Gaming Veteran Atari Is Moving to Ethereum Layer 2

Key Takeaways

  • Atari is partnering with Polygon to build on Ethereum’s Layer 2.
  • The company hopes to be able to mint NFTs and scale ATRI by leveraging Polygon’s high speed and low fees.
  • Atari has taken a deep dive into the Ethereum world in recent months, launching its own ERC-20 token and running a virtual world in Decentraland.

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Layer 2 has a new arrival: Atari. 

Atari Eyes Layer 2

The video game developer is teaming up with Polygon, a scaling solution that recently rebranded from Matic Network. 

Frederic Chesnais, CEO of Atari, said of the update: 

“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Polygon, whose layer 2 solution will allow us to provide our users with the best possible experience when interacting with the Atari Token and our blockchain-related products.”

By moving onto Layer 2, the company hopes to make its ATRI token more scalable. The move should also give Atari’s users easier access to NFTs and other token-related products. The team has confirmed its plans to launch an NFT minter using Polygon’s network. 

Polygon uses the Plasma framework to run the Polygon Bridge, which acts as an additional sidechain to help scale Ethereum. It runs its own Proof-of-Stake mechanism, with plasma checkpoint nodes running across the network. It facilitates faster and cheaper transactions than the main chain and can process up to 65,000 per block. 

Polygon has been particularly popular with betting and gaming apps. Already, it has partnered with Polymarket, Decentraland, and Aavegotchi

Polygon’s co-founder and COO Sandeep Naiwal said that “the future of consumer-friendly blockchain products” like NFTs will run on Layer 2. Speaking on the Atari partnership, he added: 

“We’re delighted to partner with Atari to explore ways to add utility to its entertainment ecosystem and develop ways of capturing the full value of Atari Token and supplementary products, operating on Polygon’s scalable network.”

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