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This article was published on June 19, 2018

You can now play Pokémon on the blockchain

This Twitch game lets you play Pokemon with Lightning Network

You can now play Pokémon on the blockchain
Neer Varshney
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Neer Varshney

Former TNW writer

Developers are finding new fun ways to test blockchain technology.

Software engineer João Almeida has created Poketoshi, a platform that lets you play Nintendo’s iconic game Pokémon via the Lightning Network.

The game is hosted on live stream video platform Twitch and works just like the rest of ‘Twitch Plays Pokémon’ games. The games work by reading commands entered into the chat room by users. In Poketoshi, the commands are instead entered through a Lightning-enabled virtual controller.

The users can enter a set of commands through the controller and have to pay 10 Satoshi per command through Lightning Network. The payments are made through OpenNode, a Lightning-enabled Bitcoin payment processor for merchants.

Almeida shared a video recording of him paying the game:

It is worth noting that Lightning Network doesn’t make the user-experience of playing the game any better. The platform is just aimed at showing the utility of LN in enabling fast and cheap transactions.

For those who do not know, Lightning Network is an additional layer that sits on top of a cryptocurrency’s blockchain to make the transactions faster and cheaper. While the technology is still in testing, the early results are promising. The network’s total capacity crossed $150,000 in April.

There has been a long-standing rivalry between Lightning Network and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) proponents and Poketoshi users didn’t stop from taking digs at the Bitcoin hard fork during the gameplay either. Many users chose to name their in-game rival ‘BCASH,’ and shared screenshots on Twitter:

This is not the first time that a developer has created a fun way of testing the Lightning Network. One developer recently built a Lightning-powered drawing board and another one created a candy dispenser that lets users pay with via Lightning Network.

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