NBA & CryptoKitties Creator Team Up, Could Bring Blockchain to Masses

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The National Basketball Association has long been known as one of the most progressive sports leagues in the world. They’re continuing their forward-thinking today with the announcement of the new blockchain-based game, NBA Top Shot. The NBA, along with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), has teamed up with Dapper Labs to create a blockchain-based marketplace for NBA highlights...

Op-Ed: Does the Video Game Industry Really Need Blockchain?

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No. You may have expected a different answer to come from a blockchain video game developer, but that’s the truth. Gaming does not need blockchain. In fact, there are a lot of great features that gaming doesn’t need. Games did just fine before online multiplayer was available, or before the quicksave option became popular - do games need those things to be successful? Not necessarily. Different...

CryptoKitties Creator Has Now Raised Almost $75,000 Per Daily Active User


Dapper Labs, who believe that their product CryptoKitties is the “world's first and most successful consumer blockchain product” according to this press release, has raised $15 million from a few venture capital firms including funds run by heavyweights Google and Samsung in order to expand operations, including creating a US subsidiary with executives who formerly worked at Unity and Disney...

What 30 Million Ethereum Transactions Reveal about the State of DApp Development

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New data from cryptocurrency prime dealer SFOX has painted a somewhat bleak picture of the current state of dApp development on the Ethereum network. According to the data which was obtained from an analysis of more than 30 million Ethereum transactions, the top 10 smart contracts on the network are dominated by ICO and exchange activity, with a solitary spot for the popular CryptoKitties dApp...

Vitalik Says Ethereum Can Scale to 500 tx/s Using Zcash Technology

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Ethereum co-creator Vitalik Buterin has a plan to scale the Ethereum network to accommodate a ~3,200 percent increase in transactions without the use of second-layer technologies such as Plasma. Buterin: ZK-SNARKS Could Help ETH Scale to 500 tx/s Writing on an ETH research forum in a post originally published on Saturday, Buterin said that Ethereum can borrow a technological innovation from...

This Third-Party DApp Lets You Tokenize Your CryptoKitties


So you spent upwards of $100,000 to purchase one of the hottest digital felines on CryptoKitties -- now what? That’s the question plaguing many users of CryptoKitties, which remains the most popular decentralized application (dApp) on Ethereum, per DappRadar, but -- despite receiving $12 million in venture funding -- is struggling to grow its active user base beyond a core of 500 dedicated fans...

Opera’s Ethereum Wallet Now Lets You Send CryptoKitties to Your Friends

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Opera users can now send CryptoKitties and other cryptocurrency-based collectibles to their friends using the web browser’s built-in Ethereum wallet. The Norwegian software company, whose controlling shareholder is bitcoin mining giant Bitmain, announced on Friday that it has added support for a “curated list” of Ethereum-based tokens built to the ERC-721 standard. From the announcement: “We are...

Google Dives into the Ethereum Blockchain with its Big Data Analytics Platform

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Google BigQuery, Google Cloud’s Petabyte-scale data warehousing solution, has made the Ethereum dataset available to enable the exploration of smart contract analytics, the company announced on a blog. BigQuery has made it possible to explore all of Ethereum’s historical data. Ethereum’s ETL project on GitHub includes all source code that can be extracted from the blockchain and entered into...

CryptoKitties Auctions $25k 'Honu Kitty' Collectible to Fund Ocean Preservation

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The world's biggest blockchain game, CryptoKitties, has collaborated with marine conservation organizations to create a rare cat named "Honu Kitty". It is the first environmental-friendly collectible that draws attention towards the protection of endangered sea turtles. Ocean Elders and ACTAI Global, two different communities consisting of global leaders, athletes and technologists focused on...

4,500-Year-Old Board Game 'Go' Gets Blockchain Revamp


Lee Sedol, the world's top player of 4,500-year-old Chinese board game Go, is working on a blockchain version of his beloved game in association with The Blockchain Inc. Sedol, was the fifth-youngest South Korean to become a professional Go player, at the age of 12, and he is widely considered to be the world's most skilled player. Google's Artificial Intelligence AlphaGo Ended Up Beating The...

CryptoKitties to Launch Mobile App on HTC’s Flagship U12+ Smartphone


CryptoKitties, perhaps the best-known decentralized application (dApp) on the Ethereum network, will launch its first mobile app in partnership with Taiwan-based smartphone manufacturer HTC. CryptoKitties to Launch on Mobile Following HTC Partnership Announced on Tuesday, the partnership will see CryptoKitties released on forthcoming HTC devices within the near future, beginning with the U12+...

U.S. Judge Throws Out ‘Meritless’ Lawsuit Against Ethereum Game CryptoKitties

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A U.S. judge has thrown out a lawsuit that alleged that CryptoKitties creator Axiom Zen had stolen trade secrets and violated a confidentiality agreement in connection with a recent promotion that featured celebrity-based CryptoKitties. According to an order dated July 9 and reviewed by CCN, U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino denied cryptocurrency start Starcoin’s request for a preliminary...

