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Ethereum NFT Game Illuvium Sells Over $72M in Digital Land Plots

The role-playing game’s first land sale on Immutable X yields a huge stash of crypto, even in a bear market for NFTs.

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Illuvium is an Ethereum-based role-playing game. Image: Illuvium

In brief

  • Ethereum-based game Illuvium sold over $72 million worth of NFT digital land plots.
  • The land plots provide various benefits in the upcoming PC and Mac game, due out later this year.

Illuvium, an upcoming Ethereum-based role-playing game, sold more than $72 million worth of digital land plots as NFTs during a sale that ended on Sunday.

The sale, which began Thursday, ultimately saw nearly 20,000 digital land plots sold to investors and prospective players. Illuvium’s land NFTs run on Immutable X, a layer-2 scaling solution for Ethereum that enables cheaper, faster, and more energy-efficient transactions.

An NFT is a blockchain token that proves ownership of a digital asset, such as artwork or collectibles, and in the video game space that can mean land, player avatars and apparel, or weapons.

Illuvium’s game world ultimately will feature 100,000 total land plots, holders of which will receive access to various in-game benefits, such as extracting fuel that can be sold to other players for a potential profit. Illuvium is set to launch on Windows and Mac computers later this year.

Among the initially offered 20,000 plots, 29 were retained by the developers for future giveaways, while two additional Tier 5 plots—the most valuable in the game—each will be auctioned off using a standard auction format.

For the 19,969 plots that were sold, Illuvium used a Dutch auction format that saw the price of each plot decrease gradually during each batch of plots put up for sale. Prices started at 2 ETH (currently $3,700) for Tier 1 plots, 6 ETH ($11,100) for Tier 2, 20 ETH ($37,000) for Tier 3, and 80 ETH ($148,000) for Tier 4.

Illuvium took in more than $72 million during the sale. The creators, according to a tweet, said that some 4,018 ETH (over $7.4 million today) will be redistributed to holders of the game's ILV token that have it staked. Meanwhile, 239,388 of the game’s sILV2 token (about $22 million worth) will be burned or permanently destroyed, thus reducing the total supply.

"Inflation bad, deflation good," reads an official explainer regarding the planned burn.

Virtual land sales have generated hundreds of millions of dollars for blockchain-based metaverse games like The Sandbox and Decentraland. A report from MetaMetric Solutions claimed that some $501 million worth of virtual land was sold throughout 2021, with another $85 million in January 2022 alone.

Illuvium’s land sale isn’t quite a record—fellow Ethereum-based game Ember Sword had a $203 million sale last July—but it’s notable due to the current bear market for NFTs, which have suffered alongside crypto markets.

Leading NFT marketplace OpenSea has seen daily trading volumes in the $25 million to $40 million range of late, following a record-setting single day of $476 million on May 1, while top projects like the Bored Ape Yacht Club have seen sinking valuations.

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