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Axie Infinity Philippines: How Filipinos Are Making A Living With This Crypto Game

Weeks ago, I posted how a 21-year old “meme celebrity” was able to sell the original copy of her meme photo for half a million dollars through NFTs. If it’s converted to Peso, that would be close to 24M Pesos. Now, would you believe that a young Filipino bought himself two houses? Although not as lucky as selling his own NFT meme, but by playing in a crypto-based NFT game called Axie Infinity. axie infinity philippines

If you want to know more about cryptocurrencies and NFTs, just head over to my previous crypto guide and NFT articles.

An Axie Infinity player from the Philippines bought two houses with the money he made by playing Axie Infinity.

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John’s FB Post

John Aaron Ramos
, a 22-year old Filipino, revealed on social media that he has amassed enough profits playing Axie Infinity to purchase two homes in the Philippines.

In his post, John shared that he started playing the crypto-based game last November 2020. The game rewards its users with SLP (Small Love Potion) and John held his SLP tokens because he believed that their potential was high for prices to increase in the future. He had high hopes that he could make some serious money if he kept his tokens.

And just as John predicted, when most cryptos went skyrocketing during the first half of 2021… his patience paid off!

The post also included photos of him and the new house he bought.

But John’s story isn’t the only Axie Infinity success story in the Philippines. When the world was ravaged by disease, many people in Cabanatuan, Philippines turned to Axie Infinity as a source of income. With most kids, adults, and even grandparents playing this game on their smartphones, it’s no wonder that John’s story isn’t one-of-a-kind.

This documentary highlights Filipinos from Cabanatuan who play the Axie Infinity game:

And now you’re on fire to get into this game!

I hate to break that excitement, but it’s not as easy as downloading the app to play this game. You still need to buy a team of digital pets called Axies to start.

Axies may be cute, but they’re not cheap. The game is free to download and play, but you’ll need a team of three Axies if you want any hope of winning! On average, a good team of three Axies costs a whooping 50k-70k Pesos!

I know it’s really expensive just for a game. I was bummed too when I found out. But last year, you could buy an Axie team for as low as $5 or roughly 250 pesos!

But you don’t have to shave off this hefty amount just to start playing and earning from Axie. For example, you can tap for sponsors who are willing to fund your playtime and give a share of the profit in return for their sponsorship. But before delving deep into this part, let’s break down how the game works first; specifically how it is played and what you need to do in order to earn.

How does Axie Infinity Work?

The release of Axie Infinity is a refreshing take on the traditional Pokémon game. The play-to-earn game is open to all players who want to battle, collect, and raise cute little digital pets called Axie.

This game doesn’t rely on any type of hunting. You just need to buy or breed Axies and be prepared for all sorts of battles! You have plenty more activities too: You can build land-based kingdoms for your digital pets where you can farm rare resources, tokens, and attack dungeons!

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Axies are classified into six basic classes:

  • Beast
  • Plant
  • Bug
  • Aquatic
  • Bird
  • Reptile

And three secret classes:

  • Mech
  • Dusk
  • Dawn

Each Axie has unique strengths and weaknesses based on its genes. And with billions of possible genetic combinations through breeding, the possibilities are as infinite as you can imagine!

You need to have an unstoppable team of Axies (which consists of three per team) in order to conquer your enemies. You also need to be acquainted with the strengths and weaknesses, so you know which cards will give you a fighting chance during battles.

Here’s an example of a battle game in Axie:

How do you make money on AXIE infinity?

There are three major ways on how to make money of Axie Infinity:

  1. By going to Adventures and finding rare items and treasures.
  2. By joining Player vs Player Arena battles and earning SLP tokens during victories.
  3. By breeding Axies and selling them in the Marketplace.

How much can you earn in Axie Infinity?

On average, you can earn 150 SLPs per day. I have friends who play Axie Infinity and most of them earn around 30-50k Pesos a month. But of course, this will also depend on the current market price of SLP tokens and the amount of effort you put into the game. From an average of $0.03 (1.4 PHP) per SLP since its inception in July 2020, it skyrocketed to $0.36 (17 PHP) per token last May 2021. And at this time of writing, the SLP price per token is $0.13 (6 PHP).

It’s important to note that just like any cryptocurrencies, the price of SLP token is highly volatile and is not guaranteed. If you want to know the current USD conversion of the SLP token, just click HERE.

How much does it cost to play Axie Infinity?

Axies are available at the official Axie Infinity marketplace, which you can find by visiting Poking around the market, you’ll find that some Axies are for sale. In order to buy them though, you’ll first need some of this digital currency called Ether (ETH).

As you can see, the cheapest Axie you can buy right now costs 0.052 ETH or $125.11. And since you need three Axies in order to build a team, that will cost you around $375 (18K PHP) to build a team of Axies and start the game. However, these low-cost Axies or also called floor-level Axies aren’t competitive enough. If you want to have an initial edge on the game, I suggest looking for high-level tier Axies which could cost you around 50k-70k to build a solid team.

The value of Axies in the marketplace greatly differs depending on the Axie’s breed, capabilities, and the current USD conversion of Ethereum, which you will use to pay these Axies. To know ETH’s current price, CLICK HERE.

