Say hello to a new era of Neopets and Pokemons, Cryptokitties.

However, it may cost you a little more. Cryptokitties is a digital trading game that lives on the Ethereum blockchain. In short, it lets you purchase, trade, and breed digital kittens. In fact, so many people are making and trading kitties, that it's slowing down transactions on Ethereum! 

Soooo, why are they so special?

Every single one is unique, each with its own unique 256-bit genome! Kittens come with different visual features, called traits, and some of these traits are rarer than others. Breeding rare cats can be sold for a good chunk of money, one particularly rare cat was recently sold for more than $100,000. 

How do I get this magical creature?!?

Step 1: Install MetaMask Chrome Extension

MetaMask is a digital wallet that allows you to sign smart contracts and transactions. This is an easy way to connect to the Ethereum blockchain.Make your password difficult so your kitty (and money) is secure!

 

Step 2: Buy Ether

If you don't have one already, get a Coinbase account, or another exchange that securely trades ETH.

 

Step 3: Send Ether to your MetaMask wallet

This is a very easy step, and your wallet address will be involved. Essentially, your wallet address is your private key that can access your funds. Here is a youtube video to describe how to easily transfer from Coinbase to MetaMask.

 

STEP 4: Buy your Cryptokitty!

Go to www.cryptokitties.coWhen you sign in, use MetaMask, it will be at the top right of your browser and look like a fox.Go kitty shopping and find your new pet!

 

Now what?

Well, once you buy two cats, you can breed them together to birth a new cat, and possibly make money. All of these cats can be “sired out” to the community for breeding, or they can be sold on the marketplace. Or you can invest for the value of the game. Imagine if someone created a Pokemon-like battle arena or an animal crossing-like community? What if you could win more than you possibly think. So, are you going to be the next cryptokitty Expuuurrrrt?