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Sky Mavis has partnered with Google Cloud to become a validator for its blockchain gaming network and enable it to scale in a secure and sustainable way.
Sky Mavis operates the popular game Axie Infinity, which uses non-fungible tokens to authenticate unique digital items.
In March, Sky Mavis reported that the Ronin Network that supports Axie Infinity had been hacked. The 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 he would be doing a multi-year collaboration with Google Cloud to bolster Ronin security and advance his vision of building a gaming universe with interdependent, immersive, and rewarding experiences. .
Google Cloud will become an independent enterprise validator for the Ronin Network, joining a pool of validator nodes that includes brands Animoca, DappRadar, Nansen and more. By running and monitoring a validator node on the Ronin network, Google Cloud will contribute to its collective security and governance, while taking on the uptime monitoring role of the validator.
Ronin is a blockchain network built using the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) that was launched by Sky Mavis in February 2021 to speed up transactions and dramatically reduce gas fees for its rapidly growing user ecosystem, enabling thus millions of in-game micro-transactions take place 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 keeping a record of transactions on the blockchain. As part of Sky Mavis’ shift towards decentralization, it proposes new validators and puts them to the vote. The current network then requires that at least 70% of its existing validators approve a proposal.
Previously, Sky Mavis implemented a temporary backdoor to handle more transactions. Sky Mavis left this backdoor available by accident, and hackers took advantage of it to steal cryptocurrency and cash.
“Validators have an important duty to ensure that transactions on Ronin are processed correctly. They also serve as crucial ecosystem partners and overseers,” Aleksander Larsen, COO of Sky Mavis, said in a statement. “Google Cloud, which sits at the intersection of a proven contributor to the developer community and deep technical expertise in blockchain infrastructure and running validators, was naturally one of the best choices. Google Cloud has been our strategic cloud provider since 2020, so welcoming them now as Ronin’s final and 18th validator is a big deal for us, especially as we work towards our original goal of having 21 independent validators securing the network.
By building core offerings like Ronin, its first-party game titles Axie Infinity, 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 aims to establish Ronin as the default NFT scaling solution for gaming and provide more opportunities for users to turn their time and effort into real value. This means third-party game developers can register with Sky Mavis to publish their games.
With Sky Mavis actively providing resources and support to help developers in its community create and monetize engaging experiences in addition to Axie Infinity and Ronin, Google Cloud will enable the scalable distribution of community-created games and other experiences 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 yet the overall environmental impact of its ecosystem, the company said.
Sky Mavis also chose Google Cloud for its content delivery network’s advanced load balancing and caching capabilities to deliver smooth and reliable user experiences anywhere on any device. , including those who earn income through Axie Infinity but live in rural areas with intermittent online connectivity.
“From our participation 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 manage fluctuating traffic for 2.3 million Axie NFT owners to enjoy fair platform experiences or introduce new mechanisms to foster sustainability in our digital nation,” said Trung Nguyen, CEO of Sky Mavis. “We look forward to our next phase of collaboration with Google Cloud and Searce, especially with their clear commitment to our industry and desire to support us and the wider community with capabilities relevant to native Web3 applications. .”
Sky Mavis aims to hire 100 more people over the next 18 months. To continue to attract world-class talent and enable its centralized team of engineers in Vietnam to easily connect, create and collaborate with colleagues around the world, Sky Mavis has adopted Google Workspace.
Based on Google Cloud, Google Workspace brings together applications such as Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Meet, Chat and many others in a single, integrated workspace, with access management, device management, protection data and data encryption, to establish a secure hybrid working environment.
After tripling the size of its global team over the past year to accelerate its product roadmap and support the growing volume of games and user-generated content within its ecosystem, Sky Mavis is also enabling its engineers to maximize their talent and make meaningful contributions to its user community.
“After comparing all options, we chose Google Cloud based on a number of core differentiators,” Viet Anh Ho, CTO of Sky Mavis, said in a statement. “One area in particular is Google Cloud’s open source legacy and managed Kubernetes service. Google engineers actually invented Kubernetes, so it’s only natural that Google Cloud has the best autoscaling and automated deployment capabilities of applications. These allow our engineers to innovate and delight users with interdependent and immersive experiences, all without disrupting active gameplay. In addition, the Google Cloud services we use are already proven on products Google such as search and YouTube.”
From introducing new combat systems, balance changes and seasonal leaderboards to opening a market for Axie NFT exchange and launching co-created blockchain games on Mavis Hub – this are among the hundreds of development updates that Sky Mavis releases regularly. At the same time, the company must ensure that it synchronizes real-time game states during multiplayer and matchmaking sessions of players of similar skill levels. By automating application deployment and game server orchestration (with zero downtime) using Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), its technical teams can avoid manual backend configurations and focus on creating attractive features and products.
“Sky Mavis is a great example of how the cloud can enable blockchain technologies to drive innovation and value creation for people,” said Ruma Balasubramanian, Managing Director, Southeast Asia , at Google Cloud, in a press release. “Alongside Searce as an implementation partner, we look forward to working with Sky Mavis to accelerate its product roadmap and expand the Ronin network with secure infrastructure at its core. We’re also excited about the possibilities that could emerge from this latest collaboration – whether it’s entertaining user experiences or new business models in game distribution.
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