Axie Scholarships

Recently, I’ve seen posts from FB friends that they’re accepting “Axie Scholars”. They’ll be the ones to cover up the cost of building an Axie team and handle other technicalities such as trading the SLP tokens. All you have to do is play the game, earn SLPs, and share earnings with your sponsor. Most of them do 50/50 profit sharing, which is not that bad at all.

You can also find FB groups or subreddits that are accepting Axie Scholars:

Final Thoughts

For some players, Axie Infinity is a dream come true game where they can make a substantial amount while doing the thing they love. But there are also some people who make a living from Axie. For them, this is more than just a game. And in the next coming years, I bet we’ll see more and more of these play-to-earn games.

Honestly, my shiny object syndrome urges me to try this game out. Aside from the potential earnings, I was quite hooked with the way this game is played. Breeding digital pets and dealing with Axie’s strengths and weaknesses? Shocks, I’m in! Sounds like the Dragon City game I was addicted to before. Still, I’m having second thoughts about the cost of buying an Axie team as well as the time it requires to play the game (although I’m also thinking of hiring an Axie scholar instead).

What about you? Do you think it’s worth trying Axie Infinity?

Sheila is a civil engineer by profession but has switched careers to become a copywriter. She loves making sales through stories that are relatable to the average person. She's also a sucker for memes and thinks she’s the funniest person in the world (even though she knows that’s not true). Her favorite drink is Kopiko Brown coffee, but she'll also take tea or beer if it's offered.


  • Jojisilia Villamor

    This seems like a good venture for those who love playing digital games even if buying a team of axies is kinda expensive.

    It wouldn’t be a good fit for me since my eyes easily gets tired from staring at my celfon. I already have high myopia, so its a bad idea to aggravate my condition bybplaing digital games.

    • Sheila

      Same Ms. Joji! Aside from eye strain, I don’t have the luxury of time to play. But I’m currently managing my own team of Axies and looked for a scholar to play the game for me 😀

  • Margaux Camaya

    I’m rather conservative when it comes to finances. I’m afraid to take risks especially at my stage in life. But, for young people, I think this is a good venture as long as everything is legit.

    • Sheila

      Totally makes sense, Margaux. And people who are looking into investing in this game should always consider that risk.

  • Angel

    They are cute and I want to try them but knowing how busy I could get and how easily I could get addicted to games, I am having second thoughts. But again, this might change…

    • Sheila

      The game itself is very interesting. I never played it myself but I get addicted to researching about the best cards/capabilities of Axies ahahaha

  • carlo olano

    Who would have thought that their will be million ways to make money from video games. It’s like one big middle finger salute to all moms who said that kids can’t get anything good out of it. But then again, not all can make a lot out of it. Just like in school or at work, you got to grind in order to gain fortune. 🙂

    • Sheila

      Yesss! I really suggest to make further research before investing in the game. Anyway, there are lots of YT videos to get acquainted with it.

  • Roneth Politud

    Wow! This is such a fun way to earn money. If I have more time to play digital games I would definitely try this. This is my first time to hear about this so thank you for sharing!

  • Armie

    This is interesting, Sheila. I’m always learning new things from you and I love it. I don’t have the time to try this out, though. It looks fun and the characters are cute, and people can earn money from it, so it sounds really good for those who would enjoy gaming and earning at the same time. 🙂

  • Jullian Robin Sibi

    I find it very interesting that a game that utilizes cryptocurrency can give you enjoyment and also help you buy a house! Cryptocurrency is so volatile that I’m still hesitant to invest on it, but the future is bright.

  • Dan Bon

    Ahmm hahah i dont know what comment i should give. I’ve been reading posts about axie for a month now and i thought i should give it a try. But the bigger problem is, also same problem with the majority i dont have enough funds for this game. I can give 5 thousand pesos, and yah that’s not nearly enough for the cheapest team. Can you give tips and/or support (if possible🙂🙂) on how i can attain at least the lowest axies . Dont have money as of now but time allotment and willingness to learn is all i have right now

    • Sheila

      At this point, being a scholar would be the wiser and safer option. Tbh it’s getting harder to be hired as a scholar these days you can try your luck! Otherwise, you can pool funds with some other trusted friends who are in the same situation as yours. Just be sure to have a concrete agreement from the start. Lastly, I wouldn’t highly recommend opting for the cheapest Axies in the market that could barely give you an edge in the game or at least let you farm a significant amount of SLPs. Better save or wait for the prices to go down a bit and buy yourself the Axies with good cards to offer.

  • Bon Dan

    Can i ask if you are still looking for scholar? Or your other friends looking for one too? Thanks. I just want to try and learn. Dont have money but have time allotment and urge to learn, thats all i have as of now. Ty

    • Sheila

      Hi Bon, I only have one team atm and I already got myself a scholar. Maybe in the future, if I can breed teams, I’ll be open to accepting another. But that would still take some time since I’m only investing the money I’m comfortable to risk in the game. Honestly rn it’s very hard to apply as a scholar. I’ve seen countless aspiring scholars w/ no luck esp rn when the breeding cost is more expensive. But you can try in subreddits. The chance of being hired as a scholar is somewhat higher than those in FB groups.

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