Cryptokitties' Decline Resembles That of PokéMon Go

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After peaking at its launch, CryptoKitties has been steadily losing its momentum, showing Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) aren't the new craze. Not too long ago, Pokémon Go suffered a similar fate. All those who were involved in the crypto world six months ago can definitely remember the hype over CryptoKitties. The digital pets were unique, at the time, as their very own existence was also unique ...

Company Sues CryptoKitties Creator for Allegedly Stealing Trade Secrets


Axiom Zen, the company behind popular Ethereum DApp CryptoKitties, has been hit with a lawsuit for allegedly violating a non-disclosure agreement and stealing trade secrets. The suit, filed last week in US District Court for the Southern District of California by San Diego-based company Starcoin (which operates under the name Tradestar) and reviewed by CCN, claims that Tradestar and Axiom Zen...

CryptoKitties Quietly Suspends ‘CurryKitties’ Promotion


The company behind popular Ethereum-based game CryptoKitties has quietly suspended its “CurryKitties” promotion, which allowed users to purchase limited edition digital cats modeled after the likeness of NBA superstar Stephen Curry. It’s unclear when precisely the promotion was taken down, but its web page has replaced with a message explaining that the campaign has been suspended indefinitely...

NBA Superstar Stephen Curry Inks Deal to Release His Own CryptoKitties


NBA superstar Stephen Curry has inked a deal that will see him become the first celebrity to get the CryptoKitty treatment. The partnership, which was struck through Moji -- Curry’s emoji app development company -- will see the Golden State Warriors point guard release a series of three exclusive CryptoKitties modeled after his likeness. "Stephen is the perfect partner to try out this new kind of...

Ethereum Creator Says Sharding is Coming, Significant Improvement in Scaling

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Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin has announced that Sharding, a much awaited scaling solution for the Ethereum blockchain protocol, is coming. What is Sharding? In essence, Sharding is a solution that optimizes the process of verifying transactions and smart contracts by splitting the blockchain network into partitions called shards. Instead of having every single node go through the entire...

CryptoKitties Isn’t as Popular as You Think It Is


Here’s a question. How many active users does CryptoKitties, one of the most well-known decentralized Ethereum applications (DApps), have? The answer is probably a lot less than you think. The game, originally created by Canada-based venture studio Axiom Zen, burst onto the DApp scene last year, and in almost no time at all the game was drawing headlines both for the prices that users were...

Ethereum App KittyRace Lets CryptoKitties Race Each Other for a Prize


A new Ethereum game is taking advantage of the success the wildly-popular CryptoKitties app had. The new game, called KittyRace, sees the digital cats race against each other for an Ethereum prize. KittyRace essentially allows digital cat hodlers to enter their pets in a race against others’ pets, for an entry fee. As with CryptoKitties, specific traits help cats win races, combined with their...

Popular Ethereum App CryptoKitties Raises $12 Million in Series A Funding


Wildly-popular Ethereum application CryptoKitties has raised $12 million in a funding round led by venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures (USV). Announced on Tuesday, the series A funding round also featured personal investments from major tech figures such as Coinbase co-founder Fred Ehrsam, AngelList CEO Naval Ravikant, and Zynga founder Mark Pincus. Developed by...

Chinese Internet Giant Baidu Releases CryptoKitties-Style Game 'Leci Gou'

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Search engine giant Baidu has launched a CryptoKitties-style blockchain application in a bid to challenge the popular -- and lucrative -- game for supremacy in the Chinese market. Baidu Releases CryptoKitties-Style Game 'Leci Gou' The app, called “Leci Gou,” features puppies instead of kittens, but the concept will sound quite familiar to CryptoKitties users. Users can adopt digital pets, each of...

Vitalik Buterin Leaves China-Based VC to Focus on Ethereum Development

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Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum, has left China-based venture capital firm Fenbushi Capital according to TechCrunch, to focus on the development of Ethereum. Focusing on Ethereum Buterin announced that he has stepped down from his role as a general partner of Fenbushi Capital, which has been one of the most active investors in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sector. He noted that he...

$850: Ethereum Price Hits New All-Time High with Explosive Growth

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The Ethereum price has surpassed the $850 mark for the first time in history, establishing a new all-time high amidst strong performances by decentralized applications like CryptoKitties and EtherDelta. Ether on the Rise Ether, the native cryptocurrency of the Ethereum blockchain network, has recorded a $3.8 billion daily trading volume consistently over the past three days. Throughout the past...

Ethereum Price Achieves New All-Time High at $518, CryptoKitties Effect?


Ethereum price has achieved a new all-time high at $518, surpassing its previous all-time high established on November 29, at $514. According to leading cryptocurrency market data providers CryptoCompare and CoinMarketCap, the vast majority of recent trades were processed in the US cryptocurrency and Ethereum exchange markets. Currently, the US market accounts for more than 33.71 percent of...