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Sky Mavis has partnered with Google Cloud to become a validator for its blockchain gaming network and scale it in a secure and sustainable way.
Sky Mavis runs the popular Axie Infinity game, which uses non-exchangeable tokens to authenticate unique digital items.
In March, Sky Mavis reported that the Ronin network that supports Axie Infinity has been hacked. Thieves stole 173,600 in Ethereum cryptocurrency (worth $594.6 million) and $25.5 million in US dollars, stealing a total of $620 million.
Now at the AxieCon event in Barcelona, Sy Mavis said it will enter into a multi-year partnership with Google Cloud to strengthen Ronin’s security and advance his vision of building a gaming universe with interrelated, immersive and rewarding promote experiences.
Google Cloud will become an independent enterprise validator for the Ronin network, joining a pool of validator nodes that includes Animoca Brands, DappRadar, Nansen, and more. By running and overseeing a validator node on the Ronin network, Google Cloud contributes to collective security and governance while assuming the role of monitoring validators uptime.
Ronin is a blockchain network built using the Ethereum virtual machine (EVM) launched by Sky Mavis in February 2021 to accelerate transactions and dramatically reduce gas costs for the burgeoning user ecosystem, enabling millions of in-game microtransactions. to run seamlessly.
It operates on a Proof of Authority (PoA) consensus model, where validators are selected based on their credibility and are responsible for verifying, voting and tracking transactions on the blockchain. As part of Sky Mavis’ shift to decentralization, it is proposing new validators and proposing them to vote. The current network will then need at least 70% of its existing validators to approve a proposal.
Previously, Sky Mavis set up a temporary backdoor to handle more transactions. Sky Mavis accidentally left that backdoor available and hackers took advantage of it to steal the cryptocurrency and the money.
“Validators have the important job of ensuring that transactions on Ronin are processed correctly. They also serve as critical ecosystem partners and supervisors,” Sky Mavis COO Aleksander Larsen said in a statement. “Google Cloud, being on the cutting edge of being a recognized contributor to the developer community and with deep technical expertise in blockchain infrastructure and running validators, was obviously one of the best choices. Google Cloud has been our strategic cloud provider since 2020, so it’s important to welcome them now as Ronin’s newest and 18th validator, especially as we are pursuing our original goal of having 21 independent validators securing the network.”
Building core offerings such as Ronin, its own Axie Infinity game titles, and Mavis Hub — a launch pad for new blockchain games — on Google Cloud’s scalable, secure, and sustainable infrastructure and low-latency network, Sky Mavis Ronin aims to be the standard NFT scaling solution for gaming and gives users more options to turn their time and effort into real value. This means that third-party game developers can sign up with Sky Mavis to publish their games.
With Sky Mavis actively providing resources and support to help its community developers create and monetize engaging experiences on top of Axie Infinity and Ronin, Google Cloud will enable the scalable distribution of community-built games and other experiences that are created through Sky Mavis’ partnerships with major games. studios. Since a Ronin transaction is already designed to be more energy efficient than a transaction on a Proof of Stake blockchain, Sky Mavis’ decision to run its platforms on the industry’s cleanest cloud will reduce the overall environmental impact of its ecosystem. further decrease, the company said.
Sky Mavis also chose Google Cloud for the advanced load balancing and caching features of its content delivery network, to provide smooth and reliable experiences for users anywhere and on any device – including those earning revenue through Axie Infinity but living in rural areas. with intermittent online connectivity.
“From our time in the Google for Startups Cloud program to where we are today, Google Cloud and its partner Searce have provided us with the right support at every stage of our growth journey — whether it’s dealing with fluctuating traffic so that 2 .3 million Axie NFT owners are enjoying fair platform experiences or introducing new mechanisms to drive sustainability in our digital country,” said Trung Nguyen, CEO of Sky Mavis. “We are very much looking forward to our next phase of partnership with Google Cloud and Searce, especially with their clear commitment to our industry and desire to support us and the wider community with relevant opportunities for born-in-Web3 applications.”
Sky Mavis aims to hire 100 additional people over the next 18 months. To continue to attract world-class talent and enable the centralized team of engineers in Vietnam to easily connect, create and collaborate with their peers around the world, Sky Mavis has adopted Google Workspace.
Built on Google Cloud, Google Workspace brings together applications such as Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Meet, Chat, and more into one integrated workspace, with built-in enterprise access control, device management, data protection, and data encryption, to create a secure hybrid. working environment.
Having tripled the size of its global team over the past year to accelerate its product roadmap and support the increasing number of user-generated games and content within its ecosystem, Sky Mavis also empowers its engineers to maximize their talent and make meaningful contributions. deliver to its user community.
“After comparing all options, we chose Google Cloud because of a number of key differentiators,” said Viet Anh Ho, CTO of Sky Mavis, in a statement. “One area in particular is Google Cloud’s open source heritage and managed Kubernetes service. Engineers at Google actually invented Kubernetes, so it’s only natural that Google Cloud has the best capabilities for autoscaling and automated application deployment. These free our engineers to break new ground and delight users with interrelated and immersive experiences – all without disrupting active gameplay. In addition, the Google Cloud services we use are already tried and tested on Google products such as Search and YouTube.”
From introducing new battle systems, balance changes and seasonal leaderboards to opening a marketplace for trading Axie NFTs and launching co-created blockchain games on Mavis Hub – these are some of the hundreds of development updates Sky Mavis releases regularly. At the same time, the company must ensure that it syncs game states in real time during multiplayer sessions and matchmaking players of similar skill levels. By automating application deployment and game server orchestration – with no downtime – using Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), the engineering teams can avoid manual backend configurations and focus on building compelling features and products.
“Sky Mavis is a strong example of how the cloud can enable blockchain technologies to deliver innovation and value creation for individuals,” said Ruma Balasubramanian, managing director, Southeast Asia, at Google Cloud, in a statement. “In addition to Searce as our implementation partner, we look forward to working with Sky Mavis to accelerate its product roadmap and grow the Ronin network with secure infrastructure at its core. We’re also excited about the opportunities that this latest collaboration can bring, whether it’s entertaining experiences for users or new business models in game distribution.”
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