Axie Infinity Teams Up with Cloud9 eSports and Its Stratus
Axie Infinity collaborates with Cloud9 to demonstrate the game's esports potential and reach audiences outside of Southeast Asia.
Axie’s eSports-focused Features
Axie Infinity has released a free-to-play version (Axie Infinity: Origins) to make the game more accessible, while also steadily adding more esports-friendly features since its initial release. Furthermore, all players will have access to all Axies and equipment in order to build the strongest team possible without the need to buy or breed the NFTs. Additionally, the stream is delayed by an anti-sniping feature that is built into observers, preventing players from using it to get information about opponents.
Axie Infinity is a straightforward game. The game is a hybrid of Pokémon and Slay the Spire, combining monster battles with card-based attacks.
The ability to gather monster NFTs and engage in inter-battle breeding are two of the Axie Infinity's most intriguing features.
In mid-2022, the two companies (Axie Infinity and Cloud9) began serious talks to develop a deeper relationship. The partnership was founded on a shared vision and goal of communicating the potential of blockchain technology in a way that resonated with the traditional gaming audience.
Cloud9 introduced Stratus at the end of 2020; it is a paid subscription that grants exclusive access to the team.
Stratus' format is changing. It was first offered at a $500 yearly price point to emphasize its uniqueness. To make the program more accessible, the model has been reworked to either $10 per month or $200 annually. Members now receive a welcome box containing merch upon signing up, as well as access to a members-only store, behind-the-scenes content, a Discord server, and community tournaments such as the one sponsored by Sky Mavis.