The community behind Guild of Guardians, an NFT-based role-playing game, appears to be enthusiastic about the forthcoming title after they snatched up nearly all of the NFTs that were part of the so-called founder’s sale. 

Since going live earlier this week, Guild of Guardians’ NFT sale has raised over $3 million, the company announced Wednesday. The title raised $2 million in the first hour of the founder’s sale and $2.8 million in the span of 24 hours.

The sale featured a collection of playable in-game NFTs ranging from $200 to $100,000 in value. The NFTs will become playable once Guild of Guardians launches on mobile devices in the first half of 2022.

Pre-game registrations totaled 133,270, according to Derek Lau, game lead for Guild of Guardians. “Over 50% of all sales came via referrals — indicating that the community was sharing with each other, and there is a real 'share-to-earn' aspect in place,” he said.

Yield Guild Games, which represents a collective of nearly 15,000 gamers and investors woh generate yield from NFT-based games, was among the most prominent contributors to the founder’s sale, snatching up the “Mythic guild” NFT for $100,000.

Yield Guild Games founder Gabby Dizon said Guild of Guardians “ticked all the right boxes” with respect to graphics, gameplay, mobile readiness and guild systems”

“We are always looking for the next good play-to earn-games, and Guild of Guardians piqued our interest. We spoke to the team, and we're happy with what we found; they have polished graphics, interesting gameplay; we like that it is mobile-based and that they have the guild system [...]”

Related: NFT market projected to double by October as trading volume surges.

NFTs have been one of crypto’s most dominant storylines this year. Although sales are down 90% from the market peak, the outlook on the industry remains favorable as crypto-collectibles create new use cases.

As Cointelegraph reported, Metaplex has become the latest high-profile NFT marketplace to enter the sphere. Launched on Solana earlier this month, Metaplex allows creators to earn “perpetual royalties” for their work.