Drug Dealing to Dragon Farms – 4Chan Dapp Games Invade Ethereum Blockchain

Drug Dealing to Dragon Farms - 4Chan Dapp Games Invade Ethereum Blockchain

4chan users have recently created a number of Dapps within the Ethereum blockchain which are accounting for over tens of thousands of transactions over the last several days. These transactions have users selling virtual cocaine or breeding dragons on what’s known as “Dragon Farms”.

Dapps, also known as decentralized applications, are run on a P2P network of computers which don’t necessarily need to run on a blockchain network. This is unlike many other apps where the code is run on a centralized server.

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The Dapp games typically operate through Metamask and include such disclaimers as “sites are for fun and entertainment purposes only” or “we do not endorse illegal activity”.

Some of these games like Ether Cartel, see volumes of over 33 Ethereum which has been moved over the last week along with 2500 Ethereum transactions in the last 24 hours.

Other games that have been created within the 4chan community are virtual shroom farming, snail breeding competitions, meme creations, and many others which have accounted for over 30,000 transactions in the last 24 hours.

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Meme games are typically intended to be a joke, but also generate earnings for the creators. Many of the games are reminiscent of the ever popular CryptoKitties game where users were allowed to create virtual cats within the Ethereum blockchain which was attributed to the significant slowing down of their blockchain. Users as well as bots were trading cats for hundreds of thousands of dollars in many cases.

Due to these Ethereum scalability issues, Vitalik Buterin has announced that Sharding is in development. Sharding is a method that will allow the Ethereum blockchain to scale. The increased scaling capability will allow for higher volume of transactions as well as a smoother transaction processing time overall.

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