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So Random: Polygon Using Chainlink to Power Ethereum Crypto Games – Decrypt

Category: ChainLInk News

In brief

  • Polygon has added new Chainlink functionality that can play a role in crypto games.
  • Chainlink’s Verifiable Random Function (VRF) is used for provable scarcity as well as in-game elements.
  • Earlier this month, Matic Network rebranded as Polygon and pivoted towards a broader multichain approach.

Earlier this month, Matic Network—which began life as an Ethereum sidechain—announced a pivot toward a new multichain system approach as well as a new name: Polygon. Now, Polygon has revealed an expanded alliance with Chainlink to provide a tool that may have the most benefit for developers of blockchain-based games.

Today, Polygon announced that it has implemented Chainlink’s Verifiable Random Function (VRF) on its mainnet, enabling smart contract functions that can benefit from provably random number generation. It can benefit crypto games by allowing the creation of provably scarce in-game items, for example, or randomly generated game elements.

There’s been a rise in interest and in the value of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in crypto games, with games like Axie Infinity and The Sandbox generating large sales of rare items. Sergey Nazarov, co-founder of Chainlink, told Decrypt that random number generation is increasingly key in blockchain-based games and other decentralized app (dapp) experiences.

“I think we’re reaching a point where the best developers in the blockchain gaming ecosystem now recognize that provable randomness is going to be much more important than it was in the legacy gaming industry,” said Nazarov. “For example, blockchain gaming offers true digital ownership of one’s in-game items, meaning game items can become provably scarce and more valuable than ever before in the form of non-fungible tokens.”

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