Sky Mavis is preparing to move Axie Infinity over to their in-house developed Ronin sidechain. The development team is now asking the community to step away from the Loom sidechain. Ronin is an in-house developed layer-2 solution that needs to circumvent the problems arising from slow and expensive transactions on the Ethereum blockchain.
The Axie Infinity developers would like players to remove their ETH balance from the Loom network, back to Ethereum. However, those with small amounts will obviously notice that their gas fees are more expensive than the actual funds. At the same time the team asks players to take a look at their current offers, because maybe they’ve received offers that are worth accepting.
At the moment breeding cute little monsters for the game and the distribution of in-game rewards all happens on the Ethereum blockchain. However, gas fees are currently very high, making certain elements unusable for a casual player.
At the same time land tokens and items that players can place on those lands, are all stored on the Loom sidechain. Originally Sky Mavis wanted to use Loom as a layer-2 solution, but when the Loom team abandoned the business-to-consumer market, Sky Mavis decided to make their own layer-2 solution.
A bit more about the Axie chain
When Ronin gets deployed onto mainnet, all land and items will transfer from Loom Network to Ronin. After that the team wants to move over all the Axies, of which there are now more than 236 thousand spread out over 27 thousand wallet addresses.
“We prefer to hand craft the user experience for our players ourselves”, the studio wrote in their statement. The Ronin sidechain is specifically made for Axie Infinity. It supports for example the ERC-721 digital pets, land gameplay, items, small love potions and the AXS governance tokens. The sidechain solution supports the entire ecosystem.
The Ronin sidechain is a Byzantine Fault Tolerant proof of authority (POA) network that’s operated by validators. Sky Mavis appoints these validators themselves. Validators are the guardians of the Axie Infinity ecosystem. They approve deposits and transfers of Axie assets to and from the Ronin sidechain. In addition they also keep an eye on each other, automatically removing faulty validators. Among the first validators are Ubisoft, crypto exchange Binance, data website Nonfungible, gaming company Animoca Brands, and Axie familiar Sparq.
What is Axie Infinity?
Axie Infinity is a tactical battle game in which two players fight each other using a team of Axies. These little balls of joy are from Lunacia, and they come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Their characteristics influence which moves they are capable of performing. They can be damage dealers, healers, or bad ass tanks.
Axies are deadly cute, that is an undeniable truth. But Axies are not only just cute, their appearance are almost unique. It is difficult to find two look-alike Axies since their body parts have various forms and shapes. There are more than 500 Axie’s body parts. Axies’ body and parts are classified into classes including Beast, Plant, Bug, Bird, Reptile and Aquatic, and more in future release. Moreover, the parts also come with four levels of rarity, which are Common, Rare, Ultra Rare, Legendary.
It is the battle system that makes Axie Infinity stand out. Axies will take turn to fight in a 3v3 battle. The Axies fight to win the victory. At the same time players need to be a real strategists. They for example need to wisely choose appropriate Axies for their team, placing them at the tactical positions. Soon they will introduce land gameplay, their AXS governance token and a lot more. Axie Infinity is becoming more than just a battle game.
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