Baidu, China’s search engine giant, has launched a CryptoKitties-like service called “Leci Gou” (similar to “Let’s Go”). This project is a part of its wider work with Blockchain technology.
CryptoKitties was the first game based on the blockchain. This game allows users to collect and breed digital cats which belong to the individual owners and can’t be cloned by other users. A cat owner can breed his/her cat by changing its features, adding colors and make their cats distinguish from other pets present in the marketplace. Once the owner has done with the breeding of the cat, it can be sold to other users.
The popularity of CryptoKitties has encouraged to create other games based on the similar concept and news games, such as Fishbank. Games like CryptoPets and CryptoPuppies are to be released very soon.
“Leci Gou“, like CryptoKitties, allows players to collect, buy and sell virtual breedable pets. However, in a new service not cats, but dogs live on the blockchain. The service was developed by Baidu’s in-house blockchain team, which is also a member of the Linux Foundation-led Hyperledger consortium.
The website lists various digital puppies with different designs and prices. Each of them is ranked by their scarcity. Each of the cryptodoggies has a unique set of “genes” and their purchase is recorded on the blockchain. The cryptodoggies have eight special attributes, a combination of which will make each virtual dog unique. These attributes include ordinary, unusual, remarkable, epic, mythological, and legendary.
The cryptodoggies can be purchased with special credit points received from Baidu and not through money transfers. Users who have Baidu accounts can adopt one crypto-dog and receive 1000 points for free on the marketplace. Also points can be given for using Baidu’s products. Users can spend them through their Baidu wallet. These points can be further used to trade with other “owners” and serve no other function.
According to Baidu, the project is available for public use but is still being tested and further developed. It is still unlear if Baidu will use an internal or a public network for handling the new project.
This new game is a part of Baidu’s initiatives related to the work on the Blockchain. In October 2017, Baidu joined Hyperledger’s global alliance for developing blockchain. In January this year, the giant launched its own blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) platform.