Coders Attempt to Link Bitcoin Lightning Network to Ethereum as Vitalik Buterin Supports The Plan
The cryptocurrency world is all about mixing stuff up to see what comes out. While the nascent blockchain enterprise field is much more pragmatic, open-source developers are all about mixing stuff and creating things sometimes just for the sake of creating them. The community is, after all, driven by experimentation.
This is possibly projects such as the bridge that is set to connect the Bitcoin Lightning Network with the Ethereum network is being created. While the communities are pretty divided (and sometimes have some rivalry), experiments like these drive the crypto world forward.
Blockage Games has recently announced that it has created a way to connect the BTC and the ETH network by using Bitcoin Lightning transactions. By doing this, the company was able to run a smart contract based on the Ethereum technology on top of the LN.
The code was originally run on the Rinkeby testnet of the company and there are current plans to deploy it soon, the CTO of Blockage Games, Ben Heidorn, has told the crypto media outlet Coindesk.
A Game To Link Two Worlds
These tests are being made because the company is developing a new game called Neon District. It will be a role-playing game (RPG) that will be based on top of the Ethereum network.
According to the CTO, both BTC and ETH can be very important for the future of the crypto world, so there is no way to use only of them, as they are both very valuable assets. He affirmed that BTC is the future of money and that most players will prefer to hold their money in BTC. However, the product is based on Ethereum.
This initial difficulty is what inspired the whole idea of linking the two blockchains. Choosing just one of the two options simply did not look like the best possible option, so the company decided to go via the trickiest but more promising road.
In order to do it, the best solution was to devise a system in which people would be able to use the Lightning Network, which has pretty low fees, to trigger smart contracts based on the Ethereum technology. This could be used, for instance, to mint non-fungible tokens, which were praised by the team.
At the moment, the code is not public yet, but the team affirmed that it will be open-source, so others will be able to experiment with it and build on top of it. The code will be made public only after the work is done.
Heidorn also touched on the fact that the two communities are somewhat rivals. He said that there is some tension between them but that both are like two sides of the same coin after all.
According to him, when it comes to people who maintain the network, both sides are striving for autonomy, privacy, and a better product. They are rivals because they are the two main networks, but both actually have pretty similar goals.
Vitalik Buterin Believes In The Integration
Curiously, the co-founder and public face of the Ethereum blockchain, Vitalik Buterin, has talked about the importance of the integration. He affirmed that it was a good idea to create links between the two networks.
According to him, the future of crypto is essentially diverse and pluralist, so there is no reason to oppose these initiatives, which can be very positive for the development of the industry.
If even the most important figure in the Ethereum ecosystem is not against this idea, how can someone be? Unless it creates any kind of security issue, integrating two different networks seems like the future of the cryptocurrency world.