We are continuing to add new functionality and improve performance for our major applications.
Target: Q1 2020 Status: Completed Q4 2019
We have successfully upgraded the Kovan testnet to the latest Ethereum hard fork "Istanbul". This occurred on October 13, and we have not experienced any issues related to the update.
We will continue to monitor progress and are planning to update the Sokol testnet to Istanbul in the coming months. This will not occur until after the Eth mainnet completes the Istanbul upgrade. We will inform all validators with instructions to ensure nodes are updated prior to the upgrade. Assuming the update on the testnet goes smoothly, we will coordinate the Istanbul fork on the POA Core network.
Target: Q1 2020 Status: Completed on Sokol Testnet, block # set for POA Core
Randomness is vital to a blockchain and difficult to achieve within the protocol. We will introduce an on-chain RNG based on RANDAO, where validators use a commit/reveal strategy to create on-chain random numbers. Smart contracts will have access to this randomness without relying on third party applications or centralized RNGs. More details here.
Target: Q2 2020 Status: Ongoing
In 2019, the POA Games Fund has contributed funding to 4 games:
Snailfarm: A game where players buy resources which grow over time, in an endless virtuous loot loop. Learn more here: https://medium.com/@thesnailking/the-next-great-frontier-for-snails-poa-ee7e2471bc51
DAOG: The 🐶DAOG is an open-ended governance game where emojis are controlled by smart contracts. More info is available here: https://medium.com/@austin_48503/three-queens-b3760c33ab4b
Clovers: The latest recipient of the games fund, Clovers is a scavenger hunt game where players search for certain types of clovers.
As these previously funded games continue to gain traction, we are initiating a second round of funding to encourage more games to build on POA. POA network provides an optimal solution for deploying games that require micro transactions, predictable fee structures, or accelerated transaction speeds.
Target: Q1 - Q4 2020 Status: Ongoing
We will continue to research and explore ways to expand POA token usage, adoption and use cases. This includes the possibility of creating a POA-based stable token, and exploring the ability to leverage POA as a staking token, either on its own or through a multi-collateral token basket. To keep POA vital and growing, we must not only increase network adoption but also research the possibility of expanding usage beyond the network via the TokenBridge.