The butterfly effect is defined as, “the phenomenon whereby a minute localized change in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere.” In other words, incredibly small actions can become the reason for much more influential things happening down the road. Today, internet users have been uncovering how a nerf in World of Warcraft lead to the creation of the cryptocurrency Ethereum.
Ethereum was conceived in 2013 by a programmer named Vitalik Buterin. Crowdfunding was done to bring the project to life in 2014 before it went live on July 30th, 2015. Since then, it has become one of the most popular cryptocurrencies all over the world — it’s what people can use to bid on Lindsay Lohan’s NFT of her fursona. And it all started with a balancing decision for an MMO, according to Buterin’s official website.