Loom Network unveils plans to incorporate Tron and EOS into its Ethereum sidechain, PlasmaChain, allowing developers to create dapps that span all three networks.
Announced in a Medium post on Wednesday, Loom Network — who recently added PlasmaChain support for the top 100 ERC-20 tokens — will soon expand its user base further by integrating Tron and EOS into its sidechain. Soon, Tron and EOS users will be able to purchase items from PlasmaChain dapps using EOS and TRX tokens, as well as sign transactions on PlasmaChain using wallet extensions native to their networks, such as Scatter or TronLink.
PlasmaChain is an Ethereum sidechain that runs Solidity smart contracts. However, while the Ethereum network currently commands the largest number of developers, its competitors have seen a rise in user numbers in recent months. If a developer wanted to build on Ethereum, they may be tempted to build on Tron or EOS instead in order to gain access to these growing user counts.
At present, the only way for developers to gain access to all three blockchains is to develop their dapp three separate times. This is clearly not ideal; the time taken to allow the game to function on a different network could instead be spent improving the original product. Not to mention, the users are split into three smaller camps, making multiplayer games feel smaller as a result.
With the planned integration of these networks into PlasmaChain, Loom hopes to give developers the opportunity to create applications and games that have access to users from all three chains: Ethereum, EOS, and Tron — in essence making PlasmaChain a Layer 2 that spans multiple networks.
James Martin Duffy, co-founder at Loom Network, described how this not only benefits developers — by giving them “access to the largest pool of crypto users with the least friction possible” — but also users, harking back to childhood frustration:
“If you, like me, only owned one gaming console as a kid — only to have that ONE game you really really wanted to play come out only on another system… — you know what I’m talking about.”
The move could serve to reduce some of the tribalism that is so common in the developing cryptocurrency space. If dyed-in-the-wool Ethereum users realize they can sell an asset for more if they transfer it to EOS, or vice-versa, it may lead to a far less hostile community in the future.
Loom Network — Kind of a Big Deal
Loom Network is responsible for a sizable number of products that enrich the blockchain ecosystem. From Crypto Zombies — the Solidity code school that has seen over 300,000 students — to collectible card game Zombie Battleground, Loom is a major player in the space.
With the move to expand its scalable DPoS (delegated proof of stake) sidechains to incorporate Tron and EOS, as well as Ethereum, Loom Network could be one of the leading factors in seeing blockchain gaming brought to the mainstream.