The Ethereum-based game Etheremon has decided to partially move off the ETH network and will “explore options” with Zilliqa’s development team.
According to the game’s official blog post, battles between users have been taken off-chain because high gas prices have “limited” the Etheremon gaming experience. The developers said the move is temporary until a solution presents itself. Results and in-game assets – such as the monsters themselves – will remain on the blockchain.
Etheremon allows users to capture monsters and battle them against other users. The game has become extremely popular since going live back in December: in its first 24 hours, the game reported 17,000 transactions.
Speaking to Crypto Briefing, Etheremon’s co-founder, Ngo “Nedrick” Nam, said the decision was taken in the past few weeks following substantial increases in Ethereum’s transaction costs that had made the game “very hard on users”.
“Ether gas reached 100 Gwei from 1 Gwei in a matter of weeks”, said Ngo. “This meant users went from paying approximately $0.3 or $0.5, to $35 per transaction.”Etheremon remains committed to Eth.
Ethereum has become the central platform for decentralized gaming and game developer Energi Mine has released two types of Ethereum token designed for decentralized games: the latest token, the ERC-1155, being released just over two weeks ago.
Although popular among developers, one of Ethereum’s main issues has long been scalability. Although developers are building solutions to improve throughput, the platform can currently process a maximum of 20 transactions per second.
The network’s speed has slowed considerably over the past few days. Transactions have become expensive and taken hours to process; some analysts have attributed this to a flawed voting protocol by a small Chinese exchange, known as FCoin. Ethereum was brought to a standstill back in December following the launch of the Crypto Kitti...