NFT PokémonClone Recovers From $600 Million Hack, Ready To Chew Players Up Again

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NFT PokémonClone Recovers From 0 Million Hack, Ready To Chew Players Up Again

Axie Infinity, the play-to-earn, decidedly exploitative, crypto Neopets, has reopened its proprietary Ronin blockchain bridge after unintentionally exposing its users to a $600 million hack in March.

The hack was made possible by an exploit in the bridge, which let funds transfer between the Ethereum and Ronin blockchains, and was the beginning of Axie Infinity’s larger issues, as the game later suffered from the same tanking prices as the rest of cryptocurrency in late spring. In May, its utility token Smooth Love Potion (SLP), which is necessary for buying and breeding the game’s tubby “Axie” creatures, was worth $0.00. That is, if you rounded up.

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As of this writing, SLP is still worth $0.00 if you round to the nearest cent. And Axie Infinity the game is sticking to the same premise it first used to draw in its (plummeting) couple-hundred-thousand-or-so users: Create a Ronin wallet (a must for the play-to-earn crypto game), acquire three Axie NFTs for around $20, make an Axie Infinity account, then download the game. After that, you can battle your Axies like NFT Pokémon, play one of a handful of user-generated satellite games, and breed and sell Axies to earn SLP, which is worth no real money, or the more valuable Axie Infinity Shards (AXS), which is valued at a whopping $14.70 as of writing.

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