Getting Started With Blockchain Gaming
Making the jump to to blockchain gaming as a first time user can be overwhelming, but we want to help get you through the process as smoothly as possible. Here we'll walk you through the steps toward getting set up with a digital wallet so you can start playing blockchain-based games in no time.
Here's what you'll need to start playing:
A computer with the desktop version of Chrome or Firefox
Digital Ethereum wallet
What is MetaMask?
MetaMask is a digital wallet that stores your Ethereum (ETH), a digital currency used in most blockchain games. Every game on the Ethereum blockchain requires MetaMask to play.
Head on over to metamask.io and follow the directions there to install the plugin. Once installed, you'll have access to your own personal MetaMask wallet.
Make sure you keep password and other digital wallet information safe!
How do I get Ether?
There are a couple ways for users to purchase ETH.
Buy ETH in MetaMask (U.S. citizens only)
Buy ETH through an exhange
We recommend using Coinbase to send ETH from your Coinbase wallet to your MetaMask wallet.
What is Coinbase?
Coinbase is a digital currency wallet and platform where users can transact with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. Most users looking to purchase Ethereum can do so through Coinbase. Even though Coinbase functions as a digital wallet, like MetaMask, most blockchain games will require users have the MetaMask wallet plugin.
Head over to the Coinbase website to get started.
***It's important to note that transactions on Coinbase can take up to a week or longer to go through. If you think you'll need more ETH, plan ahead to account for the delay.***
How do I send ETH to MetaMask?
So now you have ETH in your Coinbase wallet. Transferring your ETH into your MetaMask wallet is easy.
Click on the MetaMask fox icon at the top of your web browser.
Click on the three dots to the right of your account name, just above the Send button. There, select "Copy Address to clipboard."
Head to the Accounts section on Coinbase and scroll down to your ETH Wallet.
Click the "Send" button and paste the address you copied from MetaMask. Select the amount of currency you want to transfer to your MetaMask wallet and click "Continue."
Once you confirm the transfer, your ETH will be available in your MetaMask wallet to use in any of the blockchain games you're itching to play!
Most blockchain gaming sites will be able to automatically detect your MetaMask wallet so you can dive right on in.