Ethereum inspired by World of Warcraft adjustment

A surprise tweak to the game showed Vitalik Buterin the “horrors of centralised services”

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Vitalik Buterin, one of the co-founders of the Ethereum blockchain, has revealed that he was first made aware of the “horrors" of centralised services when World of Warcraft (WoW) maker Blizzard removed “the damage component” from his warlock’s spell.   

In his bio on, Buterin said: “I happily played World of Warcraft during 2007-2010, but one day Blizzard removed the damage component from my beloved warlock's Siphon Life spell. I cried myself to sleep, and on that day, I realised what horrors centralised services can bring. I soon decided to quit.”

This started a journey for Buterin through the decentralised world and crypto. He was sceptical of bitcoin at first, he says, as he questioned how the lead crypto “could possibly have value without physical backing”. However, he slowly became “more and more interested” and started to write for a blog called Bitcoin Weekly, before co-founding Bitcoin Magazine with Mihai Alisie.

University drop-out

In 2012 Buterin enrolled at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. After studying there for just one year he realised how crypto projects were taking up 30 hours of his average week, and so dropped out.  Buterin then spent some time traveling around the world to explore crypto-related projects, and realised they were all “too concerned about specific applications and not being sufficiently general”.

With this mindset, he went on to help create Ethereum, which he says has been dominating his life ever since.

Dogecoin Foundation returns

In August the Dogecoin Foundation was re-established with the addition of two new advisers: Buterin and Jared Birchall, who represents Tesla CEO Elon Musk and is head of Musk’s family office. Buterin is listed as a blockchain and crypto adviser, and Birchall as a legal and finance adviser.

The non-profit organisation was set up in 2014 but became inactive over time and finally dissolved. The Foundation was established to provide “support for the crypto through development and advocacy”, to prevent abuse and fraud, and to provide a “roadmap and governance” for the future of dogecoin.

In a Twitter poll back in 2019, Musk was named the unofficial CEO of dogecoin, beating other crypto luminaries such as Buterin, Charlie Lee, creator of litecoin, and Marshall Hayner, CEO of Metal Pay and the First Blockchain Bank.

Further reading: Dogecoin Foundation returns with Vitalik Buterin as adviser

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