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Digital Cats Test the Limits of Ethereum

The wildly popular CryptoKitties game continues to test the limits of the Ethereum network since its recent launch last week.

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The pending transactions queue has grown from an average of 1,000 on Saturday, December 2nd to currently over 22,000 just a few days later.

A significant portion of these pending transactions are for the CryptoKitties smart contracts (currently over 10,000: Contract 1 and Contract 2). This is due to a new transaction being generated whenever a user buys, sells, breeds, or sires a cat.

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The cheapest cats are now going for around 0.0349 ETH ($15.95). On the other end of the spectrum, Genesis remains the highest sold cat at $115,000+ although there have been other high-priced sales recently.

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Over $6.5 million dollars worth of digital cats have been sold. CryptoKitties Sales is a useful app that has compiled the sales data and ranks them.

This trend of a growing pending transactions queue is set to continue as the number of cats keeps increasing, which creates a snowball effect as users rush to trade and breed them due to the rising popularity of the game.

If you want your transactions to go through in a timely manner, your best bet would be to set your gas price (gwei) to a high number.