Each Gaming Project Their Own Hyperchain, the Benefits of zkSync

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A deepdive into the benefits of zkSync for game developers and gamers alike

zkSync not only offers a great user experience for Web3 enthusiasts, but also empowers game developers and gamers with their hyperchains. In this deepdive we take a look at this Layer-3 scaling solution, and see how both developers and gamers can benefit from games launched in the zkSync ecosystem. 

zkSync is one of the rising stars in the blockchain space, offering a scaling solution built on Ethereum that offers very cheap and fast transactions. Moreover, zero-knowledge cryptography helps to make the transactions cheaper, while consumer-oriented functionalities like native account abstraction and paymaster smart contracts can ease the onboarding process for newcomers into the blockchain space. 

The benefits of zkSync for gaming

Gaming is seen as a major catalyst for the adoption of blockchain technology, and according to the most recent BGA Games Report by DappRadar every day 1.9 million wallets interact with gaming projects. Even though not often mentioned as a gaming chain, zkSync offers significant benefits to both developers and gamers alike. 

First and foremost, transactions on zkSync are among the cheapest in the industry. This also allows developers to create a paymaster contract through Zyfi, which then lets them sponsor all the transactions by their users. In addition, it allows users to pay gas fees in any ERC-20 token. This is beneficial, as it could for example allow developers to include the gas fees in the purchase price of an asset. This makes the user experience for gamers on zkSync potentially unrivaled. 

The benefits don’t end here. Take Stardust for example, they offer Wallet-as-a-Service tools. This then allows game developers to create wallet functionalities in the background, without the user ever having to deal with those technicalities. All these are benefits of deploying a gaming project on zkSync, but there’s more. Because as a Layer-2 solution zkSync also allows game studios to launch their own L3 network, hyperchains.

zkSync hyperchains explained

Hyperchains are an overlying blockchain on top of another blockchain, which taps into the underlying chain for its finality. This means that a Hyperchain can be a Layer-2 network in parallel with zkSync Era, or a Layer-3 network on top of zkSync Era. The common assumption is that a Layer-3 is cheaper to operate, because it doesn’t require finality directly on Ethereum. 

Developers can tap into the zkStack development kit to get access to an open-source, modular framework for building custom zero-knowledge Layer-2 or Layer-3 chains. This also means that every Hyperchain gets access to account abstraction, paymasters and other earlier mentioned benefits. 

However, it’s important to note that Layer-3 networks don’t come with a thriving and established ecosystem. Developers will need to set their own fee mechanism, tokenomics, smart contract logics, virtual machines and much more. Yet still, hyperchains are a good option for projects that want to integrate advanced features that require a more scalable ecosystem. 

Let’s take a look at some examples of projects that launched their own hyperchain on zkSync. These are among the first projects to tap into the power offered by zkSync’s hyperchains, and with this amount of innovation we can expect more to follow.

Gravity

Gravity has its own hyperchain on zkSync

Gravity is a self-custodial hybrid exchange that combines elements from traditional finance with decentralized finance, completely powered by its own Hyperchain and the GRVT token. The decentralized exchange is much more than what we normally consider to be a DEX, as it offers risk management tools, on-chain margin management, perpetual trading, while users have complete control over their assets.

Cronos

Cronos is already tracked by DappRadar, one of the hyperchains powered by zkSync

With Cronos, we have a hyperchain that bridges the gap between the Ethereum and Cosmos ecosystems. Cryptocurrency exchange Crypto.com created the ecosystem as a way to also become involved in decentralized finance. DappRadar actually tracks Cronos, and in the past 30 days over 76 thousand wallets used dapps on the platform.

Tradable

Tradable platform powered by zkSync Hyperchains

With Tradable we have a relative newcomer in the hyperchain space. This project taps into real-world assets and DeFi, and offers asset managers to tokenize assets and discover investment opportunities. Tradable is compliant, leveraging zero-knowledge proofs to do so. Tradable makes private credit deals accessible to more investors, helping private credit funds to run their business more smoothly. 

Games on zkSync

As mentioned, we see gaming as a major catalyst for the adoption of blockchain technology. Within the zkSync ecosystem, they now offer all the tools needed to deploy feature rich games. At this very moment, dozens of gaming projects utilize zkSync. Among those you will find gaming and entertainment platform CryptoMaze.

Interest in the zero-knowledge technology is increasing. For example, this January iCandy Interactive announced their plans to establish zkCandy and launch 3 new games on zkSync. More specifically, they will utilize the hyperchain infrastructure. Games like Choo Choo Spirits, Blaster Rush and Future Girls are among the first to launch on the zkCandy L3 network. 

Other developers also launch their own gaming or entertainment ecosystems on zkSync or through hyperchains. Hypercomic is working on a network to combine various Korean webtoon and IPs, and bring those to the next level. This platform will include web comics, games and NFT collectibles. 

At the same time Tevaera is working on their own gaming platform as well. With Teva Chain, an L3 network based on zkSync’s hyperchain tech stack, they want to power the next era of on-chain games. Their entire ecosystem will utilize tokens, which players will then be able to trade on an internal exchange. While gamers can trade game items through a dedicated marketplace. 

Interest in zkSync also goes beyond the Web3 natives, as Com2Us’s XPLA network announced a partnership with Matter Labs to launch zkXPLA. The XPLA network already hosts games like The Walking Dead: All-Stars, Summoners War: Chronicles, and MiniGame Party. But the interest from established gaming companies doesn’t end there, because Korean games company Joycity is working with its subsidiary Trala to launch their own hyperchain. Joycity is responsible for the Gunship Battle franchise

Closing words

Developers and businesses are slowly waking up to the potential offered by zkSync and their hyperchains, account abstraction and paymaster smart contracts. Combine these three and developers have a strong foundation to offer gamers the fun they deserve. Web3 gaming is growing steadily, while the benefits of zkSync and zero-knowledge proofs could propel the industry towards true mass adoption. Let’s build great games without any friction points, because then the proposition from the Web3 games industry becomes undeniably strong.

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