Ethereum network congestion temporarily shuts down crypto gaming casino


Congestion on the Ethereum network forced an online casino to temporarily close shop earlier this year. The development came into light after KingTiger Casino’s official website announced on Feb. 26 the company’s temporary closure of services. According to KingTiger’s statement:

“We have had to temporarily close our casinos due to the Ethereum network congestion, making it impossible to run our games in their current format.”

The crypto-centric online casino is currently on the lookout for new solutions that can host “a new range of features and games” for its participants. Although the casino services have been temporarily suspended, the platform is allowing users to access their digital wallets.

The parent company, Funfair Technologies, still allows users to create new wallet accounts, and KingTiger maintains that the non-custodial wallet owners will be able to retain control over their assets. Clarifying its stance, the casino said:

“You may keep any funds in there as long as you like or move them out to another ERC-20 address.”

The gambling site was powered by the FUN token, an in-house initiative by Funfair Technologies running on smart contract technology. 

Funfair told Cointelegraph that it is currently exploring alternatives to Ethereum layer 1 and plans to release new gaming products in the coming months.

Related: Ethereum supply flips briefly into deflation as gas fees spike

The recent London hard fork was aimed at Ethereum’s inherent problem related to network scaling and fluctuating transaction fees. In addition, the rise of nonfungible tokens and decentralized finance imposed further stress on the Ethereum network.

The upgrade has already created 800 deflationary blocks that were formed when Ether (ETH) burns overtook mining rewards, effectively decreasing the supply temporarily.

After the successful fork, ETH’s price rocketed up to $2,800 to eventually break the $3,000 mark.

Transaction fees remain high, however. According to BitInfoCharts, average transaction prices are still around $20, with Uniswap fees as high as $33.