In less than a decade, smartphones have revolutionized our society. All the information on the Internet is a pocket-grab away. We can conjure up taxis and food, learn a new language, find a date for tonight, buy tickets for a concert months away, unlock the electric scooter further down the street, communicate with colleagues, friends, and family, and so much more. The smartphone is a magical device that’s become an inevitability, and sometimes, an addiction, for billions of people.
The smartphone has become a more important device than a desktop PC. This is particularly evident in developing countries that saw much of their economic growth happen during or after the nineties. These countries seem to have skipped desktop PCs and have gone straight to mobile. China, for example, saw 668 million Chinese people access the Internet at the end of June 2019. Of those 668 million accessing the Internet, 88.9% did so through their smartphone. Only 42.5% accessed the Internet through a desktop PC.
Another example is Africa, which in 2012 already CNN called not a mobile-first continent, but a mobile-only continent. Many Africans don’t have access to a desktop PC, but they do have a smartphone, and it’s transforming their society as much as it is in the West and the East.
Blockchain in a Mobile World
All this being said, laptops and desktop PCs suit themselves better to experimentation and complexity. That’s why many blockchain projects are still desktop-first initiatives. In particular, I’m thinking about cryptocurrency exchanges, DApp platforms, and decentralized games.
Buying cryptocurrencies on an exchange through my Surface laptop still feels more secure than it does on my smartphone. Similarly, you wouldn’t (can’t?) program an Ethereum DApp on your smartphone. You need your laptop for that. The vast majority of DGames, too, are still web apps that run better on a laptop than on a smartphone.
However, the desktop-first mentality can’t last forever. Blockchain developers need to start thinking mobile-first. Some already do. In fact, one of the first articles I wrote for DGaming was about the Finney phone, the world’s first blockchain smartphone, with a built-in cold storage wallet where you could securely trade your cryptocurrencies. A device only for the staunchest cryptocurrency supporters, particularly considering its $999 price point, but a glimpse into a possible future nonetheless.
Another piece of evidence that blockchain developers, and in particular blockchain game developers, should think mobile-first, can be found in the DGaming Store. The two games that rank highest in Daily Active Users (DAU) are EOS Dynasty and EOS Knights, respectively mobile-only and mobile-first DGames. Unsurprisingly, both games were created by Chinese development teams.
Most DGames today aren’t very complex yet. There’s no Civilization V or Battlefield V in DGames yet. They’re simple, quick, and fun games that showcase some of the unique aspects of blockchain technology. These type of games are particularly suited for mobile. Have a few minutes on the metro? Play a DGame. Waiting for the water to boil? Play a DGame.
Mobile Cryptocurrency Wallets
Of course, in order to play a mobile DGame, you need a mobile cryptocurrency wallet to store your cryptocurrencies. While cryptocurrency wallets exist in the form of browser extensions, desktop downloads, web apps, and even USB-like devices, the wallet offering for smartphones is still relatively poor.
This is particularly true when it comes to mobile DGames, where the integration process with a mobile crypto wallet is often clumsy and can make the gamer feel duped. One such example is EOS Dynasty, where you have no choice but to install TokenPocket, a not very well known mobile EOS wallet that asks you to pay a one-time $4 to access the wallet.
While wallets such as Jaxx, Coinomi, and the Bread Wallet exist as iOS and Android apps, all three of these wallets, and indeed most other mobile wallets, are aimed at cryptocurrency investors, not at blockchain gamers. There seems to be no mobile wallet that’s specifically tailored for DGamers. That is, until recently…
The DGaming Wallet
On the 11th of June, DGaming.com announced the DGaming Wallet, a mobile cryptocurrency wallet that’s available for iOS and Android. It’s our attempt to bring blockchain technology into the mainstream, through decentralized gaming.
Currently, the DGaming wallet only supports Ethereum. However, we’ll be adding new cryptocurrencies, particularly those relevant for DGames in the near future. Additionally, the DGaming wallet is also a place to store your ERC-721 and ERC-20 assets. I quite like this feature, because I now have a single place where I can send the collectibles of the games I no longer play, but that still might have value if I want to sell them.
What’s more, similar to the OpenSea platform, I can dig into each ERC-20 and ERC-721 asset to learn more about their properties and attributes. I can see, for example, that my Kittie Trixi Whipfuzzle is of generation 4, has olive as the color of her eyes (along with only 3% of all other Kitties), and has a tiger pattern in her skin (along with 7% of all other Kitties). The fact that I can see this on my smartphone, in an app, is powerful and convenient.
However, before you’ll be able to do any of that, you’ll need to set up your seed phrase in the app. Similar to setting up MetaMask (which we explain in detail here) it’s incredibly important that you store this seed phrase somewhere safe and secure. One of the key features of cryptocurrencies is that you have full control over your money. However, this also means that there’s no one to help you if you uninstall the app or lose your phone and no longer have access to your seed phrase.
I’d show you a screenshot of the process to generate your seed phrase, but we’ve turned off the ability to take screenshots in this part of the app, to make sure your valuable seed phrase isn’t simply stored as a screenshot on your smartphone. I stored my seed phrase in Lastpass, my password manager.
The process of generating your seed phrase is luckily very straightforward. You’ll receive 15 random words that will make up the phrase. Write them down and store them somewhere safe. Next, you’ll need to write the seed phrase yourself, to make sure you’ve stored it somewhere. It’s exactly similar to setting up a wallet in MetaMask.
And that’s it. Now, you can send Ether, as well as ERC-721 and ERC-20 assets to your wallet. You also have access to the DGaming store in the Android version of the app and can browse the new and most-played EOS and ETH DGames available today.
You can also go deeper into each game to read more about it, see some screenshots, as well as see its statistics, its social media channels, and DGames that are similar to it. It’s a quick and easy way to see which DGames you’d enjoy playing.
Currently, the DGaming wallet is a secure crypto wallet to store your crypto assets, that’s linked to the DGaming store. We’re working hard to have the app become the number one DGaming app that you can use to store many different cryptocurrencies and crypto assets, while also giving you the ability to play DGames directly through it. After all, the future is mobile, and blockchain technology needs to become mobile too. This is our humble step towards that future.
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