On Feb 6, 2019, Koala Studio announced the release of an online gaming platform integrated with the Lightning Network. The first game deployed on the platform is Lightning Chess — where users can wager satoshis (portions of bitcoins) against other players. This is one of several novel uses of the Lightning Network that also provides an example of how Lightning Applications (lApps) might disrupt the gaming industry.
Koala Studio is a relatively new entity developed with the intention of building games in which payments on the Lightning Network (LN) can take place seamlessly.
Already, there is a website and platform available where Lightning Chess can be played between players. Within the platform is a number of features — including a chat function, extendable timers, the ability for players to undo recent moves, and a betting platform in which as little as one satoshi can be wagered.
A satoshi is the equivalent of 0.00000001 bitcoin, the lowest denomination tradeable across the Bitcoin mainnet. Theoretically, millisatoshis may also be transferred across the Lightning Network — with a millisatoshi equaling one one-thousandth of a satoshi. Koala Studio, however, does not allow transactions lower than a satoshi.
The Idea Begins
The idea for Lightning Chess emerged at the Chaincode Lightning Residency in Oct 2018 when Jack Mallers suggested that chess might make a good proof of concept.
During the event, a presentation was given on the possible integration of the Lightning Network on a gaming platform.
Mallers also presented at the Residency. He is the developer of Zap, a Bitcoin exchange that integrates the Lightning Network. Zap currently has released an app for desktop and iOS.
A total of 14 use cases for the Lightning Network were presented. Several of these discussed specific lightning applications ( lApps ) either developed or then in-development.
LApps are applications developed for use on the Lightning Network or integrate the LN into their platforms. The gaming platform introduced by Koala Studio is just one of many lApps that have been introduced in the last several weeks.
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