From Ethereum to Steem

in #introduceyourself2 years ago (edited)


Hello Steemians, I’m Erik Johnson the creator of Cache, a winning project at the 2018 ETHDenver Conference, and in this #introduceyourself post I want to tell you all about Cache, and make some exciting announcements relating to the Steem blockchain. Hint: we’re big fans not just of the technology, but of you, the community.

The Game

Cache is a social (and sometimes anti-social) cryptocurrency trading game, all set in an 8-bit dystopian cyberpunk universe. It originated as a winning project at the 2018 ETHDenver conference, the world’s largest cryptocurrency hackathon.

It is very important to us that Cache be free to play, which is only one of the reasons why we’re choosing Steem over Ethereum - and the upcoming public release is playable on the web, as well as iOS and Android. In Cache, you:

  • earn crypto just for playing for free
  • trade cryptocurrencies across exchanges to earn your way to the top
  • own your tokens, your items, your avatars, even your own exchange
  • import and export items to multiple blockchains including Steem and Ethereum
  • choose your affiliation - and chat, trade with, or even hack other players

The social arcade...

In the last year, the game progressed from a pretty simple hackathon project to beta release powered by several smart contracts published to the main Ethereum network.

During the beta release, we learned a lot of things that are powering the decisions we have made, which we are quite excited to share with you. So, with that, this post marks a couple important public announcements.

First Announcement

First announcement: After a year of developing exclusively on the Ethereum blockchain, we are building our core transactions on top of Steem! In addition, players will have the ability to import/export their hard-earned tokens and items to the Steem blockchain, as well as on Ethereum.

Cache on Steem!

Second Announcement

Our second announcement is that the development of a full release is now being accelerated with help of additional resources. We are quite excited to be targeting a full public release of the game in the Fall of this year!


As mentioned above, Cache was an overall winner of the ETHDenver Conference & Hackathon in February 2018.

Naturally, we began development on the game building on top of the Ethereum blockchain - harnessing several types of smart contract - ERC-20 (for tokens) and ERC-721 (for avatars).

What we learned from our beta release was there are a couple fundamental aspects of Ethereum - the speed and costs - that are mismatched for what we are doing with Cache.

High Gas Prices

Costs associated with using the Ethereum network have been especially troubling. Shortly after we launched our beta version in June of last year - the gas prices spiked. Suddenly, transactions were hundreds of times more expensive. July 2 was especially brutal, "when transaction fees at one point required 5 ETH." We don't want our players to pay 0.005 ETH for a transaction, much less 5 ETH (thousands of dollars at the time)!

That stated, we will continue to support Ethereum transactions for importing/exporting items, as we believe Ethereum's strong consensus is a good use-case for moving your items into a safe place where you own them.

Why Steem?

There are two major reasons for building on Steem: the technology and the community. Let's start with the technical reasons.

Fast and Feeless

Cache is a game full of transactions. Every move in the game of Cache is a new opportunity to buy and sell cryptos. In the span of ten minutes, you could be pushing 30 - 50 transactions to the ledger. For our game state - we need something that is both fast and doesn't cost our players anything. Steem fits the bill, as it is:

  • Fast: Steem has three second block times. This is near-instant, and you will never notice transactions being published to the blockchain while playing.

  • Feeless: There is no need to pay gas prices or mining fees. We strongly believe in making Cache free to play, and this is made possible by Steem!


With Steemit, you have the community. Objectively, the Steemians are the biggest and most active blockchain community. If you don't believe us, check out these statistics from @penguinpablo.

Community is very much baked into the core of Steem - a place where real people interact with each other. This vibes well with Cache - a world where you can join, chat, trade with, and even hack with other players during gameplay.

That’s why we want to spearhead the #SwitchToSteem movement. After seeing how ridiculously easy it is to power our application with Steem, while making it even better, we know that we are just the beginning of a wave of converts who will switch from expensive, difficult to use, “smart contract” platforms, to Steem. We plan to help spread the word about why every app should #SwitchToSteem.

