Update 11/10/2022: Decentraland got in touch to point out that the analytics site referenced in this article, DappRadar, has updated how it tracks active blockchain users. At the time of this update, Decentraland now has a 24-hour peak of 40 using Etherium, and 487 with Polygon. Axie Infinity, which is also mentioned in this article, sits at 21,159 active users in 24 hours.
Decentraland was meant to be the next big thing in the crypto scene. Combining the metaverse and NFTs, this virtual world allows players to meet like-minded "investors", buying plots of in-game land as non-fungible tokens. Now, however, it appears that this is a pretty lonely experience.
As reported by Coindesk, Decentraland is down to just 38 active daily users - and only ever peaked at 675. At the time of writing, that's dipped down to 19. Even the game's subreddit, which boasts an impressive 87,000 members, is completely dead, with the most active conversation going on right now centring around its dwindling playerbase.
This figure of 19 players pertains to the number of people actually using the game as intended - making purchases using Decentraland's cryptocurrency, MANA. According to the tracking site, DappRadar (which Coindesk also references in its report), the game has also only amassed 146 players this week, making up 380 transactions.
Decentraland has rejected these figures, labelling them as "misinformation". While not elaborating on the figure of 19 daily users making in-game purchases, the team does claim to have had 1,074 active users in September. DappRadar, however, argues that there have actually been around 500 active users in the past 30 days.
The team has also claimed to have had a total of 56,697 monthly users in September, including those not engaging with the crypto elements. However, even if this is true, it shows that shockingly few players are interested in the main gimmick of Decentraland, with the vast majority ignoring the NFTs.
On top of this, other NFTs games appear to be doing just fine. Axie Infinity logged more than 22,000 active users in the past 24 hours. It's possible that Decentraland just isn't taking off in the same way.