🛍️Decentralized App Store

â—Ź 25 Nov 2021

Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain are the hottest topics nowadays and there are a ton of new services with those technologies coming up every day trying to disrupt the traditional businesses. If we look at the core of what these techs trying to solve, all will point to the “centralization” problems and I would like to propose the idea to solve one.


As a mobile developer, the closest thing that is centralized and sometimes can cause the problem is the App Store. This problem can happen to our users as well as us as app publishers. Look at these examples.

Andrew lost all access to his app because Google decided to ban his account.

David could not publish his app because he did not follow Apple's demand.

To summarize, these are the problems:

  • You don’t own apps/games you bought, the store owner just says you do.
  • You can’t sell the app you made if the store owner says no.
  • Huge amount of fee/commission has to be paid to the store owner.


My idea is to create a Decentralized App Store to replace Google Play Store, Steam, or any centralized software and game store using blockchain and its decentralized strength to let publisher and user interact directly through a smart contract. Here is how it works from user perspective:

  1. User pays for the app using stable coins such as USDT or USDC or any other ERC-20 token.
  2. The contract then mints the NFT token to represent that you own the app as you purchased and give it back to the user.
  3. User also receives the app-specific governance token for later use such as voting or reviewing.
  4. User then login to the purchased app with the wallet containing the NFT token.

Let’s look at how the idea works from publisher perspective:

APP token is utility token of this Decentralized App Store

  1. To publish, the publisher needs to find some amount of APP tokens via the exchange to pay a fee and to prevent anyone to spam the store.
  2. The contract of the new app will be deployed for the user to purchase and mint the app NFT. For instance, this app is called “APE”.
  3. The publisher has an option to stake more APP tokens into the pool with APE governance token as an extra reward for the user and to promote the app.

If you want your app to be on top of the list, put more APP tokens. Once users flock in to purchase your app, your reward will be drained out and hence back to the same as other apps. Repeat when you want your app to be on top again. Anyone can also put APP tokens in the pool to help out the publisher and get back more app’s gov tokens to vote in some app important decisions. I call this mechanism “Automated Advertisement Maker” :D

Higher the reward = Higher the visibility and download.

So how does the user claim the reward? Let’s think about what does the publisher wants from the users after their purchase. It is the feedback. Feedback or review is an important aspect of any app store to let developers know how to improve their products and let other users know before they decide to purchase. With this reward mechanism, we can encourage the users to give feedback and get the reward in return (which can be sold at the exchange to get the real money back).

  1. The user can give a review together with any amount of the app’s governance token.
  2. The contract then swaps the app’s governance token to the APP token as a reward.
  3. Rating and feedback are recorded on the blockchain.


The idea is still far from perfect and there are still a lot of aspects that I have not thought about but I believe that this can be the future of how we distribute our piece of software. Let me know if you like this idea.

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