Realm x Polygon: An Integration For The NFT Age

4 min readJul 27, 2021

Realm’s Polygon integration will provide quicker and affordable NFTs with cross-chain operability.

Realm wants to change the way NFTs are experienced. As such it makes perfect sense to integrate with the world’s leading Ethereum full-stack scaling solution to provide quick and affordable cross-chain operability.

Low impact processing and POS– sustainability is vital for Realm

Environmental sustainability is at the heart of Realm. We are in this for the long term and our ambition is carbon neutrality.

The best way to accomplish this is with highly optimised code, a light-weight game engine, and most importantly, full-stack scaling solution processing with a Proof-of-Stake (POS) consensus mechanism.

By harnessing Polygon’s commitchain scaling solutions we can lower our carbon footprint whilst simultaneously boosting speed, lowering costs and creating an immersive NFT solution which is accessible to everyone.

Quicker transactions and lower gas fees

Lowering the entrance barrier and making NFTs universally available requires rapidity and low NFT minting costs. In addition, users need to be able trade their NFT art with near-zero transaction fees.

The protocol and framework of Polygon give the Realm platform this utility and power by overcoming the native issues of Ethereum — slow processing and the resultant high fees — while taking advantage of the robust and decentralized security model of the Ethereum mainnet.

By enabling smart contract deployment and transactions off-chain, a new block time of two seconds and an average transaction fee of $0.00004, Polygon is the cutting edge technology Realm will adopt to open up the NFT marketplace to new creators and collectors who, until now, have been put off by high ETH gas fees and the lack of cross-chain operability.

“For Realm players, Polygon was the right choice. Polygon enables Realm to provide a low cost, efficient NFT ecosystem within the Metaverse, powering our NFTix solution for ticketed access to Realms and in-game items and collectibles.

We’ve enjoyed working in the Polygon development ecosystem and are looking forward to the potential this integration has for Realm players and Realm.” — Joban Thomas, founder & CPO at Realm

Realm prototype

The greater NFT ecosystem

With more than 150 NFT DApps, DeFi protocols Aave and SushiSwap, and an almost exponential increase in adoption during the first half of 2021, harnessing the power of Polygon is quickly becoming the norm in the world of blockchain, NFTs and cryptocurrency.

If further proof was needed, NFT pioneer and the artist driving the mainstream interest in digital art, Beeple, has chosen Polygon as the network for his new venture WeNew.

By integrating with Polygon, Realm can access a well-developed NFT ecosystem of developer tools, marketplaces, and the new products being built on a daily basis. Furthermore, by leveraging our integration of the OpenSea Marketplace, and their own support of Polygon, NFTs created on Realm can be freely traded across blockchains and exchanges.

Cross-Chain NFT Dreams

For the Metaverse and the future of NFTs to be adopted and embraced by the mainstream the technology and platforms need to be accessible across blockchains.

Developers need the freedom, collectors crave the choice, and players need the ability to take NFTs between games, realms and Metaverses, regardless of where they are built, with no friction or pressure points.

Polygon is the infrastructure which gives blockchain networks the fluidity and capability to coordinate, communicate and work in harmony.

Through our integration with Polygon Realm will be the leading platform for NFT creation on the internet. It will be fast, cheap, cross-chain and built on the best and most sustainable technology available. This starts with Polygon.

About Polygon
Polygon is the first well-structured, easy-to-use platform for Ethereum scaling and infrastructure development. Its core component is Polygon SDK, a modular, flexible framework that supports building and connecting Secured Chains like Plasma, Optimistic Rollups, zkRollups, Validium etc and Standalone Chains like Polygon POS, designed for flexibility and independence. Polygon’s scaling solutions have seen widespread adoption with 450+ Dapps, ~350M txns and ~13.5M+ unique users.

If you’re an Ethereum Developer, you’re already a Polygon developer! Leverage Polygon’s fast and secure txns for your Dapp, get started here.

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About Realm
Realm is a community driven, open-source NFT platform that allows gamers, players and artists to create their own personalized NFT Metaverses. Creators can combine music, art, and games into their realms. Whole living worlds can be minted as an ERC-1155 NFT and traded on the OpenSea Marketplace. Alternatively, players can discover, trade, collect and view NFTs in the environments and experiences their creators imagined.

Realm is expected to launch late Summer 2021. For now, join us on Twitter and Telegram for updates and drops, and read our white paper to find out more.