Sky Mavis works with Google Cloud to secure the blockchain network

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Sky Mavis has partnered with Google Cloud to become a validator for the blockchain gaming network and allow it to scale securely and sustainably.

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

In March, Sky Mavis reported that the Ronin Network supporting Axie Infinity was 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 it will forge a multi-year partnership with Google Cloud to strengthen Ronin’s security and advance its vision of building a gaming universe with interconnected, immersive and satisfying experiences.

Google Cloud will become an independent business validator for the Ronin network, joining a group of validator nodes that includes Animoca Brands, DappRadar, Nansen and others. By operating and overseeing a validator node on the Ronin network, Google Cloud will contribute to its collective security and governance, while taking on the role of monitoring validator uptimes.

Ronin is a blockchain network built using the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) launched by Sky Mavis in February 2021 to speed up transactions and drastically reduce gas fees for its rapidly growing ecosystem, enabling millions of micro- in-game transactions happen seamlessly.

It operates on a proof-of-principle (PoA) consensus model, where validators are chosen based on their trustworthiness and are responsible for verifying, voting and maintaining a record of transactions on the blockchain. As part of Sky Mavis’ shift towards decentralization, it proposes new validators and puts them to a vote. The current network then requires at least 70% of its existing validators to approve a proposal.

Sky Mavis updates Axie Infinity: Origins.
Sky Mavis updates Axie Infinity: Origins.

Previously, Sky Mavis created a temporary backdoor to handle more transactions. Sky Mavis accidentally left this backdoor available and hackers exploited it to steal the cryptocurrency and cash.

“Validators have the important task of ensuring that transactions on Ronin are processed correctly. They also act as critical partners and stewards of the ecosystem,” Aleksander Larsen, COO of Sky Mavis, said in a statement. “Google Cloud, which stands at the intersection of recognized contributions to the developer community and deep technical expertise in blockchain infrastructure and execution of validation programs, was naturally one of the top 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 push towards our original goal of having 21 independent validators that will secure the network.

By building core offerings such as Ronin, proprietary game titles Axie Infinity and Mavis Hub – a launch pad for new blockchain games – on Google Cloud’s scalable, secure and sustainable infrastructure and low-latency network, Sky Mavis aims to establish Ronin as the default NFT scaling solution for games and opens up 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 its community developers build and create immersive experiences beyond Axie Infinity and Ronin, Google Cloud will enable scalable distribution of community-created games and more of experiences created through Sky Mavis’ partnerships with major game studios. Since a Ronin transaction is already designed to be more energy efficient than a Proof of Stake blockchain transaction, Sky Mavis’ decision to run its platforms on the industry’s cleanest cloud will further reduce the overall environmental impact of its ecosystem, he said. The company.

Sky Mavis has also chosen Google Cloud for its content delivery network’s advanced load balancing and storage capabilities, to deliver smooth and reliable experiences to users anywhere and on any device – including those who earn income through Axie Infinity but live in rural areas with intermittent internet connectivity.

“From our time in the Google for Startups Cloud Program to where we are today, Google Cloud and our partner Searce have provided us with the right support at every stage of our growth journey – whether it’s managing fluctuating traffic so that 2, 3 million Axie NFT owners enjoy fair platform experiences or introducing new mechanisms to promote sustainability across our digital country,” said Trung Nguyen, CEO of Sky Mavis. “We look forward to the next phase of our partnership with Google Cloud and Searce, especially with their clear commitment to our industry and desire to support us and the wider community with relevant capabilities for Web3-born applications.”

Google Workspace

Axie Infinity: Origins battle system.
Axie Infinity: Origins battle system.

Sky Mavis aims to hire a further 100 people over the next 18 months. To continue attracting world-class talent and enable its central engineering team in Vietnam to easily connect, create and collaborate with colleagues around the world, Sky Mavis adopted Google Workspace.

Built into Google Cloud, Google Workspace brings together apps like Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Meet, Chat and more into a single, integrated workspace, with built-in enterprise-grade access management, device management, data protection and data encryption. to create a secure hybrid work environment.

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 in its ecosystem, Sky Mavis is also enabling its engineers to maximize talent them and contribute meaningfully to the user community.

“After comparing all the options, we chose Google Cloud because of some key differentiators,” Viet Anh Ho, CTO of Sky Mavis, said in a statement. “One area in particular is Google Cloud’s open source legacy and Kubernetes managed service. Google engineers actually invented Kubernetes, so it’s natural for Google Cloud to have the best auto-scaling and automated application deployment capabilities. These free our engineers to break new ground and delight users with interconnected and immersive experiences – all without disrupting active gameplay. Plus, the Google Cloud services we use are already battle-tested in Google products like Search and YouTube.”

From introducing new battle systems, balance changes and seasonal leaderboards to opening a market to trade Axie NFTs and launching blockchain games they co-create on the Mavis Hub – these are among the hundreds of development updates Sky Mavis publishes on a regular basis . At the same time, the company needs to ensure that it synchronizes game states in real time during multiplayer sessions and matches players of similar skill level. By automating application development and game server orchestration – with zero downtime – using Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), its technical teams can avoid manual support configurations and focus on building compelling features and products.

“Sky Mavis is a powerful example of how the cloud can enable blockchain technologies to drive innovation and create value for individuals,” said Ruma Balasubramanian, managing director, Southeast Asia, Google Cloud, in a statement . “With Searce as an implementation partner, we look forward to working with Sky Mavis to accelerate their product roadmap and develop the Ronin network with secure infrastructure at its core. We’re also excited about the possibilities that could come from this latest partnership – whether it’s fun experiences for users or new business models in game distribution.”

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