September 22, 2022

How to Build a Web3 FIFA Clone

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Countless people across the globe enjoy playing the dynamic, fun, and competitive sports game  FIFA. As such, this game is a perfect candidate for a Web3 model. By following along in this article, not only do we want you to score a goal in your Web3-based FIFA game, but we want you to reach the main goal of this article, get inspiration and build a Web3 FIFA clone. Furthermore, by the end of this tutorial, you’ll know what your next steps should be if you want to advance your Web3 game development skills further and actually create a clone of FIFA for Web3. The best part is that you can use legacy tools such as Unity for all blockchain development endeavors, all thanks to Moralis. 

Moralis, the leading enterprise-grade Web3 API provider, enables you to incorporate all sorts of Web3 features. For starters, you can use Moralis’ Web3 authentication solution, allowing users to connect their Web3 wallets to your dapps and provide them with a gateway into the crypto domain. Then, by using the ultimate Web3 API, you can query all on-chain data without breaking a sweat. Furthermore, you also get to incorporate NFT functionality using Moralis’ state-of-the-art NFT API. What’s more, you can do this on several supported chains. As a result, you future-proof your Web3 games with cross-chain interoperability and bypass the issue many devs face – getting stuck using only one blockchain. So, if you think you have what it takes to build a Web3 FIFA clone, create your free Moralis account and start bridging Web2 and Web3.

What is FIFA?

FIFA, or Fédération Internationale de Football Association, is an international governing body of association football, beach football, and futsal. FIFA was founded back in 1904 in Paris; however, its current headquarters is in Zürich, Switzerland. Furthermore, this governing body largely contributed to the popularity of football (a.k.a. association football or soccer). After all, football (not to be mistaken with American football) remains the most popular sport in the world. 

However, when discussing FIFA in a game setting, it refers to one of the most popular sports video games. The FIFA games have a history of almost thirty years, with its first release in 1993. Since then, the game’s had a new release every year, ensuring that all the latest players, stadiums, and other details are up to date. Along the way, graphics and in-game features improved significantly. Of course, not all series were equally successful. For instance, FIFA 12 holds the “fastest selling sports game ever” record. However, the consistency and high quality of this game have always been at a very high level. Furthermore, all the major platforms support the FIFA game. Moreover, as announced by the publisher of the game, EA Sports, the game is to be known as EA Sports FC from 2023, indicating a new era of football entertainment.

With such a long history, the chances that you’ve played the FIFA game before are quite high. Hence, you probably remember the excitement of playing this game. This is especially true when playing with friends and peers in person or online. Now, imagine FIFA with all the benefits of Web3. So, how to build a Web3 FIFA clone? Before we answer that question, let’s look at game motivations and gamer types.     

What Makes Us Pick Our Favorite Games

When building Web3 games, things start the same way as with Web2 games – with inspiration. However, since Web3 functionality adds value, you can draw inspiration from popular Web2 games. That would be the case when building a Web3 FIFA clone. Though, in general, you should always keep in mind that players enjoy games for various reasons. Thus, a game should connect with players emotionally. It should also fit the players’ motivations and match their gamer types. Essentially, it is the players’ game motivations and gamer types that will determine their favorite games.

For instance, the “Bartle taxonomy” of player types splits them into four categories: “socializers”, “explorers”, “achievers”, and “killers”. 

As you can see in the image above, “killers” and “achievers” prefer acting over interacting. While “achievers” focus on completing missions or other in-game tasks, “killers” enjoy destruction. However, you can also see that the majority (about 80%) of people are “socializers”, and are just looking to have a good time with friends.

Furthermore, the latest research by Quantic Foundry identified twelve gamer motivations that match nine gamer types. Their model clearly indicates that players’ motivation determines their type, which determines their favorite games. Here’s the list of the leading motivations:

Moreover, here are the main nine player types according to Quantic Foundry’s researchers:

In addition, it’s also worth pointing out that most players have one player type. However, there are some users that can fall under multiple player types.

Nonetheless, bringing Web3 to the table, a new spectrum starts to apply:

Looking at the above image, you can see that Web3 gaming divides participants into investors, earners, and players. Hence, the Web3 functionalities broaden the horizons and offer countless additional opportunities.

Building a Web3 FIFA Clone – Theory

Now that you’ve been acquainted with the complexity of the motivations behind favorite games, you probably agree that going with tested winners makes sense. Since we know that FIFA is one of those tested winners, building a Web3 FIFA clone is a safe bet. Of course, the Web2 functionalities of building a game like FIFA require a lot of resources. As such, we will focus on theoretically tackling that feat. The key point is that if you can handle the Web2 aspect, you’ll easily add the Web3 features. After all, Moralis has got your back.

Now, if you would like to take on more practical tutorials containing code examples, make sure to check out our recent articles on Moralis’ Web3 blog. For example, we have a guide for aspiring blockchain developers on how to create a Web3 dapp in three simple steps!

