Platform launched for Bitcoin-backed Pokémon payments

June 19, 2018
Chris Wheal

Gamers will be able to play Nintendo’s Pokémon through the Bitcoin-enabled Lightning Network (LN), underscoring the crytpo’s potential as a means of payment.

João Almeida, a Portuguese software engineer has created a platform known as Poketoshi, which allows users to play Pokémon through LN.

LN works by keeping most transactions off-chain but regularly nets results of various transactions and records these on-chain at intervals.

Bitcoin equivalent

Poketoshi uses LN in conjunction with Twitch, a live streaming video platform that enables gamers to interact via a chat room.

Almeida’s platform charges users 10 “Satoshi” per command: one Satoshi is equivalent to one hundred millionth of a single Bitcoin.

Pokémon

Pokémon stickers

Payment facilitator

Bitcoin (BTC) payment processor OpenNode facilitates the payments.

“You can now do COMBO inputs on poketoshi.com. I’ve also reduce the price from 100 to 10 sats per play. e.g: if you do a combo of 5 inputs you pay 5*10,” tweeted Almeida.

Post written by Chris Wheal
Chris Wheal is editor of OpenLedger's news and features service. An award-wining business journalists himself, he runs a team of freelance journalists from across the UK and north America.

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