Ethereum, Ethereum, Ethereum. You cannot but notice the popularity of ICOs popping up, basing their startup on Ethereum (ERC20).
At first glance this is understandable due to its convenient use of smart contracts, though this was not enough for our vision.
To truly build a fully functional dApp, Web 2.0 compliant, we needed a foundation which would allow us to offer our users instant transactions at minimal cost.
This is where Etherium fell short, as the current gas rate is far too high to have any real world use, and the TPS (transactions per second) is too slow. Both of these factors deteriorate exponentially under high demand.
“Stellar offers high TPS at a very minimal cost”
It is well known that Crypto Kitties, the Kitten breeding and trading game we all love to hate, hit its user ATH of around 600 users in December 2017 and currently has a DAU (Daily active users) of around 400, give or take. During its ATH it single handedly managed to clog up the entire Ethereum network, bringing it to a halt. This was just one app. We needed something more reliable.
Stellar offers high TPS at a very minimal cost, meaning there is no cost for the user. This aspect is important as it allows the ins and outs of how Pocket Arena works to be out of sight and by extension, out of mind.
The back end will remain just that, the back end.
To be openly accessible for all users of varying technical levels, we need things to be simple to understand and use.
Akin to Tesla owners not needing to be mechanics to drive one; while it certainly helps, it is by no means a prerequisite.
Another attractive feature of Stellar which helps simplify the user’s experience is the support of browser wallets. This is crucial for cutting out the cumbersome requirement of a third party wallet for users to use our dApp, such as Metamask. Users will be able to withdraw their POC directly from their browser wallet to a different wallet of their choosing, further down the line when we add this feature in. Keeping the starting wallet (browser wallet) tied to the user account we felt was initially was a good place to start for simplicity, allowing new users getting to know the Pocket Arena eco-system for the first time, who may have never even heard about Crypto, let alone MetaMask, to hit the ground running and start playing without a myriad of requirement hoops to jump through.
Looking back, we feel we made the right decision as it not only ticked all the boxes, but it also works flawlessly.
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