STEEM Blockchain’s Largest DApp, Splinterlands, Moves To Rival Fork Hive In Protest


  • One of the largest decentralized applications on Steem blockchain is switching sides to Hive, Steem’s fork, after a long standing community/Justin Sun confrontation in the past few months. The switch effectively means that Hive is currently larger than its parent chain, Steem, both in number of transactions and daily usage.

In a tweet sent out on June 3rd, 2020, Splinterlands, a blockchain based card trading game, announced an official migration from the Steem platform to Hive Project. The dApp moved to Hive blockchain on June 1st transferring all its game-related transactions to the platform. According to the official announcement, the crypto-fueled card game exodus comes as protection from “unacceptable risk” and centralization on the Steem blockchain.

Splinterlands exodus from STEEM blockchain

A document released two weeks before the move, Splinterlands announced the planned move to Hive blockchain protesting the abrupt hard fork conducted on Steem to block $5 million in users’ funds who supported Hive’s creation. The statement further reads,

“We don't know exactly what this hard fork entails and have been given no notice about it or a chance to review or test the changes. This presents a huge, and unacceptable risk to the game.”

The company further complains on the centralized nature of Steem’s platform, a rhetoric echoed by Binance CEO, Changpeng ‘CZ’ Zhao, as the reason for the exodus.

“We cannot continue to operate on a chain where the changes aren't public and we are not given adequate time for testing and review.”

The document however was hidden on Steemit and only came to light after one of the top developers on Steemit, StellaBella, revealed it on a video.

The company maintains its latest actions does not imply it is picking sides in the hard fork war between Steem and Hive. But looking at the effect on the blockchains, Splinterlands, may well have given Hive supremacy over STEEM.

STEEM loses supremacy to Hive Project

Splinterlands move to Hive has tilted the transaction volume in favour of the newer chain. According to DappRadar, a data aggregator, Hive witnessed 16% more transactions on its platform than STEEM in the following the switch.

Currently, Splinterlands has more than 3000 daily users and about 6000 transactions being completed in the past 24 hours. The transactions hit a high of 11,600 in the volume of trades and the daily users peaking at 4,855 users on June 2nd.

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