How Avalanche's Subnets and Warp Messaging Empower Game Developers

Delve into the Avalanche ecosystem, where technology, developer resources, and gaming partnerships converge to support web3 gaming.

Fri Mar 17 2023

6 Minutes


Key takeaways

  • Avalanche empowers developers to build dApps, launch private/public blockchains, and scale transactions securely, providing the infrastructure for a robust gaming ecosystem.
  • Subnets, application-specific blockchains with autonomy, offer their own logic, rules, fees, and security, enabling developers to customize chains to their needs.
  • Warp Messaging allows Subnets to communicate without the need for bridges, strengthening ecosystem connectivity and eliminating developer headache.
  • Esports industry partners like TSM, GREE, and Loco have forged relationships with Avalanche, further strengthening its gaming presence and bridging the two spheres.

Avalanche is a smart contracts platform encompassing a trio of blockchains: P-Chain, C-Chain, and X-Chain. It's engineered to deliver unmatched decentralization, scalability, and high-performance capabilities through Subnets, Warp Messaging, and a HyperSDK toolkit.

Designed with a keen focus on user needs, Avalanche empowers web3 developers to create and deploy tailor-made blockchain solutions.

So, what's the secret sauce that makes Avalanche a game developer's chosen playground?


Imagine Subnets as agile, independent teams within a larger blockchain network. Each team has its unique set of rules and validators who collaborate to establish consensus on the group's blockchains.

That said, every blockchain is overseen by only one subnet, while each subnet can govern multiple blockchains. Validators are able to participate in numerous Subnets.

This image is pulled from Avalanche’s Subnet documentation which can be found here.

Subnets come with their distinct logic, rules, fees, and security, operating independently without sharing resources. This design paves the way for network scalability, swift transactions, and cost reduction– and until the unveiling of Warp Messaging, has caused some communication bumps.

Thanks to Warp Messaging, Subnets can now interact with each other, boosting Avalanche's ecosystem connectivity.

Warp Messaging

Now we’ve got Warp Messaging (AWM) – Avalanche’s Banff 5 update takes native communication across Avalanche Subnets to new interoperable heights.

Developers, it's about time to bid farewell to complex custom bridges and embrace a more effortless creation of interoperable blockchain networks.

This communication standard equips developers with the ability to craft gaming applications on Avalanche more effectively – lower transaction costs, higher transaction speeds, and tailored fee markets, all wrapped up in one package.

AWM streamlines cross-chain messaging by enabling seamless asset and data transfers between Subnets. Through collective collaboration, Subnet Validators produce a BLS Multi-Signature that verifies messages and is acknowledged by other Subnets.

This process eradicates the need for continuous validator set updates, making any-to-any messaging a practical reality.

By leveraging customizable Warp Messaging rulesets, AWM empowers developers to either craft their own messaging specifications or adopt existing ones. This versatility fosters communication formats and optimizes user experience in ways we haven’t seen before.

"AWM allows DeFi Kingdoms to easily interact with DeFi and gaming protocols built on other Avalanche Subnets.” — Magnus Ironroot, Lead Solidity Developer at Kingdom Studios

To showcase AWM's capabilities, Ava Labs deployed the XSVM with asset transfer functions on two separate Subnets, achieving the first-ever native Subnet-to-Subnet message.

With support in Golang and Rust VM SDKs, VM builders can harness AWM immediately, while subnet-evm compatibility is on the horizon

The Engineering team from Ava Labs hopped on a Twitter Space to discuss Warp Messaging: any-to-any messaging, subnet communication, custom VMs, associated costs and more!

So, what does this mean for gaming?

At risk of sounding repetitive: game developers building on Avalanche can now create fully customizable, scalable, sovereign, and secure blockchains without having to build and manage their own bridging solutions in order to communicate with and transfer assets between other Subnets.

Additionally, with DeFi applications requiring secure and efficient interoperability solutions for asset transfers and message passing between or within DeFi ecosystems, Banff 5-enabled cross-chain messaging allows games, like DeFi Kingdoms, work with Subnets to build more comprehensive ecosystems that cater to their player base.


Avalanche’s HyperSDK, makes it easy to build VMs on Avalanche from the ground up, devs are enabled to focus on what's important– creating strong gaming experiences.

