Bitcoin magazine

How one WoW nerf changed cryptocurrency forever

Since its release in 2004, World of Warcraft has earned a legion of followers around the world. The title has had a tremendous impact on culture, but one of its least expected ripples caused a revolution in cryptocurrency. Perhaps the most intriguing example is with Vitalik Buterin, now known as one of the founding fathers of Ethereum (ETH). Before his biggest creation, however, Buterin was a Russian-Canadian who played Warlock from 2007 until 2010. He quit the class—and WoW altogether—after Blizzard nerfed one of his class’ spells. The nerf upset