Axie Infinity is a trading and battling game that allows players to collect, breed, raise, battle, and trade creatures known as “axies” (characters based on axolotl), which are digitized as NFTs. New players need to purchase at least three axies to begin playing. Eighteen months after launch, the company estimated that the average player had spent around US$400.
The game uses a “pay-to-earn” model (also called “pay-to-play-to-earn” model) where participants can earn a token which is traded on Binance as an Ethereum-based cryptocurrency. Players can also exchange in-game assets as NFTs. Axie Infinity allows users to cash-out their tokens every fourteen days. This model has been described as a form of gambling.