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Community
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Team
Game Analysis

CyBall

Mai Phan
2022-05-18 10:35
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DISCLOSURE: THIS CONTENT IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. IT IS NOT A RECOMMENDATION TO PURCHASE TOKENS OR ANY OTHER ASSETS. ANY INVESTMENTS MADE IN THE PROJECTS OR ASSETS MENTIONED BELOW ARE DONE SO AT YOUR OWN RISK. THIS IS NOT FINANCIAL ADVICE.


 

Project Highlights

  • CyBall is one of the very first soccer-themed P2E games on the blockchain. The gameplay is beautifully designed to require tactics and strategy to avoid being a click-to-earn game and leverage the entertainment value of CyBall.
  • Since the Tokenomics have not yet been released, we do not yet know the allocation rate or vesting term. The game's current economic model is quite similar to Axie, and the reward token will face strong selling pressure as the number of players grows.
  • At the time of writing, CyBall has 55.4K followers on Twitter, 65.5K members on Discord, and 18.9K members on Telegram.
  • In late 2021, CyBall secured a $1.8M Seed Round led by BITKRAFT Ventures along with Yield Guild Games, Raydium, Impossible Finance, Ascensive Assets, Merit Circle, GuildFi, Ancient8, Avocado Guild, Good Games Guild, Coin98, LuaVentures, ROK Capital, PANONY, SkyVision Capital, Animoca Brands, and MEXC Global.
  • CyBall has partnered with numerous gaming guilds, both large and small.
  • The dedicated team members behind CyBall have strong backgrounds and experience in Gaming, Blockchain, Marketing, and Software Engineering.
  • The CyLoans system provides automated scholarship solutions for individual players and gaming guilds alike, supporting a healthy ecosystem and user-friendly onboarding.
  • Limitations still exist within the game, especially the matchmaking system and the lack of optimization for guild managers to keep track of their scholars.
  • The next major update will feature iOS/macOS compatibility and upgraded UI and animations. It is scheduled for late May 2022.
  • Cyball's long-term philosophy / vision is to enable game content creators to design outstanding products using open-source products. These immersive and income-generating features would eventually lead to a sustainable economy with $CYB as a store of value.

Overview

CyBall is a turn-based card game in which users create teams of NFT cyborgs (known as CyBlocs) to train and compete against each other in soccer matches, earning rewards based on tactics and skill. Just like in real soccer, superior strategy and a little luck can always tip the scales in favor of the underdog.

Gameplay

To play CyBall, players must choose CyBlocs for their team and Tactic Cards, which are used to strategically affect certain parameters to help them defeat their opponent.

Each CyBloc has 3 main stats: Class, Trait, and Skills. Each stat has tiers from low to high and can be levelled up by playing the game. The combination of these stats allows for an almost limitless variety of teams with unique styles and strategies. CyBlocs that are at least 5 days old are able to “mentor” new CyBlocs, passing on their Classes and Traits. To alleviate the inflationary pressure on CyBloc production, each CyBloc can only mentor 3 other CyBlocs in total.

CyBall has 4 main game modes: Exhibition, League, Tournament, and Training, along with 3 main strategies one can use in each game: Defensive, Offensive, and Balanced. Players must learn the pros and cons of each to improve their team's performance. All these features makes CyBall not simply click-to-earn, but think-to-earn; players must devise clever tactics to beat their opponents without relying too much on the stats of their individual CyBlocs. Even players with CyBlocs of the lowest stats can beat those who have the top-tier CyBlocs with the right strategy.

Figure 1: CyBall Tactic Board

In late May 2022, an upgraded version of CyBall called CyBall Reborn will be introduced with new UI and animations. This version will also be compatible with iOS and macOS, which can help widen the user base of the game.

The gameplay of CyBall Reborn will also feature Stadiums - tradable NFTs with a fixed-supply that represent a “home” for CyBloc teams. Stadium owners will be able to customize their stadium name, design, and playable Key Events, and even adjust the advertisements and sponsorships placements within their Stadium.

Add-on features

CyBall has built a community-oriented ecosystem to support the development of the in-game economy, which includes the NFT Marketplace, CyDex, and CyLoans. Players trade assets using the Marketplace and CyDex, as you’d expect, while CyLoans facilitates the distribution of CyBlocs to CyBall scholars.

Figure 2: CyBall Ecosystem

CyLoans features a “scholarship-university” system that automates the distribution of CyBlocs and profit-sharing with scholars. It is a clear improvement on similar systems in games such as Pegaxy or Elpis Battle, and solves the otherwise tedious and cumbersome payment process for Gaming Guilds.

Figure 3: CyLoans operation breakdown

CyLoans’ renting system is most similar to that of Pegaxy. It allows not only established Gaming Guilds but also individual investors to provide CyBall scholarships and run their own micro-Guilds. Similar to Pegaxy, any individual investor or player may list their CyBlocs for rent on the marketplace for a preset share of profit. This simple and highly accesible lending process can generate a more sustainable income stream for CyBloc investors than trading, which is more susceptible to volatility or even manipulation by wash traders.

