Sky Mavis collaborates with Google Cloud to secure the Blockchain network

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Sky Mavis has partnered with Google Cloud to become a validator for its blockchain gaming network and enable it to scale safely and sustainably.

Sky Mavis runs the popular Axie Infinity game, which uses non-fungible tokens to authenticate unique digital items.

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In March, Sky Mavis reported that the Ronin Network supporting Axie Infinity had been hacked. The thieves stole 173,600 in Ethereum cryptocurrency (worth $ 594.6 million) and $ 25.5 million in US dollars, stealing a total of $ 620 million.

Now, at the AxieCon event in Barcelona, ​​Sy Mavis said he would be partnering with Google Cloud for many years to strengthen Ronin’s security and advance his vision of building a gaming universe with interdependent, engaging and rewarding.

Google Cloud will become an independent enterprise validator for the Ronin network, joining a pool of validation nodes that includes the brands Animoca, DappRadar, Nansen and others. By running and monitoring a validation node on the Ronin network, Google Cloud will contribute to its collective security and governance, while taking on the role of monitoring the validator uptime.

Ronin is a blockchain network built using the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) launched by Sky Mavis in February 2021 to accelerate transactions and drastically reduce gas tariffs for its fast-growing user ecosystem, thus enabling millions of microtransactions in game to take place smoothly.

It operates on a Proof of Authority (PoA) consensus model, where validators are selected based on their credibility and are responsible for verifying, voting and keeping a record of transactions on the blockchain. As part of Sky Mavis’ move towards decentralization, it proposes new validators and puts them to the vote. The current network therefore requires at least 70% of its existing validators to approve a proposal.

Sky Mavis is updating Axie Infinity: Origins.

Previously, Sky Mavis implemented a temporary backdoor to handle multiple transactions. Sky Mavis left this backdoor available by accident and hackers took advantage of it to steal cryptocurrency and cash.

“Validators have an important duty to ensure that transactions on Ronin are processed correctly. They also serve as crucial ecosystem partners and supervisors, “said Aleksander Larsen, COO of Sky Mavis in a statement.” Google Cloud, which stands at the crossroads of a proven contributor to the developer community and deep technical expertise in blockchain infrastructure and running validators, was naturally one of the best choices. . Google Cloud has been our strategic cloud provider since 2020, so welcoming them now as Ronin’s latest and 18th validator is a big deal for us, especially as we work towards our original goal of having 21 independent validators to protect the network.

By creating core offerings like Ronin, its proprietary gaming titles Axie Infinity and Mavis Hub – a stepping stone for new blockchain games – on the scalable, secure and sustainable infrastructure and low-latency network of Google Cloud, Sky Mavis aims to establish Ronin as the default NFT scaling solution for games and provide more opportunities for users to turn their time and effort into real value. This means that third party game developers can register with Sky Mavis to publish their games.

With Sky Mavis actively providing resources and support to help developers in its community create and monetize engaging experiences in addition to Axie Infinity and Ronin, Google Cloud will enable the scalable distribution of community-created games and other experiences created through Sky Mavis partnerships. with the main Games. Education. As a Ronin transaction is already designed to be more energy efficient than a transaction on a Proof of Stake blockchain, Sky Mavis’ decision to run its platforms on the industry’s cleanest cloud will reduce the overall environmental impact of the its ecosystem, the company said.

Sky Mavis also chose Google Cloud for the advanced load balancing and caching capabilities of its content delivery network to deliver smooth and reliable user experiences anywhere on any device, including those who make money through Axie Infinity but live in rural areas. with intermittent online connectivity.

“From our participation in the Google for Startups Cloud program to date, Google Cloud and its partner Searce have provided us with the right support at every stage of our growth journey, from managing floating traffic for 2.3 million Axie owners. NFT to enjoy fair platform experiences or introduce new mechanisms to promote sustainability in our digital nation, “said Trung Nguyen, CEO of Sky Mavis.” We look forward to our next phase of collaboration with Google Cloud and Searce, in particular with their clear commitment to our industry and a desire to support us and the wider community with functionality relevant to native Web3 applications. . “

Google workspace

Axie Infinity Battle System: Origins.

Sky Mavis aims to hire another 100 people over the next 18 months. To continue to attract world-class talent and enable its centralized team of engineers in Vietnam to easily connect, create and collaborate with peers around the world, Sky Mavis has adopted Google Workspace.

Based on Google Cloud, Google Workspace brings together applications such as Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Meet, Chat, etc., into a single integrated workspace, with access management, device management, data protection and data encryption, to establish a safe hybrid workplace.

Having tripled the size of its global team over the past year to accelerate its product roadmap and support the growing volume of games and user-generated content within its ecosystem, Sky Mavis is also enabling its engineers to maximize the their talent and make a significant contribution to its user community.

“After comparing all options, we chose Google Cloud based on a number of key differentiators,” Sky Mavis CTO Viet Anh Ho said in a statement. “One area in particular is Google Cloud’s managed and legacy open source Kubernetes service. Google engineers actually invented Kubernetes. So it’s only natural that Google Cloud has the best autoscaling and automated application delivery capabilities. This allows our engineers to innovate and delight users with interdependent and engaging experiences, all without interrupting active gameplay. In addition, the Google Cloud services we use are already proven on Google products such as Search and YouTube. “

From introducing new combat systems, balance changes and seasonal rankings to opening a market for the Axie NFT exchange and launching co-created blockchain games on Mavis Hub – these are among the hundreds of development updates that Sky Mavis releases regularly. At the same time, the company must ensure that it synchronizes game states in real time during multiplayer and matchmaking sessions of players with similar skill levels. By automating application delivery and game server orchestration (with no downtime) using Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), its technical teams can avoid manual back-end setups and focus on building interesting features and products.

“Sky Mavis is a great example of how the cloud can enable blockchain technologies to drive innovation and value creation for people,” said Ruma Balasubramanian, chief executive officer, Southeast Asia, at Google Cloud, in a Press release. “In addition to Searce as an implementation partner, we look forward to working with Sky Mavis to accelerate its product roadmap and expand the Ronin network with secure infrastructure at its core. We are also excited about the possibilities that could emerge from this latest collaboration: from entertaining user experiences to new business models in game distribution.

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