiple millions of dollars in revenue per month, it is difficult to ignore the numbers.
Whether or not you want to play games simply for fun or to earn money, wouldn’t it be great if games could optimizes for both?
Whereas Axie Infinity is considered a “Play to Earn” game, an innovative team from Australia has come up with a better model – Play to Own
Play to Own games bring a new framework to crypto and NFT gaming in which playability is taken into account before the money making aspects.
The Play to Own model seeks to establish a fun and engaging environment for players first and foremost. Without this aspect, NFT based crypto games are not sustainable.
What is Play-To-Own Gaming?
Play-to-Own games are attractive to players because it is possible to earn financial rewards within the game, as well as freely trade items and tokens outside of the game.
These unique features are enabled by blockchain technology.
Play-to-Own is different from the popular “Play-to-Earn” gaming model.
Play-to-Earn is actually an unsustainable game model because people will use the game solely to extract money.
This is bad for the game because no value is organically flowing back into the game.
Play-to-Own games are a better model because they place the in-game experience ahead of financial incentives. People before profits.
Play to own is not about making money. It’s about making memories. Steve Woody
The difference with Play-to-Own is that the game creates a place where people go just because they enjoy playing.
The ability for players to own and trade tokens and items is simply a means to enhance the game, enabling people to continue playing the game for fun. 
Of course, users can decide to cash out and sell their tokens and items if they decide to quit playing.
When players have this enhanced level of freedom to leave with their rewards at any time, game developers are incentivized to develop a truly great game where people want to stick around and interact with each other.
When the primary focus is making the game / product great, the downstream impact is a fun game with great financial incentives as well.
For a blockchain game to succeed with crypto and NFT economics, there must be a balance of players who play for the sake of enjoyment with those who play solely to earn money and convert the token into fiat.
For a play-to-own game to work, there must be an active cohort of players consistently being a part of the game and helping to build a bit of “community”.
Sunflower Land is an example of a Play-to-Own game that does a good job of this.
Sunflower Land Community:
As developers seek to maximize fun and enjoyment for gamers, communities form.
As with almost all web3 projects, value follows community, and community follows utility.
If the game is fun and engaging, a community could naturally form around the game itself.
The larger the community, the larger the network effects and thus the more valuable the entire ecosystem becomes.
Sunflower Land has a strong community where people from around the world come together to discuss the game.
- GitHub: Sunflower Land has an active developer ecosystem and is thus still being developed and improved. The roadmap has quite a few exciting features on the horizon.
- Discord: the Sunflower Land Discord group is extremely active and with FAQ’s describing common fixes as well as a support ticketing system for technical issues.
The bull case for Sunflower Land: Community Oriented Developers and Founders
Sunflower Land is unlike other crypto games because there was no pre-sale/pre-mine of the SFL token.
Additionally, the game is completely open source, and community run at its core.
As described by the documentation under “Tokenomics”, the team of developers have a commitment to ensuring this aspect of the game remains true:
“We are paid directly with the fees generated by the player driven economy. We succeed when people play and our goal is to design tokenomics that engage users for the long term.” 
Before you can play Sunflower Land – or any crypto game – you need a crypto wallet.
- Play to Own: https://philipla.substack.com/p/blockchain-games-play-to-earn-play-and-own?s=r
- Axie World https://www.axieworld.com/en
- Utility for Rare collectible items in the game: https://opensea.io/collection/sunflower-land-collectibles