The Next Web reported today that a Portuguese software engineer João Almeida created a new platform on Bitcoin’s Lightning Network that allows users to play Nintendo’s massively popular game, ‘Pokemon.’
— João Almeida (@joaodealmeida94) June 19, 2018
The Lightning Network is the new second0layer solution for Bitcoin’s scalability issues. It opens payment channels between users that keep most of their transactions off-chai, turning to the blockchain only to record the net results.
Almeida’s platform, dubbed ‘Poketoshi,’ uses the Lightning Network along with Twitch. It allows users to interact via an online chatroom just like in the popular Twitch Plays Pokemon series.
The platform uses a Lightning Network-enabled controller for players to enter commands. Each command entered is charged 10 Satoshi, with one Satoshi being equivalent to one hundred millionth of a single bitcoin.
Users send payment through OpenNode, a new Lightning Network-enabled Bitcoin payment processor. Poketoshi is a fun little way of testing the Lightning protocol’s aim of facilitating off-chain instant BTC payments at high volume.
Poketoshi users have also started making digs at the rivalry between Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Lightning supporters. BCH advocates argue that the BCH hard fork is the superior solution to Bitcoin’s scalability issues, rather than the Lightning Network second layer solution.
An in-game rival is named ‘Bcash’ to continue poking fun at the rivalry:
— masen (@masen_io) June 16, 2018
This past February, Lazlo Hanyecz, known for completing the first documented Bitcoin for a physical item in 2010, repeated his purchase with the Lightning Network. Like last time, he purchased two pizzas but unlike last time, Hanyecz subcontracted out the delivery to a local pizza parlor in order to pay via the Lightning Network. This was because the “pizza/bitcoin atomic swap software” was as yet unavailable.
In March, the Lightning Network made major strides toward mainstream adoption with its first mainnet product going live. Several other user-oriented tools have come online from private developers since then.
The Lightning Network saw its first user mobile wallet launch last April 4.