Accelerating Development

Let us share our other big announcement: Our other big announcement is that we are accelerating our pace of development! In addition to moving over our game state transactions to Steem - we have an amazing roadmap that is now rapidly underway. Stay tuned to the blog for an upcoming review of that roadmap.

Join us in the Cacheverse

We look forward to having you as one of the first to build your way to a crypto empire, and we invite you to pre-register for the upcoming full release of Cache. You get an in-game item just for putting in your email address at! Thank you!


Hi Erik,

having professional exposure to different blockchains I actually come to the same judgement you do! Community, transaction cost, technology and easy wallets are just so amazing: better than anything out there.
The current steem marketcap is just a joke.
Unfortunately the business (crypto) community out there is just not aware of steem, dapps and games on steem or the steem engine.
Your post sums it up just insanely great!
I will forward this to different key decision makers!

Thanks a lot (also for schmoozing the steem community ;-) )... very much looking forward to your game!

I agree 99% with your comment except the word unfortunately. I would say that we fortunately have more time to build our stacks before we go mainstream.

I get your point.. but since 12 month important decisions at well funded teams are made on which blockchain to roll out their dapp or business model. Of course most venture are able to pivot to another blockchain but that is more easily said than done.. the conversations I am part of usually only consider ERC20 as option one.. and than that's mainly it... and some who know a bit more are also looking on EOS, dash or Neon.. steem never comes up.. and those other blockchains are IMHO nowhere near as where steem is now...

Hello Erik, you definitely got my attention. Earn and play for free, in a cyber world..... Wow, sounds exciting. Also check us out @contestkings on Steem and our discord too Where all about creating a white-list daily for all contests and giveaways to be featured on our page... Let us know if we can help out.... Welcome to Steem Community

Sometimes changes are great new beginnings, this is one off them. Welcome you are a steemian now , new adventures going to happen, let us know if you need anything or just need to connect the dots.
Good luck

Looks like you are already getting a lot of attention. Best of luck. I’m excited to check it out.

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Welcome to Steem and thanks for the super interesting perspective of moving from Ethereum. I played Cryptokitties early on and thought it was nice but hated the gas fees.
Later I discovered Steem Monsters and saw that you could have a really workable and fun blockchain game without transaction fees.
I wish you much success.

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Hi and welcome here! When I started on steemit, my biggest problem was to find interesting people to interact with. So, to help newcomers getting started I created a directory with other interesting and or talented steemians to follow or interact with. Feel free to check it out at I am sure it will help you find like-minded people. Enjoy your stay here and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

I posted some suggested Steemians to add to your site on your last post.

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This is exactly the kind of game that Steem needs right now. Welcome to the Steem Blockchain! I'm one of the devs for @vimm, a livestreaming site that uses the Steem Blockchain as well. If there's anything I can do to help you guys get noticed on @vimm, let me know.

Welcome to Steem! This is a great start for the #switchtosteem initiative! I'm pretty curious about the me, the art style has me interested...

The constant gas prices on Ethereum is really a disincentive for smaller people. No problem if you are moving large amounts or making large contracts... But for little things.... It adds up!

... But I hope you have your in game economics well balanced, pay to win is not so much fun!

Welcome to Steem! :D Sounds like you learned a lot about the possibilities and limitations of different blockchains by developing this game. Glad you ended up here :-) Steemians go crazy for games, I already claimed my Ghost Jacket ;-) Cheers!

Well, you had my attention at “cyberpunk cryptocurrency” and then won me over at the “community.”

It’s good to see developers seeing the value in not only the cost effectiveness of the Steem blockchain, but also the kickass community we have here. 🙂

Glad to have you guys and I look forward to seeing this evolve!

Awesome to have you here with us @cacheverse. Looking forward to watching you grow in this community.

Welcome to Steemit @cacheverse!

I wish you much success and hope you find Steemit to be as rewarding and informative as I have.