Get Familiar with Moralis

Moralis is a full suite of enterprise-grade Web3 APIs, and thanks to Moralis’ cross-chain interoperability, it enables you to connect any tech stack to several popular blockchain networks. Also, the Moralis SDK support all leading Web2 development platforms, such as Firebase, Supabase, Unity, React Native, and many others. Hence, Web2 devs can join the Web3 revolution without spending time learning new programming languages. 

Furthermore, Moralis addresses the needs of Web3 games and dapps (decentralized applications) by focusing on simplicity and efficiency. In addition, thanks to Moralis’ Unity SDK, you get to use Unity’s flexibility and, in turn, create your own real-time solutions for emerging Web3. Moreover, aside from various 2D or 3D dapps, you can also easily create phenomenal Web3 games, even a Web3 FIFA clone.

In addition, Moralis includes a complete scope of learning resources. These include the Moralis documentation, Web3 YouTube channel, blockchain blog, and Moralis Academy. The first three outlets are completely free and offer countless example projects and explanations of Web3 concepts. As such, you can become a Web3 developer for free. However, if you are interested in going full-time crypto fast, you might want to enroll in Moralis Academy. There, you become blockchain certified and significantly improve your chances of landing an incredible job within the blockchain industry.

Inspired by Our Web3 FIFA Idea?         

If our idea of building a Web3 FIFA clone inspired you, make sure to create your Moralis account. Then, download the Moralis Unity SDK and start building. Of course, you can do the same with any of your favorite legacy games. After all, in one way or another, they can all gain value with some sort of Web3 features.

If we return to our Web3 FIFA idea, you could focus on the career mode and ensure that players truly own their progress. Characters could be converted into NFTs and owned by players outside the FIFA game, and they could easily trade their progress. You could also convert unique match highlights or special jerseys into NFTs. Essentially, the sky’s the limit. On the other hand, you could also create a “FIFA” token and use it as your Web3 FIFA game’s built-in monetary system. Then, players could play against each other for rewards in this token. They could use it to buy gear and exchange it for a reputable stablecoin and export their in-game fund into the real world. Ultimately, there are countless utility options for fungible and non-fungible tokens. Moreover, with Moralis, you can incorporate them all easily. Though, of course, you will start with Web3 authentication.

Empowered Devs Empowering Users

By adding Web3 features to games, you introduce decentralization, immutability, transparency, and ownership of in-game assets, offering a ton of extra value to players. Additionally, you can take things even as far as creating a DAO for the Web3 FIFA clone. Hence, the entire community can decide on what features should be added to your game. 

Our mission is to make enterprise development for Web3 accessible to all. Furthermore, our vision is to accelerate the next iteration of the internet by empowering enterprises to integrate blockchain to add value. By using Moralis, you become an empowered dev. Then, you get to build killer dapps and Web3 games that empower users by offering all the perks of blockchain tech in a user-friendly manner. 

With that in mind, make sure to explore the earlier listed resources and start building. If you have the skills and ideas, focus on your own projects straight from the gate. However, if you need to level up your dev skills first, use our tutorials. In addition, if Web3 gaming is your main interest, make sure to start with our Unity Web3 playlists:

On the other hand, Web3 gaming may not be your cup of tea. In that case, you can focus on other types of dapp tutorials. Nonetheless, here’s also a video where one of Moralis’ researchers explains why FIFA is his favorite game and why you should build a Web3 FIFA clone. Moreover, this is also the place where you can learn more about the above-presented gamer motivations and player types:

How to Build a Web3 FIFA Clone – Summary

In most of our articles, we usually go through actual dapp examples and showcase how to build a dapp. Also, we usually outline the exact steps containing code examples of how to program your decentralized application. However, today, we explored building a Web3 FIFA clone in theory. In addition, before doing so, we looked at what FIFA is and what makes us pick our favorite games. Along the way, you met Moralis, the tool that enables you to take your Web2 skills and start building Web3 games and decentralized applications. Furthermore, you learned about a couple of cool Web3 features that your Web3 FIFA clone could incorporate. Moreover, we also provided you with a list of resources that can help you quickly become a competent Web3 developer. In fact, they are worth repeating here:

  • For technical details, endpoints, and guidelines, use the Moralis documentation.
  • To watch video tutorials and video explanations of various crypto concepts, visit the Moralis YouTube channel.
  • For tutorials and explanations of blockchain development tools in written form, explore the Moralis blog.
  • To join weekly challenges, get involved with Moralis Workshops.
  • For your pro-level crypto education and blockchain certifications, enroll in Moralis Academy

If you want to help build the future of the internet, use the above resources and build some excellent Web3 games and dapps (decentralized applications). On the other hand, in case you don’t want to be a part of Web3, the chances are that you don’t understand its potential yet. If so, you ought to explore it deeper and learn more. Hence, we highly recommend Moralis Academy. Moreover, the above list can help you as well. After all, Web3 is here to stay, and you can either be a part of the solution or be left behind. 

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