Chinese Baidu Releases The “Leci Gou” Game

Chinese Baidu Releases The “Leci Gou” Game

The Chinese search engine Baidu has launched a CryptoKitties-style blockchain application in an effort to conquer the big Chinese market.

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The Chinese search engine Baidu has launched a CryptoKitties-style blockchain application in an effort to conquer the big Chinese market.

The app is reportedly named “Leci Gou” and uses a concept that may sound familiar to CryptoKitties users. One of the differences is that the game allows users to adopt digital dogs instead of kitties.

So, how does it work exactly? Users can choose a pet, each of which has its unique physical attributes that make it rare or valuable. Owners of the digital dogs can sell or breed them, as CCN explains in a recent publication on the subject.

While CryptoKitties relies on the public Ethereum blockchain, Baidu has not confirmed whether Leci Gou will be using a public or private blockchain that is developed and maintained by their in-house blockchain research team that is part of the Hyperledger consortium.

In addition, Leci Gou is reportedly accepting only the blockchain`s native token, so users can`t buy or sell their dogs using real money. Of course, there is a possibility of doing this off the platform, but Baidu hasn`t monetized their service yet. Still, the technology company says the service is in beta testing, and users can expect some improvements, as CCN wrote.

For now, users with Baidu accounts can adopt one digital puppy with a possibility to receive 1,000 in-game tokens for free.

Cryptokitties vs Cryptopuppies

The release of the Leci Gou game provided by Baidu comes weeks before the arrival of CryptoKitties on the Chinese market. A mobile app for CryptoKitties will be launched in the App Store in greater China and Singapore during the coming Lunar New Year that starts on February 16, as the game`s co-founder Benny Giang told Quartz in an interview in Hong Kong.

The Vancouver-based developer of CryptoKitties, Axiom Zen, reportedly announced it had signed an agreement with Hong Kong gaming company Animoca Brands that would distribute the game in China.

It is expected that the release on the powerful Chinese market will drive a lot of traffic to ethereum. This may result in the surge of the cryptocurrency price. At the same time, some have criticized the use of the ethereum blockchain for a game like CryptoKitties because it is causing congestion to the network.

The battle between cryptokitties and cryptopuppies is about start very soon in China. It is worth watching how the outcomes will affect cryptocurrency prices.

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