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CryptoKitties, Explained … Mostly

Why are $20 million and 180,000 people suddenly in the market for digital cats? We gamified the blockchain.

A party for enthusiasts of CryptoKitties, virtual cats that can be collected and bred only with the Ethereum virtual currency, in San Francisco, Dec. 17, 2017 — Jason Henry/The New York Time

By Nellie Bowles

Joe Buttram, a former mixed martial arts fighter and startup security guard turned cryptocurrency investor, was looking at a new toy called a CryptoKitty.

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