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September 10, 2022

Google Cloud Becomes a Validator for the Ronin Network

Friday, Sky Mavis, the parent company of the popular play-to-earn game Axie Infinity, revealed that Google Cloud is joining its Ronin Network as a validator and contributing to the security of the bridge.

Google Cloud, a Google subsidiary, joined Axie Infinity’s Ronin network as its 18th validator, bringing the total number of network validators closer to 21. Google Cloud has now joined the other 17 nodes, which include Animoca Brands, Nansen, and Delphi Digital, among others.

As a network validator, Google Cloud will participate in the gaming community’s governance process. This means that the cloud computing service provider will be able to validate transactions and participate in community decision-making.

Sky Mavis said that Google Cloud would be responsible for monitoring the uptimes of validators.

The combined efforts of Sky Mavis and Google Cloud are aimed at enhancing the security of the Ronin network and creating a realm of interconnected, engaging, and gratifying game experiences.

After acquiring unauthorized access to five of the nine current validator nodes, malicious actors stole $625 million from the Ronin network by exploiting a vulnerability in the network.

After the assault, Ronin bridge was closed, however, it reopened after some time, allowing users to retrieve their cash. Sky Mavis also begun to include more validators and created allowances for the addition of new non-validating nodes.

Notably, Google Cloud’s participation in the Web 3 ecosystem is not new, as Google claimed in a previous report that its subsidiary, Google Cloud, would promote the development of services required by blockchain game makers.

Aleksander Larsen, the co-founder of Sky Mavis, commented on the current development by stating that Google Cloud has been working with his firm since 2020.

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He then elaborated on the characteristics of Google Cloud that appeal to Sky Mavis, stating that Google Cloud, which is a respected contributor to the developer community and has significant technical knowledge in blockchain infrastructure and operating validators, was a logical option.