Poketoshi: Pokémon + Satoshi Blockchain Game on Lightning Network
Joao Almeida, a Portuguese software engineer, released a tweet suggesting a new platform, namely, Poketoshi that supposedly works as a “COMBO”. Specifically, the platform was built to house both Nintendo’s Pokémon game and the Bitcoin Lightning Network.
As per his tweet, he made the platform in a way that reduces the “price from 100 to 10 sats (Satoshis) per play”. He also shared an image of the platform with the game setup.
The Lightning Network was created as a determination to resolve Bitcoin’s well-known scalability problem. Almeida’s confidence in LN was combined with Twitch, a platform dedicated to live streaming videos and games. This supposedly will allow users to play the game through an online chat.
Time to see where are all these Pokemon fans at! I'm releasing Poketoshi!
A 'Twitch plays' like game, using @lightning network microtransactions.⚡️
— João Almeida (@joaodealmeida94) June 16, 2018
Users do not need to connect controllers, as a LN-based, virtual controller is made available via the Poketoshi platform for making gaming commands, to which, as previously mentioned will be charged 10 sats. In terms of the payment, it is all down through a payment processor called OpenNode, which also supports Bitcoin Lightning Network.
Since the announcement made, many Poketoshi users were very vocal, declaring that the use of LN is not as superior as Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and vice versa. This argument was depicted in some ways through the game, as users named their avatar, “BCash”, to poke fun every time one lost a game.
Lightning Network continues to make changes to its protocol to bring real-time uses. Laszlo Hanyecz is a great example of this, as he was the first to purchase pizzas with bitcoins back in 2010. To show that the same is possible with LN, he got his friend to “subcontract out the pizza delivery to a local pizza place” that way he could make the purchase with LN, which he was successful in. Will this create more gap between BCH and LN followers?