Remember CryptoKitties, the ethereum based game which allowed users to breed, collect and trade Cryptokitties through the use of smart contracts? The game with the line “Breed your rarest cats to create the purrfect furry friend. The future is meow!”
This game made news for a variety of reasons, first, because there were many users and the demand in the game heavily clogged the ethereum network, making some to question the scale of Ethereum network and what it would to solve these problems. Then, the second may be because it was a well done game and it was able to cater to novices and experts in the blockchain space. Third may be because it found a novel way to introduce people to the concept of smart contracts.
The game that was considered to be one of the world’s first blockchain games has spurred a growing industry of blockchain based games, these games include cryptocelebrities, and the latest one from the search giant in China, Baidu, cryptodoggies. The game, provides an avenue for those who have blockchain inclinations but are not necessarily fans of kitties. It also serves as a further deployment of Baidu and it’s larger efforts to understanding and working within a blockchain based environment.
Details on Leci Gou
The game, called Leci Gou, allows the user to digitally adopt and trade puppies, and records these transaction through the use of the blockchain technology. The company, based in China, has not commented on whether they are using a permissioned or permissionless blockchain.
Furthermore, an user learns about the game through a page on their website. Roughly translated in English, the introduction goes as such :
who am I?
“Bark ~ ~
I’m a Leicester blockchain.
My little friends, each has a unique gene.
Once you have me, our relationship will be forever recorded on the blockchain, and no one can change it.
I have 8 appearance features, each feature has two different properties: Rare Properties and Common Properties. The combination of these attributes will determine my ultimate rarity (normal, rarity, excellence, epic, mythical, legendary).”
The user will be able to purchase digital doggies of different makes and valuations depending on their level of scareness. Those who already have accounts with the search giant can easily adopt their own cryptodoggie and be provided with one thousand points at no cost.
Baidu was co-founded in 2000 by Internet pioneer Robin Li, creator of visionary search technology Rankdex, a method of hyperlink analysis. He set out to provide the best and most equitable way for people to find what they’re looking for and built a company culture predicated on two principles: simplicity and reliability. Over the past 16 years, we have striven to fulfill our mission by listening carefully to our users. In order to provide intelligent, relevant search results for the tens of billions of queries that are entered into our search platform every day, we focus on powering the best technology, optimized for up-to-date local tastes and preferences. Our deep understanding of Chinese language and culture is central to our success in our home market, and this understanding has allowed us to tailor our search technology for our users’ needs.
We also see tremendous opportunity to service users outside China, in markets such as Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, and Thailand. We are beginning to see our international products gain traction, with 260 million monthly active users in December 2015.