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Plan and Earn: NFT Case Study on CryptoKitties

Published on
Apr 25, 2023
This article is for general information purposes only and isn’t intended to be financial advice.
Phoenix Baker
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CryptoKitties is a popular blockchain-based game where players can collect, trade, and breed digital cats with unique attributes. Launched in 2017, CryptoKitties was built by Dapper Labs, the company that uses blockchain technology to NFTs and new forms of digital engagement to fans around the world.

What is CryptoKitties?

CryptoKitties is considered one of the world’s first-ever blockchain games. Each digital collectible cat has a unique genome that determines its physical traits, and cats can be bred to create new virtual kittens and unlock rare “cattributes” or in-game cat features. CryptoKitties are unique, one-of-a-kind assets backed by NFTs, making them rare and valuable.

How does CryptoKitties work?

Blockchain technology remains at the core of this game, but the unique CryptoKitties gameplay can be credited to its Genetic Algorithm (GA). Each kitty possesses its own digital genetic pattern, which in turn determines what type of offspring it will produce, in addition to its unique physical traits. The game’s main premise is that players have to breed and sell their cats, which will allow them to earn ETH, especially for rarer cats.

Can you play CryptoKitties on mobile?

Players can explore CryptoKitties gameplay on mobile through an HTC mobile phone, which exclusively carries the United States mobile app of CryptoKitties. Players looking for information on how to play CryptoKitties on Android or iOS devices can simply access the mobile version of the website through a mobile browser.

How to get started with CryptoKitties

To get started with CryptoKitties, players must first have an existing MetaMask wallet or create one. Ether can be purchased from cryptocurrency exchanges, such as Binance and Coinbase, and transferred to MetaMask to ensure that players have enough funds to purchase their CryptoKitties. After connecting a user’s MetaMask wallet with CryptoKitties, they can start playing the game.

Buying CryptoKitties

Players can view CryptoKitties for sale through the website or secondary NFT marketplaces like OpenSea. New players have the option to purchase just one kitty to get started or buy a pair right away. If a player decides to purchase just one CryptoKitty, they can begin breeding it with a Sire from another player. If they purchase two CryptoKitties immediately, they can breed their cats for a much lower fee.

Breeding CryptoKitties

To breed CryptoKitties, players can breed two of their own kitties together or breed them with a public Sire. It is best to breed kitties coming from the same generation to produce a kitty with a relatively low Generation as well. Both options cost minimal fees in ETH, which goes to community-run bots and smart contracts.

Selling or Siring CryptoKitties

Once a player has produced new breeds of CryptoKitties, they can be put up for sale or Sired to the public. Each kitty in a litter will have “Sell” and “Breed” options, which will lead to auction pages. Players can create a Siring auction by clicking “Breed,” which will put their Kitty up for Siring via the Siring market. “Sell” likewise creates an auction, setting the kitty up for sale on the marketplace.

Tips for playing and earning with CryptoKitties

As with any investment, players should do their research and carefully consider their options before making any purchases. It is best to breed cats with rare cattributes, as these can fetch high prices on the market

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