Recently in the Internet appeared the game that unites the seals and the digital currency into a single unit, called CryptoKitties. The growth of popularity of this game is impressive. Over the past seven days, the game has risen to 1st place on the number of financial transactions.
Game CryptoKitties developed by AxionZen and released relatively recently, has some similarities with a digital version of the card game Pokemon, which uses a distributed registry of Ethereum.
The owners of the virtual currency have already spent quite a large amount on the game CryptoKitties. As of Dec 5th this year, the volume of financial transactions in this game was about 3 million dollars. The cost of the first seal, sold in the game CryptoKitties amounted to 247 tokens, virtual currency, Ethereum, which in monetary terms is about 118 thousand us dollars. For comparison, the cost of the cheapest cat in this game is around 30 rubles. This difference clearly demonstrates the range of prices in CryptoKitties.
The principle of the game
If you do not take into account the absurdity of this game in an economic sense, CryptoKitties is a relatively good way to get acquainted with a distributed registry of Ethereum. The game works with a few smart contracts, Ethereum, and customers can play it by using its address on that network.
Today, the game CryptoKitties is one of the most popular smart contracts on the network, creating from 10 to 15 percent of all financial transactions, Ethereum. As a comparison, the popular peer-to-peer marketplace called EtherDelta, which generates only 9% of transactions.
Similar to the volume of transactions significantly reduces the speed of performing transactions in the game. In addition, the high popularity CryptoKitties is a challenge for Ethereum. In order to keep the traffic distributed registry network in the normal range, the company AxionZen was forced to impose a tax on breeding virtual cats.
Check in CryptoKitties
Before you proceed to the gameplay, the user must complete the registration process. To do this, you first need to install the wallet MetaMask. This can be done by installing special of the same name extension in the Internet browsers Firefox and Chrome, which gives the opportunity to interact with the Ethereum network.
After completing the registration in the system, the user must fill in all fields in your profile on the official website CryptoKitties, namely your e-mail address and nickname. Unfortunately, today this game is not available for download to mobile devices.
Choosing a kitten
Each user can get a kitten at the in-game exchange. Gameplay CryptoKitties began with the release of kittens founders of generation zero. From 28th November to 1st December this year, the kittens were generated by the system every 15 minutes.
According to the company AxionZen, generation seal network will be carried out until November next year. After generation of kittens system is complete, users will be able to kittens exclusively by mating. Adults do not have sex, so you can cross any two suitable seals.
The value of each kitten depends on its characteristics obtained from parents. For example, at this point in the game you can meet 160 seals the color, Jaguar-like, seal 93, having resemblance with the cat breed Maine Coon.
In addition, users can purchase the more rare kittens, having an appearance resembling a vampire or any other mystical character. Also in the game users can buy the seals created by such well-known personalities like Elon Musk and Katy Perry.
In other cases, special attention when buying a cat should be paid to the generation number (Gen). The smaller the value, the more valuable is the cat. It is equally important to pay attention to the Cooldown, which depends on how often the cat will enter into a relationship.
The cost of Pets
The cost of the first seal generated by the system was determined in the following way: every kitten sold at an average cost of the last of the 5 kittens, multiplied by 1.5. As of 5 December of the current year, the cost of these seals ranged from 9 to 13 coins virtual currency Ethereum.
In addition, each owner of the seal can put the resulting offspring for sale at a cost that will fit. This indicates the starting and ending price. Over time the price offered seal is reduced. So, in the case of the auction of a kitten with an initial value of one token Ethereum and end value of 0 at 24 hours, after 12 hours the cost will be 0.5 token ETH.
Each user is also given the opportunity to breed kittens and not just buying them. In the gaming world this process is called Siring. The attractive owner of the cat can be used for breeding not only their own cats, but also to offer another member of the game services to “the inseminator” for a fee in the form of coins Ethereum. Thus, one player can earn on their services and another on the way, kittens.
In the game CryptoKitties each cat has its own Cooldown on the reproduction, the duration of which can range from 1 hour to 7 days. The value of this index increases with time along with increasing number of matings. Therefore, the smaller the figure, the more expensive the cat.
Each kitten in the game CryptoKitties has a 256-bit genome, containing such information as the color coat of the pet, the Cooldown duration, the presence of whiskers and their color, presence of stripes or spots, and much more. Part of the inherent genes can be recessive. Thus, there is a possibility that the solid cat may be the offspring with stripes or spots.
Special attention should be paid to the fact that the game is not scale to the rarity of genes. The rarity of a gene is determined by the community that use Ethereum. So, the Golden color of cats is more rare, as these representatives are on the auction is much more expensive than others.
While players can change only the name of their kittens. Usually in the field for the name of the owners enter the characteristics of the representative.
At the moment on the official website of the game CryptoKitties it is impossible to know the genome of each kitten. However, due to the fact that the game source code is open, there is a person that is able to configure the system recommendations for information. In the game there is a small element of chance that allows for breeding even the most common seals to obtain a unique representative.
To replenish the balance of the game in the game CryptoKitties use the browser extension MetaMask and execute the transfer of funds through one of the marketplaces.
Funds received from the sale of kittens or mating, are automatically transferred to MetaMsak. Thus obtained funds can then be output using cryptocurrency trading platforms. In recent years, social networking sites there are more reports that over a relatively short period of time, players earn thousands of dollars.
The earnings of the company AxionZen is 3.75 percent of all financial transactions. When you perform operations directly on the smart contract, the Commission is not charged to the user.
The plans of the developers
Mak Flavell, which is the head of this crypto-currency project, reported that the company AxionZen intends to develop the game CryptoKitties regardless of its level of popularity. All the gameplay improvement planned for the year ahead. The developers plan to improve the interface and simplify the process of familiarization with the game.