In this article we’ll explore some of the key challenges for developers and gamers and how Kaleido addresses these challenges with Kaleido’s gaming offerings.
There are many challenges facing developers and gamers in the current iteration of blockchain gaming.
One of the most pressing challenges is the issue of high gas fees, which can make it prohibitively expensive for many users to mint and trade NFTs. Games that run on public chains such as Ethereum needed users to buy crypto in order to carry out transactions. Simple actions such as buying and depositing Eth to a Metamask account were costing $40+ at its peak.
Another major challenge is ensuring a high throughput rate, so that the platform can handle a large number of transactions without becoming overloaded or slow. Games that run on public chains suffer from slow throughput and while specialized layer 2s have higher throughput, users still have to compete with other users for traffic.
There’s also the challenge of synchronizing on-chain and off-chain data. It is important for on-chain activity and game state to be in sync to avoid issues. Otherwise there may be issues with the integrity of transactions.
Connecting to and indexing digital assets across multiple chains is also hard. Interoperability is needed if different games or ecosystems want to be able to work together. Also being able to index across different chains is important for game developers to track NFTs and create things such as notification-based data.
Finally, there’s the challenge of managing user identities, tying them to web3 constructs such as wallets, and maintaining a good user experience. One of the biggest shortcomings of web3 gaming currently is that it is complex for non-native web3 players. Users need to understand wallets, maintain their seed phrases, get crypto, etc.
A major reason why we believe Kaleido is the perfect solution to address these challenges is because we have solutions for each one and more. Utilizing Hyperledger FireFly, an open source Supernode and complete stack of web3 tools, Kaleido provides a one stop solution in place of the need for multiple vendors for each part of your web3 game. Let’s take a took at each of Kaleido’s gaming offerings.
Kaleido allows you to have your own high-performance chain. What this means is that you have full control over the protocol, chain configurations, consensus algorithms, and validator nodes. This allows you to have a 0-gas, high throughput blockchain for your game. Players can make an unlimited number of transactions with no fees. Additionally, you can manage access to the chain with the Kaleido Policy Engine and firewall ensuring that only your users and traffic are running on your chain.
Public RPC connections allow you to connect and develop against any public EVM chain. Kaleido provides full or archive RPC nodes for Ethereum and Polygon mainnets and testnets in dedicated or elastic setups. Additionally, through the FireFly Supernode, connect to any EVM chain by providing the RPC URL and chain ID allowing direct transactions and indexing with the chain. Kaleido also allows you to create custom tokens and mint directly to any EVM chain.
Bridge assets from your dedicated sidechain to any other chain, public or private. The Kaleido trusted bridge uses a burn and lock mechanism through FireFly to exchange assets between different chains. This allows users to move digital assets seamlessly to public chains when they want to exchange or sell for real world money or for assets outside of your game.
Kaleido allows you to easily map web3 wallets to your game’s Oauth system. Using Kaleido’s wallet and key APIs, wallets become a frictionless setup for both you and your players. While Kaleido’s wallet APIs work with popular wallets such as wallet and any PKCS-11 compliant solution, Kaleido also has a HD (hierarchical deterministic) wallet tool. HD wallets allow you to create up to 2.2 billion account addresses, each with their own private and untraceable key. All you need to do is to provide a URI which is the player’s username and Kaleido will automatically create and assign a new key to the user while ensuring that there are no duplications.
Everything within Kaleido is backed by hundreds of APIs. All APIs are completely accessible by you meaning that there is no black box and you retain control of every piece of the user experience. Additionally, REST APIs are generated for any EVM-compatible smart contract that you teach Kaleido about, allowing a simple, Web 2-like interface. Focus your efforts on developing your game and leave the blockchain complexity to us.
Kaleido provides comprehensive smart contract functionality from compilation to deployment to transacting. Kaleido provides a smart contract wizard with Openzepplin templates for ERC-20, ERC-721, and ERC-1155 smart contracts. Additionally, you can teach Kaleido about your existing smart contracts with flexible methods for compilation including Github link, solidity file upload, pre-compiled ABIs, and bytecode.
Kaleido automatically generates REST APIs for all functions in a smart contract, enabling simplified transaction submission. Finally, Kaleido also support upgradable smart contracts through the UUPS standard (upgradable proxy pattern standard). This allows you to add new features, fix bugs, and address security vulnerabilities within a smart contract without having to create a new contract and migrate all the data over.
The NFT template and collection APIs allow you to create and manage mass scale NFT collections. Easily generate, create, and manage millions of NFTs through API calls. JSON templates allow you to attach custom metadata and data types. Additionally, you can allocate NFTs directly to your users and track transaction history of any of your created collections.
Lazy minting allows you to create millions of NFTs and allocate them to users without any on-chain transactions. On-chain transactions only occur once a player claims their NFT. This optimizes compute costs so that you aren’t minting hundreds or thousands of NFTs at once. The claiming action is also something players may be familiar with in existing game experiences and could be used for item drops, special events, and more. NFTs do not truly belong to users until they are minted on-chain, incentivizing players to login to their accounts.
Track and trace any asset you want across any chain you want. Organize data indexing through the use of namespaces and filters and map every token mint / burn / transfer / approve operation that happens on the blockchain into your private database. This ensures that your on- and off- chain data are synchronized. Asset indexing can help you keep track of complicated transactions such as exchanging ERC-721 for ERC-20 tokens and vice versa.
The public block explorer allows you and your players to track the events and transactions in your game. It is fully customizable with your logo, colors, and aesthetic design. Additionally, you may control who has access to the block explorer making it as public or private as you want.
There are many challenges for web3 gaming including high gas fees, low throughput rate, difficulty synchronizing on-chain and off-chain data, and managing user identities. Kaleido provides a one-stop solution to address these challenges through its gaming offerings, which include a dedicated sidechain, public RPC, trusted bridging, wallets and users, developer-friendly APIs, and smart contract management and upgrades. With Hyperledger FireFly, Kaleido provides developers and gamers with a comprehensive set of web3 tools, enabling them to focus on developing their game while leaving the blockchain complexity to Kaleido.
As the web3 gaming industry continues to grow, Kaleido is well-positioned to help developers and gamers overcome these challenges and thrive in the new frontier of web3 gaming. If you’re ready to give Kaleido’s gaming offerings a try, schedule a demo and one our solution architects will set you up with a console of your own.
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