Ethereum Exists Because of World of Warcraft Nerfs

by in General | Oct, 5th 2021

You read that right – the Ethereum blockchain technology came about because a World of Warcraft player was upset about some nerfs. This might be the most fascinating – or peculiar piece of news I write about the entire year. A change to World of Warcraft led Vitalik Buterin realize “what horrors centralized services can bring,” which is just, it’s interesting. World of Warcraft is always topical, but seldom for good reasons these days. Apparently, these changes during the 2007-2010 era of World of Warcraft changed how Buterin saw the world and led to the Ethereum blockchain ultimately being created.

A Whole New World (of Warcraft):

I played World of Warcraft like many people did in the early-mid 2000s but never was I affected this much by a nerf. We learned about this change and decision from Vitalik Buterin’s personal website. After 2011, he began to search for a new purpose in life, because World of Warcraft was apparently unplayable, or at the very least, unenjoyable. What did Vitalik Buterin say in his bio?

“I was born in 1994 in Russia and moved to Canada in 2000, where I went to school. 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 realized what horrors centralized services can bring. I soon decided to quit.”

From here, he discovered Bitcoin, and didn’t understand how it could “have value without physical backing.” It’s a fascinating look at someone who created something so globally recognized, but crying oneself to sleep over a nerf to Siphon Life? It’s just fascinating to think about. From there, he wrote in the Bitcoin Weekly blog, making nearly nothing ($1.5 an hour). This happened when Buterin was 15 years old and ultimately led to the explosion of Cryptocurrency that we know today. 

Inspiration really can come from anywhere. A nerf to World of Warcraft Warlocks led to Ethereum, for instance! Buterin dropped out of college in 2013 (a year after entering) at the University of Waterloo, because the crypto projects were just overwhelming his time. And because of this, we have Ethereum!


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