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Deep Dive with Benny Giang, Co-Founder CryptoKitties

Benny will be answering your questions live 11am PT on 4th April!

CryptoKitties posted 1 year ago

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Soona
Hey Benny! What's the grand vision behind CryptoKitties?
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Benny Giang
@soonaorlater There are so many awesome ideas we have as a team. We've seen one of our biggest hypothesis come true which is infinite extensibility of the kitties. Meaning new gaming experiences extend the playability of the kitties, we've seen the community build kitty hats, kitty races, and even battles. All add to the ecosystem and help build an incredible vibrant kittyverse!
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MCFit
Hi Benny
How did you go about developing the game mechanics and UX for CryptoKitties?
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Benny Giang
@Minecraft_Fit It was a team effort! We were big fans of CryptoPunks, Rare Pepe, and Spells of Genesis and learned a lot from some of their initial designs around marketplaces. However, early ideation sessions led us down the path of developing more gaming functionalities like breeding. We built auctions, breeding, and other components around the idea of accommodating for thousands of cats availible. The biggest focus was to keep it clean and easy to navigate. We learned a lot during our alpha launch at ETHWaterloo with thousands of people using the interface to breed cats on the test net. These early user interviews led us to where we are today!
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Benny Giang
Hello all! Looking forward to this :)
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Ben Tossell
What does the future of NFTs hold?
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Benny Giang
@bentossell NFTs are going to blow the door open for the blockchain space. Asset value in the world is in the trillions and I think that NFTs if done so correctly, has the chance to translate value into digital items. It's an entirely new canvas and paintbrush there needs to be more creatives pushing the boundaries of this new platform.
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Ben Tossell
From the community: What is your story and how did you get to become co-founder of CryptoKitties?
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Ben Tossell
Congrats on the funding round from some awesome people! What is the plan now you have secured this?
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Benny Giang
@bentossell Tons of things! Firstly, we want to deepen the gameplay of CryptoKitties. We also want to expand the kittyverse by working with developers in the community to build awesome gaming experiences. Since launch, we've learned a ton from our players and had the fortunate chance to visualize the ideal flow for playing blockchain games on web and mobile. We are working on ways to make that flow more and more seamless. We want to be able to bring our moms and dads to the blockchain :)
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George Kunthara
Besides CryptoKitties, what are some of your favorite NFT based projects?
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Benny Giang
@gkunthara ETH.TOWN, Crypto Space Commander, Etheremon, Etherbots, and a ton more that are still being built!
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Ben Tossell
From the community: If you are/were investing - what kinds of projects do you like in this space?
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Benny Giang
@bentossell Consumer facing technologies that will make the blockchain more accessible. Also educational games/experiences like Walletpet that aims to broaden the demographic of "blockchain enthusiasts". For instance, our demographic is 85% male and 15% female... this needs to change!
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Ben Tossell
From the community: If you couldnt work on CryptoKitties, what would you want to work on?
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Benny Giang
@bentossell Aside from projects that will make the first time user experience better. The combination of deep learning and blockchain fascinates me a ton. There are people who breed cats full-time in CryptoKitties and there are also people who use bots to purchase and sell kitties. What if the bot was able to sustain itself by purchasing power from a dapp and computation from Golem? A self-sustaining AI cat breeder would be a weird thought experiment...
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Matt Wright
Same question as Ben - what real-world applications do you see fit for NFTs in the near future?
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Benny Giang
@mateo_ventures There are people who are looking to offer fractional ownership in the form of smart contracts for real-life art or anything valuable. I think one of my most recent thoughts after a discussion with some members of the Magic Leap team was the exploration of the digital world. Ultimately, NFTs enable the economics and the participants of said digital economy to own more than currency. If there are people who breed cats full-time what's to say that we will have people who offer painting services for houses built in Decentraland? Odd... but plausible!
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Telephilic Worldwide
On a scale of One to MacAfee, how big of a misrepresentation was it to say cryptokitties was launching in China last month?
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Benny Giang
@telephilic @mateo_ventures There's been a lot of thoughts put onto our Medium in regards to the China launch. It's no where near MacAfee level IMO. In fact, the communities on QQ and WeChat have grown substantially. We've seen a ton of new non-crypto players join our communities in search of educational materials for blockchain basics. To me, this is a huge success since in China there is a certain barrier for the general public to learn more about crypto or even get access to it. In time it will get better and we have a ton of new initiatives planned.
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Matt Wright
@telephilic "one to MacAfee" haha
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Matt Wright
Spending lots of time in China myself, I get that completely - good stuff @Benny-Giang.
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Telephilic Worldwide
All I recall seeing on Medium was “We didn’t anticipate regulatory issues in China” - what is ostensibly one of the hottest topics in crypto for the past year. Was there something further I missed? Bc saying “we’re launching in China” would suggest that would be a consideration, and it would be vetted and copacetic *before* announcing a “launch.” That and the fact that there was a cap and the “app” (cat browser, essentially) required users to download TestFlight first aside, why wouldn’t crypto-friendly markets like Japan and Korea make more sense as a first foray into the Asian market? Why not pursue those now? @Benny-Giang
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