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Polygon: the mainnet of crypto games has a hidden message from Vitalik Buterin

The new mainnet of crypto games, the Polygon zkEVM, was launched with a special guest. And indeed, the first transaction was sent by Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin and hides a message from him.

Polygon launches crypto games mainnet and invites Buterin to make first transaction

The heralded mainnet dedicated to crypto games, the Polygon zkEVM has been launched and to mark the occasion Vitalik Buterin has been invited to make the first transaction, with a hidden message. 

Here’s the announcement from Polygon co-founder Sandeep Nailwal, who shared it on the social network of crypto-lovers, Twitter:

In essence, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin could not say no to the sidechain developers’ invitation to be the first to make the very first transaction of the new Polygon zkEVM mainnet Polygon.

Not only that, Buterin also included in the transaction a hidden message converted into hexadecimal code, which he quotes as follows:

“A few million constraints for man, unconstrained scalability for mankind”

The Polygon zkEVM mainnet for crypto games and the 69042 gas limit imposed by Buterin

Buterin also repeatedly wanted to set the gas limit of Ethereum network transactions at 69,042. This move caused Polygon’s Head of Growth, Leon Stern, to publicly describe him as a “man of culture.”

It is likely that Buterin chose the number 69042 to reference one meme number (69) and almost another (420).

The partnership with Immutable

The zkEVM network was created by Polygon together with Immutable, and is a new platform dedicated to developers in the crypto world.

Announced last week, the new platform is a real breakthrough in blockchain-based gaming, integrating the use of ZK technology that will serve to accelerate the development of Web3 games.

Ethereum’s two layer-2s, Polygon and Immutable, have merged into zkEVM specifically to enable game developers to have an unprecedented building experience on Ethereum. All of this could only be made even more official through Buterin’s involvement at the time of its launch.

The result of the partnership, zkEVM, combines zero-knowledge rollups – which bundle loads of transactions and run those tests on Ethereum – with full compatibility with the Ethereum Virtual Machine. 

This means that it is a native extension of Ethereum and that the smart contracts, which contain the code that powers the decentralized protocols and software, can be easily transferred over the zkEVM network.

The Polygon (MATIC) crypto dumps in the last seven days

Despite the resounding launch of zkEVM, also referred to as the “holy grail of blockchain scalability,” the Polygon (MATIC) crypto seems not to reflect that success.

And indeed, MATIC has experienced a price dump in the past 7 days, just after zkEVM’s announcement. From $1.16 last Tuesday, today MATIC is worth $1.05.

This is no big deal if you look at MATIC’s price chart from previous weeks. The price started at $0.96 on 9 March, touching $1.24 over the next five days.

The ninth crypto by market capitalization has a dominance of 0.84% over the entire cryptocurrency market.


Stefania Stimolo
Stefania Stimolo
Graduated in Marketing and Communication, Stefania is an explorer of innovative opportunities. She started out as a Sales Assistant for e-commerce, and in 2016 she began to develop a passion for the digital world, initially in the Network Marketing sector, where she discovered and became passionate about the ideals behind Bitcoin and Blockchain technology, which lead her to work as a copywriter and translator for ICO projects and blogs, and organize introductory courses.