Marble races powered by hamsters come to Ethereum

A new form of gambling will be released to the Ethereum world on mainnet on Sunday after just over two years of development: hamster-powered marble races.

The project, dubbed “Mia & the Marbles,” is an automated marble-racing and gambling platform from a group of independent developers, powered by Mia, a female Djungarian or “winter white dwarf” hamster and its trusty hamster wheel.

While the concept behind the project may seem… whimsical, the development team for ‘M&M’ revealed in an interview, how carefully the racing platform was thought out.

“We guarantee races that are provably fair, provably live and easily-verifiable,” the devs said. And “We can guarantee that the races are taking place in real-time and not pre-recorded. We do this with our provably live video stream that shows the first 8 bits of the current Ethereum blockhash physically on the race track with 8 movable pegs. A high peg stands for a 1, a low peg for a 0.”

The team says that for races that do not deliver a valid outcome after two days. There is also a refund feature in place.

While Mia & the Marbles may strike some as a thought experiment or moonshot hackathon come to life, the developers say M&M is inspired by a passion for fair gambling that is demonstrably fair.

“We always loved the idea of blockchain gambling projects. But unfortunately, scams are not uncommon in the low-regulated crypto space,” the team said. “So we were brainstorming ideas with the goal to make the provable fairness component easy to understand for anyone. While also being fun at the same time!”

Mia a stellar coworker

The developers report that Mia is stellar as a coworker. In the beginning, when she was a pup. Mia liked to nibble on the fingers of devs. But she’s always ready to produce these days. There was a rough patch. While many DAO-governed protocols need to worry about incentive structures. And the possibility of another protocol poaching their talent through merger. Mia happily runs up to 8 kilometres a day on her wheel.

“Naturally, hamsters are very active and cover large distances at night to collect food,” the development team explained.

There will be more well-developed tracks and possible “championship” brackets for the marbles in the future. And the developers ultimately plan to continue building on Ethereum towards fun fair games.

“We strongly believe that adding real-world randomness into crypto gambling solutions can dramatically increase the trust that players have into these products. We want to contribute to a fair world.“