Atheios was launched on the mainnet on Saturday, 12th May, around 16.00CET, by the developer Berran. The launch went flawless, as it was tested before with a test network.
What is the purpose of Atheios
As Atheios is based on smart contracts, the intention is to develop and connect the network in a game industry context. With the network being established there can be interesting scenarios to us ATH as currentcy in gaming. The developer has a lot of context in this area which could help building an ecosystem. The developer provides regular updates on the current start of Atheios integration.
What is it based on
Atheios is an Etherium fork and has been forked from Gubiq v1.5.12. Ubiq describes itself as open-source, permissionless smart contract platform with a focus on stability and reliability. Atheios uses the Dagger Hashimoto algorithm and can be mined with any of the miners also used for ETH or ETC.
Some Blockchain info
The block length of the Atheios blockchain is 20 seconds. That means each 20sec a block is found and rewarded with currently 12 ATH. This will change, see monetary policy.
Depending on the hashrate, the difficulty is constantly adjusted. In order to adjust Atheios uses the Flux Difficulty Algorithm. This code has been introduced by the Ubiq implemention. As miners enter and leave the network, processing power fluctuates. At times the difficulty level may be too easy, and the block time will drop below the 20 second target block time. Other times, the difficulty may be too hard and the block time will slow down past 20 seconds. There are many difficulty adjustment algorithms in blockchain for solving this problem. However, some work better than others. They can create a lot of volatility in block time. Ubiq’s Flux Difficulty Algorithm seeks to smooth out the volatility.
Depending on the block height the block reward is changing over time, as outlined on the side. This will mean that from start the block reward will over time reduced from 12 to 1. So specifically in the beginning mining is incentivised. At the same time there is a developer reward, which is used for different community incentives, advertisiing or exchange listings.