Here are some links you might find useful.
Your stats on SteemNow
Your stats on SteemWorld
Your stats on SteemD
How does Steemit actually work?

Oh yea, I have upvoted you and followed you. Many blessings!

Welcome to Steem cacheverse! Partiko is officially the fastest and most popular mobile app for Steem. Unlike other Steem apps, we take 0% cut of your earnings! You can also be rewarded with Partiko Points while using Partiko and exchange Partiko Points for upvotes!

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Thank you so much for your interest!

We are glad to have you here to join our family!
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Super glad to have you! Cant wait to see more. I just signed up and received my FREE Ghost Jacket. :)

Your description of the game with @andrarchy made me think about the Sega Genesis game Shadowrun, a dystopian future, where you can hack and explore and find items that help you gain strength.

Was that game in anyway an inspiration?

Thank you, and excellent! Yes, the Genesis version of Shadowrun is one of our favorite cyberpunk (and Genesis) games, and really an inspiration for Cache.

Love to hear the Shadowrun parallels hope to see you in the MEGACITY someday.

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The graphics reminds me of Metal Gear. I once made a parody about that game. Metal Gear Joey. I love video games. So this Cache game looks awesome. Upvoted. Resteemed.

Metal Gear is another huge favorite. Thank you Joey!

Hi @cacheverse, welcome to steem blockchain my friend. By the way, I can't wait for the game in steem. Yeah the reason I stop playing decentralized game on ethereum is because of gas. I leave ethermon, my kitties are out there, my aqaurium with plenty of fish is out there too, perhaps those fish are dead now. All is because of transaction fee.

Hi @cacheverse

I think your initiative is very good. I have made a publication so that more users can know this new game, where we can all win - win

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This is awesome! Looking forward to playing the game. Welcome!

This is cool!

I look forward to seeing how the game evolves!

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Hi and a late welcome to the Steem blockchain!
It's good to see more fun games around, apps like that keep the chain alive.

I'm with BuiltTeam, a group of people who create apps specifically for the Steem blockchain, often in cooperation with other projects. One example would be TokenBB, which is a Steem-based forum platform and already used by two other Steem games (Drugwars and Splinterlands).

With Splinterlands, currently the most popular Steem game, we recently struck a deal to sell their merch in our shop:

In the shop, you can only pay with STEEM/SBD, which encourages people to use it as currency instead of selling for BTC.

If you're interested, and don't have your own merch shop of course, you could start selling your own merch through us.

Let me know what you think, you can find me on discord with the handle Suesa#4095

A very warm welcome to you here. May you get success over here.

Have a great day ahead.

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Alright! and welcome to the Steem community. I love how the gaming scene is evolving all the time.

Great to see you moving to the STEEM blockchain. You have seen all the benefits that we have to offer here and hopefully we can all be a part of your successful project. I would love to see even more people follow you to our blockchain and grow our eco-system.

I think you won't regret moving over to Steem from Ethereum. Even though Ethereum is much more visible on CMC than Steem, Ethereum's transactions are more expensive and slower than Steem's. Plus, Steem's social aspect is very strong and community is quite active here even though we are still not quite over with bear market. And good community is all that matters for a game like yours. Good luck!

Welcome to our STEEM community

We are a bunch of passionate people that will be loyal if given the opportunity to engage actively

Good luck

Registered! Thank you for choosing STEEM over Ethereum, you've made a great choice. Looks like will be an interesting game!

Welcome to the community! We are a bunch of passionate people that will be loyal if given the opportunity to engage actively. I look forward to watching the project develop!

Hi cacheverse,
Welcome in our community!

I think its a wise move. Free transactions are much more user friendly for people playing games. I hate having to think about all those tiny transaction fees. Steem is fast too, never had any problems with games on Steem, unlike Ethereum.

Very welcome here @cacheverse

I do wonder why you didn't build on Loom's plasmachain though... Since you're already on Ethereum. Glad you're working on Steem, I'm just curious why that wasn't your go-to move.