For more on the HyperSDK, watch Emin and Patrick O’Grady chat on Youtube: Advice, skip to 28:06.

Building games on AVAX

All this talk about Avalanche hyper-focusing on providing developers with more tooling and resources like Warp Messaging, Subnets, and the HyperSDK, but who is actually taking them up on it?

Here are 5 games that have caught our attention:

DeFi Kingdoms

Twitter: @DeFiKingdoms




Twitter: @playSHRAPNEL



Paradise Tycoon

Twitter: @ParadiseTycoon




Twitter: @PulsarGame



Battle for Giostone

Twitter: @BFGiostone



Keep in mind, Avalanche gaming, represented by @GamingOnAvax, is blossoming into a lively community where you'll find more games worth looking into.

To stay in the loop on these games, give the Avalanche Gaming Twitter account (@GamingOnAvax) a follow or explore Avalanche's recently launched Core app, specifically crafted to help us keep tabs on the latest ecosystem developments and events.

Unleashing Gaming's Web3 Potential: TSM, GREE, and Loco Partner with Avalanche

Interestingly, there have been a slew of partnerships between Avalanche and traditional, or web2, gaming companies.

Emin Gün Sirer gave us a rundown the other day, but here’s the gist:


TSM, a well-known gaming brand focused on Esports, and Avalanche partner to build Blitz an Avalanche Subnet with plans to host co-branded tournaments while promoting $AVAX adoption through on-chain transactions.


BLRD, a GREE subsidiary, and Ava Labs forge a strategic alliance to propel BLRD's foray into blockchain gaming, with a web3 game launch set for 2023. Leveraging Ava Labs' expertise, the partnership aims to expand the Avalanche ecosystem and develop novel gaming experiences.


Loco, a prominent India-based Esports platform, is harnessing Avalanche's custom Subnet technology to revolutionize fan experiences through web3 products, focusing on collectibles and fantasy sports.

Beyond Traditional Marketplaces: How Parcel's Custom Solutions Enhance Web3 Gaming Experiences on Avalanche

In recent months, web3 games have observed that OpenSea and Blur do not meet their needs and preferences, and furthermore, fail to engage with gamers. For gamers, having a seamless experience when dealing with sourcing items and dealing with transactions is of utmost importance.

Players transitioning from web2 to web3 do not want to spend time searching through countless pfp projects to find what they need. Instead, they want their game assets to be easily accessible and intuitive. Gamers aside for a moment, game developers should have control over creator royalties rather than relying on marketplaces to determine their revenue streams for them.

To address this issue, Parcel has developed marketplace technology specifically for games and gamers. Essentially, Parcel functions as a Shopify for web3, providing a marketplace solution that lets games host their own primary and secondary marketplaces within the game’s own site or platform.

This comes in the form of access to Parcel’s marketplace API endpoints all the way to a fully hosted solution. The endpoints appeal to games that have their frontend built out or even have their own marketplace but wish to power it with trusted infrastructure, while the white-glove service caters to games preferring full customization with little engineering power needed from their end.

Parcel’s solution saves engineering time and resources, aggregates and verifies liquidity in real-time, and can be seamlessly embedded into a game’s frontend to match the look and feel of their site.

Keep an eye out on the marketplace roadmap for social features like bundles, starter-packs, social logins, item trials, buy-now pay-later, and Fiat ramps.

To get in touch with Parcel’s team and get documentation, click here.

Be a Part of the Avalanche Ecosystem: Join the Web3 Gaming Community

Are you excited about the opportunities Avalanche offers for gaming and web3 development?

Dive into the Avalanche community and start making connections, learning new skills, and contributing to this fast-growing ecosystem.

Here's how you can get involved:

  • Developer Page: If you're a developer interested in building on Avalanche, head over to the Avalanche Developer page for documentation, guides, and tutorials.
  • Tools: Explore the variety of tools available on Core app.
  • Avalanche Twitter: Follow the official Avalanche Twitter account to receive real-time updates on platform advancements, partnerships, and industry insights.
  • Gaming Twitter: If you're passionate about gaming on Avalanche, don't forget to follow the dedicated Gaming on Avalanche Twitter account.
  • Community Page: Stay up-to-date with the latest Avalanche news, events, and announcements by visiting the official Avalanche Community page.

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