One game, two Blockchains: Ethereum-based monsters will have a new home on Zilliqa
Ethereum based game “Etheremon” will have a new home on the soon-to-be-launched Zilliqa Blockchain. According to the company’s announcement from earlier this month, a lot of the gameplay will be moved to the Zilliqa protocol. The Pokemon-based decentralized game is the second most popular game on the Ethereum Blockchain after CryptoKitties.
This week has been quite hard for Ethereum, the co-creator of the Blockchain even acknowledged the problem. Vitalik Buterin tweeted about the recent transaction spam on the ETH Blockchain estimating it to be around $15 million. The increasing gas costs and scalability issues add to the Blockchain’s problems.
Talking about his experience playing the game, Coindesk author, David Floyd said he ran out of Ether. Apparently, he ran out of crypto even before his fire-themed monster called Kyari could reach level 4. The Etheremon game has an interesting gameplay as you move forward. This includes battling other monsters, evolving” your ‘mon’ into more powerful forms, laying eggs or making trades.
But the user has to pay for every action in the game. Users will have to pay the equivalent of one or two dollars for “catching” the mon, or “training” it in the gym. And each upgrade to the Ethereum smart contracts makes this more expensive as gas costs increases. Additionally, the transaction completion times are also longer. These issues along with poor user experience have stunted the adoption of this game.
Nedrick Ngo, the co-founder and business development director of Etheremon told Coindesk that,
“It became super, super expensive, and we saw our daily active user drop a lot.”
This led to the team moving the “battles” off the Ethereum chain and onto centralized servers. Users pit their mons against others’ in these “battles,” in return they get experience points and bragging rights. But, re-centralizing a decentralized game, even partially, seems like it’s missing the point. And this led to the decision to move part of the gameplay to the Zilliqa Blockchain.
But the game’s assets won’t be moved and will remain on the ETH Blockchain. This will include tokenized “mons” which encode data such as level, experience points and evolutionary form. These are data that the users would’ve earned through many slow and expensive actions on the game. Thus, Etheremon will become the first game to be on two different Blockchains.
Meaning, a quicker, more scalable chain on top which ensures that users can play more quickly and inexpensive as well. Additionally, it’ll have a more secure chain below which reassures users about the safety of their hard-earned assets. According to Ngo, “Zilliqa would work as a side-chain for us.”
While the two Blockchain companies haven’t yet figured out how to juggle two chains, Ngo is optimistic. He told Coindesk that this is “just the first stage of the collaboration.”
Image via Etheremon
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