Cryptokitties enters China, Hong Kong and Taiwan

The most successful consumer product built on blockchain launches with an iOS app limited to 5,000 players
08 March 2018   155

Today, Cryptokitties becomes officially available in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. It comes from North America, where it blasted with gigantic success in 2017 that also resulted in a massive overload of Ethereum network. In order to address this issue and mitigate the potential risk Cryptokitties is open for 5,000 players only. The game comes in the form of an iOS app and those who wish to play need to join Cryptokitties official account on WeChat and register their email address on a special entry page. Meanwhile, random lucky players will be awarded with open spots. The launch is accompanied with the start of a localized website, native-speaker support and several giveaway events.

The brand ambassador will be renowned Chinese illustrator Momo Wang. As the special edition Cryptokitties Artist series is under development by well-known artists, Momo Wang will be the first such contributor. A significant increase of transactions on Ethereum is expected as these special edition cats are on high demand. Notably, one of the cats will be put on a global auction, and it will be one of the initial examples an artist auctioning ownership of their art via blockchain platform.

We created CryptoKitties to make blockchain technology accessible to everyday consumers. Games like CryptoKitties drive adoption of emerging technologies like blockchain. They also showcase blockchain's potential beyond cryptocurrency, gifting users with a working fluency in the underlying technology by hinting at what the future of digital art ownership may look like.


Benny Giang

Co-founder,  CryptoKitties

Cryptokitties is the largest Ethereum network based game that has gained 1.5 mln users registered and been a go-to method for over $40 mln worth transactions. The game is also responsible for approximately 25% of the network traffic at its peak.

JPMorgan May Work on Quorum's Spin-Off

Bank giant believes that independence from the bank could increase the platform's appeal
23 March 2018   48

Referring to anonymous sources, the Financial Times and Reuters report that this step, if done, will be aimed at increasing the attractiveness of the platform.

The Quorum open source project was launched in 2016 and is a private version of the Ethereum blockchain. JPMorgan presented the project at the annual Sibos conference.

We continue to believe distributed ledger technology will play a transformative role in business which is why we are actively building multiple blockchain solutions. We’re not going to comment on speculation, but Quorum has become an extremely successful enterprise platform even beyond financial services and we’re excited about its potential.

JP Morgan Spokesman

Reuters could not find out if the current employees of the Quorum project would join the new venture. It is also unknown what role the new head of the innovation center of the blockchain of JPMorgan, Ember Bolde, currently responsible for the development of Quorum, will do.