Originally published: February 11, 2022
Once you have created a crypto wallet, its time to connect your wallet to the Polygon Blockchain. Polygon is a secondary scaling solution for the Ethereum blockchain. These types of solutions work on top of an existing blockchain network rather than using their own blockchain. In this instance, Polygon works on top of Ethereum which has become slow and expensive to use as it becomes ever more popular.
Due to high gas fees with the Ethereum Mainnet, ESI has chosen to partner with the Polygon Network. Polygon combines the best of Ethereum and sovereign blockchains into a full-fledged multi-chain system. This solves pain points associated with Blockchains, like high gas fees and slow speeds, without sacrificing on security.
ESI develops on Ethereum and utilizes Polygon as a scaling solution for NFTs, $ESI token, and customer solutions. To make purchases on the Polygon chain, Ethereum is bridged to Polygon to become Eth on Polygon or wrapped ETH (wETH). Then it is ready to be used for purchasing Elysian Fields NFTs or Empyrean Source Tickets. Tokens moved on the Polygon chain use MATIC to process transactions and pay for gas fees.
1. Connect your wallet to Polygon
Open your browser and visit https://wallet.polygon.technology/
Select “Polygon Wallet” and proceed to the login page. Select Metamask which will be prompted to give your signature approval to view your wallet.
2. Switch Network
After accessing the Polygon wallet viewer, you will a breakdown of your wallet and its contents. On the top right of the web page, there is an option to “Switch to Polygon.” Select this option and give signature approval to connect your wallet to the Polygon Matic Mainnet. Once you have done this, open your Wallet in your web extension. In the top right corner of the pop-up window, next to the user icon is a bubble that indicates which chain the wallet is currently connected to. MetaMask uses the Ethereum Mainnet by default. Click on the bubble and select the option to switch to the Polygon/Matic network if it did not automatically switch the network upon signature approval.
Now that MetaMask is connected to the Polygon chain, users are able to make transactions with extremely low gas fees and make purchases with Ethereum on Polygon or Wrapped Ethereum (wETH) using a process called bridging. Once Ethereum is bridged, it is ready to use for purchasing NFTs with wETH or Empyrean Source Tickets. Tokens moved on the Polygon chain use MATIC to process transactions and pay for gas fees at cents on the dollar.