Many know the butterfly effect thanks to a film of the same name. The butterfly effect is an idea that small events can have non-linear impacts at a complex level. A small change to a popular video game led to the creation of one of the most valuable and popular cryptocurrencies of all time.
What happened: A small change for a character from World of Warcraft, the popular game of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), had a big impact on cryptocurrency and the creation of non-fungible tokens.
The changes World of Warcraft made to a spell used by the Warlock character made it less effective in changing the rules. It’s called the nerve in the video game world.
“I happily played World of Warcraft from 2007 to 2010, but one day Blizzard removed the damage component of the Siphon Life spell from my beloved wizard,” Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin said on his official blog. “I fell asleep crying and that day I realized what horrors centralized services can bring. I quickly decided to quit.
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Why this is important: After quitting playing World of Warcraft, Buterin took a strong interest in cryptocurrency and Bitcoin (CRYPTO: BTC). Buterin has written for several Bitcoin-focused media outlets and has become a voice in the cryptocurrency industry.
Buterin wrote for Bitcoin Weekly and later co-founded Bitcoin Magazine. He dropped out of college to focus on cryptocurrency after getting a $ 100,000 grant from the popular Thiel Foundation, established by Pierre Thiel.
“I traveled the world, explored many crypto projects and finally realized that they were all too preoccupied with specific applications and weren’t general enough – hence the birth of ‘Ethereum, which has occupied my life ever since. “
Buterin created the idea of Ethereum (CRYPTO: ETH) in 2013 and the cryptocurrency was launched on July 30, 2015. Buterin currently holds 333,500 ETH in its main wallet, worth over $ 1.1 billion.
Ethereum is one of the most valuable cryptocurrencies with a market cap of over $ 403 billion, according to AssetDash.
It’s pretty unreal to think that a simple change in World of Warcraft led Buterin to become so heavily involved in the cryptocurrency world.
Without the change made by Blizzard, there might not be Ethereum or non-fungible tokens in the world today.