Dapper Labs Welcomes CryptoKitties onto Flow Blockchain

Dapper Labs has announced that its popular Ethereum-based collectibles game CryptoKitties will be launched on its Flow blockchain. Flow blockchain was built by Dapper Labs to address many of the challenges the team encountered in launching on and “breaking” Ethereum.

Dapper also devised a new proprietary smart contract-oriented programming language designed for smart contracts for Flow called Cadence. Dapper Labs’ chief executive Roham Gharegozlou recounts that with “CryptoKitties on Ethereum, as soon as a few thousand people start breeding, it totally falls over and congests the network.”

Gharegozlou revealed that CryptoKitties attracted over one million users within a month of launching CryptoKitties in November 2017. During 2019, CryptoKitties generated more than 2 million transactions which is the most of any consumer decentralized application on Ethereum.

Gharegozlou likens CryptoKitties on Flow to a mechanic employed throughout the Pokémon series, where users are able to bring their Pokémon or CryptoKitties” into the new environment and play with it, and access a whole new ball game.”

Dapper Labs’ CEO emphasized that the firm’s “first priority is to take care of existing CryptoKitties owners,” adding that he hopes CryptoKitties on Ethereum will continue alongside Flow.

Last week, the surprise launch of a limited run of 100 new CryptoKitties overwhelmed the Winklevoss-backed NFT marketplace Nifty where the collectible cats were being auctioned. All 100 kitties sold out within three seconds, one of which sold for $10,500 on a secondary market shortly after.

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