The metaverse is the internet on steroids. It’s a 3D location shared by millions of connected users where anything is possible. And with multi-billion dollar companies going to the extent of rebranding themselves to accommodate the metaverse, it is safe to say that we are at the cusp of a revolution!
There has been a remarkable explosion of blockchain gaming projects at the conjuncture of NFTs, Player-versus-Player (PvP) and Play-to-Earn (P2E) model. The number of active blockchain gaming projects has doubled in 2021 alone, soaring to over 400 projects with the gaming user base quadrupling in the last two months of 2021.
One such game that has been generating hype and a sense of WAGMI in the gaming community and crypto investors is the NFT-based gaming project, Guzzler. Guzzler is pegged to be blockchain’s hottest racing game while being a portal to the wider metaverse.
So, what is Guzzler all about and what lies ahead for it? Read on to find out.
Guzzler (GZLR) is a crypto gaming project that is niched towards car racing enthusiasts and car designers. The game offers customizable and operable cars, wheels, body kits, color mods and performance parts to be minted as NFTs for voyaging through the game and beyond into the metaverse.
The project reimagines “travel” through the metaverse indicating that the game may grow out of the confines of strict racing and even be of utility in the wider metaverse for driving and renting among other things. The GZLR community currently consists of 4540 $GZLR holders and 18,623 members and is rapidly expanding.
GZLR was launched on a decentralized crypto startup incubator, YashaDAO, which offers an investment ecosystem. The features of the launchpad itself are quite noteworthy as they have extensive and stringent project vetting processes, such as live recorded video calls, 2FA with phone numbers, watch list checks and background checks, before listing on the platform thereby letting only credible projects to be filtered through. The launchpad has also incubated innovative projects like Clifford Inu, Pochi Inu, Maneki-Neko, PlantDAO and World Peace Token.
GZLR is also KYC certified by reputed crypto KYC firm, Assure, and seems to be going all the way to guarantee its investors and community of the project’s safety and commitment.
GZLR is more than just your good ‘ol car racing game. GZLR players have a metaverse of possibilities to engage in the GZLR ecosystem such as purchasing, upgrading, racing and trading in cars, wheels and performance parts. The vision of the project is to allow players to have true ownership over the core game assets that are further customizable.
The game, in its recently launched beta version, offers three modes for racing; drift, drag and circuit, all available to play online for free. Moreover, the game can be played in solo mode, or with multiple players, in both online or offline leagues. The gameplay players can earn rewards in the form of NFTs and $GZLR by competing in races from across the world.
To boost performance in the game, players need to use their talents and enhance equipment for their cars. The added advantage of these customizations are that the modified cars, wheels and body kits can be re-minted as a new NFT and used, staked or rented out for earning royalties to racing enthusiasts or their metaverse avatars who do not have the time to mint their own cars and body parts.
According to the roadmap visualized in Guzzler’s whitepaper, the game will eventually allow people to open virtual garages and car dealerships in-game. This holds great potential for car designers and collectors to customize and design the best cars and market them to the GZLR community!
The project is said to feature a set of carefully curated NFT collectibles in the form of car mods, livery skins and body kits to pique the interest of its community and encourage innovative permutations and combinations of NFTs to arise — all in the quest to design the best car that performs best in the circuit.
GZLR’s unique selling point is that it’s customizable NFTs can be used across open worlds to save users time and energy. GZLR has the potential to offer a novel open world experience through the metaverse without having to load multiple pages. GZLR actively organizes giveaways and events on its social media handles through which token holders can participate and win NFTs for cars, wheels and parts.
All in all, NFTs have emerged as a novel way for motorsport enthusiasts to monetize owning unique collectible cars. 2022 is set to be the year for the boom of GameFi and it would be worthwhile to see how Guzzler fares in this.