The creator of Ethereum got into crypto because Blizzard nerfed his character

Ethereum is the blockchain behind the cryptocurrency Ether and also NFTs. It was created by a programmer named Vitalik Buterin who was inspired by realizing “what horrors centralized services can bring”. And what set off that Damascene moment of insight? It was World of Warcraft’s 2010 warlock nerf.

“I happily played World of Warcraft during 2007-2010,” Buterin writes in his bio, “but one day Blizzard removed the damage component from my beloved warlock’s Siphon Life spell. I cried myself to sleep, and on that day I realized what horrors centralized services can bring. I soon decided to quit.”