The popular 1990s milk caps game, POGs, is making a comeback in the form of Ethereum-based non-fungible tokens (NFTs) along with a Web3 game and physical POG sales, which will be token-gated. POGs first entered Web3 on the Solana blockchain about a year ago with digital collectibles, including Solana’s Okay Bears project. This week, POGs will make their debut on the Ethereum blockchain with a new NFT mint and an online version of the classic POG-slamming game experience. POGs NFT, a subsidiary of The World POG Federation, has partnered with Origin Protocol’s Origin Story NFT platform to create a custom marketplace for the drop. On April 6, POGs NFT will launch 3,800 Ethereum NFTs, including a mix of POGs and slammers, each with unique artwork, priced at 0.049 ETH (approximately $90). These NFTs can be used in a range of upcoming Ethereum-based video games set to launch this summer, including the first play-to-earn POG game, Stack and Slam, which will debut on Solana this week.
The POGs NFTs will feature artwork from popular NFT projects such as Bored Ape Yacht Club, Moonbirds, Neo Tokyo, and Viva La Vandal. The company plans to release physical packs of Web3 project-themed POGs in May via a token-gated platform, giving owners of POG NFTs access to purchase limited edition POGs based on the NFTs. Founder Kyler Frisbee has a number of ideas on how to further embrace Web3 with POGs, including the potential for a play-for-keeps physical game that uses NFC chips within the POGs themselves, transferring tokenized ownership from the loser’s wallet to the winner’s. POGs NFT aims to provide digital collectibles that complement the physical POGs experience and feed into video games. The company plans to bring physical POGs back on a global scale, with NFT expansion and celebrity partners to generate buzz.