It’s been a thrilling, at times bumpy, few weeks of fierce competition, but Game of Zones was an incredible ride that defied our expectations. Supporting the Cosmos Network and readying it for the Internet of Blockchains requires a diverse set of tactics and skills, and it’s clear from the incredible participation throughout the competition that there is a bright future ahead for IBC. Now that the competition has drawn to a close, the GoZ Team is thrilled to celebrate contributions of participants towards launching IBC and recognize outstanding work by taking a look back over the past few weeks of intense competition.
Network Visualizers + Unofficial Scoreboards✨🔮
Throughout the competition, the Game of Zones team has been in awe of the visibility tools and explorers being developed by the community to support the IBC-enabled hub. Map of Zones, lead by Mira from Ztake.org, has done an incredible job of developing beautiful and informative visualizations of the network that have enriched the competition. Additionally, Vasily from the P2P.org team has done great work with their unofficial scoreboard here.
We would also like to recognize the IRISnet BlockChain Explorer by the IRISnet Team, VGNG by the VGNG team, and this Bitsong dashboard by the Bitsong team. Tools like these will be invaluable when IBC is mainnet-ready, and we hope to see more products like these available to provide more observability and visibility into the network’s operations when IBC is production-ready.
Competition Challenge Winners 🏆
The GoZ Challenge was designed to incentivize and measure performance against three specific practices that would be necessary for a healthy network: liveness, throughput, and security modeling. In order to prepare network operators for the Internet of Blockchains, it was important to ensure that participants developed fluency in operating an on-chain lite client, that they became familiar with both the Relayer Software and packet sending interface, and that they would develop insights to inform visualization, observability and detection tools to protect the network. Throughout Game of Zones, participants shared their knowledge and developed numerous technical resources, with many, many teams delivering a strong performance all the way through the last minutes of the competition. Congratulations to the winners of Game of Zones!
🏆 Phase 1a Winners 🏆
Atomic Bombers, IRISnet, ResponsibleChain (P2P.org), and Sentinel will receive 1,250 ATOM.
🏆 Phase 3 Winner 🏆
will receive 6,250 ATOM.
🏆 Most Packets Relayed 🏆
This reward was designed to provide an incentive for competitors to take a “big picture” approach and develop an evolving set of tactics to come out ahead of the competition, and they will receive 6,250 ATOM.
🏆 Best Custom Zone 🏆
Seeing participants mint NFTs over Twitter to engage in some very complex zone interactions over IBC was amazing, and they will receive 6,250 ATOM.
🏆 Most Creative Zone 🏆
Who doesn’t love a Tamagotchi?! This zone was an incredible demonstration of how IBC allows for multiple zones to be composed together, and they will receive 6,250 ATOM.
🏆 Most Innovative/Deceptive State Machine 🏆
The IRISnet Team built an impressive, complex 4 zone process that showed how deception might propagate among chains, and how byzantine and non-byzantine chains might interact with one another, and they will receive 6,250 ATOM.
🏆 Gaia Award 🏆
The Agoric team delivered exceptional technical details in their Proof-of-Concept for a smart relayer, and demo video of their advanced set of dynamic relayer policies, and they will receive 6,250 ATOM.
GoZ Liveness Reward Winners 🚀🏅
Pending a final verification of registration data during the KYC process, the teams listed below are eligible to receive an equal share of 50,000 ATOM for maintaining a significant period of liveness throughout Phases 1a and 1b of the competition. We expect teams to receive at least 535 ATOM, though that amount may increase as we do a final accounting for individual competitors who registered with multiple teams.
Fostering Collaboration + Community 👩🚀👾👩🚀👽
In addition to the incredible performance we saw from GoZ winners, several validators and community members stepped up to help others prepare and put their best foot forward throughout the competition. The Game of Zones team would like to take this opportunity to thank Melea for the help he provided to the community in Telegram, and for writing up a set of amazing IBC onboarding documentation.
More than anything else, Game of Zones has surfaced a strong sense of pride in the work it takes to continue blazing the path of innovation that started when the network was launched in 2019, and we hope to see this continue as we make our way towards getting IBC production ready. The goal of the competition was to ensure that network operators gained a deep understanding of the intricacies of running an on-chain lite client, and the teams that participated in Game of Zones did that and more. To keep moving the Internet of Blockchains closer to reality, contribute to the Relayer software (or building one of your own!), hunt for bugs and surface vulnerabilities in the code that will power an IBC-enabled network, and continue to share solutions for improving Tendermint’s performance and throughput.