How CryptoKitties is shaking up the Ethereum blockchain

What happens when you mix blockchain, one of the most disruptive technologies of the modern world, with the internet’s love for cute cats? Welcome to the incredible world of CryptoKitties. An online game by Vancouver-based Axiom Zen that allows users to purchase, trade, and breed digital kittens, CryptoKitties has taken the cryptocurrency world by storm since its public release on November 28. The volume of traffic on the platform in its first week itself has been enough to put a serious strain on the Ethereum cryptocurrency ecosystem on which it is built.

The craze is reminiscent of something ‘90s kids’ will probably remember – Tamagotchis. Created by Bandai in 1996, the “handheld digital pets” became one of the biggest toy fads of the 1990s and 2000s, with global sales hitting 76 million by the…

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