Axie Infinity, an Ethereum game where you collect, breed, and battle digital pets, has been taking the blockchain gaming world by storm this year.
Indeed, not only has Axie Infinity become the biggest and most popular game in the cryptoeconomy right now, it’s also one of Ethereum’s most used decentralized apps, period.
That’s why heads turned this week when the Axie Infinity team, one of the premier projects in the non-fungible token (NFT) ecosystem, revealed it was integrating with Chainlink, the reigning oracle giant powering wide swathes of Ethereum’s booming decentralized finance (DeFi) sector.
An Exciting Meld
On Monday, Nov. 11th, the Axie Infinity team announced it would be integrating with Chainlink’s tech in various ways.
First, some context: Axie Infinity is underpinned by Ethereum smart contracts, which need extra help when it comes to interacting with data external to the Ethereum blockchain (i.e. off-chain data). Smart contracts are only as good as the data they rely on, so Chainlink gives projects a way to rely on off-chain data in decentralized and trustless fashion.
To start, the game’s builders said they’d begin by integrating Chainlink’s ETH/USD Price Reference Data into the franchise’s native marketplace, where Axie pets and other assets can be traded among players.
As for why this price feed is ideal for Axie Infinity, the team said:
“Currently, we’re getting our price feeds from centralized servers which can go down and be disrupted. With Chainlink price feeds, we can ensure 100% uptime for our marketplace’s all-important ETH/USD price feed. We feel confident integrating this key exchange rate via Chainlink because it’s secured by a decentralized network of high-quality oracle nodes that provide accurate price data sourced from a variety of excellent off-chain data aggregators.”
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