Splinterlands Ethereum Integration is Live!
The Splinterlands team is excited to announce that players can now convert their cards to ERC-721 tokens on the Ethereum blockchain where they can be bought and sold on NFT marketplace sites such as Open Sea!
We are in touch with the OpenSea team who is excited and open to doing some promotion for the game, and we will likely be holding some contests and promotions to kick-start the use of OpenSea for buying and selling Splinterlands cards in the near future, so please stay tuned for that!
To transfer cards to Ethereum, you select the cards you want on the card details view and choose the "Send" icon (the same one used to transfer the cards to another player). Now there will be an option to choose whether you want to send it to another player, or to the Ethereum blockchain. If you choose "Ethereum", it will ask you to link your Ethereum wallet address to your game account. This will require Metamask or another Web3-enabled browser or extension to be installed and available in your web browser. You can get Metamask for your browser by going to https://metamask.io/.
There is also a new filter option on the collection and card detatil screens to see your cards that are held in your linked Ethereum wallet address. Please note that cards that have been transferred to Ethereum may not be used in the game until they are transferred back!
If you want to send cards from your Ethereum wallet back into the game so that they may be played, you can once again select the card in the card details view and choose the "Send" option which will allow you to transfer them back into the game. Transferring cards from Ethereum into the game requires you to sign and broadcast a transaction to the Ethereum blockchain. This requires you to have some Ether (ETH) tokens in your Ethereum wallet in order to pay the transaction fees (known as gas).
Dark Energy Crystals
In addition to the cards, Dark Energy Crystals (DEC) can now also be converted to an ERC-20 token on the Ethereum blockchain as well. This will hopefully allow us to get the token listed on some Ethereum-based decentralized exchanges in the future.
You can transfer DEC tokens between your linked Ethereum wallet and the game the same way as you do for Steem Engine or Tron. Click on your DEC balance at the top of the game, choose "Ethereum Wallet" from the wallet drop down list, and transfer in or out.
Just as with the cards, transferring DEC in to the game from your Ethereum wallet will require broadcasting a transaction to the Ethereum blockchain which will require some Ether (ETH) to be spent for the transaction fees.
Other DEC Updates
With TronWatch Market shutting down, we are working to get Dark Energy Crystals listed on the Tron Trade exchange for those of you who would like to trade DEC against TRX. This is not a done deal yet, but we just wanted to let you know that it's something we're working on and we hope to have an update soon.
Additionally, we are working on implementing the Simple Swap Service API in the game to allow players to seamlessly purchase DEC from the Steem Engine market using a number of different cryptocurrencies. Once this is completed, players will be able to choose from a number of popular cryptocurrencies (instead of just STEEM) in the "Buy DEC" screen that is accessed through the "+" button next to the DEC balance at the top of the game website.
We expect this to be a nice added convenience for players and to add additional liquidity to the STEEM-DEC pair on Steem Engine.
Market Purchases Through PayPal
We are also very excited to report that we're FINALLY able to allow players to purchase cards on the Splinterlands market using PayPal, and are working on implementing that as soon as possible. We know this has been a huge pain point for players and one of the most often requested features, but there are a number of complications that arise from allowing PayPal payments for market purchases which we needed to work through that don't exist when buying products directly from us.
We hope to have further updates on this in the near future and we think this will be a very important step towards making the game more accessible to players who are not familiar with acquiring and trading cryptocurrency.
Stay tuned for more updates from the Splinterlands!
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