A novel approach to solve a mining work centralization problem in blockchain technologies

Yuki Kano*, Tatsuo Nakajima

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose: This paper aims to solve a mining work centralization problem using a gamification-based approach. Design/methodology/approach: The authors have developed a simple blockchain application that incorporates a gamification concept into the mining work. Then, they asked some participants in an experiment to use the application for a week and gathered some insights from the responses on questionnaires. Findings: The results show that the gamification-based approach distributed mining work among many participants by increasing their motivation to participate mining work. Originality/value: The gamification-based approach solves a mining work centralization problem and opens a new direction for future blockchain technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-32
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Blockchain technology
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Gamification
  • Human crowd’s power
  • Mining work centralization
  • Psychological factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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