Loom Network is building an infrastructure platform to help enrich the Ethereum network and help it scale. It allows for large-scale applications on Ethereum without clogging the network (like Crypto Kitties, as an example) through the use of ‘side-chains’.

When a developer creates an app or program on Loom, a new blockchain – a sidechain – is created specifically for the app that connects to the Ethereum network. Not every transaction needs to be sent over Ethereum – they are tracked by Loom, then settled in bulk on the Ethereum blockchain. This allows for more freedom in app development than exists at the moment; if every action need no longer be processed by the Ethereum network, more ambitious applications can be created.

These sidechains are, however, centralised under Loom’s control, requiring some trust on the part of the developer or the user. Loom therefore doesn’t remove the need for Ethereum to scale in a decentralised way itself, it simply helps alleviate some of the network pressure that has, unfortunately, plagued popular dapps (decentralised apps) so far.

When a developer creates an app or program on Loom, a new blockchain – a sidechain – is created specifically for the app that connects to the Ethereum network. Not every transaction needs to be sent over Ethereum – they are tracked by Loom, then settled in bulk on the Ethereum blockchain. This allows for more freedom in app development than exists at the moment; if every action need no longer be processed by the Ethereum network, more ambitious applications can be created.

That said, Loom are planning to implement Plasma Cash onto their sidechains, which should remove some of this trust requirement.

These sidechains are, however, centralised under Loom’s control, requiring some trust on the part of the developer or the user. Loom therefore doesn’t remove the need for Ethereum to scale in a decentralised way itself, it simply helps alleviate some of the network pressure that has, unfortunately, plagued popular dapps (decentralised apps) so far.


“In short, you can think of Loom Network as EOS on top of Ethereum.”

James Martin-Duffy, co-founder at Loom Network

But scaling isn’t their only goal. Loom Network also aim to encourage development on Ethereum. They’re responsible for CryptoZombies, which is the Ethereum code school that has already helped over 200,000 students and potential developers learn Solidity – the language of Ethereum’s smart contracts.

Loom Network are aiming to bring blockchain gaming to the mainstream like never before.

In June, Loom released the beta of the Loom SDK – allowing developers to get started creating Unity or Cocos applications that can run on a Loom Network DAppChain. This means any developer can start making a blockchain game thanks to these guys.

Not only that, but Loom Network have recently launched a Kickstarter for Zombie Battleground – a blockchain based collectible card game.

It will allow you to collect and own digital Magic the Gathering-like cards, build a deck, and battle other users. The Loom Network developers noticed something missing when card games made the transition from the material world to the digital one. Hearthstone, for example, allows you to buy packs and build decks, but are those cards really yours? Zombie Battleground provides the solution – cards that exist as ‘tokens’ on the blockchain. You can trade or sell them as though you owned the card – because you do.

There are already a number of other applications in development that are either by Loom, or on the Loom Network that I think are pretty great, and worth mentioning.

Axie Infinity (by Axie Infinity Inc.)

Collect and breed super cute pets – then send them into battle! I can’t get over how cute these things are. Just look at them! They start their battle alpha tests on July 17th.

DelegateCall (by Loom)

Earn tokens for answering and asking questions. Think if you could buy things with your Reddit karma. That’s pretty much what this app aims to do. It’s less cutesy than the others I’ve mentioned here, but it’s a great concept, and a good example of what the Loom Network can do.

There are also are ton of other great apps, games, and projects that Loom are working on. You can read more about those here.

To use any of the dapps on the Loom Network, you’ll need a LOOM token (just one). It allows transfer between Loom sidechains and Ethereum, working across all Loom apps. Think of it as a ‘software license’. You can get one here. Or, read more about future uses for the LOOM token (whether you’re a user or a developer) here.

If the title didn’t give it away, I think Loom is a big deal. Overall Loom Network is doing great things for the Ethereum ecosystem as a whole. The recent realisation that Caspar and sharding (Ethereum’s on-chain, decentralised scaling solutions) could be delayed until 2021 only makes what Loom is doing that much more important.

Loom Network brings scaling to Ethereum, it brings developers to Ethereum, and it brings applications to Ethereum. Here’s hoping it can also bring Ethereum to the mainstream in a way even Crypto Kitties couldn’t imagine.



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