Blockchain: A look back this Halloween
A decade has seen theory turn to remarkable applications.
While the days and hours of witching are upon us this halloween, it’s a time to look back at some of our history.
One thing that we have to consider is just how much can be said of 10 years in as laconic a way as possible.
For Satoshi Nakamoto, 10 years of development can be condensed down to 9 pages that make up the white paper for “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System.”
Much like the Big Bang, we’ve seen one concept explode into hundreds, if not thousands of cryptocurrencies. But it would be remiss of us to forget about the innovation that stands just behind it: Blockchain, which also celebrates a decade.
In discussions, I’ve used the analogy that cryptocurrency, and the blockchain behind it, is an infant crawling and walking with parents telling it to run.
And that’s appropriate considering all the aspirations developers have for its use in gaming which, in itself, has had a remarkably short life thus far.
How short exactly? Well, one of the first examples of a blockchain game we saw was HunterCoin back in 2014.
Developed by the team which is now behind XAYA (what a difference a few years makes), it was a concept that gained steam over time.
Now, while HunterCoin otherwise gets forgotten by some as the first game. There’s one name that really got the world to pay attention to blockchain games as a concept: Cryptokitties.
Cryptokitties is one of the first examples of an international phenomenon of a collectibles game powered by blockchain.
According to the likes of Dappradar, its the single most popular game that blockchain boasts.
What’s remarkable about this game as well? It’s just over a year old.
With developers and players looking back at the barely trodden path of blockchain gaming as it stands right now, it’s important to see with how over such little time, so much progress has happened.
It’s for that reason this Halloween, that we host events like Blockchain Gamer Connects in London. To hear from those that have walked that path for yards or even miles to realise the potential that is as yet untapped.
If you’re on the fence about coming along, check out some of the highlights from our Helsinki event, and keep posted on the site for all the new developments for BGCL.
hear about how it’s grown in the past 10 years and what the next 10 have in store at BGCL in Jan. Those looking for a Halloween treat can also find a discount code right here.