Tokenomics

CyBall applies a dual token model with $CBT, the utility token, and $CYB, the governance token.

$CBT (Governance token) $CYB (Utility token)
Supply: Infinite Supply: Fixed

Inflationary Factors:

  • Play-to-earn rewards
  • Rewards for participating in CyBall community / ecosystem

Inflationary Factors:

  • Special League and Tournament rewards
  • Staking rewards
  • Rewards for participating in CyBall community / ecosystem

Deflationary Factors:

  • CyBlocs upgrade (Hire-a-Coach)
  • Mentoring

Deflationary Factors:

  • Governance
  • Mentoring

Figure 4: Inflationary and Deflationary factors of CyBall tokens

💡 Cyball has not released a complete breakdown of their Tokenomics, so we do not yet know their allocation rate or vesting terms. The game's current economic model is quite similar to that of Axie Infinity, so the reward token will likely face strong selling pressure as the number of players grows.

However, the team’s long-term mindset and vision for future developments are more reassuring. According to one of Cyball's founders, they aim enable and incentivize individual content creators to design incredible in-game contents using open-source tools. These immersive features would provide income-generating opportunities for users and help to build a sustainable economy with $CYB as a legitimate store of value.

Investors & Partnerships

Figure 5: CyBall Board of Backers

In Q4 2021, CyBall secured $1.8M in Seed Round led by BITKRAFT Ventures together with Yield Guild Games, Raydium, Impossible Finance, Ascensive Assets, Merit Circle, GuildFi, Ancient8, Avocado Guild, Good Games Guild, Coin98, LuaVentures, ROK Capital, PANONY, SkyVision Capital, Animoca Brands, and MEXC Global.

Collaborating with Gaming Guilds has become essential to the success of P2E games. Many prominent guilds including Ancient8, GuildFi, Avocado Guild or Good Games Guild have announced partnerships with CyBall to support the onboarding of new gamers and contribute to a thriving, global blockchain gaming industry. These partnerships will help CyBall attract a broad player base who can enjoy the game without worrying too much about the financial barrier to entry.

CyBall has also received support from influential figures in Crypto and GameFi such as Trung Nguyen (Axie Infinity), Darren Lau (The Daily Ape), Tascha Punyaneramidee (Alpha Finance), Loi Luu (Kyber Network), Kevin Lu (Former Head of Business Development & Growth at Band protocol), Or Perelman (Chromia), Aaron Yee (former Product Manager at Animoca Brands) and Long Vuong (CEO of Tomochain).

Community

At the time of writing, CyBall has 55.3K followers on Twitter, 65.5K members on Discord, and 18.9K members on Telegram. The graph below compares CyBall’s social statistics to those of other prominent, playable P2E games:

Project Twitter Inactive followers Discord Telegram
Axie Infinity (founded on Jan 2018) 927.3K 31.1% 761.6K 70K
Thetan Arena (founded on Aug 2021) 358.7K 34.2% 212.3K 161.4K
CyBall (founded on July 2021) 62.2K 24.9% 85.6K 18.9K
Summoners Arena (founded on Oct 2021) 36.8K 35.4% 27.3K 19.6K

Figure 6: Social media statistics of CyBall and prominent playable games on the market (source: Twitter, SparkToro, Discord, Telegram)

Cyball has a strong community, but has received negative feedback on its matchmaking system.

Besides the typical Discord channel discussions around gameplay, feedback, and strategies, there is also a channel called bodybuilding-fitness where members can share their workout routines— What a healthy community!

Figure 7: CyBall live-streaming sessions on CyBall Discord

There are also community streams which are great for players to socialize and share their experiences playing CyBall.

The team responds quite quickly on both Discord and Telegram to questions and problems raised by the community.

Team

The aforementioned ideas have huge potential, but they would not be possible without an experienced team. The CyBall team includes all individuals with rich experience in Gaming, Blockchain, Marketing, and Software Engineering.

Figure 8: Core Team of CyBall

Tin Tran - Co-Founder:

  • Top 2 DegenScore leaderboard.
  • An expert in Blockchain Engineering and DeFi Researching.

Kevin Bui - Co-Founder:

  • Former founder of his own successful Australian athleisure wear business.
  • An expert in Marketing, Branding, Design, Market Trends and Behaviours.

Aaron Yee - Co-Founder:

  • Former Product Manager at Animoca Brands.
  • 10+ years of experience in game development from conceptualization to market delivery.

Long Vuong - Co-Founding Advisor:

  • Current CEO and founder of TomoChain.
  • Leading product and ecosystem strategies for TomoMaster (a governance DApp), TomoX (a DEX protocol), and TomoZ (a cashless transaction protocol).
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