Ryan Wyatt, who joined Polygon Labs in early 2021, has quickly gained a prominent position in the world of cryptocurrency. However, he is better known for his involvement in gaming and esports under the gamer tag Fwiz. He worked as a commentator and later Vice President of Programming for Major League Gaming in the early Call of Duty esports scene. Wyatt even co-authored a best-selling book about the popular esports team, OpTic Gaming. From 2014 to 2022, he served as the Global Head of Gaming for YouTube Gaming, which he founded and developed.
Given Wyatt’s position in the gaming world, what drew him to the world of cryptocurrency? In a recent episode of Decrypt’s gm podcast, Wyatt stated that he was “really intrigued by the idea of digital ownership, this concept that we’re going to keep spending more money on digital items.” He recognized that people want more autonomy and ownership over their digital assets as spending and affinity grow and that blockchain technology enables this. “I was immediately convinced. I think there’s an infinite amount of possibilities in this space,” he said. “That’s what made me jump in with such conviction.”
In addition, Wyatt appreciated that the founders of Polygon, an Ethereum scaling network that enables faster and cheaper transactions than the mainnet, acquired and integrated ZK scaling projects in 2021, indicating long-term aspirations. Wyatt believed that he could help elevate Polygon by leveraging his experience from the Web2 world.
“I thought I could be helpful in improving the scalability of Polygon and integrating non-Web3-native features to make it more diverse,” he explained. “I felt that Sandeep Nailwal and the Polygon team were a good fit for me because we complemented each other’s strengths and weaknesses.”
In his OpTic Gaming book, Wyatt expressed his desire to one day lead a company. Now he’s doing just that, albeit in a different industry. He believes that the next major tech giant or luminary will emerge from this industry.
He said, “I’m confident that the next Amazon may already exist, and I’m even wondering if it does.” The next Jeff Bezos is from Web3. Watch out. He’s coming. Hopefully, he’s building on Polygon.”