Two months after launching the Loom Network, the company is releasing a shared DPoS sidechain that anyone can deploy DApps to for a fixed monthly fee.
While talking with early beta users of the Loom SDK, the company realized that not every developer is ready to boostrap their own DAppChain from the beginning and host their own validators. Other users just prefer a sidechain in which they can deploy their Ethereum DApps to in a faster way than in Ethereum’s mainnet.
This is the main reason behind the creation of ZombieChain. The intention behind Loom SDK is to make it very simple for developers to build their customizable blockchains without having to code the underlying blockchain consensus logic.
As the company explains, they showed that the Loom SDK is so powerful that developers would be able to build something like EOS on top of it. But the main different with other networks is that users will not have to pay gas every time they make a transaction, but instead, they would be able to run their DApps on this chain just by paying a fixed monthly fee.
One of the main reasons to implement this monthly fee is to make the network work seamlessly.
In a blog post, the company wrote:
“Even if the cost of the microtransactions is sufficiently cheap, the need for users to constantly make cost/value decisions at every step destroys the immersive in-game experience.”
The team compares this model with the one that traditional web hosting implement. Developers pay a flat monthly fee based on the resources that are consumed by the application. The payments will be made by deducting Loom tokens in a smart contract from users’ balances.
Additionally, the ZombieChain will be powered by Loom tokens. In order to deploy a DApp to ZombieChain, developers will have to stake at least 10 Loom tokens. Every single month, Loom tokens will be deducted from the balance based on the transaction volume of the user DApp. This will help pay the ZombieChain validators for the transactions that take place on the network.
ZombieChain will offer different features, including sub-second block times, native solidity support, validator election and staking via DPoS, and plasma cash support to be implemented in the future.
The subsecond block times will allow DApps to be very fluid, making it an ideal place to host several applications that need high interactivity, like a game or a discussion.
At the beginning, the team will be running the validators themselves, but later, as soon as the network grows, other validators will be able to participate, increasing the decentralization level of the network. Moreover, plasma cash will be added in June to the Loom SDK and later will be compatible with the ZombieChain.