The world of cryptocurrency investing is the new-new thing attracting millions of dollars. However, the factors that determine the success of a cryptocurrency require no new-new thinking.
Cryptocurrency investors sometimes use the tried-and-tested investment processes which can be distilled into a tidy little abbreviation: POPER – Problem, Opportunity, Plan, Experience, Results.
The POPER way of analyzing a project seeks to answer critical questions: What Problem is the company solving? Is the Opportunity big enough? Is the Plan to solve the problem good enough? Does the team have the Experience to carry out the plan? How will Results be measured?
The Enjin Coin project is one that sets out its whitepaper in a “POPER” format, but before we take a look at how well or not the project rocks the POPER, It’s important to understand the value of Enjin before assessing the potential success or failure of Enjin coin.
Since its creation in 2009, Enjin has grown into one the largest online gaming community creation platforms, providing users with tools to build community, clan, and guild websites (think WordPress for gaming).
The Enjin platform has experienced rapid growth, with about 18.7 million registered gamers who have spent millions of dollars per month in virtual goods across Enjin’s community stores.
Enjin Coin Helping the World of Gaming Create, Manage, Trade Virtual Goods Across Platforms
Enjin created Enjin coin (ENJ), to give game publishers, communities, and game creators tools to create and manage virtual goods and in-game items across multiple platforms.
For the uninitiated, virtual items are digital representations of functional or decorative items, such as clothing, weaponry or equipment, which players can buy and use in the game environment to power up their gameplay experience.
Although there are hundreds of platforms offering “secure” opportunities to buy and sell in-game currency and virtual goods, the digital assets are usually only available to use on their proprietary platforms.
This makes it difficult for gamers to trade digital assets outside of the game environment or across multiple platforms. Enjin Coin seeks to change this. Using Enjin Coins as the common currency, games, and communities can create unique in-game items, currencies, and privilege tokens, allowing gamers to trade digital items across different games.
This changes the current virtual goods market from one that is centralized to one that is decentralized, encouraging gamers, game publishers and content creators to trade, create and manage virtual goods which should help Enjin coin gain a stronghold in the virtual goods markets, potentially boosting the value of the coin.
Virtual Goods – The $17 billion opportunity
The virtual goods market is expected to reach $17.4 billion by 2020. However, Enjin is not alone in its quest to dominate this market as there are companies with more cash, larger communities, and more active users, working hard to become the dominant player in the virtual goods space.
The millions of dollars spent by companies to gain a foothold in the virtual goods market may appear a risk to Enjin in the form of increased competition, but it also shows that investors believe it’s an opportunity worth exploring.
Meanwhile, Enjin’s mission to provide the gaming community with tools to create and manage virtual goods and in-game items across multiple platforms allows it to differentiate itself from other companies in the virtual goods space.
But Enjin’s existing 17+ million-strong user base and 250,000 communities is by far its strongest powerup as it can roll out Enjin coins to active users across its platform, creating the all-important network effects of the coin.
Minecraft – Enjin’s Crafty Plan to Spur ENJ Adoption
As there are plenty of Minecraft gamers and communities using Enjin, it comes as no surprise that Minecraft was chosen as the first “test” to roll out Enjin coins as it would require less of a “sell.”
Enjin’s existing Minecraft gaming community is more likely to adopt Enjin coins as trust in Enjin has already been established, reducing fear, uncertainty, and doubt. Enjin rolled out its Minecraft plugin and blockchain-powered Minecraft server in May 2019.
While Minecraft communities and gamers using Enjin will prove to be a good start, the real challenge for Enjin coin is beyond Minecraft. Fortunately, Enjin plans to target the sweet spot of the virtual goods market: free-to-play games.
Virtual spending on free-to-play games make up more than half of the total value of all virtual goods spending – and Unity, a cross-platform game engine makes up 34% of the top 1000 free mobile games.
So it should come as no surprise that Enjin created a Unity SDK which launched on March 15, 2018. Any sign of healthy adoption by the 1+ million strong developers on Unity is likely to send the Enjin coins soaring as the game engine has 770 million users across all games.
Enjin’s roadmap to success is quite clear: The more developers that adopt Enjin coin features, the more gamers use Enjoin coin, which will create that all-important network effects.
To powerup faster adoption of its coin, Enjin will have to market, market, market. As luck would have it, Enjin plans to use a large chunk (30%) of the 75,041 ETH – roughly $34 million raised during its initial coin offering (ICO).
Sure the plan looks good, but what about the team?
The Enjin Team Puts the “E” in Experience
Most of the key C-Suite staff have remained at Enjin since its inception nearly 10-years ago, but more importantly, the company boasts impressive experience in blockchain and open-source development. A snippet of the Enjin’s two main movers and shakers are below but feel free to explore the entire team.
Enjin CEO, Creative Director Maxim Blagov has 15 years of expertise in creative direction, project management, and UX design, while Co-founder, CTO Witek Radomski leads the Enjin Coin currency implementation and integration within the online gaming ecosystem.
Enjin Results – Post ICO
For most cryptocurrency projects, investors keep an eye on the milestones the company sets out in its roadmap as well as communication updates from the team. So far, Enjin has completed its ICO and is pushing ahead with implementing core smart contracts, platform API, and a mobile smart wallet ahead of the highly anticipated Minecraft plugin.
Some investors – probably pre-sale/ICO participants – have sold their holdings of Enjin coin in recent days, in what was most likely panic selling as the price came under pressure falling below the ICO price of $0.030.
Crypto investors’ willingness to ‘hodl’ Enjin coin will play a significant role in the daily fluctuations of the coin as 80% of the 1,000,000,000 total supply was distributed via crowd sale. However, for investors who appreciate that some investments require a long-term hold in order to reap the returns, Enjin coin is an attractive opportunity. What say you, are you ready to hodl ENJ?
TL;DR: Enjin Coin (ENJ) aims to empower gamers, developers, and communities to create, manage, trade virtual goods across platforms. Enjin will slowly roll out its coins across its existing community of millions of gamers and 250,000 communities. The Minecraft plugin was the first big milestone. Success lies beyond Minecraft adoption; however, so the adoption of Enjin coin outside of the Enjin ecosystem is critical to achieving scale. Unity SDK to launch by March 2018. Post-Enjin ICO, ENJ has fallen below ICO price.
- Enjin Whitepaper