I have been saying this for a long time, what gives social networks value are the users who use that network. The STEEM blockchain has the most active user base out of any blockchain!

great! welcome! I learn a lot from the interview and your experience. look forward to the game!

In the last few months things are starting to get interesting on Steem, gaming projects are starting to flourish and even nice dapps from other blockchains finally start to realize how convenient the Steem Blockchain is for dapps developing.

I am looking forward to see what will happen with this new project, I already preregistered myself and reached some friends to let them know about this project😃

Welcome & best of luck!😉🍀

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Welcome to the incredible steem blockchain ♥ ☻

Welcome to the Steem Community. You are offering two of my favorite things, playing games and making money!!! I look forward to Cacheverse and all that it has to offer. Again, Welcome Aboard!!!

Welcome welcome

there's nothing this old punk fucker loves more than cyberpunk..

1234 1234!

Looking forward to playing this whateverdahHellitIs

Welcome 🙏 to Steem ! Feel at ease, you are in good hands 😂

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This is fantastic news. Welcome aboard!


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Keep up the great work!


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Nice Choice, Welcome to the beautiful world of Steem. Hope you will have success with your project. Together we (Steemians) can make this Blockchain thrilling.

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is it bear market still in play!?

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Great news. Looks like a cool game. I pre registered and got my free item which was some diesel apparently. I'm looking forward to playing the game.

Welcome to steem!

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welcome welcome

This is exciting news. :)

Welcome to Steem. I can’t wait to see this in the App Store.

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Is there a gameplay trailer somewhere?

This may be misleading, but this is the original gameplay without social interaction features we are building for Steem. Steem will allow for the MMO features. This will be one way you will stack coins in the game.

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Mind you, this is even long before our Ethereum beta, when we were simply testing our trading dynamics. There's a lot more in there, even today - with a big roadmap now underway.

This is exciting! I've preregistered and look forward to playing this game. Cryptocurrencies have always been an intimidating subject for me, and I'm more sold on the blockchain technology than the money aspects of it. Steem was my tipping point into crypto-investments, and I'm eager to see whether Cache can expose me to even interesting crypto transactions techniques.

Thank you for being onboard Steem!

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Heya and welcome to the STEEM blockchain with everything it has to offer. It can take time to find your way around the place and see what is on offer so I built a handy website to put all of the people, games and applications in the one place. I would recommend going to steem-transfer for a look and you will get a great head start as you join our great community.

If you have any questions about what to do or where to go feel free to send me a message on my steem profile @niallon11 or find me on discord at in the Steemexplorers discord. Other than that just have fun and engage with the other users. That's the no1 tip for growing your account and your enjoyment.

Welcome aboard, great to have you guys here!

Welcome to the Future!

Objectively, the Steemians are the biggest and most active blockchain community.

That's right! You can bet on that

And there are many apps developed on Steem blockchain too.

Some of us live off this platform too

I'll keep in touch

I'm feeling magic fingers're damn right about the community...lets go!

welcome! the game looks promising!!!

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Welcome @cacheverse!! ((:

Having been on Steemit for the past two years, I really have a good feeling about this place. I'm part of communities that are filled with talent and an eye for the boundless opportunities that present themselves here.

In a word, it is accessible.

I really look forward to playing the game for free ((:

Sending blessings your way! <3

P.S. Resteemed for greater exposure!

own your tokens, your items, your avatars, even your own exchange

Just have a few questions about this...

How are these tokens/items owned?
Where are they stored - on the chain, or in your own DBs and then the ownership is simply logged as a custom JSON or wallet memo?
Can they only be traded in-game?

u r welcome

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I came to steem in September 2017. Knowing nearly nothing about crypto.
It took some time to crack into it. But the communities I have found here will always be the reason I stayed.
Looking forward to playing Cache! Glad you saw steem for all its strengths!

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when moon?

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