vDice: Ethereums New Gambling Platform
Here is a story. Everything has a story. This story is about and distributed systems. It was incredible. Dr. Gavin Wood was the lead, steering the ship from his side office.
He did a great job. We all learned so much from him. I remember many of his lectures in the common area, as Ethereum was slowly taking shape over those two years.
One lecture really struck me. It was a talk on how one could do SatoshiDICE, implemented as an Ethereum smart contract.
I knew SatoshiDICE. Everyone knew SatoshiDICE. It was such a huge and important part of the Bitcoin story. It had become a critical piece of infrastructure on every public blockchain. Many would say that it was necessary for any new, public blockchain to have a SatoshiDICE style game.
But Ethereum was different. Ethereum wasn’t just another Bitcoin clone. With Gavin’s speech, I saw that you could do so much more with Ethereum and this style of Blockchain gambling.
This must have really affected me. Two years later I was sitting in Berlin with Gavin and others. We were having a beer. The network had launched and was already a huge success. It was now the other big blockchain, worth over a billion dollars at the time.
Gavin was so busy working to make Ethereum great at a lower, protocol level. He didn’t have much time to see what was happening at the application layer. I told him there was still no working, live implementation of SatoshiDICE. He was shocked.
I told him we were working on one. I could so in his face. I could see in his reaction. This was important and necessary work.
Now vDice exists. The
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