Axie Infinity Builders Program!
4/22 Update: This post has been updated to align with the updated guidelines here
We are all building Axie together. Whether you’re a content creator, developer, guild leader, Axie collector, Arena battler, or breeder — each and every one of you is an important missionary on a quest to build a new type of game.
Today, we take an important step in our mission to build Axie alongside the community.
We’re excited to announce the launch of the Axie Infinity Builders Program! Through this initial experiment, we want to provide resources, promotion, support, and tools for community developers to build compelling and valuable gaming experiences on top of Axie.
Community co-creation is a guiding north star of the Axie Infinity ecosystem. It will be a fundamental driver of scaled-value generation over time.
Members of our community have already experimented with these ideas in the past. Their creativity led to some great early mini-games, including Flappy Axie and Axie Sushi. While these early examples helped drive community engagement in 2018/2019, they ultimately were discontinued once Ronin was released.
While we are aware that the current documentation and tools for community development are relatively limited, we believe they can help most people get a good head start. The community’s engagement in the Builders Program will help guide our efforts in helping make it more and more easy to develop experiences and tools over time.
In short, the goal of this program is to further strengthen our community’s ability to create gaming experiences and tools, while managing risk to our community members, and our gaming network at-large.
Teams that are chosen to be part of the program will receive:
A minimum $10k grant in AXS to go towards their project, with a total of 5,000 AXS (~$400k) in grants available for this program
guidance from SM engineering
guidance from SM game design and product
exclusive access to integrations such as Ronin SSO, Ronin Network testnet, and Ronin Wallet
Domains whitelisted for the Ronin Wallet can ask players to sign a message. Once a message has been signed by the player, the player can access the Axies they own and use them in the game / experience created.
exclusive access to API documentation for partner developers
promotion of their project by Sky Mavis to the community
access to art/asset packs
Monetization of the projects is allowed and encouraged but must follow these requirements
Payment by players is done in SLP or AXS to a single Ronin wallet
A percentage of revenue (0-75%) may need to go to the Community Treasury detailed at the bottom of the Builders Terms
The SM team will help with advising on monetization models, some example model ideas include:
Entry fee funded prizes
Within PvP experiences, players can pay for entry fees in SLP / AXS that go into a pool, winners take a majority of the pool.
Players pay SLP / AXS into a pool to do a “Ranked” run of the game and try to get their best score, at the end of each day the players with the best scores will win part of the pool.
How to Apply
Application form: Axie Infinity Builders Program Application Form
We will decide who to allow into this program based on the following factors:
Culture, goals, and mindset alignment with Sky Mavis and the Axie community
Evaluation of how fun and engaging their experience could be for the community
Engineering assessment around feasibility of the project and technical talent on the team
Potential positive impact to the Axie Infinity community and economy
Commitment to the project - what resources and time the team is looking to invest into it
Trust in the developers to not abuse their exclusive access privileges
This program is specifically for new Development projects, there will be separate programs for content creators and community engagement initiatives.
We will be reviewing applications on an on-going basis and selecting new teams to enter the program over time. Due to this being a new and experimental program, we will not be accepting many teams to start. If you are not chosen initially you may still be chosen in the future.
Example Project Ideas
Axie Tower Defence
Re-create Neopets games with Axie assets
Public Tools & Resources
Although as part of this program will include access to exclusive tools and resources that are not public, these are some of the existing resources available for anyone to get started that is already publicly available:
Axie Developer’s Cookbook: A summary of the available tools Builders can use
Axie Infinity Discord: Check the pins in the builders-program and tools-api-etc channels for more information on various tools, as well as if you are looking to recruit more help for your project
AxieDAO Single Sign-On (SSO): This tool will allow for any developers to verify a player’s Ronin address and subsequently the assets they own. The documentation can be found here.
Forming a Project Team
A new channel “Builders-Program” in the Axie Infinity Discord will be created for people who are looking for more help on their project. For example, if you’re a Developer but you need help from an Artist for your project, you can post about your project, explain what you need, and find teammates with complementary skills!
The Builders Program is an experimental program that could change at any time.
Sky Mavis has the right to revoke access and privileges from the Builders Program from any team at any time
Builders should encourage players of their games to either use their own Axies through Ronin verification of ownership OR allow players to use the likeness of Axies the Builder owns or has permission to use. Builders should not use or allow usage of others’ Axies in their game, without the permission of the owner.
As always, we are always looking for feedback on our programs and ways to improve. Please provide any feedback on the Axie Infinity Builders Program here: Builders Program Feedback Form