CryptoKitties Sparks Baidu Canine Copycat

CryptoKitties Sparks Baidu Canine Copycat

Ethereum-based cartoon cat breeding game CryptoKitties is set to launch its mobile version, to be made available in China.

CryptoKitties allows users to breed their own virtual cats with unique attributes, then record these feline creations to the blockchain. It was designed as a pedagogical tool to introduce children to blockchain concepts. 

Unexpectedly, it became a surprise hit at the end of 2017, and its success exposed the scaling vulnerabilities of the Ethereum network. Transaction times and fees rose so much that some ICOs were compelled to delay their postpone sales dates.  

AxiomZen have been working on a mobile version of the game to be released worldwide, including in China. It is unclear quite how they will get around Chinese regulations, but it appears that this will be done in part through eliminating the game’s original pedagogical content which educated people on how to change fiat to Ethereum.

Co-founder Benny Giang said that, “We want to make sure that we would avoid any potential regulations that may come up.” China currently bans ICOs and late last week extended its crack-down on cryptos to include any website hosting cryptocurrency content. 

The Baidu Verison: Leci Gou

Crypokitties’ success has not gone unnoticed in China with Baidu announcing its own copycat imitation. Baidu, often described as China’s version of Google, have introduced a twist, however: instead of kittens, their own game will involve puppies.

Puppy trading will be recorded to Achain, an Ethereum alternative developed by the Singapore-based Achain Foundation.

Baidu account holders will each receive 1,000 points for puppy purchase. Further points can be earned by using Baidu’s services and are to be spent through the Baidu wallet. These points are only redeemable within the game and cannot be converted to fiat or other crypto-currencies. 

Users have been warned that the platform is still in beta stage so there may be some hiccups along the way, though developers are working to iron out any issues that arise.

China and the Blockchain

Though Chinese authorities have been taking an increasingly aggressive stance against cryptocurrencies and ICOs, scaling back on mining operations and all exchange-like platforms, they are still largely positive about blockchain technology.

There have been extensive trials recently on using blockchain to ensure food safety and provenance, while Louis Dreyfus have just completed a soybean delivery to Shandong Bohi Industry Co., with each step recorded on a blockchain.

Of the latter, Robert Serpollet of Louis Dreyfus said: “Our expectations were high but the results were even higher.