Nationwide lockdowns have become commonplace in a number of countries across the world as the global community tries to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. For weeks on end, people have had to hunker down in their homes and practice social distancing in order to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19’s spread. Setting aside the dire consequences this has had on the global economy, the situation has forced people to come up with a wide variety of ways to entertain themselves.
While this lockdown may have brought a new meaning to “Netflix and chill,” even watching TV series and movies can become a bit monotonous. In light of this, the cryptocurrency community has come up with some ingenious and unique ways to fight the boredom in lockdown with a number of activities on social media and online.
Gamers double-down on free time
With so many confined to their homes for varying lengths of time, there has been a notable surge in the amount of online gamers, as Cointelegraph reported earlier this month.
Massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft went as far as offering a 100% experience boost so that players could quickly level characters during the lockdown. But the mainstream gaming industry wasn’t the only sector to benefit from the hordes of people forced online.
A number of blockchain-based games have also recorded rising numbers of users due to the ongoing worldwide pandemic. Games like War Riders and Cryptovoxels reported marked increases in new users. The influx of gamers has even put strain on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, which coincidentally is the infrastructure that hosts its blockchain and Xbox Live.
Conventional gaming platforms are not the only way in which cryptocurrency enthusiasts have found enjoyment. CryptoLiveLeak began an entertaining concept using polls to vote through 32 different cryptocurrencies in a knockout competition. Major cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum went up against a plethora of…