Microsoft launches collectable digital tokens using Ethereum blockchain

Microsoft Azure has created its new tokens in collaboration with gaming start-up Enjin

Microsoft’s blockchain-enabled cloud platform Microsoft Azure has introduced a new and “fun” way to earn digital collectables, aimed at rewarding its developer community.

The “Azure Heroes” blockchain non-fungible tokens (NFT) represent cartoonish badgers and aim to compensate positive behaviour in Azure’s community. Each badger has a limited supply ranging from just 100 units to 10,000.

Microsoft said Azure Heroes aims to reward individuals for “verifiable acts of impact such as coaching, creating demos, building sample code, blogging about Azure or completing certain challenges”.

Community members that have demonstrated their contributions will be recognised with badges across a number of categories.

Microsoft created the non-fungible tokens on the Ethereum blockchain in collaboration with blockchain gaming start-up Enjin. The tokens will be minted each season and the limited quantities will be publicly verifiable and distributed via a QR code that prompts the receiver to install a wallet.

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For someone to obtain the token, they have to be nominated, which they can do themselves. Nominated individuals will be judged and those that have had a verifiable impact on the community will be chosen to receive a badger.

Because each badger is scarce with its own transaction hash, and not simply a copiable image stored on a central server, they require a blockchain wallet to safely store them, Microsoft said.

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