October Update: New multiplatform Blockchain-sidechain games are here

The blockchain ecosystem’s downward spiral has now ended and is holding steady at the low level making this a good time to invest in crypto-assets. Notable development in this month has been limited alpha-release of Zombies Battleground, a game by Loom Network, that runs on a sidechain of Ethereum blockchain.  The players collect and grow their card decks and battle with other players in real time. The game is not different from many other card-battle games with a twist!

The blockchain integration allows users to not only buy cards from the game-makers but also exchange with other users multitude of collectible cards each with their own powers and properties. There is also possibility of customisation and modding from other game developers for enhanced  playing experience. The game is available for all popular platforms i.e. Windows, Mac, Android and Apple.

I have tried out the alpha release and its quite fun to play against the AI with all cards available for deck building. The multiplayer play is expected to be a lots more interesting. Another point to note is that playing this game on small screen Android phone, the text on the cards is barely readable, although this is expected to get solved in future release.

This new feature-game is expected to increase interest in people about block-chain games which were earlier limited to browser based static games and  prove the potential of using sidechains for high-speed and high volume applications such as real-time games and other applications!

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Sidechains and Blockchains: How do they connect?

As mentioned in earlier posts, any Blockchain network is a distributed ledger maintained by multiple computers using a program that runs the network by a fixed set of rules. Most popular blockchain like Ethereum and Bitcoin encourage the people to run computers that support the operation of blockchain by offering rewards what can be won by competitive mechanism called mining. This competitive process ensures that all transaction are recorded only after proper validation and in an irrefutable manner.

However, the mining is an expensive process for the miner as well as the person ordering the transaction has to pay a fee to the miner. Not all applications of blockchain require this kind of security and in many cases the person using the application will not be willing to pay the miner for each transaction. This is especially the cases in application such as blockchain powered games or social networking sites, where the security of transaction is important but not be financially critical.

In such cases it is possible to make applications with security, transparency, relative decentralization and other features of the blockchain while having very high scalability, instant transaction validation without paying fees by running the application on a side-chain. The cryptoassets and tokens can also be transferred to and from the sidechain to the main blockchain as required. The sidechain can have its own different rules and mechanisms of operation while still being compatible with the main blockchain.

One popular exampleof sidechain  is the Loom network which runs as a sidechain to Ethereum blockchain. This sidechain used a system called delegated proof of stake mechanism to validate transaction. Instead of miners, designated group of validators are given the responsibility of validating the transactions. TO become a validator, one has to stake a very large amount of their Loom Tokens and if they are found to be engaging in illegal behaviour they stand to lose their tokens. The reward for validators is proportional to the Loom Token that they are able to stake.   Anyone who possess Loom token can stake their tokens to support the validators  who is ready to share more percentage of the reward or one that they consider trustworthy.

In the future, it may be possible for many applications to seamlessly integrate with blockchain and have many enhanced features of the blockchain while being compatible with many other platforms due to possibility of operating on sidechain and similar mechanisms.

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