THE CLIMATE REALITYHow Reality Gaming Group is Approaching the Climate Challenge
Climate Change is real, and we are committed to sustainability in all forms.
Our data servers and websites are already carbon neutral.
We acknowledge that using blockchain has an environmental impact - it is our main goal to minimise it.
Our games run on a sidechain that is already much more efficient than either Bitcoin or Ethereum.
This year we'll be integrating Polygon and other Layer 2 Companies to further improve.
Our Climate Action
At Reality Gaming Group we love playing and creating games.
We also love blockchain technology and building games and experiences around that technology, so how can we combine all these without harming the planet?!
Way before NFTs became mainstream and the energy conversation around Bitcoin was being covered in the mainstream press, we began to understand the large energy usage a Ethereum transaction on the mainnet consumed.
Because of this, in 2017, we moved from Ethereum onto our own "sidechain", which allows us to make our own changes, updates and improvements while still following our original vision of blockchain integrated gaming and true ownership of digital, in-game assets.
Isn't Bitcoin Really Bad For The Environment?
We are a Blockchain company, but we do not use Bitcoin at all!
Although there has been a lot of coverage around the global energy cost of Bitcoin, it's important to remember the context in terms of how the Blockchain compares to other industries, as in reality every action we take online has an energy cost associated it with it.
For example, did you know that YouTube uses 250% more energy per day than the entire Bitcoin network? Or that that the traditional banking system uses more than double the energy of Bitcoin daily, too? It's still true that Bitcoin has an impact on our planet that many are working towards solving - but "Blockchain" and "Bitcoin" are not the same thing.
Our chain runs on is a fork of Ethereum, and uses less energy consumption than the Ethereum mainnet. This also gives our users zero gas fees on our platform.
Reality Gaming Group's Sustainability Plan
We don't deny that NFTs and the blockchain in general do have an environment impact, just like any game development or indeed any industry in the world does.
Our job is to be leaders, and be transparent around the decisions we're making to mitigate and eventually reverse this impact, and to make sure we make as minimal an impact as possible through both of our choice of business partners and the development of our technology and integrations.
The Ethereum mainnet is already moving away from a "Proof of Work" into a "Proof of Stake" system in 2021, meaning a 90% reduction in global energy usage overnight for the network.
But that doesn't mean that our side chain isn't already much more eco-friendly - or that we are sitting around and simply waiting for Ethereum to make changes. We are taking real, actionable steps that have a positive impact on our environment.
This year, we'll be integrating our sidechain with Polygon and Binance Smart Chain, a Layer 2 network. Layer 2 networks essentially let us move much of the heavy-lifting from the mainnet, resulting in increased energy efficiency and speed while still benefiting from all the security and authentication benefits of the Layer 1 network. You can learn more about how Layer 2 works from this article.
Our Energy Aims
RGG aims to set the standards of our growing industry. One of our main goals is to challenge and contribute to the discussion of sustainable energy with all current as well as future partners.
We also aim to unite the NFT community in action to bring awareness to best practices for reducing the ecological footprint of NFTs.
We always ensure our technological partners share our vision. Our main servers right now are Hetzner.de and AWS.com.
Hetzners environmental partner is Energiedienst AG, a TÜV certified company that generates green energy from 100% carbon dioxide-free and environmentally-friendly hydropower and Finnish energy company Oomi Oy, which employs wind and hydropower for all of its energy uses.
AWS is working to achieve a goal of using 100% renewable energy.