Cute CryptoKitties Mobile Game Lets You Breed and Buy Digital Kittens
I’m not the smartest person on the planet (in my best Forrest Gump voice), but I’m not completely techno-illiterate either.
But I won’t lie when I say learning about blockchains sort of made my brain hurt a bit. Now, you may be a bit more savvy than I, and know that originally, blockchains were devised for use with digital currency transactions (think Bitcoin). You may also know that blockchains let massive bits of information and transactions be shared, but not copied, digitally all over the world. I didn’t. But did you know that now, a company has created a game where you can breed, buy and sell digital cats? And, by sell, I mean for big bucks–the folks at CryptoKitties claim that some of their digital kittens have sold for as much as $100,000!
Yes, folks. That’s a tenth of a million dollars for a CryptoKitty–the mastermind of Axiom Zen, an innovation studio out of Canada that created CryptoKitties as a way for users to collect and breed virtual kittens. On the blockchain, that is.
It’s revolutionary in that blockchains are not typically used in things like this–similar to baseball card trading and using non-fungible (you can’t change them) tokens to buy and sell. Typically companies who work in the Ethereum tokens use them for cryptocurrency or Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs).
But CryptoKitties is not your average crypto project because each virtual kitten is an individual CryptoKitties token and has different value and metadata (fancy talk for digital information). The company would like you to think of CryptoKitties as a blockchain version of breedable Beanie Babies, only with cuter (and often costlier) kittens.
There is all sorts of techno-gobbledy gook that goes into the whole blockchain/crypto currency process, but kitteh lovers like me don’t even care about that jazz. We just think that collecting and breeding sweet little virtual baby kitties is fun. And a little…weird. But definitely fun.
So do a ton of other people because there are currently over 250,000 users who also find CryptoKitties fun and quite the money0maker. In fact, over $40 million dollars has been generated buying and selling CryptoKitties in the blockchain marketplace!
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Right now, CryptoKitties is only available for the iOS users out there, and while the company knows that the Android market is a large one with great appeal, they want to be sure they don’t go too much, too soon and screw it up for those who already love CryptoKitties as is.
That is, those who love creating, breeding and trading within their own virtual kitten dynasties!
P.S.: Please don’t tell my seven-year-old about this–we may become the craziest digital cat people you know!
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