Immutable Selects Axelar for Canonical Bridge to Ethereum

Web3's largest gaming platform taps Web3's largest and most secure interoperability network for seamless user interactions across blockchains

January 24, 2024
Galen Moore
January 24, 2024

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Axelar network and Immutable are now integrated, providing users with seamless access to the leading Web3 games from 50+ connected blockchains – and delivering a powerful level-up in scalability and reach for developers building the future of gaming.

Immutable zkEVM is the Polygon-based ZK-rollup blockchain within Immutable’s Web3 games platform. It is a chain for games that offers EVM compatibility, low cost, massive scale and Ethereum-level security.

Integration with Axelar network means:

· Supercharged user onboarding by giving games direct access to Ethereum L1 users.

· Players can bridge assets to and from Ethereum L1, making deposits and withdrawals even simpler with Immutable Passport and Immutable Checkout.

· Games will have the ability to scale across multiple blockchains.

"Web3 games deploying on Immutable zkEVM, coupled with Immutable Checkout, can now connect to player wallets across the largest network of blockchains. Players will be able to seamlessly interact in-game with digital assets stored on any connected blockchain through Immutable Passport," said Michael Powell, Head of Product Marketing at Immutable.

In addition, IMX, the native utility token of the Immutable ecosystem, will be bridged securely to the new Immutable zkEVM environment. IMX is used to pay for transaction fees and incentivize users and developers.

"The integration of Immutable serves as an expansion pack for the Axelar ecosystem, complementing a platform that already supports interoperability for Web3 game platform leaders like Decentraland and XPLA," said Sergey Gorbunov, CEO of Interop Labs, the initial developer of Axelar network. "This represents a significant step towards achieving interoperability in game development and metaverse environments, a concept discussed since the advent of Web3.”

"With Axelar interoperability integrated into Immutable Checkout, games on Immutable zkEVM are able to onboard transaction-ready players from the entire Ethereum ecosystem. The fragmentation of user funds has traditionally been a user acquisition hurdle for the Web3 gaming industry, but Immutable and Axelar are breaking down those barriers and ultimately fueling fan engagement for SimWin Sports’ AI driven sports simulations. Furthermore, the ability for players to withdraw assets back to Ethereum L1 only reinforces the fact that players truly own their in-game items," said Jean-Yves Martineau, CTO at SimWin Sports.

With integration into Axelar network, games built on Immutable zkEVM can span an ever-increasing number of connected blockchains (56 at the time of this integration) with programmability, security and scalability built in at the cross-chain network layer.

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