In the beginning of December of 2017 Cryptokitties became one of the most popular applications based on Ethereum network, which allowed its users to buy and breed cute kitties valued in Ether, and the kittens reached incredible prices in the market, letting AxiomZen company earn $25 million in one month selling kitties.
Currently there are more than 87 thousands cryptokitties and their price varies from 0,003 to more tan 1,5 ETH.
Examples of cryptokitties available for purchase
It was only a matter of time before someone wanted to repeat the success of Cryptokitties and more and more applications for buying and breeding crypto animals started to emerge.
For instance, a new phenomenon of Etheremon has started to gain popularity after the beta verson launch on December 20. Right now, the only thing you can do with Etheremon is keep them, which earns you a small amount of ETH every time someone else buys that same type of Etheremon. The prices for Etheremons range from 0.37 ETH, which is $298 to 1.2 ETH, which is respectively $966.
Examples of Etheremons available for purchase
The users of the collectibles game seem to like it despite the extremely high prices for pet Pokemons and despite the fact that one of the game's smart contracts now accounts for 2.82 percent of transactions on the Ethereum network and has caused transaction fees to jump.
— Andrei Arsenevich (@andrei_arsenvic) 20 December 2017
Moreover, there is another project called Cryptopets, which is scheduled to be fully launched in the middle of January of 2018. The users will be able to buy up to 20 different cryptopets, breed them, make them play and fight battles. The most expensive pet will be Unicorn, which will cost 2 ETH.
There is also Cryptopuppies project, which is very little known about, and its official website states that the project is "coming soon", although some information about it can be gathered from twitter account, which already has almost 2000 followers.
— CryptoPuppies (@CryptoPuppies_) 9 December 2017
In case with Cryptokitties the price for Ethereum transaction rose from $0.3 to $1.4 only in one week, and lead to the longer period of transactions processing with extra payments.
If the number of such games increases, the Ethereum network might experience a serious test for strength.
Ethereum pending transactions queue after the launch of Cryptokitties
At the moment of press, these are the main market parameters of Ethereum:
- Average Price: $772,93
- Market Cap: $74 651 233 573
- 24h Volume: $2 188 920 000