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Biggest Crypto Gaming Tokens Launched in 2024—So Far

Huge tokens have been dropping left and right so far in 2024, and gaming projects are getting in on the excitement. Tokens tied to games and networks have been among this year’s biggest launches as the broader crypto market rebounds and airdrops accelerate.

From Portal to Pixels, these are the gaming tokens that have made waves so far this year, ranked by peak market cap to date per pricing data at the time of writing. But there are sure to be more big tokens ahead, as our gaming airdrops roundup suggests, so stay tuned—we’ll keep updating this list.

We’re using a peak market cap of at least $100 million as our minimum benchmark for this list, as of this update, though we may shift that mark over the course of the year as more and more tokens launch.

1. Notcoin (NOT)

Peak Price: $0.02896
Peak Market Cap: $2.97 billion

There’s a new reigning champion, and it’s not even close. Notcoin launched its NOT token on The Open Network (TON) in May, and it quickly blasted up to a market cap near $1.5 billion amid an airdrop claim available to some 35 million players.

Granted, like many newly launched coins, the early price action was volatile and it dipped soon after… but then blasted off to new heights in June, reaching a peak market cap of nearly $3 billion. No other new gaming token in 2024 has come close. And with a flood of new Telegram-based games taking hold and reaching even larger audiences, all eyes will be on the next token launches ahead.

2. Pixels (PIXEL)

Peak Price: $1.02
Peak Market Cap: $731 million

Ethereum’s hottest game right now is also responsible for one of this year’s biggest tokens. The PIXEL token launched in late February for the chill farming game on Ethereum scaler Ronin, and helped introduce even more crypto-native elements into the web game. It also generated more than $1 billion worth of trading in less than a single day.

With hundreds of thousands of daily users, Pixels has the crypto world’s attention and has helped build some serious momentum around Ronin too. PIXEL popped above a price of $1 in mid-March, taking over the top slot on this list until Notcoin dethroned it. More tokens have been unlocked since then, though PIXEL’s price is also way down as of this writing.

3. Saga (SAGA)

Peak Price: $7.60
Peak Market Cap: $684 million

While not exclusively a gaming chain, the layer-1 Saga network has centered most of its initial push around games, including running play-to-airdrop campaigns and revealing plans for an in-house game publishing arm called Saga Origins. According to Saga, about 80% of testnet projects were focused on gaming.

And the SAGA token has made a big splash, first with a record-breaking Binance Launchpool campaign that saw customers stake over $13.4 billion worth of funds to earn SAGA rewards, and then with a peak price that pushed the token to the number-two slot on our list as of this point in the year. And there are more airdrop rewards to come.

4. Portal (PORTAL)

Peak Price: $3.36
Peak Market Cap: $561.6 million

Just launched on February 29, Portal arrived with a level of hype we haven’t seen in the crypto gaming space in some time. In part, that’s because of an airdrop farming push that saw users flood Twitter with tweets—and a then-record Binance campaign that saw users stake over $9 billion worth of crypto in hopes of yielding rewards didn’t hurt.

The price dipped pretty quickly, however, and hasn’t come close to regaining that ground as of this latest update. Can this Ethereum-based token for the upcoming cross-chain gaming platform regain the hype?

5. Xai (XAI)

Peak Price: $1.59
Peak Market Cap: $440.6 million

The Xai layer-3 gaming network on Ethereum scaler Arbitrum had this year’s first big airdrop, rewarding owners and operators of the network’s Guardian Nodes and certain NFT holders. It’s been a hot start for XAI so far, rising to a peak price that’s more than double what it dropped at.

Games are starting to roll out on the network, which ought to drive even more attention and excitement to the token, plus Xai recently launched staking rewards too.

6. Heroes of Mavia (MAVIA)

Peak Price: $10.59
Peak Market Cap: $317.7 million

Heroes of Mavia is one of this year’s biggest new crypto game launches. The Clash of Clans clone has attracted millions of downloads across iOS and Android, and Skrice Studios celebrated the release by airdropping tokens to 100,000 early players, along with tokens for virtual land owners who had previously staked their NFTs.

MAVIA saw a big price surge after launching in February, rising above $10—a more than 5x improvement on the opening price. But it was short-lived, shedding over 80% of its value since, and the game’s team opted to push back and trim some token unlocks to ease the potential impact on the market.

7. Gaimin (GMRX)

Peak Price: $0.03937
Peak Market Cap: $261.2 million

Gaimin is designed to power crypto games via a decentralized cloud computing platform, letting users contribute their spare computing resources to earn rewards. And the platform’s GMRX token just launched in late March.

While the individual token price is tiny, there’s a sizable circulating supply, pushing the peak market cap to a meaty $261 million. The price is down by over 95% as of this writing, however, so we’ll see whether Gaimin can get back near that mark any time soon.

8. Zentry (ZENT)

Peak Price: $0.045
Peak Market Cap: $248.7 million

Launched in late April, ZENT is the token of Zentry, a crypto gaming guild turned gaming rewards platform previously known as GuildFi. Along with the rebranding, the firm launched a new Ethereum token and offered a conversion rate for existing GF holders to transition over to ZENT.

Zentry’s new token peaked in price a month later, pushing its all-time high market cap to just shy of $250 million—though like a lot of gaming tokens (and crypto tokens broadly), it’s down sharply since.

9. Apeiron (APRS)

Peak Price: $1.88
Peak Market Cap: $193.6 million

Apeiron is a buzzy Ronin strategy game that’s currently holding a play-to-airdrop campaign, and also recently launched its APRS ecosystem token in the network’s first-ever token sale.

The token’s market cap came close to $200 million on the launch date, though as with Gaimin above, the price has fallen a fair bit since then. Still, it rose high enough to make this list—and the game still hasn’t fully launched yet.

10. My Pet Hooligan (KARRAT)

Peak Price: $1.27
Peak Market Cap: $132.2 million

KARRAT is a new Ethereum token administered by The Karrat Foundation and tied to My Pet Hooligan, the battle royale-style shooter with NFTs. Dropped on April 22, KARRAT was served up to My Pet Hooligan NFT owners, who are able to claim an allocation of tokens.

At peak price, KARRAT rose as high as a nearly $117 million market cap based on the initial circulating supply, though the token price has dipped since then as of this writing.

Editor’s note: This story was originally published on March 3, 2024 and last updated with new info on July 9.

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